The successful exercise of power requires a social cage restricting the citizen’s option of leaving, a “closing of the escape route,” if you will.

George Orwell: The Man Behind 1984 and His Dire Warning to Us

George Orwell’s 1984. It’s the internationally acclaimed dystopian bestseller that some say depicts a prophetic view and a chilling warning to us all. Between the pages of ’84 are the dire consequences for man when propaganda is at its height; for when a government rules with an ironclad fist. War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery….

Facial Recognition Forces Kids to Pay Attention in Class

In Hangzhou, China, a high school has implemented facial recognition technology in the classroom. The system scans and stores the emotions of each student’s face every 30 seconds to determine if they are angry, fearful, confused, happy or upset. Hangzhou No. 11 High School categorizes these emotions to determine how the student is progressing. The…

Amazon’s Facial Recognition Technology Can Now Detect Fear in People

(CD) — Privacy advocates are responding with alarm to Amazon’s claim this week that the controversial cloud-based facial recognition system the company markets to law enforcement agencies can now detect “fear” in the people it targets. “Amazon is going to get someone killed by recklessly marketing this dangerous and invasive surveillance technology to governments,” warned Evan Greer, deputy director…

Surveillance Slips Into Totalitarianism…But Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned

It’s a page out of Orwell’s 1984. The increasing revelations about surveillance across the globe into our private lives is causing a divide in the Western states. Are the actions of the NSA in the United States, and the ASD in Australia creating an increasingly totalitarian environment? Are the Western states increasingly becoming paranoid with…

The Political Winds of Whistleblowing

Comparing the reactions of politicians over the latest intelligence community leak over General Michael Flynn’s phone call with a Russian diplomat, and with those reactions toward Snowden in 2013, it appears the Democrats have had a change of heart for whistleblowers.