technology

4:55pm

Thu April 9, 2015
Cops & Courts

You're being watched: Surveillance in Oakland

A heat map from the Electronic Frontier Foundation's study of ALPR hotspots in Oakland

 

Surveillance and privacy issues have been in the news a lot in the past few years. Perhaps the biggest news was made by by Edward Snowden, who leaked information about the NSA’s massive collection of American citizens' cell phone data. But the privacy debate has also hit closer to home. You may remember last spring, when the Oakland City Council debated a controversial surveillance hub called the Domain Awareness Center, or DAC.

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6:05pm

Wed March 18, 2015
Technology

A technologist's house finds its voice on Twitter

Tom Coates in his tweeting house.
Liz Pfeffer

These days, our technology is getting smarter. We don’t just talk on the phone anymore, we talk to them. Siri is already a household name and our homes are getting smarter, too. There are thermostats that you can control from your cell phone. And smoke detectors that will text you if there’s a fire. San Franciscan Tom Coates has taken this technology one step further. He’s designed his home to track its vitals and tweet them out to the world, all triggered by a network of wi-fi enabled sensors.

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8:32am

Fri February 20, 2015
Arts & Culture

Philosophy Talk asks: What's different about online activism?

Whether it's making donations and signing petitions online, or using social media to highlight political causes, cyber-activism has never been easier. With a few clicks, we can make our voices heard around the globe. But who's listening, and is anything actually changing? Does cyber-activism mobilize real-world action on the ground, or does it reduce political engagement to simple mouse-clicking and ultimately threaten the subversive nature of change?

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5:24pm

Thu February 19, 2015
Arts & Culture

The Spot: Stories from the Groove

A rendered image of the etched grooves of a record. IRENE software converts these squiggles to sound.
Julie Martin/NEDCC

4:57pm

Thu February 19, 2015
Technology

A conversation about workers' rights in the gig economy

Jack Alley for The New York Times

Sharing economy companies like Uber and Lyft have become a powerful part of the economy. Now, some of the workers propelling that sector are organizing to ask for more from the companies that pay them. Drivers from both companies have filed a lawsuit -- they want to be made employees rather than contractors, and receive the benefits mandated by the state of California.

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