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34 minutes | Jul 25, 2021
Evading facial recognition
This week we’re talking to Andreea Belu - Campaigns and Communications Manager at EDRi - about evading facial recognition. We talk about our European Citizen's Iniative to ban facial recognition and how hard it is to guarantee that tools built to allow people to evade facial recognition will actually work. Links - You can find out more about the ECI here: pvcy.org/banbiometrics (If you're a European Citizen you can even sign it!) - You can find EDRi's masks (and their masks for MEP programme) here: https://edri.org/take-action/donate-mask/ and you can find out more about the project here: https://edri.org/our-work/can-a-covid-19-face-mask-protect-you-from-facial-recognition-technology-too/ - You can take the Paper Bag Society challenge on mosts social media platforms - check out the #PaperBagSociety hashtag to find out more - Watch this space (or sign up for our email at https://action.privacyinternational.org/) to find out more about how you can get a mask from PI - The podcast survey is here: pvcy.org/tpsurvey - You can find our Spotter's Guide to Facial Recognition here: https://privacyinternational.org/video/4489/spotters-guide-facial-recognition
32 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
Covid and tech: a view from India
This week we speak to Pallavi Bedi, Senior Policy Officer at the Centre for Internet and Society in India, about the technology being used in India to co-ordinate vaccine distribution and the response to the pandemic. Links You can find the Co-win vaccination website here: https://www.cowin.gov.in/ You can support PI at pvcy.org/donate and you can find out more about the Centre for Internet and Society at https://cis-india.org/ CIS also have a podcast, it’s called In flux and you can find it on all your favourite podcast apps and at https://in-flux.cis-india.org/ Like and subscribe to the podcast on which ever platform you use. It’s also available on our website at privacyinternational.org
47 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Covid: Where have we been? Where are we now?
This week we discuss our experience of Covid so far, where we've been, where we are, and where we're going. Links - Locked down, our recommedations podcast: privacyinternational.org/video/3788/podcast-locked-down - Schools and Covid: https://privacyinternational.org/news-analysis/3709/schools-and-covid-19 - Proctoring software and racism: https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/8/22374386/proctorio-racial-bias-issues-opencv-facial-detection-schools-tests-remote-learning - Covid contact tracing apps: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/3792/covid-contact-tracing-apps-are-complicated-mess-what-you-need-know - Trump and airborne Covid: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/10/trump-says-everyone-knew-the-coronavirus-was-airborne-in-february-its-no-big-thing.html - Shin Bet and communications data: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/3747/israels-coronavirus-surveillance-example-others-what-not-do - Netenyahu, covid, and microchipping children: https://privacyinternational.org/examples/3915/israeli-prime-minister-proposes-microchipping-children-enforce-social-distancing - Android, covid tracing, and the log: https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/27/22405425/android-google-contact-tracing-bug-privacy - Google and pre-installed apps: https://privacyinternational.org/news-analysis/4118/our-response-google-privacy-isnt-luxury - Vaccine passports: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/4074/looming-disaster-immunity-passports-and-digital-identity - Covid vaccine trial and vaccine passports: https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2021/06/07/left-in-limbo-barriers-to-covid-passports-for-trial-participants-will-deter-people-from-taking-part-in-research/
85 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Biometrics domination under the pretext of combating terrorism
Biometric data collection and use in the name of countering terrorism has been accelerating around the globe, often abusively, without being effectively regulated or subject to accountability mechanisms This week we talk to Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights & Counter-Terrorism, Nina Dewi Toft Djanegara about biometrics in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Keren Weitzberg about uses in Somalia and Palestine. Links - Read more about uses in Iraq and Afghanistan - https://privacyinternational.org/report/4529/biometrics-and-counter-terrorism-case-study-iraq-and-afghanistan - Read more about uses in Somalia - https://privacyinternational.org/report/4530/biometrics-and-counter-terrorism-case-study-somalia - Read more about uses in Israel/Palenstine - https://privacyinternational.org/report/4527/biometrics-and-counter-terrorism-case-study-israelpalestine
58 minutes | May 21, 2021
The fight back with Edward Snowden
This week we’re passing the podcast over to Edward Snowden. We found out this week that the judgement in our case at the European Court of Human Rights challenging the UK’s mass surveillance programme of bulk interception, and the UK’s access to information gathered via bulk surveillance by the USA is coming very soon - on the 25 May. It’s been a long road, starting at the UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal in 2013, but this case would have happened without Ed’s revelations, which revealed the extent of those surveillance programmes. Which is why (around a year ago now) we sat down with him to talk about this case, mass surveillance and what we can do to fight back. Find out more about the case here: https://privacyinternational.org/legal-action/10-human-rights-organisations-v-united-kingdom And support PI here: pvcy.org/donate
51 minutes | May 7, 2021
A eulogy to Yahoo Answers
On Tuesday, we said goodbye to Yahoo Answers in the appropriate spirit - by answering questions from the Computers and Internet section of Yahoo. Links - Listen to Love Letter and find more from Sepia on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/sepiamusicuk/love-letter (he's also on most other music platforms!) - Find out more about Dark Patterns: https://www.darkpatterns.org/ - The Electronic Freedome Foundation on what comes after cookies: https://www.eff.org/issues/online-behavioral-tracking - WHO on COVID vaccine safety: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/coronavirus-disease-(covid-19)-vaccines-safety - COVID and social change - our thoughts from earlier in the pandemic: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/4074/looming-disaster-immunity-passports-and-digital-identity - Our podcast on immunity passports: https://privacyinternational.org/video/4072/podcast-immunity-passports - Workplace surveillance and Covid-19: https://privacyinternational.org/news-analysis/3757/unlocking-workplaces-virtually-locking-workers - Resources on staying safe digitally from control and abuse: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/3366/womens-aid-and-privacy-international-launch-digital-information-cards-help-women - Google's policy on "stalkerware": https://privacyinternational.org/news-analysis/4204/stalkerware-wont-disappear-notification - Listen to the Voyager Golden Record on Nasa's soundcloud page - Greetings to the Universe here: https://soundcloud.com/nasa/sets/golden-record-greetings-to-the - Sounds of Earth here: https://soundcloud.com/nasa/sets/golden-record-sounds-of - Find out more about Ann Druyan's brain waves here: https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/28apr_voyager2 - Find out more about Ann Druyan falling in love by listening to this RadioLab podcast: https://www.npr.org/2010/02/12/123534818/carl-sagan-and-ann-druyans-ultimate-mix-tape?t=1619644250998 - Our work on pre-installed apps (and other issues with low-cost phones): https://privacyinternational.org/campaigns/privacy-shouldnt-be-luxury - Our podcast on General Warrants: https://privacyinternational.org/video/4418/general-warrants-victory-uk-high-court-and-250-year-old-law - Our survey: pvcy.org/tpsurvey
50 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
A spotter's guide to facial recognition
This week we talk about the different kinds of facial recognition and which you might see where. We also chat about the Facebook leak of 553million records. Remember: sign our ECI! pvcy.org/banbiometrics And you can find our survey here: pvcy.org/tpsurvey Links Facebook Leak - Facebook Leak: https://www.businessinsider.com/stolen-data-of-533-million-facebook-users-leaked-online-2021-4?r=US&IR=T - Mark Zuckerburg on signal?: https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/14595265/mark-zuckerberg-using-whatsapp-rival-signal/ - Irish DPA investigation: https://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-under-investigation-in-europe-over-massive-personal-data-leak-gdpr/ - EU implications of the Facebook leak: https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-leaders-facebook-data-leak-cybersecurity-didier-reynders/ - Facebook use of 2FA: https://www.forbes.com/sites/leemathews/2019/12/23/facebook-will-finally-stop-using-2fa-phone-numbers-to-suggest-friends/ - The second cache of phone numbers found by Motherboard: https://www.vice.com/en/article/qj8dj5/facebook-phone-number-data-breach-telegram-bot Facial Recognition Links * Proctorio and recognising black people'sfaces: https://www.vice.com/en/article/g5gxg3/proctorio-is-using-racist-algorithms-to-detect-faces * Public order offence for avoiding facial recognition: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/facial-recognition-cameras-technology-london-trial-met-police-face-cover-man-fined-a8756936.html * Kings cross facial recognition: https://sprivacyinternational.org/case-study/3973/kings-cross-has-been-watching-you-and-police-helped * Function creep in a largely jewish community in Belgium [in Flemish] https://myprivacy.dpgmedia.be/consent?siteKey=6OfBU0sZ5RFXpOOK&callbackUrl=https%3a%2f%2fwww.demorgen.be%2fprivacy-wall%2faccept%3fredirectUri%3d%252fnieuws%252fcamera-s-in-antwerpse-joodse-wijk-controleren-bezoek-aan-synagoges-en-feestzalen%257eb5824508%252f%253freferrer%253dhttps%25253A%25252F%25252Ft.co%25252F * Categorisation systems for telling if you're gay: https://www.theregister.com/2019/03/05/ai_gaydar/
66 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Spring Cleaning (rebroadcast)
This week we're rebroadcasting a coversation we had last year with PI's Tech Co-ordination Groups, bringing you tips and tricks about how to start cleaning up and securing your phone or computer. Please note - Whatsapp does now offer disappearing messages. Episode notes Useful info Tech pill survey: pvcy.org/tpsurvey How to minimise targeted ads: privacyinternational.org/act/minimise-targeted-ads Protect yourself from online tracking: privacyinternational.org/act/protect-yourself-online-tracking Social media account settings: privacyinternational.org/act/protect-yourself-social-media-monitoring Our Onion address: privacyintyqcroe.onion Episode Info 6:06 - reasons to delete apps you’re not using 8:00 - 4 things you should do first 8:19 - Updates 9:41 - Password managers Keepass, 1password, Lastpass 13:22 - Has your data been breached? haveibeenpwned.com/ 14:38 - Backups 20:47 - Apps 22:34 - Firewalls Netguard - play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.faircode.netguard&hl=en_GB Clamwin - clamwin.com 30:27 - When is too old too old 32:54 - iPhone Better Blocker - better.fyi 38:09 - Android 42:11 - Social Media 42:11 Facebook/instagram Facebook TOR address: facebookcorewwwi.onion Zynga hack: theguardian.com/games/2019/dec/19/170m-passwords-stolen-in-zynga-words-with-friends-hack-monitor-says 47:02 - Twitter MicahFlee - delete your tweets: micahflee.com/2019/06/semiphemeral-automatically-delete-your-old-tweets-except-for-the-ones-you-want-to-keep/ Social media monitoring by local authorities - privacyinternational.org/long-read/3586/when-local-authorities-arent-your-friends 51:22 - Email 53:17 - Desktops 53:32 - Windows CCleaner - ccleaner.com/ WinDirStat - windirstat.net/ 57:24 - Mac OS Little snitch - obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html 1:00:02 - Linux Uncomplicated Firewall (UFW) - linux.com/training-tutorials/introduction-uncomplicated-firewall-ufw/ Firewall D - firewalld.org/ 1:03:22 Encryption Veracrypt - veracrypt.fr/en/Introduction.html Bitlocker - support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4028713/windows-10-turn-on-device-encryption
36 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Big Brother pays your benefits: We read 995 pages on how to surveil people so you don't have to
Content warning: this episode includes some disturbing stories of people who have died after having their benefits cut or withdrawn by the UK Department of Work and Pensions This week we're looking at the ways in which the UK Department of Work and Pensions surveil benefit recipients. Links You can find out more about the DWP's surveillance here: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/4395/shedding-light-dwp-part-1-we-read-uk-welfare-agencys-995-page-guide-conducting You can find out more about the DWP's alogrithims here: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/4397/shedding-light-dwp-part-2-long-days-journey-towards-transparency You can find out more about each of the cases of people who died after their benefits withdrawn below. Errol Graham: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-51283186 The 5,000: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jan/16/people-died-benefits-error Jodey Whiting: https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/jodey-whiting-dwp-continued-to-phone-woman-who-took-her-own-life-inquiry-finds/ Phillipa Day: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-55826996 David Clapson: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/03/victims-britains-harsh-welfare-sanctions If you're having problems navigating the UK's benefits system Citizen's Advice is a good place to go for help and support: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
48 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
What does your face say about you? Phrenology, physiognomy and society
This week we're joined by Dr Courtney Thompson to discuss the history of phrenology and physiognomy and their relationship to modern technologies and culture. Links - Find more of Dr Thompson's work and her book 'An Organ of Murder: Crime, Violence, and Phrenology in Nineteenth-Century America': history.msstate.edu/people/courtney-thompson/ - Or you can find her on twitter at: twitter.com/Dr_C_Thompson - You can see the 'Good and Bad heads' picture in her article 'Rediscovering “Good” and “Bad” Heads in the Phrenological Present' here: nursingclio.org/2020/12/08/rediscovering-good-and-bad-heads-in-the-phrenological-present/ - Find out more about Physogs and Photofit in Courtney's article in Endeavour: sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0160932719300468?via%3Dihub - You can listen to our podcast on Facial Recognition here: privacyinternational.org/video/4368/podcast-end-privacy-spread-facial-recognition - And you can support Privacy International here: support.privacyinternational.org
37 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Are you paranoid?
We hear that we're paranoid a lot - but what is paranoia? What does it mean to be paranoid? And is it all bad? We spoke to Dr David Crepaz-Keay from the Mental Health Foundation to find out. Links - Learn more about mental health at the mental health foundation's website: mentalhealth.org.uk/ - Learn more about PI's work at: privacyinternational.org - You can listen to our first episode with David about tracking on mental health websites here: privacyinternational.org/video/4279/podcast-your-mental-health-sale
32 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
General warrants: Victory at the UK High Court and 250 year old law
General warrants have been used to authorise wide-ranging property interference and certain forms of computer hacking of large numbers of devices - such as “all mobile phones used by a member of a criminal gang”, without specifying the names or locations of the members. But no longer - the UK High Court has held that the security and intelligence services cannot rely on these warrants, referring back to cases from the 18th century. Find out more: https://privacyinternational.org/news-analysis/4359/victory-high-court-against-governments-use-general-warrants
33 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Data exploitation in reproductive healthcare in Chile
PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Paz Peña, an independent consultant based in Chile, about data exploitation in sexual and reproductive healthcare in the country.
31 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
Trans identity in the Philippines
We've recently released a report looking at the impact of ID systems on transgender people in Argentina, France and the Philippines. To celebrate we're re-releasing this podcast from our archive. It was recorded in 2018 when Eva met two transgender rights activists - Naomi Fontanos and AR Arcon to discuss what the right to privacy means to them and their fight against the government's plan to deploy an ID card system. Our report in English: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/4372/my-id-my-identity-impact-id-systems-transgender-people-argentina-france-and Our report in Spanish: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/4373/mi-dni-mi-identidad-el-impacto-de-los-sistemas-de-identificacion-sobre-las-personas
54 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
The end of privacy? The spread of facial recognition
A year ago on Monday the New York Times published an article, by a fantastic tech journalist called Kashmir Hill, about a facial recognition company called Clearview AI called 'The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It' . This episode we talk to a range of experts and journalist about who are Clearview? What are they doing? Why is their business model so problematic? And is the problem Clearview specific? Or is systemic? Links The original article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/18/technology/clearview-privacy-facial-recognition.html Info on how to do your own Data Subject Access Request: https://privacyinternational.org/explainer/3845/71-tips-how-make-most-out-your-dsar And the template from the ICO: https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/your-right-to-get-copies-of-your-data/preparing-and-submitting-your-subject-access-request/ Find more from Ann Cavoukian: https://gpsbydesign.org/ Find out more about the ACLU's legal challenge in Illinois: https://www.aclu.org/press-releases/aclu-sues-clearview-ai Find out more about Robert Julian-Borchack William's case: https://www.npr.org/2020/06/24/882683463/the-computer-got-it-wrong-how-facial-recognition-led-to-a-false-arrest-in-michig Read more from Riccardo on facial recognition [italian]: https://www.vice.com/it/article/g5p83w/riconoscimento-facciale-in-italia Find out more about Pimeyes and Daniel's research at Netzpolitik: https://netzpolitik.org/2020/pimeyes-face-search-company-is-abolishing-our-anonymity/
38 minutes | Jan 9, 2021
2021: What can we expect?
We give you the run down on the things we expect and are excited for and sometimes apprehensive of in 2021 and give you the lowdown on what's written in your stars for the coming year. Links! If you're worried about your devices and a controlling partner: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/3366/womens-aid-and-privacy-international-launch-digital-information-cards-help-women; you can also find out more at women's aid's website: https://www.womensaid.org.uk/cover-your-tracks-online/ Find out more about our court victory here: https://privacyinternational.org/news-analysis/4359/victory-high-court-against-governments-use-general-warrants Dr David Crepaz-Keay from the Mental health Foundation: https://privacyinternational.org/video/4279/podcast-your-mental-health-sale Tom and immunity passports: https://privacyinternational.org/video/4072/podcast-immunity-passports Lucy and low cost tech: https://privacyinternational.org/video/3785/podcast-low-cost-tech Lucy and marketing and maternity: https://privacyinternational.org/video/3787/podcast-marketing-and-maternity Eva and smart cities: https://privacyinternational.org/video/4250/smart-whom-tale-smarter-cities
36 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
Data exploitation in reproductive healthcare in Kenya
PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Nerima Were, who is the Program Manager on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights from KELIN. The Kenya Legal & Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN) focuses on creating country-based networks that intersect law, ethics, human rights, and HIV.
44 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
EU Exporting Surveillance
**Language advisory: Gus does several swearwords this episode including one f-word at 9:45 This week we talk to Edin, PI's Advocacy Director, about documents obtained by he spent a year working on obtaining, that detail how EU agencies ‘outsource’ border controls to neighbouring countries. From surveillance drones to cameras to wiretapping and more - the EU are providing technologies that will be used to crush political and civil freedoms and undermine democracy without urgent reforms. Find out more: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/4288/borders-without-borders-how-eu-exporting-surveillance-bid-outsource-its-border https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/4291/surveillance-disclosures-show-urgent-need-reforms-eu-aid-programmes
24 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
Data exploitation in reproductive healthcare in Peru
PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Denisse Albornoz from Hiperderecho in Peru, which is Peruvian non-profit civil association dedicated to research, facilitating public understanding and promoting respect for rights and freedoms in digital environments.
36 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
Your mental health for sale?
We talk to Dr David Crepaz-Keay from the Mental Health Foundation to find out what happens to your data when you visit a mental health website? How can technology help people dealing with a mental health issue? And what can happen when things go wrong? Find out more about the Mental Health Foundation here: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/ If you're worried about your mental health and want to try the NHS's mood self-assesment you can find it here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mood-self-assessment/ Read our work on mental health here: https://privacyinternational.org/campaigns/your-mental-health-sale
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