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Secret documents reveal how China mass detention camps work

By The Associated Press
The watchtowers, double-locked doors and video surveillance in the Chinese camps are there “to prevent escapes.” Uighurs and other minorities held inside are scored on how well they speak the dominant Mandarin language and follow strict rules on everything down to bathing and using the toilet, scores that determine if they can leave.

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Facebook and Google surveillance is an ‘assault on privacy,’ says Amnesty International

Illustration by James Bareham / The Verge
Facebook and Google’s persistent surveillance of billions of people around the world threatens human rights and free expression, says Amnesty International. In a new report, the NGO argues the companies need to change their business model and stop being reliant on people’s data.

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The Limits to Personal Data Use and Abuse

As ubiquitous surveillance is increasingly the norm in our society, what are the options for limiting its scope? What are the levers that we might pull? We have more choices that you might think, but their effectiveness depends on which surveillance we might hope to limit.
One night last summer, I woke up with an idea that wouldn’t leave me alone.

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Big Data Isn’t a Concept — It’s a Problem to Solve

An estimated 5.9 million surveillance cameras keep watch over the United Kingdom. While this may sound intimidating to those unaware they are being surveilled, this network of closed-circuit TV cameras helped British authorities piece together the mysterious poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian intelligence officer turned double agent, and his daughter, Yulia.

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