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Fighting police for openness on cell tracking

Chicago's tiny not-for-profit taking on powerful institutions.

The history of surveillance is one of control. As monitoring technologies accelerate, one not-for-profit noticed a concerning rise in unethical police cell phone observation. Their objections led to new, stronger digital rights legislation.


Stingrays and cell phones: Is your pocket private?

Smartphones have improved our lives more than we could have imagined. We work on them, use them to take and store private photos and they know where we are at any moment. But with advanced surveillance techniques, phones have become a powerful way for law enforcement to observe and identify us, ethically or not.

Last year's change to remote life made us all digital. Are we now in danger of trading private digital data for convenient digital services? Check out Kaspersky's privacy predictions for 2021 and learn how this year is going to affect our privacy in cyberspace.

One Chicago not-for-profit, Lucy Parsons Labs, is demanding government agencies like the police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) be more transparent about how and why they track people through their phones. Defenders of Digital episode three speaks with Lucy Parsons Labs' Executive Director Freddy Martinez about how law enforcement use technologies to covertly observe people, what it means for digital rights and how his team made US legal history.

Every year, the first Friday of March is Employee Appreciation Day. Here are five TED Talks that will boost gratitude and morale at work:

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The next industrial revolution looks promising

Smart factories could fight climate change and save lives

When COVID-19 hit, manufacturers worldwide raced to build as many ventilators as possible for patients. But traditional factories throughout the globe couldn't fulfill the demand fast enough. With traditional and automated manufacturing processes still not as efficient as we need, could autonomous factories be the next industrial revolution we've been waiting for?

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