Motherboard: Facebook Quietly Changes Search Tool Used by Investigators, Abused By Companies

Motherboard: Facebook Quietly Changes Search Tool Used by Investigators, Abused By Companies. “Late last week Facebook quietly made changes to a set of advanced features that previously allowed users to search the social network in powerful ways, such as finding all posts on Facebook by a keyword and within a certain date range, all of the people who like a certain Facebook Page and live in a particular city, or places visited by two specific users.”

Engadget: Russia to start blocking major VPNs after censorship refusal

Engadget: Russia to start blocking major VPNs after censorship refusal. “Russia’s hatred for censorship-dodging VPNs is well-known, and it’s now prepared to follow through on its warnings. Telecoms oversight chief Alexander Zharov told Interfax that he expected to block nine major VPNs, including ExpressVPN and NordVPN, for refusing to connect to a national blacklist that would prevent people from accessing sites through their tunneling services. He expected that the crackdown could take place within a month.”

MakeUseOf: 4 Ways to Avoid Facial Recognition Online and in Public

MakeUseOf: 4 Ways to Avoid Facial Recognition Online and in Public. “Many people are concerned about facial recognition software being used to track their movements and the threat to civil liberties that this software poses. While this issue is being debated, there are steps you can take to avoid some facial recognition software, both online and in person.”

Gizmodo: In Troubling Experiment, UK University To Monitor Students’ Social Media To Prevent Suicide

Gizmodo: In Troubling Experiment, UK University To Monitor Students’ Social Media To Prevent Suicide. “A university in the UK announced that it will surveil student social media posts, among other data, to try and determine whether they are suicidal. The project is part of a pilot program and will reportedly be deployed across all British institutions if it works as intended.”

MIT Technology Review: How to regulate Big Tech without breaking it up

MIT Technology Review: How to regulate Big Tech without breaking it up. “US regulators are seriously questioning whether companies like Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook have too much power. This new push to curb the might of Big Tech has a catchy solution: break up the companies. But a breakup will be hard to force, and the history of trustbusting suggests that many other solutions are possible.”

ACLU: The FBI Has Access to Over 640 Million Photos of Us Through Its Facial Recognition Database

ACLU: The FBI Has Access to Over 640 Million Photos of Us Through Its Facial Recognition Database. “At a House Oversight Committee hearing this week with an FBI witness, we learned new details that further confirm our fears that the FBI’s face recognition apparatus continues to balloon, threatening our fundamental liberties. The details also underscore the urgent need for Congress to put the brakes on law enforcement use of this powerful technology. Here are some of the most concerning details we learned from the hearing…”

Vice: The Open Source Project That Keeps Google’s Hands Off Your Android Data

Vice: The Open Source Project That Keeps Google’s Hands Off Your Android Data. “MicroG is one of several projects working to keep the promise of free and open source software alive on Android. Users can opt for F-Droid instead of the Google Play store, an open source implementation of Google’s app store that, you guessed it, only offers open source applications. For web browsing, Mozilla Firefox provides a robust alternative to Chrome; in lieu of Google Drive, there are programs like NextCloud. But as those who have embarked on the great open source-only Android experiment can tell you, open source applications leave much to be desired in form, functionality, and stability.”