At Comic-Con? Put On Your Mask for the Surveillance Camera Network

In the TV series Person of Interest, an AI can access virtually every surveillance camera across New York City. So the question is: do cities really create networks of interconnected private and public security cameras? Yes, they do. Including in San Diego, right in the heart of Comic-Con. » 7/25/14 10:10am 7/25/14 10:10am

I Origins Went To Insane Lengths To Get Its Science Right

Mike Cahill's new movie I Origins, out tomorrow, is about a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the human eye. And Cahill tells io9 he was absolutely determined to get the science right — not just having scientific advisers, but giving them headphones and planting them in front of monitors on set. » 7/17/14 10:39am 7/17/14 10:39am

​"Happy Foot" And "NoseySmurf" — The NSA's Programs All In One Chart

The Pulitzer Prize-winning news group ProPublica has compiled a list of all NSA programs revealed in the past year and plotted them on a chart based upon whether they are bulk or targeted, foreign or domestic. As is often the case with covert agencies, the codenames achieve the perfect balance of goofy and ominous. » 7/01/14 7:30am 7/01/14 7:30am

Why Being a Person Doesn't Matter If You're Not a Citizen

Science fiction has often grappled with the question of the rights of non-human intelligences that are indistinguishable from the rights of humans. They've often come down to the fact that, no matter their origin, people are people who have certain rights. But they might be focusing on the wrong question. The real… » 6/17/14 3:30am 6/17/14 3:30am

This lecture is the one primer you need on NSA surveillance technology

We know that the NSA has been monitoring millions of calls made in the United States. But what are they doing with that data? And how do they analyze it? Find out everything you need to know in this incredible lecture from Princeton computer science professor and government technology adviser Ed Felten. » 2/28/14 5:05pm 2/28/14 5:05pm

How Your Body's Unique Biosignatures Are Used for Surveillance

Not long ago, fingerprints were the cutting edge of biometric profiling. Today, the use of biosignatures to identify individuals has expanded to include everything from iris and facial scans right through to DNA profiling and even the unique shape of a person's ass. Here's what you need to know about how companies and… » 2/12/14 11:30am 2/12/14 11:30am