Bigger Brother

by Tim Wu edited by O Society March 20, 2020 In the 1970s, when Shoshana Zuboff was a graduate student in Harvard’s psychology department, she met the behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner. Skinner, who had perhaps the largest forehead you’ll ever see on an adult, is best remembered for putting pigeons in boxes (so-called Skinner boxes) and inducing … Continue reading Bigger Brother

Edward Snowden: On XKEYSCORE and LOVEINT

by Edward Snowden edited by O Society Feb 7, 2020 There’s always a danger in letting even the most qualified person rise too far, too fast, before they’ve had enough time to get cynical and abandon their idealism. I occupied one of the most unexpectedly omniscient positions in the Intelligence Community—toward the bottom rung of … Continue reading Edward Snowden: On XKEYSCORE and LOVEINT

How the CIA Made Google (part 3)

Why Google Made the NSA by Nafeez Ahmed edited by O Society Jan 18, 2020 Enron and Pentagon war planning In February 2001, when Enron executives including Kenneth Lay began participating concertedly in the Cheney Energy Task Force, a classified National Security Council document instructed NSC staffers to work with the task force in “melding” previously separate … Continue reading How the CIA Made Google (part 3)

How the CIA Made Google (part 2)

by Nafeez Ahmed edited by O Society Jan 17, 2020 Google captures the Pentagon In 2003, Google began customizing its search engine under special contract with the CIA for its Intelink Management Office, “overseeing top-secret, secret and sensitive but unclassified intranets for CIA and other IC agencies,” according to Homeland Security Today. That year, CIA … Continue reading How the CIA Made Google (part 2)

How the CIA Made Google (part 1)

Inside the secret network behind mass surveillance, endless war, and Skynet by Nafeez Ahmed edited by O Society Jan 16, 2020 In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, western governments move fast to legitimize expanded powers of mass surveillance and controls on the internet, all in the name of fighting terrorism. US … Continue reading How the CIA Made Google (part 1)

Without encryption, we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground

The US, UK, and Australia take on Facebook in a bid to undermine the only method to protect our personal information Edward Snowden is a US surveillance whistleblower by Edward Snowden edited by O Society October 16, 2019 In every country of the world, the security of computers keeps the lights on, the shelves stocked, … Continue reading Without encryption, we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground

What’s In It For Me? Turning Citizens Into Customers

How Will Capitalism End? (excerpt) by Michael Welton edited by O Society October 4, 2019 Sociation by consumption Wolfgang Streeck, author of How will capitalism end? [2016], provides us with a compelling and provocative analysis of how capitalism, slammed against the ropes and almost down for the count of ten, found a way out of its … Continue reading What’s In It For Me? Turning Citizens Into Customers