Technology Pill

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Find out how technology is reshaping our lives every day and explore the new powers of governments and companies.

Episode Date
Judgement Day
2039

EU's top court rules that UK, French and Belgian mass surveillance regimes must respect privacy. But what does that mean for government's data collection schemes? And what does it take to fight a legal battle lasting years?

Find out more on our website: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/4206/qa-eus-top-court-rules-uk-french-and-belgian-mass-surveillance-regimes-must-respect

And make sure we can keep taking these fights to court: support.privacyinternational.org

Oct 09, 2020
Data exploitation in reproductive rights in Indonesia
1908

PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Lintang Setianiti and Miftah Fadhli from the Institute for Policy  Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) in Indonesia about reproductive rights in  the country.

Sep 21, 2020
Data exploitation in reproductive healthcare in Argentina
2292

PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Maite Karstanje  and Nadia Ferrari from Equipo Latinoamericano de Justicia y Género  (ELA) in Argentina, which works with Latin American feminist  institutions to promote and defend human rights and gender justice in  the region, about reproductive rights in the country.

Aug 24, 2020
How misleading health info can spread from online discussions to policy and legislative debates
3626

PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Dr. Subasri Narasimhan and Dr. Dabney Evans from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in the US about their paper which documents how  misleading health information about reproductive health can flow into  policy and legislative debates. 

Jul 27, 2020
Immunity Passports
3133

This week we talk to a whole host of guests, including María Paz Canales Executive Director of Derechos Digitales, about the issues with coronavirus immunity passports and whether the digital ID industry is capable of rising to the moment.

Jul 24, 2020
Spring Cleaning
3873

This week we talk to PI's Tech Co-ordination Groups to bring you tips and tricks about how to start cleaning up and securing your phone or computer.

Episode notes

Useful info

How to minimise targeted ads: privacyinternational.org/act/minimise-targeted-ads

Protect yourself from online tracking: privacyinternational.org/act/protect-yourself-online-tracking 

Social media account settings: privacyinternational.org/act/protect-yourself-social-media-monitoring 

Our Onion address: privacyintyqcroe.onion 

Episode Info

3:24 - reasons to delete apps you’re not using 

6:18 - 4 things you should do first

6:37 - Updates 

7:59 - Password managers Keepass, 1password, Lastpass

11:40 - Has your data been breached? haveibeenpwned.com/

12:56 - Backups 

19:05 - Apps

20:52 - Firewalls 

Netguard - play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.faircode.netguard&hl=en_GB 

Clamwin - clamwin.com 

28:45 - When is too old too old 

31:12 - iPhone 

Better Blocker - better.fyi 

36:27 - Android 

40:29 - Social Media 

40:29 Facebook/instagram 

Facebook TOR address: facebookcorewwwi.onion 

Zynga hack: theguardian.com/games/2019/dec/19/170m-passwords-stolen-in-zynga-words-with-friends-hack-monitor-says 

45:20 - Twitter 

MicahFlee - delete your tweets: micahflee.com/2019/06/semiphemeral-automatically-delete-your-old-tweets-except-for-the-ones-you-want-to-keep/ 

Social media monitoring by local authorities - privacyinternational.org/long-read/3586/when-local-authorities-arent-your-friends 

49:40 - Email 

51:35 - Desktops 

51:50 - Windows 

CCleaner - ccleaner.com/ 

WinDirStat - windirstat.net/ 

55:42 - Mac OS 

Little snitch - obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html 

58:20 - Linux 

Uncomplicated Firewall (UFW) - linux.com/training-tutorials/introduction-uncomplicated-firewall-ufw/ 

Firewall D - firewalld.org/

1:01:40 Encryption 

Veracrypt - veracrypt.fr/en/Introduction.html 

Bitlocker - support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4028713/windows-10-turn-on-device-encryption  

Jul 10, 2020
Google/Fitbit merger? Not on our watch
1648

Why do Google want to buy Fitbit? What do they get out of it? And why should competition regulators be concerned?

Gus talks to two of PI's lawyers - Ailidh and Ioannis - to ask why we're telling the EU commission to block the merger.

Find out more and sign the petition at: pvcy.org/notwatch

Music: Last Chance Saloon by Sepia

Jun 26, 2020
How opposition groups are using misinformation to delay people from accessing safe abortion care
1623

PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Ruth Taylor, the CEO of the UK-based charity Abortion Support Network about how  opposition groups are using misinformation to delay people from  accessing safe abortion care. 

Jun 22, 2020
The trouble with Identity in Kenya
2372

From double registration to exclusion and discrimination - this week we talk to Yusuf Bashir, Executive Director of Haki na Sheria, and Keren Weitzberg, an academic from UCL, about the trouble with Identity in Kenya. 

You can find out more about Haki na Sheria here: http://hakinasheria.org/

Find out more about double registration in Keren's piece "In Kenya, thousands left in limbo without ID cards" in CodaStory: https://www.codastory.com/authoritarian-tech/kenya-biometrics-double-registration/

Find out more about the Huduma Namba case on our website: https://privacyinternational.org/news-analysis/3350/why-huduma-namba-ruling-matters-future-digital-id-and-not-just-kenya


Jun 12, 2020
Protest surveillance: before, during, and after
3048

With huge numbers of people out on the streets standing up for their rights in the US and Hong Kong, and around the world - we take a look at  the surveillance tools police and security forces round the world have been using to monitor people as they exercise their civil rights.

Given everything that's happening at the moment around the world, we've decided to postpone our episode on ID in Kenya until next week.

Some of the resources we mentioned in the episode can be found here:

ACLU: know your rights: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/protesters-rights/

EFF Attending a protest tool: https://ssd.eff.org/en/module/attending-protest

Netpol - know your rights: https://netpol.org/know-your-rights/

Motherboard: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/d3devm/motherboard-guide-to-not-getting-hacked-online-safety-guide

Jun 05, 2020
Is there an app for Covid-19?
1272

A quick catch-up on the state of play of apps round the world - though we end up mostly discussing India and the UK - and we celebrate a very special birthday.

You can find a much deeper and more detailed look at the various questions and concerns around coronavirus apps on our website: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/3792/covid-contact-tracing-apps-are-complicated-mess-what-you-need-know and all the latest news in our tracker https://privacyinternational.org/examples/tracking-global-response-covid-19

May 22, 2020
Covid-19 news
1338

This week Gus chats with Edin, PI's Advocacy Director, about the latest Covid-19 news and the trends we're seeing around the world. 

Find out more about coronavirus apps around the world: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/3675/theres-app-coronavirus-apps and keep an eye on the global responses: https://privacyinternational.org/examples/tracking-global-response-covid-19

Music by Glass boy - licensed under creative commons
Find more from them here: https://glassboy.bandcamp.com/album/enjoy

May 08, 2020
Reproductive rights and privacy in India
2555

PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Tasneem Mewa and Ambika Tandon from the Center for Internet and Society about data  exploitation in reproductive rights in India.

May 04, 2020
Announcement: New mini-series
63

We're happy to announce, we're launching a new mini-series! 

Every last monday of each month we'll be releasing a new podcast - focusing on reproductive rights and privacy across the world, from Indonesia to  Chile to Kenya and more.

Apr 27, 2020
Covid-19: the global response
2728

Tech companies, governments, and international agencies have all announced measures to help contain the spread of the COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus. Unprecedented levels of surveillance, data exploitation, and misinformation are being tested across the world.

Many of those measures are based on extraordinary powers, only to be used temporarily in emergencies. Others use exemptions in data protection laws to share data. Some may be effective and based on advice from epidemiologists, others will not be.

But all of them must be temporary, necessary, and proportionate.

Tracking the global response to Covid-19: https://privacyinternational.org/examples/tracking-global-response-covid-19

Fighting the global Covid-19 power grab: https://privacyinternational.org/campaigns/fighting-global-covid-19-power-grab


Apr 24, 2020
Locked down
1604

This week: it's a weird one - rather than our normal look at technology, we've got recommendations for movies and games you might enjoy while you're locked down. 

Music by Simon Mathewson, you can find more from him here: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Simon_Mathewson 

Recommendations include:

  • Sorry to Bother You
  • Legally Blonde
  • S-Club Seeing Double
  • Snowpiercer 
  • Broforce
  • Ultimate Chicken Horse
  • Hidden in plain site
  • Don't starve
Apr 10, 2020
Marketing and Maternity
2573

Recorded 12th March. 

We can’t believe we’re having to say this, but the hours after giving  birth are private. If you’re a parent, you may have heard of Bounty, a  sales and marketing company allowed access to hospital maternity wards and approach women who have just given birth. This doesn’t happen on any other hospital ward. Can you imagine coming round from major surgery to find a stranger trying to sell you stuff? The physical invasion of  privacy is bad enough, but delving into the company’s relationship with you and your baby’s personal data reveals some surprises.

Mar 27, 2020
Extraction
00:43:25
You’re a witness or a victim or a suspect of a crime; or even just travelling going on holiday. Officials demand your phone, then disappear with it. What happened to your phone? What happened to your data? What will happen to you? We all generate vast amounts of data using our mobile phones - more than most of us are aware of - and that data has become increasingly attractive to law enforcement agencies around the world, enabled by ‘extraction technologies’ supplied by companies like Cellebrite. But what can those agencies see, and what does that mean for us? Find out more: https://privacyinternational.org/campaigns/police-unlocking-your-data-cloud Music: Last chance saloon by Sepia Photo by Antoine Beauvillain on Unsplash
Mar 10, 2020
Phone Extraction
2605

You’re a witness or a victim or a suspect of a crime; or even just travelling going on holiday. Officials demand your phone, then disappear with it. What happened to your phone? What happened to your data? What will happen to you?

We all generate vast amounts of data using our mobile phones - more than most of us are aware of - and that data has become increasingly attractive to law enforcement agencies around the world, enabled by ‘extraction technologies’ supplied by companies like Cellebrite. But what can those agencies see, and what does that mean for us?

Find out more: https://privacyinternational.org/campaigns/police-unlocking-your-data-cloud

Music: Last chance saloon by Sepia

Photo by Antoine Beauvillain on Unsplash

Mar 10, 2020
Low Cost Tech
768

Find out why 53 organisations from all over the world  are telling Google it's time they take action on pre-installed apps  (bloatware).

Sign the petition: pvcy.org/soundcloudpet

Music by Glass Boy, find more of their work here: glassboy.bandcamp.com/album/enjoy
(creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/)

Feb 10, 2020
Low Cost Tech
00:12:48
Find out why 53 organisations from all over the world are telling Google it's time they take action on pre-installed apps (bloatware). Sign the petition: https://pvcy.org/soundcloudpet Music by Glass Boy, find more of their work here: glassboy.bandcamp.com/album/enjoy (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/)
Jan 31, 2020
Heartbeat International and anti-abortion data exploitation
00:12:12
In this podcast Sara Nelson of PI’s Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project talks about the US based international anti-abortion organisation Heartbeat International and the technologies they are developing for their international network of affiliate organisations. We also discuss what reproductive rights are and why PI is working on the topic. Enjoy! Music by Glass Boy, find more of their work here: https://glassboy.bandcamp.com/album/enjoy (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/)
Jan 23, 2020
2019: what we read and listened to
00:42:13
Millie and Gus chat about the top things they listened to and watched in 2019. **Top reads** Strangers in Their Own Land: Arlie Russell Hochschild Bad Blood: John Carreyrou Automating Inequality: Virgina Eubanks Network Propaganda: Yochai Benkler, Robert Faris, Hal Roberts Making Evil: Dr Julia Shaw Perfidious Albion: Sam Byers Lathe of Heaven: Ursula LeGuin Autonomous: Analee Newitz Cryptonomicon: Neal Stephenson The Nickel Boys: Colson Whitehead My Name is Why: Lemn Sissay Beloved: Toni Morrison Girl: Edna O'Brien **Top podcasts** Jon Ronson: The Butterfly Effect Fortunately The Missing Cryptoqueen
Dec 17, 2019
Privacy is Security
00:30:30
What happens when the policies that are supposed to preserve your security actually undermine it? Find out more from Miguel from Hiperderecho. https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/3278/privacy-security-op-ed-peru
Nov 15, 2019
Mini-pod from Ukraine #3: how social media helps and hurts human rights with Oleksandra Matviychuk
00:32:35
Oleksandra Matviychuk is the Head of the board of Center for Civil Liberties On 21 April 2019, Ukraine 🇺🇦🇺🇦 held presidential elections 🗳. We were in Kyiv to hear about people's experience monitoring online disinformation - a big issue in this election. We wanted to share our conversations with anyone who's interested so we made these on-the-fly mini-podcasts. ⚠️ WARNING! the audio isn't always perfect but we wanted to share our conversations anyway! ⚠️ At PI, we’re working to make sure that the way data is used by political actors and advertisers does not facilitate the breakdown of democratic structures – and social platforms are an important player in this work. Here's more on this work: privacyinternational.org/strategic-areas/democracy Read our full piece about disinformation in Ukraine: https://privacyinternational.org/feature/2822/truth-exists-you-have-find-it-fighting-disinformation-facebook-ukraine The views expressed in this podcast do not necessarily reflect the views of PI.
May 01, 2019
Mini-pod from Ukraine #1: What the UA gov is doing about disinfo w Matthew Schaaf
00:19:02
Matthew Schaaf is Freedom House's Ukraine Project Director. On 21 April 2019, Ukraine 🇺🇦🇺🇦 held presidential elections 🗳. We were in Kyiv to hear about people's experience monitoring online disinformation - a big issue in this election. We wanted to share our conversations with anyone who's interested so we made these on-the-fly mini-podcasts. ⚠️ WARNING! the audio isn't always perfect but we wanted to share our conversations anyway! ⚠️ At PI, we’re working to make sure that the way data is used by political actors and advertisers does not facilitate the breakdown of democratic structures – and social platforms are an important player in this work. Here's more on this work: https://privacyinternational.org/strategic-areas/democracy Read our full piece about disinformation in Ukraine: https://privacyinternational.org/feature/2822/truth-exists-you-have-find-it-fighting-disinformation-facebook-ukraine
Apr 23, 2019
Mini-pod from Ukraine #2: What the media can do about disinfo w Oleksiy Matsuka
00:11:18
Oleksiy Matsuka is a journalist and editor of the Donetsk Institute of Information. On 21 April 2019, Ukraine 🇺🇦🇺🇦 held presidential elections 🗳. We were in Kyiv to hear about people's experience monitoring online disinformation - a big issue in this election. We wanted to share our conversations with anyone who's interested so we made these on-the-fly mini-podcasts. ⚠️ WARNING! the audio isn't always perfect but we wanted to share our conversations anyway! ⚠️ At PI, we’re working to make sure that the way data is used by political actors and advertisers does not facilitate the breakdown of democratic structures – and social platforms are an important player in this work. Here's more on this work: https://privacyinternational.org/strategic-areas/democracy Read our full piece about disinformation in Ukraine: https://privacyinternational.org/feature/2822/truth-exists-you-have-find-it-fighting-disinformation-facebook-ukraine
Apr 23, 2019
Gender and Privacy Series: Fighting for Abortion in the 21st Century
00:25:32
In September 2018, a month after Argentina lawmakers voted against the legalisation of abortion, we spoke to Eduardo Ferreyra from the Buenos Aires-based Asociacion por los Derechos Civiles about the role of privacy in the abortion debate. Also joining us on this podcast was Ambika Tandon from the Centre for Internet and Society in India to discuss the intersection between privacy and bodily autonomy.
Nov 22, 2018
Gender and Privacy Series: Trans identity in the Philippines
00:29:48
In this podcast, we travel to Manila, the capital of the Philippines, to meet with two activists for transgender rights - Naomi Fontanos and AR Arcon. We discuss what the right to privacy means to them and their fight against the government's plan to deploy a national ID card.
Nov 22, 2018
Gender and Privacy Series: Sex and the Cyber
00:23:35
In this podcast, we talk about sex and privacy with two female activists: Sarah Jamie Lewis, an expert on the security of internet-connected sex toys, and Joana Varon, founder of the female-led Brazilian NGO Coding Rights.
Nov 22, 2018
Developing Cyber Security Frameworks and Cyber Crime Legislation to Safeguard Privacy
00:15:57
Both “cyber security” and “cyber crime” are terms widely used but often poorly understood. This podcast provides a brief overview of terminology, concepts and trends in addressing cyber security and cyber crime.
Oct 02, 2018
Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Curtain: Challenging Government Hacking for Surveillance
00:29:26
As more governments embrace hacking to facilitate their surveillance activities, there are significant implications for security and the rule of law. PI's Lucy Purdon and Scarlet Kim answer some frequently asked questions about hacking, highlight examples of government hacking in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and discuss the associated human rights concerns of this practice. Read the accompanying briefing here: https://privacyinternational.org/advocacy-briefing/2064/pay-no-attention-man-behind-curtain-exposing-and-challenging-government
Jun 05, 2018