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General observations on surveillance and accrual of police powers.
New edition of the Police State thread; creating it because nobody else seems to have done so.
Leading off: Police routinely misuse state and federal databases to stalk romantic interests, business partners, family, and even each other.
"I've been playing Rebel Galaxy for the past few days. It has made me appreciate every other game in the genre more." -- Flintheart Glomgold
What really pisses me off is that the CIA is actively working to keep us vulnerable, by having vulnerabilities inserted in American software.
Not sure of the best thread for this, as Information Security is Surveillance-adjacent, and Joy of Programming-adjacent. Do we have a specific thread for Info Sec and related?
RAND Corporation published a really nice analysis of zero-day vulnerability research based on a data of set of years of data collected on 0days and their usage. The preface is pretty awful, but the actual report details are pretty good.
Save your country!
"Being unable to communicate isn't manly. It's a skill gap. It can be fixed." - LarryC
Cops have a secret, unaccountable system for tracking you by your cellphone. They abuse it frequently, and is yet another example of the police getting around judge's rulings by finding new technology and saying "this doesn't count."
But, hey, who would have a problem with dirty cops, and friends of dirty cops all being able to track people in real-time by their phones. Something something Blue Lives Matter.
For anyone who remembers, this an excellent Deep Dive podcast with Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladek of Lawfare and the DC Circuit on the history and legal considerations in the Anwar Al-Awlaki case. It's pretty interesting.