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10.23.14 Amy K. Nelson

L.A.-based artist Matthew LaPenta is back at it again with his Facebook-trolling art, but this time he’s brought it directly to the source: posting up on the social media giant’s campus. In an homage to Orwell’s 1984 character, LaPenta has dedicated his latest piece to Facebook founder and fluent speaker of Chinese Mark Zuckerberg by […]

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01.23.13 Andy Cush

So you’re out shopping for clothes and you notice that one of the store’s facial recognition-equipped mannequins appears to be spying on you. The Stealth Wear hoodie you just bought will protect you against drones, but is powerless against these bots. What do you do? You pick up a pair of Japanese professor Isao Echizen’s “Privacy […]

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12.20.12 Marina Galperina

Why should NYPD have all the fun in monitoring the everyday existence of civilians? With this stellar kit from Matthew Nicholson/MATT, available from the Madeby Store, you can build your own little CCTV camera in twelve simple steps. The best part? It functions. Put in some photographic paper and get a 2″x2.5″ pin hole print. Isn’t that […]

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02.27.12 Marina Galperina

It’s time to get your personal identification cards from the FB Bureau, because they’ve got you. The clever F.A.T. artist Tobias Leingruber is issuing some to “Facebook citizens” interested in alpha-testing in Berlin and Amsterdam. So, be the first of your “friends” to “explore the future!” Isn’t it both terrifying (in the dystopia future-is-now kind of way) and strangely seductive (in the modern vanity kind of way), kind […]

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12.17.10 Marina Galperina

If it wasn’t enough that people tag photos on Facebook 100 million times a day, Big Brothering themselves silly, now there’s a handy-dandy new facial recognition web-trinket. You can’t run. You can’t hide behind a “don’t tag me” t-shirt. Facebook will track your mug down for you, in your friends’ albums. Dislike? You’ll have to […]

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09.15.10 Bucky Turco

There’s a new law enforcement trend sweeping the nation wherein the police arrest citizens who lawfully videotape them and then charge them with wiretapping and other ridiculous offenses. […]

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08.23.10 Marina Galperina

When our sneakers are checking into Foursquare for us, we know that we’ve officially become our own Big Brother and the end is nigh. Stalk-a-rrefic! Beware! Unless you’re boring. Then no one cares you’re at the Bean anyway. […]

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04.20.10 Bucky Turco

That public school district in Pennsylvania that secretly spied on a student at home by remotely activating a webcam on his school-issued laptop was intensely voyeuristic, “snapping nearly 56,000 images” of students reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. The collection included this photo of sleeping high school student Blake Robbins. […]

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Bucky Turco

According to the Daily News, the NYPD kept a watchful eye during that not as fun as it looks pillow fight in Union Square. Their Intel division conducted surveillance and was there to make sure things didn’t get too out of hand fluffy. Photo: Marina Galperina […]

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03.22.10 Bucky Turco

A food-snatching seagull in the UK was one of the many strange images captured by Google’s all pervasive Street View. The thieving scavenger swooped in and stole someone’s french fry in the seaside city of Brighton and the search engine’s cameras caught the getaway. |Daily Mail| […]

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