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06.19.15 Liam Mathews

When the federal government first announced its plans to shut down the Plum Island Animal Research off the coast of Long Island and move it hundreds of miles inland to Manhattan…Kansas (Manhattan, Manhattan would be TRULY insane), many people wondered how smart of an idea that was. The Department of Homeland Security-controlled lab is notorious […]

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05.16.14 Andy Cush

It’s long been known that the Department of Homeland Security scans everyone’s social media pages for words it deems potentially threatening — from “gas” to “subway” to “maritime domain awareness.” Now, here’s Poetry Threats, a Magnetic Poetry-style web app that lets you compose verse from those terms (just like this NSA haiku generator). Once you’re […]

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04.28.14 Andy Cush

A newly exposed security flaw in Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11 could allow malicious parties to access and take control of your computer through the browser. In response, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is urging people to do what most anyone who’s not stuck on some corporate-issued Windows machine already did long, long […]

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06.14.13 Kyle Petreycik

Rhizome — “emerging artistic practices that engage technology” — has been accepting proposals for unique projects that highlight intersections between art and the internet. Artist Emily Martinez produced a very timely proposal that thoughtfully combines the 374 keywords actively used by The Department of Homeland Security to monitor your activity on social media and just about everything you’ve been doing on the […]

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02.17.11 Bucky Turco

But you couldn’t tell from their press release. The Department of Homeland Security’s ICE division announced the seizure of 10 websites “engaged in the advertisement and distribution of child pornography,” earlier this week, while making no mention of the 84,000 innocent sites they mistakenly seized during the operation. Even worse, they won’t say ‘our bad’ […]

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11.16.10 Lauri Apple

What a week for the Fourth Amendment! In addition to pornoscans and gropesearches at airports nationwide, we now learn that the New York Police Department will take high-res pictures of arrestees’ irises no matter what the crime. […]

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11.15.10 Lauri Apple

Many Internetters (including me) went all Dee Snider this weekend over the Transportation Security Administration’s new security measures, which involve officers fondling and groping people in their private-est places at airport security checkpoints. […]

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