Warner’s zero-day theatrical window

Last month I took note of Warner’s experiment to remove the theatrical window for all movies coming out in 2021 (“Are we witnessing the death of the cinema,” newsletter #58). A few weeks ago the first movie in this experiment, The Little Things, came out — and I think Warner is going to view it is a […]

Internet legislation in the US

Two significant bills were put forth in the US this week, both of which are sure to have global consequences if passed. Let’s start with the bad. The Senate has put forth what they’re calling the LAED bill, which is an even worse version of their previous EARN IT bill. It would effectively kill privacy […]

Surveillance in India and The US

Think privacy is bad in China? Wait until you see what India is planning.  The Indian government has secretly been working on a “comprehensive” social registry, that will track every aspect of every citizen’s life: “when a citizen moves between cities, changes jobs, buys new property, when a member of a family is born, dies […]

U.S. tops surveillance cameras per capita

I’ve written a few times about the growing surveillance state in China, but while China tops the world in sheer number of cameras, I was very surprised to find that the U.S. tops the list on a per-capita basis, coming in at 15.28 cameras per 100 people (China is 14.36, and the next closest is […]

Don’t buy Ring as a gift (or for yourself)

There is a long way to go in the discussion on privacy, facial recognition, etc…; and even further to go in terms of legislation; and it’s going to play out differently around the world. But there’s no reason to accelerate the surveillance state — and Ring is extra bad. Not only do they have previously-secret […]

When is it legal to hack?

Facebook entered new territory this week by suing Israeli cyber-intelligence firm, NSO Group, in California federal court. There are lots of issues here. Most people want private communications to be private. Most people want to be able to have criminals prosecuted.  But what’s a criminal act in one country may not be in another, and […]