Archive: Privacy

Why Calls to Break Up Tech Companies Attack American Ideals
Breaking up big companies, regardless of actual monopoly status or evidence of harm to consumers, punishes success and the pursuit of the American ideal.
Jonathon Hauenschild | June 5, 2019
What’s Really Behind the Efforts to Enact So-Called “Comprehensive Privacy” Laws?
Rather than protecting consumers, these data governance laws place significant barriers for entrepreneurs looking to launch new services and products.
Jonathon Hauenschild | April 11, 2019
Straight Talk on Privacy and Legal Harm
Individuals may not like that platforms have figured out how to monetize data, but that lack of “liking” is far from a legal injury.
Jonathon Hauenschild | January 24, 2019
True or False: How Much Does the NSA Really Spy on You?
Despite the supposed limits imposed by the 2015 USA Freedom Act, in 2017, the NSA acquired data from over 534 million calls & texts. Take our quiz to learn how.
January 11, 2019
The Many Facets of Privacy
How to Think About Privacy in Today’s Data-Driven World
It is not evil for a technology company to use the information you voluntarily share with them.
Jonathon Hauenschild | December 5, 2018
Is Gov Paranoid?
Spying for Your Protection
Gov’s got a problem. It turns out that people don’t always like being told what to do, even when Gov so obviously knows what’s best for them.
Ben Wilterdink | October 23, 2018
LISTEN: Overpolicing and Rights
Do We Have Enough Policing in the United States?
Mary L. G. Theroux talks about overpolicing, the growth of Police Paramilitary Units (PPU), surveillance and overcriminalization.
October 16, 2018
Not Your Parents’ Cops
Are Neighborhood Police Officers Being Replaced?
For years, American police officers resembled that quintessential small-town cop Andy Griffith. Their mission, to protect and serve, only rarely called for automatic weapons and virtually never required military-style assault vehicles. Today, however, police officers look less like Andy Griffith and more like Judge Dredd.
Ben Wilterdink | October 8, 2018
Welcome to Catalyst!
The internet can be a noisy place. Sometimes just logging into social media feels like stepping onto a battlefield, except nobody knows who’s on which team and what the teams even mean anymore.
September 30, 2018
LISTEN: The Surveillance State
Lessons From Edward Snowden Case and the NSA
Abby R. Hall analyzes the aftermath of NSA and Edward Snowden case scandal.
September 30, 2018