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As the tech industry faces an identity crisis, CES needs to evolve

Jan 09, 2020 - 1:15 PM

Technology is meant to showcase how scientific advancements can make a positive impact. It needs to help solve bigger problems than the question of how to fit more pixels on a screen.

CES 2020. The CES logo is displayed during CES 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 7, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

De Lima wants Senate probe into China-funded surveillance project

Jan 05, 2020 - 1:49 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says the Safe Philippines project is an opportunity for China to spy on Filipinos

WARNING VS CHINA. Senator Leila de Lima wants lawmakers to investigate the Safe Philippines project backed by China. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

3 years on, what are the DOTr's top projects under Duterte?

Nov 21, 2019 - 8:08 PM

The agency's top accomplishments were either initiated before Duterte's term or have yet to be finished

TOP ACCOMPLISHMENTS. The Department of Transportation said its top accomplishments in the past three years include 3 aviation projects and the commencement of the MRT3 rehabilitation. Photo courtesy from L-R: DOTr, Cebu Pacific, DOTr, and Rappler

Google, Facebook business models threat to rights – Amnesty report

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:53 PM

The London-based organization argues that the current model of monetizing personal information imperils a gamut of rights including freedom of opinion and expression

A digital echo of the Khmer Rouge haunts phones in Cambodia

Oct 27, 2019 - 8:00 AM

A pattern of phone taps, leaks and arrests is reminding some Cambodians of Pol Pot’s tactics

Image for Coda Story by Nika Kobaidze

Western academia helps build China's automated racism

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:36 PM

Researchers in China are developing new and more invasive techniques to surveil Uyghurs. Some of their work is being supported by academia in the West.

FACIAL RECOGNITION. Original image by Sofiya Voznaya

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden publishing memoir

Aug 02, 2019 - 5:03 PM

'Everything that we do now lasts forever, not because we want to remember but because we're no longer allowed to forget. Helping to create that system is my greatest regret,' says Edward Snowden

SNOWDEN. Edward Snowden speaks remotely at WIRED25 Festival on October 14, 2018 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for WIRED25/AFP

Explainer: what is surveillance capitalism and how does it shape the economy

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Surveillance capitalism describes a market driven process where the commodity for sale is your personal data, and the capture and production of this data relies on mass surveillance of the internet

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Surveillance-savvy Hong Kong protesters go digitally dark

Jun 14, 2019 - 8:19 AM

Many of those on the streets are predominantly young and have grown up in a digital world, but they are all too aware of the dangers of surveillance and leaving online footprints

Demonstrators take a rest the night after a protest against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019. Violent clashes broke out in Hong Kong on June 12 as police tried to stop protesters storming the city's parliament, while tens of thousands of people blocked key arteries in a show of strength against government plans to allow extraditions to China. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP

Surveillance and internet disruption in Baku

Mar 21, 2019 - 11:18 AM

The authorities in Azerbaijan don’t need to shut down the internet or social media. They can achieve control by disruption alone.

China chat log leak shows scope of surveillance

Mar 07, 2019 - 8:05 PM

The files show a wealth of information linked to online accounts, including GPS locations, file transfers, and chat logs

CHINA AND SURVEILLANCE. A man uses a computer in an internet cafe in Beijing on June 1, 2017. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Senators sound alarm over China-funded DILG surveillance project

Dec 13, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto cites security risks in the 12,000-camera Safe Philippines Project of the DILG in partnership with a China Telecom affiliate and Huawei

Police Director General Oscar Albyalde during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Interior and Local Government and its attached agency on October 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

China's surveillance system coming to the Philippines?

Dec 02, 2018 - 6:16 PM

'Huawei wants to know what you like to eat, where you want to go, to secure your safety,' says an official of the Chinese tech giant

Tech giants warn Australia against law to break encryption

Nov 29, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The bill would give security agencies wide powers to force telecommunications and technology companies to give them access to encrypted devices and messaging apps

China uses 'gait recognition' technology to identify people

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:03 PM

The software can identify people by how they walk, even if they are not facing the camera

Eleazar: No surveillance inside schools over Red October plot

Oct 06, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Police Director Guillermo Eleazar says he will consult with the Commission on HIgher Education on any steps Metro Manila police would take

STOP RED-TAGGING. Militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan picket the headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Quezon City on October 2, 2018, denouncing the allegations made by the military against critics of the Duterte administration. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Anti-terrorism law weak, Senate wants longer surveillance, detention of suspects

Oct 01, 2018 - 7:28 PM

Proposed amendments to the Human Security Act include increasing surveillance to at least 90 days and detention to at least 30 days for 'suspected terrorists'

MONITOR. Amendments to the Human Security act eye longer periods of surveillance and detention.

European court rules against Britain over mass surveillance

Sep 13, 2018 - 10:10 PM

Ruling in the case of Big Brother Watch and Others versus the United Kingdom, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, says the interception of journalistic material also violates the right to freedom of information

U.S. gives P807-million surveillance system to Philippines

Aug 14, 2018 - 6:20 PM

'We can use this for surveying areas devastated by typhoons, before and after, so that we can assess the damage,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

SABIR SYSTEM. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana join representatives of the Philippine Air Force and Joint US Military Assistance Group with the newly-transferred Special Airborne Mission Installation and Response (SABIR) system. Photo courtesy of US embassy

Military rejects electronic surveillance limits in draft constitution

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:33 PM

Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr also rejects a move to delete the provision in the current constitution assigning the military as the ‘protector of the people’

REVIEW. Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr says on July 5, 2018, he will create a group that will carefully study the draft by the ConCom for its possible impact on the security sector. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

'Record history' casts cloud of doubt on Philippine national ID system

Jun 12, 2018 - 4:33 PM

(UPDATED) Privacy experts warn that maintaining a record history in what could otherwise be a beneficial identification system may pave the way for 'dataveillance'

Supreme Court upholds CA ruling to give protection to human rights lawyer

May 22, 2018 - 1:38 PM

'What the respondent obviously established is that the threats to her right to life, liberty and security were neither imaginary nor contrived, but real and probable,' says the SC in upholding the Court of Appeals' ruling in favor of lawyer Maria Catherine Dannug-Salucon, who accused the military of harassment

HIGH COURT. The facade of the Supreme Court building

Want data privacy? Here's how to protect your personal information online

Mar 21, 2018 - 11:05 AM

Data privacy lawyer Cecilia Soria says it's important to be more mindful and less careless in giving away personal information, especially on social media

Prone to abuse: State surveillance as a tool to silence critics

Mar 18, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Human rights activists say the conduct of both physical and communication surveillance is prone to abuse and is a violation of a citizen's right to privacy

You think your data, communication devices are safe? Think again

Mar 17, 2018 - 11:01 PM

According to privacy rights group Privacy International, there have been at least 7 recorded sales of surveillance equipment to the Philippines

ACCESS. Information and communications on a person's device can be accessed through the use of different types of equipment and software.

State surveillance: A necessary evil?

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Proponents of state surveillance argue that monitoring individuals is necessary in the interest of 'national security'. But who defines what 'national security' is? To what extent is state surveillance legal?

What you need to know about state surveillance

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:45 AM

The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte purchased communications surveillance equipment from the UK. What should citizens know about state monitoring?

MONITOR. Reports in February revealed the Duterte administration purchased spyware from the British government.

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Sep 11, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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PH Air Force gets new surveillance planes from U.S.

Jul 27, 2017 - 8:32 PM

For this kind of surveillance plane it s the most modern that we have says Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

NEW TOYS. The Cessna planes will be based in Zamboanga City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

China drafts law on broad surveillance powers

May 18, 2017 - 9:15 PM

It is part of a raft of legislative measures drafted by China in recent years that grant the government formal authority to crack down on perceived threats to domestic stability including laws on national security espionage and cybersecurity

Surveillance, security laws hurting investigative journalism

May 01, 2017 - 9:08 PM

A massive study produced by UNESCO encourages journalists to train themselves in digital security, educate the public, and advocate for institutional changes

Screenshot of the cover page of the UNESCO study

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Apr 02, 2017 - 1:04 PM

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VLOG: PH Navy welcomes 2 TC-90 trainer aircraft from Japan

Mar 27, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Japan s State Minister for Defense says the Philippines is a politically important nation because it is located in the sea line of communication to Japan

PH Navy receives 2 TC-90 patrol planes from Japan

Mar 27, 2017 - 9:59 AM

UPDATED The planes will boost the capability of the ill equipped navy to conduct maritime aerial reconnaissance

NEW PLANES. The TC-90s at the Naval Air Group headquarters in Sangley, Cavite, March 27, 2017. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

New world-class air traffic system ready by June – CAAP

Jan 06, 2017 - 1:00 PM

The new Communications Navigation Surveillance Air Traffic Management will enable airlines to meet departure and arrival schedules and provide a safer more efficient air traffic management flow in the country

Student filmmaker intentionally gets smartphone stolen to spy on thief

Dec 19, 2016 - 6:49 PM

Using a bugged phone the filmmaker tracks a thief s life and produces a documentary out of it

STOLEN SELFIE. In 'Find My Phone,' the filmmaker was able to take photos of the alleged smartphone thief remotely. Screengrab from YouTube/Anthony van der Meer

Swiss voters back new surveillance law

Sep 25, 2016 - 11:50 PM

Measures under the law will only be used to monitor the highest priority suspects especially those linked to terrorism


FBI won't disclose iPhone hack details to Apple

Apr 28, 2016 - 3:15 PM

The federal law enforcement agency explains it does not have the technical details from the unidentified third party

epa05171660 (FILE) The logo of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building in Washington DC, USA, 22 December 2014. Apple chief executive Tim Cook refused the judge's order in an open letter posted on the company's website 16 February 2016 shortly after Judge Sheri Pym ordered the company to help the FBI access data they believe is stored on the phone. The December 2 attack in San Bernardino was carried out by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, at a holiday party at the county office where Farook worked. Fourteen people were killed. Police killed Farook and Malik later that same day in a shoot-out. The FBI wants Apple to help it hack into Farook's iPhone by building a new version of the iOS software that would circumvent security features and install the software on the iPhone, which was recovered during the investigation. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Apple denies handing source code over to China

Apr 20, 2016 - 3:40 PM

The tech giant s general counsel Bruce Sewell tells lawmakers that Apple refused to turn over software instructions to the Chinese government

Bruce Sewell, General Counsel of Apple, is sworn-in prior to testifying on data encryption policies between the tech industry and law enforcement during a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Electronic snooping 'small price to pay' against terror – expert

Mar 23, 2016 - 11:51 PM

Sir Max Hastings: Our tolerance of electronic surveillance subject to legal and parliamentary oversight seems a small price to pay for some measure of security against threats that nobody – today of all days – can doubt are real

A SMALL PRICE TO PAY? British writer Sir Max Hastings gestures during the presentation of his latest work 'Nemesis: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45' in Madrid, Spain, March 10, 2008. File Photo by Mondelo/EPA

Ex-Toshiba boss grilled over falsified financial report – media

Mar 19, 2016 - 4:49 PM

Japan s market watchdog suspects former Toshiba president Hisao Tanaka was aware of the profit padding but did not intervene

epa04855307 Toshiba Corp president Hisao Tanaka attends a press conference at the company headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, 21 July 2015. Toshiba Corp president Hisao Tanaka announced he steps down after a third-party panel found the company had inflated its profits by 151.8 billion yen (1.22 billion dollars) over seven years. The panel said Tanaka and his predecessors - Norio Sasaki, who serves as vice chairman, and Atsutoshi Nishida - exerted pressure on subordinates to increase profits in the computer business. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

Apple says FBI out to 'rewrite history' in iPhone case

Mar 16, 2016 - 12:00 PM

The tech giant says the founders of the United States would be appalled by the actions of the Justice Department and FBI

epa05177560 A man holds a sign outside the FBI headquarters as people expressed support for Apple's decision to fight an effort by the FBI to compel the company to create a so-called 'backdoor' into Apple devices, outside the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, USA, 23 February 2016. Gatherings to show support for Apple were planned for 23 February across more than 20 US states and several countries. Apple is fighting a court order that the FBI claims would help a terrorism investigation in San Bernardino, California. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

In Apple vs FBI case, compromise appears elusive

Mar 06, 2016 - 10:08 AM

The FBI is pressing Apple to develop a system that would allow the law enforcement agency to break into a locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers

NO ENTRY. A man holds up an iPhone with a 'No Entry' graphic as part of a rally in front of an Apple Store in support of the company's privacy policy, in New York, New York, USA, in February 2016. Photo by Justine Lane/EPA

FBI, Apple clash in Congress on encryption

Mar 02, 2016 - 5:27 PM

The FBI insists it is only doing its job while Apple maintains it is after the safety of iPhone users

epa05189614 Senior vice president and general counsel for Apple Inc Bruce Sewell testifies before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on 'The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans' Security and Privacy', on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 01 March 2016. A US federal judge last week ordered Apple to help the FBI crack the encryption on the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife killed 14 people in the 02 December shooting spree, an order which Apple chief executive Tim Cook has refused in an open letter published on Apple's website. EPA/SHAWN THEW

Apple ready for encryption 'conversation' – lawyer

Mar 01, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The American people deserve an honest conversation about the FBI s iPhone request says Apple s lawyer

epa05177774 People rally in front of an Apple Store in San Francisco, California, USA, 23 February 2016. The protest is to show support for Apple Inc., on its refusal to to help the FBI to gain encryption 'backdoor' access to information on the iPhone that belong to one of the two people who killed 14 people in the San Bernadino terror atack. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO

Apple-FBI case has wide implications

Feb 28, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Lack of privacy can be a matter of life and death or imprisonment says USMobile s Jon Hanour

epa05177563 A man holds up an iPhone with a 'No Entry' graphic as part of a rally in front of an Apple Store in support of the company's privacy policy, in New York, New York, USA, 23 February 2016. Apple is currently in a legal dispute with the FBI, which has requested that Apple unlock the iPhone of one of the people involved in the San Bernardino terrorist attacks. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Surveillance secret weapon in China pollution struggle

Dec 13, 2015 - 12:25 PM

Giant mainframe computers at Beijing s environmental bureau monitor the city s pollution

CHINA AND POLLUTION. In this photo taken on December 11, 2015, Yann Boquillod displays an Airvisual air quality monitor in Beijing. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Snowden attacks Russia rights curbs as 'fundamentally wrong'

Sep 05, 2015 - 10:45 PM

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden calls Moscow s restrictions on the web a mistake in policy and fundamentally wrong as he accepted a Norwegian freedom of expression prize by videophone from Russia

File photo by AFP/Wikileaks

Empty chair for Snowden prize ceremony

Aug 28, 2015 - 10:27 PM

Norwegian authorities could not guarantee that he could come without the risk of being extradited to the United States an official from the Newth Nouri of the Norwegian Academy of Literature and Freedom of Expression says

File photo of Edward Snowden

Customs preparing new fuel-marking scheme to fight smuggling

Jul 26, 2015 - 9:03 PM

The scheme is estimated to net an additional P13 6 billion in government revenue from curbing smuggling particularly in Bataan ports