The week of December 7, 2014

The Police State

The unstoppable rise of the global surveillance profiteers

By Aaron Sankin

Setting up your own surveillance state has never been easier—or cheaper.

Quote of the week

“The Internet is a phenomenal surveillance machine, but just because we can do something doesn’t always mean we should.”

—Nate Anderson


All cameras are police cameras

By James Bridle

Fear, loathing, and mass surveillance in London.

The unlikely allies of the cop-watch movement

By Patrick Howell O'Neill

After decades of struggle, cops are turning the cameras on themselves.

Why the online mugshot industry will never die

By Kevin Collier

Online mugshot websites have fallen out of favor with Google—but that doesn’t mean they’re gone.

Can police force you to surrender your password?

By Rob Price

It’s complicated.

The real reason police want to outlaw encryption

By Patrick Howell O'Neill

Do iPhone users deserve data protection?

Me IRL: Nate Anderson

By Eric Geller

The Ars Technica deputy editor details the privacy implications of cops patrolling the digital beat.


To fix police injustices, it’s not as simple as pressing play

By S.E. Smith

Cop cameras may provide critical context, but they’re not a silver-bullet solution.

In the age of mass surveillance, we are all black

By Kymone Freeman

In the age of mass surveillance, we are all black.

Why you should fear your local police department

By Gillian Branstetter

The threat of cellphone surveillance is a lot closer than you realize.