Advisory Circular LA is a twitter bot that tweets, in real time, when it detects aircraft flying in circles over the Los Angeles metro area. Helicopters and fixed wing aircraft flown by news stations, police departments, and fire departments are an ambient part of LA airspace, and one of their most stereotypical behaviors is flying in circles over something interesting. Every circle tells a story, and this bot begins to surface those stories. [more inside]
I'm producing a five-part podcast series on the intersection of journalism and privacy issues. Episode one, When Governments Spy on Journalists, went live today. It looks at the spyware-maker Hacking Team and journalists who spent years under surveillance by the London Metro Police. With guests from The Intercept and Privacy International.
WHAT IS TOR: A poster for the Electronic Frontier Foundation by Molly Crabapple and myself explains what the TOR network of anonymous nodes does, why it's important, and what you can do to help, via the medium of cartoon raccoons in waistcoats.