Happy new week, and welcome to the inadvertent surveillance edition.
Should our future robot overlords decide to write a history of how they overcame their human masters, late 2014 will be a key date in the timeline. Last week, an official report from the parliamentary intelligence and security committee handed over responsibility for the UK’s fight against terrorism, or at least part of it, to Facebook’s algorithms – the automated scripts that (among other things) look at your posts and your networks to suggest content you will like, people you might know and things you might buy.
Are you at risk from the anti-terrorism algorithms?
Meanwhile in Ireland, 'State sanctions phone and email tapping'.
Too many surveillance programs to keep track of? Here are all the NSA revelations in one handy chart. Be prepared to be amazed!
The increasingly ugly Uber juggernaut rumbles on. The app has been banned in Delhi. As of yesterday Portland, Oregon is the latest city to sue the company.
2014: The Year in Photos, January – April
Wizard school, passive-aggressive shopping, Tom Baker versus Clem Fandango, pensive Biden and celebrity aliases.
Finally, if you're looking for Illuminati gifts, Etsy has you covered.
Yours etc., @loughlin
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