Privacy, digital or not, is arguably one of the most pressing issues facing the world today. It's a prerequisite for identity, free speech, and democracy. But what even is privacy?

The Social Media Paradox

It is undeniable that social media has reshaped how we communicate with one another. It has allowed for friends living across the world from one another to remain in close touch, but there is little control as to who sees what, elevating even our most distant friends to social intimacy. »

If Not You, Then Who?

It has been awhile since a leak pertaining to suspicionless surveillance has been at the forefront of the mainstream media, but cognizance of the United States' domestic spying activities remain as important, if not more, under Donald Trump. Juxtaposed with the extreme jingoism (and borderline chauvinism) that we have recently »

Hacking Is Part of It. Hacking Isn't All of It.

When you hear 'privacy,' what comes to mind? This story is a work in progress. Whenever I would ask this question, I would almost always hear something along the lines of "strong passwords" and "good online habits"—and rightfully so, this is all good advice. »

The Panopticon Effect

The Panopticon Imagine a large cylinder shaped chamber. It's roughly 50 meters in diameter, and 30 meters tall. In the center is a guard tower, and on all sides of the room are prison cells. There are four levels of cells, and they are arranged so that the each cell »

The State of Surveillance as Trump Moves into Office

On the eve of his exit from office, President Barack Obama has issued a new set of rules governing how the NSA handles the information attained through its extensive international surveillance system. Under these new regulations, the NSA can share the data it collects with other members of the U. »

Privacy in the Public Eye

According to a recent study by Pew Research, 86% of internet users have taken steps to preserve their online privacy. These steps range from using incognito mode for sensitive browsing (which has a minimal effect on one's "online footprint") to using the privacy-conscious but inconvenient Tor browser. According »

The Commoditization of Privacy

Privacy is no longer the inalienable right that it once was. Instead, it is now a currency. It is bought and sold, under-regulated, and invisible. "If you're not paying, you're the product." It's become clear that there are multiple sources of surveillance in the United States: the government, »

The Unintended Consequences of "Do Not Track"

The idea behind the Do Not Track request is simple: send a message to the websites you're visiting that you don't want to be tracked, and they will comply. In theory, this is much more effective than content blockers (such as Ghostery), because it is preventative as opposed to reactionary. »

Privacy under Donald Trump, and Why You Should Care

During Trump’s acceptance speech at 3AM, I was scrolling through Snapchat (as is expected of a digitally-connected 15 year old), trying to gauge the reactions from my friends. Some were confused. Some were disappointed. Others were angry. I felt a combination of all three, a mix of emotion that »

I've got nothing to hide

I've got nothing to hide. I promise. If you were to release my hard drives, my passwords, and my texts to the world, the worst thing that could happen would be a bit of embarrassment over failed romantic pursuits and perhaps some regret that I wasn't more articulate in late »