Tech News: Your Home Monitoring Status

Welcome to the third edition of Internet Insider, where we dissect the technology and politics going on online.


  • New surveillance status is here: Inside your own home
  • Senate confirms Jessica Rosenworcel to new term at FCC
  • Amazon ads are ‘unlawfully deceiving consumers’, new complaint filed with FTC says

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New surveillance status is here: Inside your own home

Pandemic accelerates many troublesome technologies or practices, but one of the issues that can cause the most concern is the rapid encroachment of surveillance technology into ours private space at home as many have been forced to close for a long time.

Yes countless examples about how surveillance technology has become pervasive in our lives and homes. While going to school at home, students forced to compete with faulty electronic doctoral system; Rotary machine has proliferate and videos are recorded with the bell go viral on TikTok every day; employees are concerned about how the new supervisory measures threaten their privacy when employers look for ways track their every keystroke or track their engagement through an AI-powered camera; and now, Ring has introduced a home security drone called Always Home Cam which Navigate its way through the halls of your home.

In other words, Our house is looking and feeling much different. The pandemic has only increased the use and domestication of surveillance technologies and systems, which means our homes are becoming sites of increased security in ways that challenge assumptions about privacy and publicity—And there is a growing feeling that this rollout is happening far away faster than we can understand its potential consequences.

As scholars Jathan Sadowski and Sophia Maalsen put it: Some of the Biggest Tech Companies in the World”now our roommate. ”

Read full story here.

—Jake Pitre, contributing writer



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Senate confirms Jessica Rosenworcel to new term at FCC

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel is confirmed for another term last week after one 68-31 votes in the Senate.

In a statement on Twitter, Rosenworcel Thank you President Joe Biden and the Senate to strengthen her role at the agency.

“It has been an honor in my life to lead @FCC and serve as the first permanent female President,” she writes. “Thank you to the President and the Senate for entrusting me with this responsibility. Much has to be done to ensure modern communications reach everyone, everywhere. Now let’s start it. ”

Rosenworcel, who was be the chairperson since starting to manage Biden, has addressed many issues including net neutrality, robot calland advocate for narrowing”homework gap,” Or students who don’t have affordable high-speed Internet access.

Rosenworcel was nominated by Biden along with Gigi Sohn, One Strong advocate for net neutrality who continued to face opposition from some Republican lawmakers. Sohn there was a confirmation hearing a few weeks ago.

The FCC is still in a Two-way deadlock 2-2 even with Rosenworcel’s confirmation, after Biden took months to announce his plans to fill the agency.

If Sohn is confirmed, the Democrats will guarantee majority 3-2.

—Mikael Thalen, editor


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Amazon ads are ‘unlawfully deceiving consumers’, new complaint filed with FTC says

A union of labor unions has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging Amazon To be “illegal deception“Consumers by not properly disclosing ads in search results.

Complaint was filed by Strategic Organization Center (SOC). In it, they allege that Amazon is do not disclose “clearly and conspicuously” which items are advertised and what are the “organic” search results when consumers search for items on the platform.

“The SOC found evidence that Amazon is systematically issuing FTC guidance with respect to such disclosures, and added that intentionally obfuscate identity of a major ad category by delaying the loading of their ad labels by a few seconds,” read complaint.

The complaint says it analyzed more 130,000 product searches on Amazon — both on the desktop and on the mobile app — and found that Amazon “fundamentally or completely failed to comply with all of the FTC’s specific guidelines for visual identification of advertisements.” advertising on search engine pages to ensure that consumers can distinguish advertising from organic search results. ”

In a statement to the Daily Dot, Amazon protect yourself and refute the SOC’s findings.

“This report is inaccurate and contravenes FTC guidelines — Amazon in-store advertising always includes a clear and prominent ‘sponsored’ label, made in accordance with FTC guidelines,” said one person. spokesman said.

—Andrew Wyrich, deputy technology editor

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* First published: December 14, 2021, 11:05 a.m. CST

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