The Surveillance newsroom is a collaborative space that brings resources and expertise together to enable European media to interrogate the rise of the surveillance tech industry. It tackles the complexity of emerging technologies, their adoption by state and supranational actors and questions the push to render people as data. Too much reporting in this space has cast this technology in a dystopic near future, the newsroom is focused on present-tense journalism that illuminates this datafication and its implications for human rights. Significant public money has already been sunk into mass surveillance tools that potentially violate human rights, from predictive policing algorithms to facial recognition, to data extraction from personal devices. More effective scrutiny is overdue. The newsroom combines a core team with experience reporting on the companies and technologies with a data team that can unpack some of the questionable math and modeling.
Crude software in the Netherlands scored 100,000s of people on benefits, in first reconstruction of this kind, we reveal prejudice and randomnessMore
Trove of internal documents offers rare insight into how governments justify seeking to hack services like Whatsapp and SignalMore
Technology has been pushed as a panacea for African democracies. As Kenya faces its third biometric election, a French multinational has made tens of millions from failed systemsMore
The most in-depth investigation to date of the EU police agency uncovers years of unlawful retention of personal dataMore
Rotterdam has deployed a predictive algorithm to flag welfare recipients for investigation; we obtained the source code.More
While the military coup and deadly crackdown in Myanmar has drawn European condemnation, EU funds and technology have secretly aided the junta in spying on its own populationMore
The controversial US tech company is putting down roots in the EU’s security, public health and aviation sectors as well as its data infrastructure, raising questionsMore