Eyes in the Sky book cover

Eyes in the Sky book cover

Eyes in the Sky: The Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All is the title of a new book by Arthur Holland Michel, the Founder and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College. The main character, if you can call it that, is Gorgon Stare, an Orwellian-scale, aerial surveillance system built by the Pentagon that can track 1,000 moving targets simultaneously.

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Gorgon Stare is powered by a technology called WAMI (Wide Area Motion Imagery), and information contained in the book is based on interviews of sources in the Pentagon and the companies that built Gorgon Stare.

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The book will be released on June 18, 2019. All who register for and attend Big Data & AI Conference will receive a free copy. So if you’ve not yet registered, visit the conference website for links to registration and detailed information about the Big Data and artificial intelligence conference.

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9 Responses

  1. I did an extension search in Iceweasel, but couldn’t find it, so I downloaded the latest Firefox and it can’t find it either.
    If it existed, I’d be quite interested to try it.

    1. Just clicking on its link in the article takes you to the extensions page. And on a search of “collusion,” it was the first item returned.

      1. Thanks for the prompt and helpful advice. I’ve found my problem. I originally read your article in Chromium, then loaded Firefox and looked for it in the Extensions. It failed to appear.
        With your advice, I loaded your article directly in Firefox and clicked the link. As you said, it came up on the Add-ons page, but there’s a message that it isn’t available for version 17.0.7 – which is what I have.
        I think I’ll just have to wait for a bit.

  2. Instead of dis-allowing cookies, try using a privacy plugin like Ghostery. Before installing, Linux Today informed 14 sites. After installing ( and resetting Collusion report), it only informed 7 sites.

    Good to see a visual that ghostery is doing what it is supposed to do.

      1. Try the RequestPolicy extension. IIRC, I actually found it recommended on an earlier discussion of collusion. Eventually, I ended up uninstalling collusion as there simply wasn’t much left for it to report — the only sites it listed were sites I already knew about as I had specifically allowed them in RequestPolicy.

        Of course, that /does/ come with a non-trivial amount of hassle-cost, especially at first, until you’ve set normal permissions for all the sites you normally visit, and especially for images and scripts, because one thing you find out real fast with this extension is just how many sites link to off-site images as well as off-site scripts. But it does get better. After a couple days you’ll notice less hassle on the sites you visit nearly daily, and after a week or two, you’ll find most of the permissions you’re setting are now one-shot/temporary, as you don’t visit the site (or your favorites sites don’t link to a site) often enough to make it worth setting a permanent permission for.

        The one thing I wish RequestPolicy had was something like Noscript’s untrusted sites list, to take them off of the list that appears all the time. Google-analytics, the big ad-networks and the social sites (twitter, facebook, reddit, stumbleupon, dig, del.icio.us, etc) all end up on noscript’s untrusted list, but request-policy doesn’t have such a list, so they continue to show up in candidate list and I have to continuously ignore them.

        The other thing that would be nice would be no-script integration, such that allowing a site in no-script would auto-allow it in request-policy as well, instead of having to allow it twice, once in each, since allowing a script in no-script doesn’t help if request-policy is blocking the request for the script in the first place. (But allowing in request-policy wouldn’t allow in no-script, as someone could well want to unblock image serves, for instance, without allowing scripts from the same site to run.)

        But there’s a bonus, too. With a nicely setup RequestPolicy, the need for an ad-blocker pretty much disappears, since very /very/ few sites serve their own ads, meaning the ad-sites all appear in RequestPolicy, and if you don’t allow the requests…

        And without a half-dozen or more additional sites to load content from, web pages load much faster, too. =:^)


        1. The RequestPolicy info page, the recommendation is to use it and NoScript together, so the coders of RequestPolicy know the limitations of their extension.

          I’ll install it and see how it goes.

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