Cyrus Farivar | We’re All Being Watched: Local Surveillance

For the last decade, Farivar has lived in Oakland, California. And since that time, surveillance technology has gotten more widespread and invasive. The city’s license plate readers now exist on 33 different OPD vehicles, capturing the date, time and GPS location of every vehicle seen. Through the public records process, Farivar received over 4 million license plate reader records. Beyond LPRs, Oakland, and other cities, employ the secretive cell phone spying tool known as a cell-site simulator. These devices are employed with little judicial or public scrutiny, in possible violation of the 4th Amendment. The tools that cops are routinely using point to a near-future where we will all have to give up data about ourselves to the states’ drones, facial recognition scanners and maybe DNA collection devices, with little recourse.


FarivarCyrus Farivar
Author & Senior Business Editor
Ars Technica

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Cyrus Farivar is a journalist, radio producer and author. He has reported for The Economist, Wired, The New York Times, Deutsche Welle English, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Public Radio International, National Public Radio, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and many others. His first book, The Internet of Elsewhere – about the history and effects of the Internet on different countries around the world, including Senegal, Iran, Estonia and South Korea – was published by Rutgers University Press in April 2011. He has a B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.