State of Surveillance
The NSA Uses Slack. Why?
The United States' top digital surveillance agency is using an off-the-shelf version of Slack. For what? They should tell us!
Revealed: This Is Palantir’s Top-Secret User Manual for Cops
Motherboard obtained a Palantir user manual through a public records request, and it gives unprecedented insight into how the company logs and tracks individuals.
The FBI Has Published Its Cache of Bigfoot Files
The FBI did forensic testing to learn if Bigfoot was real, official documents confirm.
Researchers Are Liberating Thousands of Pages of Forgotten Hacking History From the Government
Using FOIA, they’ve already published NASA’s official report about the infamous WANK worm.
‘Mutant Rabbit’ Lost By University of Michigan Laboratory, FOIA Docs Show
The University of Michigan was home to a series of animal deaths in 2018.
Here Are Hundreds of Pages of Official Documents About Predictive Policing in America
Motherboard is publishing several hundred pages of documents we obtained from police departments by using Freedom of Information requests.
Don't Fear the Green Reaper, the Department of Energy's Creepy Recycling Mascot
The unsettling costume was dreamt up by an employee at the agency that oversees America's nuclear stockpile.
The Government’s Secret UFO Program Funded Research on Wormholes and Extra Dimensions
Documents released by the Department of Defense reveal some of what its infamous Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was working on.
Why Seattle Accidentally Sent This Activist the First 256 Characters of 32 Million Internal Emails
How this self-described FOIA-nerd uses city data to make your life better.
Oakland Police Open Records Transparency Investigation After 'Watch Dogs 2' Lawsuit
Earlier this year, Oakland Police refused to turn over documents about any collaboration with Ubisoft. An activist sued the agency, and won.
NASA Lost Lunar Rover Prototype and Other Priceless Artifacts to Sloppy Management, Inspector General Finds
The agency's Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that “a significant amount of historic personal property has been lost, misplaced, or taken” due to inadequate procedures.
DHS Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny It Has Records on Deepfakes
As DARPA researchers work on identifying manipulated videos, and lawmakers call for an intelligence community report, the DHS is staying tight-lipped on deepfakes.