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Florida to Citizens: Rat Out Your Terrorist Neighbors

iWATCH allows people to report terror-related activities online

(Newser) - Expect a few Big Brother! cries around this one. A group of northeast Florida counties have introduced a way for its residents to report on fellow residents who they believe may be engaged in terror activities: an online system called iWATCH . The iWATCH site explains what kinds of things should... More »

Digital Age Lets Schools Track Students' Whereabouts

From K through college, there's no hiding

(Newser) - From kindergarten to college, students these days are usually not far from the eyes—prying or protective, depending on your view—of administrators. Two cases in point:
  • The Chicago Tribune reports on districts keeping track of young students on school buses through a combination of GPS technology and ID cards.
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Big Brother Drug Ring Uncovered

And one member beat up fiancée, too!

(Newser) - Two former Big Brother contestants parlayed their reality show alliance into a real-life drug ring, and now they’re paying the price. Adam Jasinski, who won season nine, allegedly used his $500,000 prize to get into the oxycodone game, and was arrested in October. Yesterday, his former housemate and... More »

Vulgar Online Comment Costs Man His Job

He posts dirty word, then gets tracked via his IP address

(Newser) - Commenters, beware. A St. Louis man who posted a vulgarity at a newspaper website soon found himself out of a job. When the St. Louis Post-Dispatch asked readers to weigh in with the strangest thing they've ever eaten, one guy responded with what the paper describes as a "vulgar... More »

Big Brother Winner Nabbed for Peddling Oxy

Jasinski says he used $500K prize to buy, sell painkillers

(Newser) - Big Brother 9 winner Adam Jasinski made his first court appearance today in Massachusetts after being charged with trying to sell 2,000 prescription painkiller pills. After a brief struggle with agents, the DEA says Jasinski waived his Miranda rights and confessed to using his $500,000 winnings from the... More »

Turkish Women Lured to Fake Big Brother, Filmed Naked

Police rescue 9 after calls from worried relatives

(Newser) - Police rescued nine young women who had been lured to a Turkish villa where they were duped into believing they were part of a Big Brother-style reality show and photographed naked, reports the BBC and local media. The women stayed in the villa for 2 months, initially believing they were... More »

Brit Big Brother Contestant Slashes Wrists

Incident renews debate over mental health of reality TV contestants

(Newser) - A contestant on the British edition of Big Brother slit his wrists after he was voted off the show, reports the Guardian. Sree Dasari, still being treated in the hospital, was an unpopular character; he faced mockery after flirting with another housemate who wasn't attracted to him, and when he... More »

Most Repulsive Reality TV Shows

(Newser) - Reality shows throw anyone who signs a waiver onto TV. Some have higher aspirations, but most rest solidly in "How low can they go?" territory. Annie Barrett of Entertainment Weekly looks at 35 of the most appalling reality TV shows.
  • Jail:  A new low from the guys
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Dying Reality TV Star Says 'I Do'

Jade Goody weds fiancé Jack Tweed in a televised ceremony

(Newser) - British reality TV star Jade Goody married fiancé Jack Tweed today in an emotional ceremony near London, the BBC reports. Goody, whose battle with cancer has played out on UK television, shed tears because of "the lovely things that were being said,” she said. Like most recent events... More »

Brit Reality Star Prepares to Die on Camera

Jade Goody's decision prompts questions of who is exploiting whom

(Newser) - Ever since she appeared on Big Brother at age 21, Jade Goody has captivated a British public willing to eat up every detail of the working-class reality star's life. Now that the 27-year-old has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, the public may have the chance to watch her die, reports... More »

Court: UK's DNA Database Violates Privacy Rights

(Newser) - A European human-rights court has ruled that Britain has gotten a little too Big Brotherish in its effort to build a DNA database of its citizens. The court ruled that the UK has no right to keep DNA evidence from criminal suspects who are later cleared, the Guardian reports. The... More »

Big Brother Comes to Sweden

New surveillance law has country partying like it's 1984

(Newser) - Don’t believe the hype: “Sweden is no cuddly liberal democracy,” writes Nathalie Rothschild for Spiked, berating her home country for “introducing the most Draconian surveillance law in Europe.” Known as the FRA law but nicknamed "Lex Orwell" by opponents, the legislation gives intelligence agencies... More »

EU Eyes Anti-Terror Camera for Every Seat

System watches movement, faces

(Newser) - A camera may be planted in every airline seat in Europe, if an EU plan under development is approved. Dubbed SAFEE (Security of Aircraft in the Future European Environment), the system would also aim cameras at the aisles. Software would then watch for suspicious movements, gestures, and even facial expressions. More »

FBI Plans Huge Biometric Index

On project 'Next Generation Identification'

(Newser) - The FBI is planning a $1 billion database of “biometric” information—face shapes, iris scans, palm patterns, and even gait patterns—to enhance investigations, the Washington Post reports. Critics fear that the plan, called Next Generation Identification, will further erode individual privacy as the body becomes a de facto... More »

London About to Sack Plastic

House of Commons to vote on outlawing free plastic shopping bags

(Newser) - The ubiquitous free plastic bag will soon be more than London merchants can handle. That's because Council officials yesterday voted to ban London retailers from handing out the free sacks, sending the matter to the House of Commons for a final ruling. The London bill would require shoppers to use... More »

UK Is Ready for Its Closeup

With 1 surveillance camera for every 15 Britons, unexamined life is nonexistent

(Newser) - The nation that embraced the "Big Brother" TV show is becoming eerily like the society George Orwell envisioned, reports the LA Times. Litterers under closed-circuit surveillance respond to commands to pick up trash they drop, and errant cyclists are ordered to dismount in pedestrian-only areas. Britons increasingly are trading... More »

China Unleashes Web Cops

Cute caricatures will pop up, steer users clear of risqué content

(Newser) - Beijing police have an answer for Internet users who might be tempted to gamble or watch the Paris Hilton sex video: an animated officer who moves across your screen in a virtual car, motorcycle or on foot while admonishing you to steer clear of illegal content. The cartoon alerts will... More »

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