Science, Tech & Politics
- A spectator’s view of the JFK funeral procession. (Shot by old friend Donald Hughes.) A photographer for his high-school yearbook, Hughes decided he had to document the passage of the president’s coffin on its horse-drawn caisson as it made its way from the White House to the Capitol on Nov. 25, 1963.
- Watch Comet Ison loop past the Sun before it dazzles in the sky next month. Via UniverseToday.
- Great expectations for Ikon, from CBS News.
- Revisiting the last great comet. My prior post on the matter.
- You are made of waste. By Curt Stager in Nautilus.
- The everyday exchange of virtual objects. By Jon Udell.
- Critical Thinking. In Comradity.
- Update: Encrypt the Web Report: Who’s Doing What. By Kurt Opsahl and Nate Cardozo and Parker Higgins in EFF Deeplinks.
- Defying Washington to Save the Internet. By Timothy Karr and S. Derek Turner in Huffington Post.
- Schneier tells Washington NSA broke Internet’s security for everyone; and techies can only fix it if government stays out of the way. By Sean Gallagher in Ars Technica.
- Internet Society Expresses Concern over Impact of Intellectual Property Rights Provisions in Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Draft. By the Internet Society.
Surveillance vs. Privacy
- Exclusive: Inside America’s Plan to Kill Online Privacy Rights Everywhere. By Colum Lynch in Foreign Policy.
- Which companies are encrypting your data properly? In Gizmodo. Among variables not covered are what they’re doing outside the cryptographic envelope (such as reading your emails).
- Besieged: Stung by revelations of ubiquitous surveillance and compromised software, the internet’s engineers and programmers ponder how to fight back. In The Economist.
- A Fraying of the Public/Private Surveillance Partnership: The secret eavesdropping ecosystem is breaking down, thanks to the Snowden documents. By Bruce Schneier in The Atlantic.
- Google’s chief internet evangelist says ‘privacy may actually be an anomaly’ By Jacob Kastrenakes in The Verge. Then, Google’s Cerf Says “Privacy May Be An Anomaly”. Historically, He’s Right. By Gregory Ferenstein (@ferenstein) in TechCrunch. Then, Vint Cerf is Wrong. Privacy Is Not An Anomaly. By Omer Tene in Privacy Perspectives.
- Surveillance is not about protecting us. It’s about control. In Rubbing Alcololic.
- The real privacy problem. By Evgeny Morozov in Technology Review.
- Intellectual Property, Jewish Ethics, and Aaron Swartz. By Harold Feld in Tales of the Sausage Factory
- Smart is not. By Raving Lunacy. The Telcos are the only business that violates customer privacy and personal information to anybody with a request. No other business shares information about their customers if they hope to sell them again.
Markets +/vs. Marketing
- Why the banner ad is heroic, and adtech is our greatest artifact. By John Battelle in Searchblog.
- Survey warns of looming consumer revolt on private data sharing. By Chloe Green in Information Age.
- Over one-fifth of people use ad-blocking software—and it’s beginning to hurt. By Leo Mirani (@lmirani) in Quartz.
- The Rise of Ad Blocking. A report by PageFair.
- With decent algorithms, all user data is personal. By Don Marti.
- Why Did 9,000 Porny Spambots Descend on This San Diego High Schooler? Subhead: A voyage into the strange underworld of spambots, shady marketing, and non-human intelligence. By Alexis C. Madrigal in The Atlantic.
- What’s Your Data Worth? By Accenture.
- Fire at the Internet Archive, and Dave Taht’s posting about it. Also TechCrunch.
- Fed up with slow and pricey Internet, cities start demanding gigabit fiber. Subhead: Google Fiber can’t do it all, so city governments start taking charge.By Jon Brodkin in Ars Technica.
- Tidal Lagoon power from Swansea Bay.
- UTA Flight 772, which was downed by Libyan terrorists in the middle of the Sahara Desert, and the amazing memorial put there, large enough to appear on Google Maps. Snopes says it’s true.
- Clinging to Outlook, Only 25 Percent of Yahoo Employees Willing to Eat Mail “Dogfood” (Best Memo Ever!) By Kara Swisher in All Things D.
- TV Is Dying, And Here Are The Stats That Prove It. By Jim Edwards in Business Insider.
- The Changing World of Merchant Payment Requirements. By Boston Consulting Group, via SWIFT.
- Fighting to hold on to your business model is not a business model. In SparkMinute.
- The Desktop Regulatory State. A blog by Kevin A. Carson.
Well Doc that Morozov article in TR was wonderfully thought provoking and provocative to many different entrenched points of view on the subject.
I’d be very interested in your thoughts on this pull quote:
“This is where Simitis expressed a truly revolutionary insight that is lost in contemporary privacy debates: no progress can be achieved, he said, as long as privacy protection is “more or less equated with an individual’s right to decide when and which data are to be accessible.” The trap that many well-meaning privacy advocates fall into is thinking that if only they could provide the individual with more control over his or her data—through stronger laws or a robust property regime—then the invisible barbed wire would become visible and fray. It won’t—not if that data is eventually returned to the very institutions that are erecting the wire around us.”
Of course it is by definition a semi-decontextualized pull quote, but it would seem to pose some challenge to the VRM mission.
But the article goes on to describe some promise in the purely commerce-driven “electronic butler” approach, but illustrates the lack of agency and unawareness of negative downstream effects (e.g. the insurance marketplace example of choosing not to track and provide fitness information taken as prima facie evidence of being a risk) that could come with it.
And so the article closes advocating a balanced legal, commercial and political (including subversion/civil disobedience) approach. Balance is good, of course. And I think I find the idea of the “electronic provocateur” that reveals hidden agendas to be an interesting one.
But isn’t anonymity also part of the solution? It’s less of a privacy violation when the PII can’t be tied to an actual individual. Why not electronic “Swiss Bank Accounts” for contract fulfillment for all of us to sever the tie between personal identity and the rest of the PII needed to expedite commerce (as well as technocratic policy).
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