Zuck’s 2019 Challenge Is to Explain Why Facebook Is Good

Zuck’s 2019 Challenge Is to Explain Why Facebook Is Good

Yesterday, he announced his challenge for the coming year : My challenge for 2019 is to host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society — the opportunities, the challenges, the hopes, and the anxieties.

On privacy

On privacy

For many years, I thought privacy was a fake virtue and only valuable for self-defense. If you’re not allowing these unshareworthy thoughts and feelings a space to come out, they still affect your feelings and behavior– you just don’t know how or why.

BroadbandBreakfast.com: How to Understand The Future of Privacy Policy: A Q&A With David Brin

BroadbandBreakfast.com: How to Understand The Future of Privacy Policy: A Q&A With David Brin

BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: We remember reading The Transparent Society 20 years ago, back in the days when Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy said, "You have no privacy; get over it." Brin's book was remarkably prescient in providing a pathway for how to live with the ever-decreasing private space occasioned by technological progress.

It’s time for a Bill of Data Rights

It’s time for a Bill of Data Rights

Rachel’s story will show us why data rights are important and how they might work to protect not just Rachel as an individual, but society as a whole.

Social Justice Organizations Challenge Retention of DNA Collected from Hundreds of Thousands of Innocent Californians

Social Justice Organizations Challenge Retention of DNA Collected from Hundreds of Thousands of Innocent Californians

San Francisco - Two social justice organizations—the Center for Genetics and Society and the Equal Justice Society—and an individual plaintiff, Pete Shanks, have filed suit against the state of California for its collection and retention of genetic profiles from people arrested but never convicted of any crime.

The Creepy Line

Offering first-hand accounts, scientific experiments and detailed analysis, The Creepy Line examines what is at risk when these two tech titans have free reign to utilize the public’s most private and personal data to manipulate society.

Schneier on Security

You visit the website of an international immigrants' rights group, a fact that is available to the government through mass Internet surveillance. We don't yet know which subversive ideas and illegal acts of today will become political causes and positive social change tomorrow, but they're around.

Echo Chambers, Memes, and Brain Viruses – Weaponizing the Internet

Echo Chambers, Memes, and Brain Viruses – Weaponizing the Internet

Echo chambers are insular spaces on the internet where only people sharing the same, often extreme, ideas meet and agree with one another thus reinforcing their belief and credibility in what can be a morally bankrupt ideology.

AI Mistakes Bus-Side Ad for Famous CEO, Charges Her With Jaywalking

AI Mistakes Bus-Side Ad for Famous CEO, Charges Her With Jaywalking

A facial recognition system in the city of Ningbo caught Dong Mingzhu, the chair of appliance-making giant Gree Electric, running a red light. Only it turned out not to be Dong, but rather an advertisement featuring her face on the side of a bus, local police said on Weibo Wednesday.

In Sweden, cash is almost extinct and people implant microchips in their hands to pay for things

In Sweden, cash is almost extinct and people implant microchips in their hands to pay for things

The central bank, which predicts cash may fade from Sweden, is testing a digital currency — an e-krona — to keep firm control of the money supply.

Read this if you’ve got ‘nothing to hide’

Read this if you’ve got ‘nothing to hide’

If you’re one of those people who think privacy isn’t really an issue for you because you have nothing to hide, you should read this. This is privacy; the right to feel unobserved and act like nobody is watching.

Surveillance Kills Freedom By Killing Experimentation

Surveillance Kills Freedom By Killing Experimentation

We don’t yet know which subversive ideas and illegal acts of today will become political causes and positive social change tomorrow, but they’re around.

Free Haven's Selected Papers in Anonymity

In the Proceedings of Privacy Enhancing Technologies workshop (PET 2003), March 2003, pages 32-47. Heartbeat Traffic to Counter (n-1) Attacks (PDF) (Cached: PDF) (BibTeX entry)· Mix nodes should send out "heartbeat" messages (dummies that start and end at that node).

Targeted Advertising Is Ruining the Internet and Breaking the World

Targeted Advertising Is Ruining the Internet and Breaking the World

It all started with targeted advertising, and with the new economic arrangement that Harvard Business School scholar Shoshana Zuboff calls "surveillance capitalism." Just like 20th century firms like General Motors and Ford invented mass production and managerial capitalism, Google and Facebook figured out how to commodify "reality" itself by tracking what people (and not just their users) do online (and increasingly offline too), making predictions about what they might do in the future, devising ways to influence behavior from shopping to voting, and selling that power to whoever is willing to pay.

From Adam and Eve to Facebook, an history of Privacy

From Adam and Eve to Facebook, an history of Privacy

In this article we will look closely at the tension between the growing awareness towards cases in which privacy is abused; to our legitimate desire to share content, purchase and sell goods, play, research and enjoy all the marvelous opportunities of the world wide web.

A Cypherpunk's Manifesto

Therefore, privacy in an open society requires anonymous transaction systems. An anonymous system empowers individuals to reveal their identity when desired and only when desired; this is the essence of privacy. We are defending our privacy with cryptography, with anonymous mail forwarding systems, with digital signatures, and with electronic money.

Invisible Manipulation: 10 ways our data is being used against us

Invisible Manipulation: 10 ways our data is being used against us

As society heads toward an ever more connected world, the ability for individuals to protect and manage the invisible data that companies and third parties hold about them, becomes increasingly difficult.

German Unity Day: Today Is the Day We Got Rid of the Surveillance State GDR.

German Unity Day: Today Is the Day We Got Rid of the Surveillance State GDR.

If you want to know how it feels like to live in a surveillance state, you need to talk to people who did. Let's fight against surveillance online to protect our freedom of speech and our right to privacy!

European Nation Microchips National ID Cards For Banking, Voting, Insurance

European Nation Microchips National ID Cards For Banking, Voting, Insurance

"Since the turn of the 21st century, Estonia has offered each citizen a government-issued 'digital identity' — including a chip-embedded national ID card that can be used for social security, health insurance, voter registration, banking and much more," the Los Angeles Times reported.

Tell these Senators to vote "no" on Supreme Court nomination

Tell these Senators to vote "no" on Supreme Court nomination

If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, we’ll no longer be able to rely on the federal judiciary to protect the rights of the most vulnerable people in our country.

Petition · European Commission: Investigate Axel Voss for undermining citizens digital rights in Europe · Change.org

Petition · European Commission: Investigate Axel Voss for undermining citizens digital rights in Europe · Change.org

We're asking our representatives and institutions to investigate and consider suspending Axel Voss, the rapporteur for the Copyright Directive, for potential conflict of interest and subversion of democracy within the European Union.

China’s Skynet Surveillance System Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen

China’s Skynet Surveillance System Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen

In its pursuit of creating a perfectly controlled society, China has been implementing its Skynet surveillance system across the country, where people will be monitored 24-7 through a network of millions of cameras.

China’s Social Credit System: Privacy Invasion or State Innovation?

China’s Social Credit System: Privacy Invasion or State Innovation?

In 2014, the Chinese government released its plans to extend financial credit scoring systems to include measures of social behaviour by 2020. In 2013, China’s National Bureau of Statistics signed 11 major data-sharing agreements with Chinese companies, including Baidu, Alibaba, and China Unicom.

Facebook Censorship and Surveillance (Workers Vanguard) 24 Aug 2018 |…

Facebook Censorship and Surveillance (Workers Vanguard) 24 Aug 2018 |…

The content shared by the users was generally left-liberal, with pages like “Black Elevation,” “Aztlan Warriors” and “Resisters.” As we go to press, Facebook announced it had taken down another 652 “fake accounts,” linking them to a purported new “political influence campaign” with ties to Russia and Iran.

Privatizing Poverty

Privatizing Poverty

Emphasizing incarceration, interrogation, and the ways that the lives of poor people take shape in a legal context profoundly different from that of the middle class, the real appeal of this mode of argument is that it turns questions about poverty into ones that have to do with basic political rights and justice.

Owning Your Data in the Third-Party Oasis

Owning Your Data in the Third-Party Oasis

So, a third-party provider could pay website publishers to collect information about their visitors, use it to create detailed profiles about user’s tastes and behaviors, and sell it to an advertiser who targets ad buys.