Thousands protest Russia’s plans to cut off Russians’ internet access to the outside world

Thousands protest Russia’s plans to cut off Russians’ internet access to the outside world

These protests were similar to those seen in summer 2017 after Russia revealed plans to add VPN websites to their website blacklist All in all, BBC reports that over 15,000 Russians marched on Moscow.

Exploding sneakers are only one reason for passing IoT cyber-security regulations

Exploding sneakers are only one reason for passing IoT cyber-security regulations

Sometimes shipped with factory-set, hardcoded passwords and often unable to be updated or patched, IoT devices can represent a weak point in a network’s security, leaving the rest of the network vulnerable to attack Hacker-created IoT botnets can direct enormous swarms of connected sensors like thermostats or sprinkler controllers to cause damaging and unpredictable spikes in infrastructure use, leading to things like power surges or reduced availability of critical infrastructure on a city or state-wide level.

Google rolls out privacy tool for AI developers

Google rolls out privacy tool for AI developers

Google has released the TensorFlow Privacy tool, an update to its open source TensorFlow machine learning framework, that will allow developers to enhance the privacy of their AI ( artificial intelligence ) models. The use of differential privacy essentially means that AI models trained on user data can’t encode personally identifiable information.

The unauthorized sale of your health data is coming to an end

The unauthorized sale of your health data is coming to an end

Data brokers then aggregate this deidentified health information and sell it to third party buyers; for example Adam Tanner of the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science estimates that a large pharmaceutical company might pay between $10 million and $40 million per year for data, consulting and services from Iqvia alone.

Microsoft CEO Calls for Global Implementation of GDPR-like Legislation

Microsoft CEO Calls for Global Implementation of GDPR-like Legislation

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, speaking recently during an on-stage interview at World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, lead the calls for the global introduction of legislation that enshrines data privacy as a human right.

Celebrate Pi Day with PIA

Celebrate Pi Day with PIA

3/14 is known as Pi Day every year because the date’s numbers represent the first three digits of Pi. As an irrational, transcendental, number – Pi has come to represent the beauty and complexity of mathematics in one symbol.

Who and what do you depend on in your everyday life?

Who and what do you depend on in your everyday life?

The interesting thing however, is the often cryptic ingredient list in the products I buy as well as the odd nutrition value. People come to the store to buy gasoline so they can get to places.

World Day Against Cyber Censorship 2019 — Who are the Biggest Enemies of the Internet?

World Day Against Cyber Censorship 2019 — Who are the Biggest Enemies of the Internet?

Current ‘Enemies of the Internet’: The governments of these countries usually block popular applications and technologies, filter specific websites and sometimes even manipulate the content that is allowed by sharing propaganda and fake news. Privacy and geo-blocked content bypass, are the two main purposes of the VPN, so it’s an essential tool when fighting cyber censorship.

Facebook's Fake Pivot To Privacy

Facebook's Fake Pivot To Privacy

Consider two kinds of platforms owned by Facebook, the company – the town square version, e.g. Facebook, the original social network for broadcasting widely, and the living room version, e.g. a messaging subsidiary, such as WhatsApp, which narrowcasts to a select audience.

Tim Berners-Lee on 30 years of the web: 'If we dream a little, we can get the web we want'

Tim Berners-Lee on 30 years of the web: 'If we dream a little, we can get the web we want'

Photograph: 1994-2017 CERN It is a minor regret, but one he has had for years about the way he decided to “bootstrap” the web up to something that could handle a lot of users very quickly: by building on the pre-existing service for assigning internet addresses, the domain name system ( DNS ), he gave up the chance to build something better.

The Rise Of Totalitarian Technology

The Rise Of Totalitarian Technology

The TSA operates its own total tech program, called Quiet Skies, which monitors and flags travelers based on “suspicious” behavior patterns . The future of total tech in America and elsewhere in the west will be a battle between the drive for efficiency and the preservation of privacy and autonomy.

Why personal agency matters more than personal data

Why personal agency matters more than personal data

(Because they are advised by different lawyers, equipped by different third parties, and generally confused anyway.) Getting sites to agree to our own personal terms and policies is not a stretch, because that’s exactly what we have in the way we deal with each other in the physical world.

China’s electric cars are government spies

China’s electric cars are government spies

Though the Volkswagen chief doesn’t explicitly say it, for automakers, providing electric-car data to China’s one-party government is just another cost of doing business in the country.

Zuckerberg’s new privacy essay shows why Facebook needs to be broken up

Zuckerberg’s new privacy essay shows why Facebook needs to be broken up

In “ A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking ,” a 3,200-word essay that Zuckerberg posted to Facebook on March 6, he says he wants to “build a simpler platform that’s focused on privacy first.” In apparent surprise, he writes: “People increasingly also want to connect privately in the digital equivalent of the living room.” Sign up for The Download Your daily dose of what's up in emerging technology Zuckerberg’s essay is a power grab disguised as an act of contrition.

A million tiny eyes in the sky: how a new generation of nanosatellites pose a threat to privacy

A million tiny eyes in the sky: how a new generation of nanosatellites pose a threat to privacy

Another company in this sector, Orbital Insight , explains its services in the following way: “By applying machine learning and computer vision technologies, we build software that interprets data at petabyte scale to drive better business and policy decisions.” Similarly, SpaceKnow says: Our AI driven platform unlocks the power and potential of geospatial analysis.

W3C Approves WebAuthn For Passwordless Web Authentication

W3C Approves WebAuthn For Passwordless Web Authentication

A new standard for web authentication is here According to Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO, “Now is the time for web services and businesses to adopt WebAuthn to move beyond vulnerable passwords and help web users improve the security of their online experiences.” He also added, “W3C’s Recommendation establishes web-wide interoperability guidance, setting consistent expectations for web users and the sites they visit.

Reclaiming privacy: a feminist manifesto

Reclaiming privacy: a feminist manifesto

We need to look at the way patriarchy needs the rigid categorisation of ID systems to impose a binary perspective of gender, how welfare programmes participate in the control and constant monitoring of populations in vulnerable situations, how data exploitation contributes to the expectation that women should look a certain way and seeks to perpetuate traditional gender roles in society, how social surveillance limits the opportunities of women, trans and gender diverse people.

International Women's Day

International Women's Day

On this International Women’s Day, we would like to share some ways in which Tor is useful for women in particular: There are many sister collectives and organizations in the Internet Freedom community who are doing amazing work supporting women in their local communities and teaching them all about Tor and other digital security tools.

#IWD2019 Online gender-based violence: a privacy matter?

#IWD2019 Online gender-based violence: a privacy matter?

The need for a gendered right to privacy All of these cases show that with technologies transforming our experience of the world, we will need a right to privacy well suited to protect women and gender diverse people from new forms of abuses, which will keep emerging as long as the patriarchal structures that fuel gender-based violence remain unchallenged.

It looks like Facebook is giving up on its years-long effort to bring its social network to China

It looks like Facebook is giving up on its years-long effort to bring its social network to China

For example, data that's collected in China must be stored in that country, and companies must comply with strict rules like undergoing a security assessment if they want to send or move the data outside of China.

A 'privacy-focused' Facebook would kill Zuckerberg's business model

A 'privacy-focused' Facebook would kill Zuckerberg's business model

Pinterest ‘The company plans to unify Instagram DMs, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, creating a single encrypted messaging service that links its three largest brands.’ Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Even if the change would help Facebook’s corporate goals, don’t hold your breath while you wait for it to ship.

Facebook Plans to Become World’s Biggest Central Bank?

Facebook Plans to Become World’s Biggest Central Bank?

If Facebook issued its own digital currency, and all its users had a Facebook mobile wallet with Facebook coins in it, then the need for credit cards will diminish more and more.

Facebook Still Wants Your Friends to Engage When You’re Dead

Facebook Still Wants Your Friends to Engage When You’re Dead

The platform offers the option to your family members to either delete or archive your account as a “memorial page.” (Family members will need to provide documentation to Facebook in order to make any changes to your account.) Now, Facebook is adding a new feature that will allow people to continue posting on your memorialized page in tribute.

THINK FACEBOOK CAN MANIPULATE YOU? LOOK OUT FOR VIRTUAL REALITY

THINK FACEBOOK CAN MANIPULATE YOU? LOOK OUT FOR VIRTUAL REALITY

LOOK OUT FOR VIRTUAL REALITY Elissa Redmiles , University of Maryland As Facebook users around the world are coming to understand, some of their favorite technologies can be used against them.

China’s Huawei has big ambitions to weaken the US grip on AI leadership

China’s Huawei has big ambitions to weaken the US grip on AI leadership

The company’s technological ubiquity, and the fact that Chinese companies are ultimately answerable to their government, are big reasons why the US views Huawei as an unprecedented national security threat.

Why Democracies Die: The Reason Privacy Is the Source of Power in the 21st Century

Why Democracies Die: The Reason Privacy Is the Source of Power in the 21st Century

He said that democracies have been formed through waves — that means, every time there’s been a liberal revolution that established a democracy, other countries tend to follow the pioneer and adopt a democratic process as well.

Huawei: ‘U.S. Fears We Will Stop NSA Spying — This Has Nothing To Do With China’

Huawei: ‘U.S. Fears We Will Stop NSA Spying — This Has Nothing To Do With China’

On Wednesday, Guo took things a step further in an article for the Financial Times, by claiming that the US boycotted Huawei because the use of the Chinese firm’s telecommunications tech across the globe would undermine the US government’s surveillance ambitions.

What is Location Data … and Why Should You Care? | Data & Me

What is Location Data … and Why Should You Care? | Data & Me

We recently sat down with Gil Elbaz, CEO and Founder of Factual, a location data company powering innovation in product development, mobile marketing and real-world analytics.

Apple, Google, Facebook Among Tech Giants Fighting Privacy Battle

Apple, Google, Facebook Among Tech Giants Fighting Privacy Battle

Last week, a consortium of tech companies led by Apple, Google, and issued a letter to the Australian government asking it to rethink a law passed in December that would make it easier for law enforcement to compel those companies to furnish user data.

How Xi Jinping became a networked authoritarian thanks to his little red app

How Xi Jinping became a networked authoritarian thanks to his little red app

Xi Jinping aspires, like Mao before him, to immerse citizens in his political philosophy The app (“Xi Study Strong Nation” is the English translation of its name) has reportedly become the most popular smartphone app in China .

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