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The ghost in the machine – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on the net.wars column on June 16th, 2017 Humans are a problem in decision-making. We have prejudices based on limited experience, received wisdom, weird personal irrationality, and cognitive biases psychologists have documented. Unrecognized emotional mechanisms shield us from ...

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Multiple German Courts Rule Photos Of Public Domain Works Are Not In The Public Domain

Originally published on techdirt.com Back in November 2015, we wrote about a bad situation in Germany, where a museum in Mannheim was suing the Wikimedia Foundation over photos of public domain works of art, which were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. ...

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The bad guys are not constrained by the law. That’s why they’re bad guys.

Q&A: Internet extremism and how to combat it By DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Business Writer published on Sunday, 4 Jun 2017 DETROIT (AP) — In the wake of Britain’s third major attack in three months, Prime Minister Theresa May called on governments ...

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Why Theresa May is wrong to weaken encryption

Conservative plans for Internet clampdown are a distraction Open Rights Group has responded to Theresa May’s post-election hints that she will continue with Conservative plans for Internet clampdowns. Executive Director Jim Killock said: “To push on with these extreme proposals ...

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The power of privacy – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

“It’s about power.” Because humans like to count in handfuls, this year’s Privacy Law Scholars, the tenth, kicked off with a panel considering a simple question: how have our ideas about privacy changed in the last decade. “Power has entered ...

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Tech firms: We’re trying to make our sites hostile to terrorists

by KELLY FIVEASH original published on arstechnica.com Facebook, Twitter, and Google react to UK prime minister’s call to limit encryption In the aftermath of the London attack, Facebook, Google, and Twitter have insisted that they already work closely with the UK government ...

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Facebook ‘misled’ EU on how creepy buying WhatsApp would be

Originally by Oliver Smith for The Memo In 2014 Facebook spent a whopping $19bn buying everyone’s favourite chat app, WhatsApp. The deal came under a huge amount of scrutiny: from the media (“they spent HOW much?”); users (“don’t let Facebook ...

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The Threat – A Conversation With Ross Anderson

Originally published on The Edge People who are able to live digitally enhanced lives, in the sense that they can use all the available tools to the fullest extent, are very much more productive and capable and powerful than those ...

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Hate week – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net on May 26th, 2007 When, say ten years from now, someone leaks the set of rules by which self-driving cars make decisions about how to behave in physical-world human encounters of the third kind, I suspect ...

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The Information Commissioner opens a formal investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes

Originally published on Information Commissioner’s blog on May 17th, 2017 In March we announced we were conducting an assessment of the data protection risks arising from the use of data analytics, including for political purposes. Engagement with the electorate is ...

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