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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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The Secrets of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

Originally published on faz.net Governmental control is nothing compared to what Google is up to. The company is creating a wholly new genus of capitalism, a systemic coherent new logic of accumulation we should call surveillance capitalism. Is there nothing ...

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Surrender to Surveillance – Virtual Futures Salon

Virtual Futures presents a discussion on technologies of surveillance, the infringements on privacy by the state, restrictions of individual freedom and the mutation of identity. In the latest edition of Virtual Futures – Surrender to Surveillance a wide panel discusses ...

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Policy questions for 2022 – Net.wars by Wendy Grossman

For last weekend’s OpenTech I had recklessly suggested imagining the Daily Mail headlines of the future. Come to actually plan the talk, a broader scope seemed wiser, and after some limbering up with possible near-future headlines, which you can read ...

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Google’s You Tube rating illusion – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelican crossing.net on the net.wars column Before there was the internet there were commercial information services and conferencing systems. Since access to things like news wires, technical support, and strangers across the world who shared your weird ...

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