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Antonio Regalado Twitter thread on genetic genealogy, DNA privacy, and total DNA de-anonymity
I used to know some technicians in the NYC Medical Examiner's lab. They had all been DNA typed (to detect accidental contamination). So, their little society was a picture of what is to come, of total DNA transparency.

They would do stuff like find out who stuck gum under the table. Also, who was peeing on the toilet seat in the bathroom.

So There’s a second technology at play: environmental DNA sampling. Once police get a name they tail the suspect and try to get some DNA he leaves behind. To make the match to crime scene sample. Police have gotten DNA from:
- a car door handle
- a straw
- a paper napkin

Imagine storm troopers of a repressive regime descending on a meeting place of the resistance. Just swab the whole place and find out who was there from DNA left behind.
Technically, total DNA de-anonymity is possible. Far as I know there’s no law, no protection, against identifying you from your DNA.

In crime cases, [this is] being done by “amateur” using a database (GEDmatch) that itself is highly informal.
privacy  dna  genetics  genetic-genealogy  gedmatch  law  transparency 
7 weeks ago by jm
"Facebook will implement a part of their transparency plan"
The Transparent Referendum Initiative writes:
Big News - Facebook will implement a part of their transparency plan - the ability to see the ads that a page has paid for- IN IRELAND FROM 25th. A positive first step. This will help us build out our database, as we wait for a platform fed offline list to be implemented. #8thRef
facebook  ads  transparency  ireland  repealthe8th  referenda  voting 
april 2018 by jm
One Man's Plan to Make Sure Gene Editing Doesn't Go Haywire - The Atlantic
Open science - radical transparency where gene-editing and CRISPR is involved. Sounds great.
“For gene drive, the closed-door model is morally unacceptable. You don’t have the right to go into your lab and build something that is ineluctably designed to affect entire ecosystems. If it escapes into the wild, it would be expected to spread and affect people’s lives in unknown ways. Doing that in secret denies people a voice.”

Also this is a little scary:

in 2015, he was shocked to read a paper, due to be published in ... Science, in which Californian researchers had inadvertently created a gene drive in fruit flies, without knowing what gene drives are. They developed it as a research tool for spreading a trait among lab populations, and had no ambitions to alter wild animals. And yet, if any of their insects had escaped, that’s what would have happened.
science  openness  open-source  visibility  transparency  crispr  gene-editing  mice  nantucket  gene-drive 
july 2017 by jm
Benefacts
'The database of Irish nonprofits'. Excellent stuff!
non-profits  ireland  charities  charity  transparency 
may 2016 by jm
The Violence of Algorithms: Why Big Data Is Only as Smart as Those Who Generate It
The modern state system is built on a bargain between governments and citizens. States provide collective social goods, and in turn, via a system of norms, institutions, regulations, and ethics to hold this power accountable, citizens give states legitimacy. This bargain created order and stability out of what was an increasingly chaotic global system. If algorithms represent a new ungoverned space, a hidden and potentially ever-evolving unknowable public good, then they are an affront to our democratic system, one that requires transparency and accountability in order to function. A node of power that exists outside of these bounds is a threat to the notion of collective governance itself. This, at its core, is a profoundly undemocratic notion—one that states will have to engage with seriously if they are going to remain relevant and legitimate to their digital citizenry who give them their power.
palantir  algorithms  big-data  government  democracy  transparency  accountability  analytics  surveillance  war  privacy  protest  rights 
june 2015 by jm
Scaling email transparency
This is quite interesting/weird -- Stripe's protocol for mass-CCing email as they scale up the company, based around http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_inattention
communication  culture  email  management  stripe  cc  transparency  civil-inattention 
december 2014 by jm
Traffic Graph – Google Transparency Report
this is cool. Google are exposing an aggregated 'all services' hit count time-series graph, broken down by country, as part of their Transparency Report pages
transparency  filtering  web  google  http  graphs  monitoring  syria 
february 2014 by jm

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