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Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide' - The Chronicle of Higher Education
For example, suppose government officials learn that a person has bought a number of books on how to manufacture methamphetamine. That information makes them suspect that he's building a meth lab. What is missing from the records is the full story: The person is writing a novel about a character who makes meth. When he bought the books, he didn't consider how suspicious the purchase might appear to government officials, and his records didn't reveal the reason for the purchases. Should he have to worry about government scrutiny of all his purchases and actions? Should he have to be concerned that he'll wind up on a suspicious-persons list? Even if he isn't doing anything wrong, he may want to keep his records away from government officials who might make faulty inferences from them. He might not want to have to worry about how everything he does will be perceived by officials nervously monitoring for criminal activity. He might not want to have a computer flag him as suspicious because he has an unusual pattern of behavior.
politics  privacy  surveillance  ftrw  2015 
february 2015 by jju
The Reader Has No Clothes | Library Babel Fish @insidehighered
The future is a totalitarian surveillance state - unless we decide it isn't. The future is an uninhabitable planet - unless we stop ignoring the violence we are inflicting on it. The future is not something that just happens to us. It's not a fashion we need to adopt fast or be snubbed, as if we're still in middle school. The future isn't more consumption without consequences. The future won't have the values we care about unless we give a damn. Unless we care about libraries and the people who use them. Unless we stop making our decisions based on what's convenient right now while assuming that somehow shows we're all about the future.
privacy  adobe  library  surveillance  2014  future 
october 2014 by jju
It’s Time for a Real Debate on Reader Privacy — Medium
... when it comes to access to news and information I don’t think people should have to pay for privacy.
privacy  library  computer  surveillance  2014  tech 
september 2014 by jju
The Age of 'Infopolitics' - NYTimes.com
Our confusion is a sign that we need a new way of thinking about our informational milieu. What we need is a concept of infopolitics that would help us understand the increasingly dense ties between politics and information. Infopolitics encompasses not only traditional state surveillance and data surveillance, but also “data analytics” (the techniques that enable marketers at companies like Target to detect, for instance, if you are pregnant), digital rights movements (promoted by organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation), online-only crypto-currencies (like Bitcoin or Litecoin), algorithmic finance (like automated micro-trading) and digital property disputes (from peer-to-peer file sharing to property claims in the virtual world of Second Life). These are only the tip of an enormous iceberg that is drifting we know not where.
tech  information  surveillance  privacy  2014 
january 2014 by jju
Why The Copyright Industry Is Doomed, In One Single Sentence | TorrentFreak
Therefore, as a society, we are at a crossroads where we can make a choice between privacy and the ability to communicate in private, with all the other things that depend on that ability (like whistleblower protections and freedom of the press), or a distribution monopoly for a particular entertainment industry. These two have become mutually exclusive and cannot coexist, which is also why you see the copyright industry lobbying so hard for more surveillance, wiretapping, tracking, and data retention (they understand this perfectly).
copyright  drm  privacy  surveillance  security  2014 
january 2014 by jju
Glenn Greenwald Interview - Glenn Greenwald Quotes - Esquire
The things we do when other people are watching are things that are conformist, obedient, normal, and unnotable.
privacy  surveillance  glengreenwald  journalism  2013 
december 2013 by jju
Stop Thinking That Tech Hacks Are the Solution to Our Surveillance Woes
Privacy should not become a luxury for an elite tech-savvy few; it matters far too much. Yet without structural reform those who lack cyber-privilege are often left exposed and tracked.
tech  surveillance  privacy  2013  evgenymorozy  politics  nsa 
august 2013 by jju
Profit-Driven Surveillance and the Spectrum of Freedom: “We will offer electronic monitoring services in every state.”
But technology has now opened up a new model of profit-taking – if a company knows where you go, who you talk to, what you buy and eat, and your medical history, then it can charge you premium pricing by denying you exactly what *you* want. It can bypass your ethnographic group, and focus on tolling off component parts of what you as an individual want.

Imagine a new financial product targeted at people who have defaulted on debt and have a history of avoiding debt collectors. It’s a new kind of credit card, by a bank, which offers a reasonable rate of interest. You don’t have to put up cash or collateral. You don’t have to pay on time. The catch is that the financial institution requires that you wear a small tracking device on your ankle, so that their debt collection department knows where you are at all times. And if you violate the terms of service, the device blares out messages from debt collectors, wherever you are. The device could also be set up to blare out messages whenever you enter a “restricted zone”, say, a shopping mall or a store that the bank has put off limits to you.

Or imagine that a corporation decides that new employees must wear one of these for the first 30 days of employment, to ensure that he or she isn’t tardy, and to more accurately clock people in and out of work. The technology exists, and is being marketed, by private corporations. And it is being used by private corporations everywhere in America, to track tens of thousands of people. I drew this example from a specific device that could do this is called the ExacuTrack One) – the web page describing its technology leaves open all sorts of chilling possibilities. The reason you haven’t noticed is because these products are tracking prisoners, ex-felons, and people on parole.
tech  surveillance  2012  profit  insurance  prison  panopticon  freedom 
june 2012 by jju
Ken MacLeod's Intrusion: a surveillance and bioscience dystopia with the best of intentions - Boing Boing
Ken MacLeod's Intrusion: a surveillance and bioscience dystopia with the best of intentions from Boing Boing http://boingboing.net
googlereader  science  surveillance  dystopia  sf  books  2012 
march 2012 by jju
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