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Me and my Shadow
"Through your computer, mobile phone, and other digital devices, you leave behind hundreds of digital traces (also called data traces) every day: bits of information about you that are created, stored, and collected. When your digital traces are put together to create stories about you or profiles of you, these become your digital shadows. These can give others huge insight into your life; and they can also be totally wrong. Either way, once they're out there, they are almost impossible to control...."
internet  privacy  surveillance  digitalself  onlineidentity  data 
november 2017 by warnick
Who Will Command The Robot Armies?
Another great talk by Maciej Ceglowski: "Today, having built the greatest apparatus for surveillance in history, we're slow to acknowledge that it might present some kind of threat. We would much rather work on the next wave of technology: a smart home assistant in every home, self-driving cars, and rockets to Mars. We have goals in the long term: to cure illness, end death, fix climate change, colonize the solar system, create universal prosperity, reinvent cities, and become beings of pure energy. But we have no plan about how to get there in the medium term, other than 'let’s build things and see what happens.'"
maciejceglowski  technology  surveillance  iot  future  amazon  facebook  google  military  police  politics 
november 2016 by warnick
If You're Not Paranoid, You're Crazy
Walter Kirn, in the Atlantic, on the rise of government and corporate surveillance: "Detailed logs of behaviors that I found tame—my Amazon purchases, my online comments, and even my meanderings through the physical world, collected by biometric scanners, say, or license-plate readers on police cars—might someday be read in a hundred different ways by powers whose purposes I couldn’t fathom now. They say you can quote the Bible to support almost any conceivable proposition, and I could only imagine the range of charges that selective looks at my data might render plausible."
privacy  surveillance  atlanticmonthly  walterkirn  digitalself 
november 2015 by warnick
Haunted By Data
Maciej Ceglowski speaks truth to power at the Strata+Hadoop conference: "If we keep it up, we'll have our own version of Three Mile Island, some widely-publicized failure that galvanizes popular opinion against the technology. At that point people who are angry, mistrustful, and may not understand a thing about computers will regulate your industry into the ground. You'll be left like those poor saps who work in the nuclear plants, who have to fill out a form in triplicate anytime they want to sharpen a pencil."
maciejceglowski  privacy  data  surveillance  bigdata  presentation 
october 2015 by warnick
What Happens Next Will Amaze You
Speaker notes from another fascinating talk by Maciej Ceglowski: "I don't believe there's a technology bubble, but there is absolutely an advertising bubble. When it bursts, companies are going to be more desperate and will unload all the personal data they have on us to absolutely any willing buyer. And then we'll see if all these dire warnings about the dangers of surveillance were right."
maciejceglowski  internet  advertising  surveillance  privacy  future 
october 2015 by warnick
Fight 215: Stop the Patriot Act's Mass Surveillance
Great video by Kirby Ferguson. The whole site is a nice example of effective online activism.
kirbyferguson  surveillance  government  onlineadvocacy  activism  video  vtride 
april 2015 by warnick
How to Disappear (almost) Completely: the illusion of privacy
Daniel Cooper, on Engadget: "Can anyone ever really leave the internet? And if you had the choice, is that something that you'd want to do? After all, abandoning the connected world might help you reclaim some privacy, but even if you smashed your PC, burned your tablet and tossed your smartphone, you might still not be able to escape constant surveillance. In our three-part series How To Disappear, we're going to look at why you'd think about going offline, what you can do to tidy up your digital footprint and what happens to those who have made the leap into the darkness."
engadget  privacy  surveillance  onlineidentity  digitalself 
january 2015 by warnick
Social Media and Academic Surveillance: The Ethics of Digital Bodies
Dorothy Kim: "This is how academics need to understand Twitter: a multivalent, rhizomatic platform with voices that form communities, conversations, and can talk back or even shout back if they so choose. Twitter as a public space does not mean academics have permission to make digital bodies data points or experimental cells in a petri dish."
socialmedia  surveillance  research  ethics  digitalrhetoric 
october 2014 by warnick
Breaking up with Facebook: Untethering from the Ideological Freight of Online Surveillance
Estee Beck, writing at Hybrid Pedagogy: "Do we want to live our digital lives being constantly tracked? Do we want our legally tracked digital data sold and possibly used in ways that harm instead of support us? Make no mistake, we are on a precipice, tracking technologies will only increase, especially with Google’s work in the 'Internet of Things' and digital surveillance may become more pervasive and invasive then it is already."
esteebeck  surveillance  privacy  facebook  pedagogy  digitalself 
june 2014 by warnick
The Internet With A Human Face
Maciej Ceglowski's talk at Beyond Tellerrand: "The cloud fascinates me because of the distance between what it promises and what it actually is. The cloud promises us complete liberation from the mundane world of hardware and infrastructure. It invites us to soar into an astral plane of pure computation, freed from the weary bonds of earth. What the cloud is is a big collection of buildings and computers that we actually know very little about, run by a large American company notorious for being pretty terrible to its workers. Who knows what angry sysadmin lurks inside the cloud?"
maciejceglowski  internetculture  history  privacy  cloud  surveillance 
may 2014 by warnick
Everything you need to know about PRISM
The Verge: "A cheat sheet for the NSA's unprecedented surveillance programs."
theverge  surveillance  nsa  privacy  prism  3844 
september 2013 by warnick
Jill Lepore on the PRISM scandal
"In the twentieth century, the golden age of public relations, publicity, meaning the attention of the press, came to be something that many private citizens sought out and even paid for. This has led, in our own time, to the paradox of an American culture obsessed, at once, with being seen and with being hidden, a world in which the only thing more cherished than privacy is publicity."
newyorker  privacy  prism  surveillance  technology  digitalself 
june 2013 by warnick
Can’t Hide in the Cloud
Vikas Bajaj, in the NY Times: "The problem is that we have collectively ceded our privacy bit by bit as we have moved more social and business interactions from the physical realm to the so-called cloud, powered by tens of thousands of computers at server farms owned and managed by companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook. And it might be incredibly hard, if not impossible, to regain what we have given up."
nytimes  internet  privacy  onlineidentity  digitalself  surveillance 
june 2013 by warnick
Defense firm Raytheon creates software to track people on social media
The Guardian: "A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people's movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social networking websites." Well, *of course* they have.
socialmedia  privacy  surveillance  panopticon  digitalself 
february 2013 by warnick

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