Posts tagged ‘Internet privacy’

A quick thought on #BlackoutSopa day.

By Terence Craig

In our book Privacy & Big Data that was written pre-SOPA, Mary and I spent a fair amount of time looking at the ways that big media interests are pushing both technical and legislative solutions that were inimical to both privacy and free speech. On this day when the Internet is raising its collective voice against one of the most ill thought laws of the Internet age, I thought it would be a great time to quote from the conclusion of Chapter 4 – The Stakeholders.

“Powerful groups, like the MPAA and RIAA and their international counterparts, have borrowed from advertising’s playbook and extended it to every device we own. Today, it’s not just about tracking our online behavior; it’s about tracking what we do within the “four walls” of any device that we own and being able to remotely control them without our permission. These technologies and policies could end up delivering a mortal blow to privacy as well as cede to the government and IP holders unprecedented control over what media we are allowed to consume and share. However you look at this, it’s a pretty high price to pay to support an old business model that is unable to adapt to new technology.”

Tell your congressperson – SOPA/PIPA is bad for the Internet, bad for free speech and bad for due process and should be rejected! More info on the law here.

January 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm 4 comments

Your Expectation of Privacy: Think Before You Share

By Mary Ludloff

I am often surprised (okay, taken aback) by what I find out about someone on the Internet. It seems to me that most people have an expectation of privacy that simply does not exist. I know, I know, you have privacy settings that you use for your various accounts—but have you googled yourself lately?

Case in point. My nephew graduated from college recently and he asked me for some help regarding his job search. I think that he expected me to edit his resume, help with cover letters, and run him through some standard interview questions. Which I did. (more…)

February 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm 1 comment


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