Tracking Not Required: Frequency Capping « Web Policy. Co-authored by Arvind Narayanan.
Debates over web tracking and Do Not Track tend to be framed as a clash between consumer privacy and business need. That’s not quite right. There is, in fact, a spectrum of possible tradeoffs between business interests and consumer privacy. Our aim with the Tracking Not Required series is to show how those tradeoffs are not at all linear; it is possible to swap a little functionality for a lot of privacy.
We only use technologies that are already deployed in browsers, and the solutions we propose are externally verifiable.1 We focus on issues at the center of Do Not Track negotiations in the World Wide Web Consortium. This first post addresses frequency capping in online advertising, the most frequently cited “operational use” necessitating tracking. Background When an online advertiser places a bid, it often sets a “frequency cap” on how many times a user may see a particular ad or ad campaign. Algorithm When the browser loads a page, for each ad slot:
Google HQ Bans Microsoft Windows In-House After Hacking Scare. The Financial Times reports that according to Google sources, all versions of Microsoft's Windows OS are henceforth banned.
Employees will instead be able to choose between Apple's Mac OS and Linux. Google employees have until now been able to choose their OS of choice, but apparently due to security concerns in the wake of that whole hacking mess, the Google higher-ups have deemed Windows too risky to support. Google declined to comment. Google competes with Microsoft in several areas, not least of which is Google's bread and butter, search--Microsoft's Bing is gaining marketshare (though, to be fair, it's nowhere near Google's). The two tech giants also compete in the cloud, with Google Docs taking on Microsoft's online version of Office, as well as in the mobile world (Android vs.
On the other hand, Apple is at least as fierce a competitor as Microsoft, and significantly more so in the mobile world, yet Apple's full-sized OS seems to be the norm at Google HQ. Amazon EC2 cloud is made up of almost half-a-million Linux servers. Almost half-a-million Amazon cloud servers run Linux every day.
We know that Linux on servers is big and getting bigger. We also knew that Linux, thanks to open-source cloud programs like Eucalyptus and OpenStack, was growing fast on clouds. Powerful tool for creating web surveys. Online survey software made easy! Web Upd8: Ubuntu / Linux blog.
How E-mail Works" Every day, the citizens of the Internet send each other billions of e-mail messages.
If you're online a lot, you yourself may send a dozen or more e-mails each day without even thinking about it. Obviously, e-mail has become an extremely popular communication tool. Have you ever wondered how e-mail gets from your computer to a friend halfway around the world? What is a POP3 server, and how does it hold your mail? The answers may surprise you, because it turns out that e-mail is an incredibly simple system at its core. An E-mail Message According to Darwin Magazine: Prime Movers, the first e-mail message was sent in 1971 by an engineer named Ray Tomlinson.
Online tools and applications - Go2web20. IBM and the Holocaust. IBM and the Holocaust is a book by investigative journalist Edwin Black which details the business dealings of the American-based multinational corporation International Business Machines (IBM) and its German and other European subsidiaries with the government of Adolf Hitler during the 1930s and the years of World War II.
In the book Black outlines the way in which IBM's technology helped facilitate Nazi genocide through generation and tabulation of punch cards based upon national census data. Synopsis Black details the ongoing business relationship between Watson's IBM and the emerging German regime headed by Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP). Hitler came to power in January 1933; on March 20 of that same year he established a concentration camp for political prisoners in the Bavarian town of Dachau, just outside the city of Munich. Repression against political opponents and the country's substantial ethnic Jewish population began at once. Wired.com. Welcome to SecurityTube! Sslstrip Tutorial. Night School News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - Lifehacker.
Computer Security. Computer Security Jane F. Kinkus Mathematical Sciences Librarian Purdue Universityjkinkus@purdue.edu The term computer security is used frequently, but the content of a computer is vulnerable to few risks unless the computer is connected to other computers on a network. As the use of computer networks, especially the Internet, has become pervasive, the concept of computer security has expanded to denote issues pertaining to the networked use of computers and their resources.
The major technical areas of computer security are usually represented by the initials CIA: confidentiality, integrity, and authentication or availability. While confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity are the most important concerns of a computer security manager, privacy is perhaps the most important aspect of computer security for everyday Internet users. Scope of this Guide Methods General Sources. Free Tech Support - Computer Questions and Answers - Ask Bob Rankin.
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Since it's hard to trust what companies that get your data will do with it, the best way to maintain your privacy online is to minimize what you give them.
Create accounts with pseudonyms or variants of your name (yes, even Facebook and Google+). Supply only profile information that is absolutely necessary, and lie about critical stuff like birthdates. Block Sites from Using Your Facebook Login with Adblock Plus.