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Implications of technological advances and societal changes in the uses regarding sharing and the potential risks and benefits thereof.

Our Government Has Weaponized the Internet. Here's How They Did It. The internet backbone — the infrastructure of networks upon which internet traffic travels — went from being a passive infrastructure for communication to an active weapon for attacks.

Our Government Has Weaponized the Internet. Here's How They Did It

How to delete your Amazon browsing history. Amazon provides a relatively private shopping experience.

How to delete your Amazon browsing history

Whether you're just price-checking on gifts for friends and family, or searching for items that you might be embarrassed to look at in public, you can do it all from your computer. Unfortunately, looking up these items will add them to your browsing history, and they can also appear on your related purchase suggestions. These could reveal a bit too much information if you share a computer or check Amazon on a lunch break from your desk at work.

Here's how to delete select items, or all of them, from your browsing history on Amazon: Head to in your Web browser and click on Your Account near the top right. Enlarge Image Scroll down to the Personalization section of your account, then click View and Edit Your Browsing History. You can look through items by category, or all at once. You can also opt out of browsing history by doing the following: Click the turn off your browsing history link on the left of the same page. The Future Of Algorithmic Personalization. Personalization algorithms influence what you’ve chosen yesterday, what you choose today and what you’ll be choosing tomorrow.

The Future Of Algorithmic Personalization

Simultaneously, there seems to be something wrong with personalization. We are continuously bumping into obtrusive, uninteresting ads. Google accidentally reveals data on 'right to be forgotten' requests. The Future of Personal Privacy - Review of “You Have Been Inventoried” Thanks to data, in the future, everyone will be anonymous 15 minutes. Forget Andy Warhol.

Thanks to data, in the future, everyone will be anonymous 15 minutes

"In the future," his spiritual heir Banksy noted in an objet d'art, "everyone will be anonymous for 15 minutes. " Virtually no one and nothing today is completely under the radar or off the grid, no matter what they think, thanks to the growing data trails that shine a light on us and our actions. Artist Richard Prince Sells Other People’s Instagram Photos For $100,000, Without Permission. Diebstahl: Künstler macht Millionen mit fremden Instagram-Fotos - DIE WELT mobil. Face Work from Zellweger to Goffman - The Editors' Desk.

Renee Zellweger received a ton of attention last week, not all of it wanted.

Face Work from Zellweger to Goffman - The Editors' Desk

The core of the story, if you haven’t been following along, is that the “work” (most insist her strikingly different new look must be the result of extensive plastic surgery) that Zellweger had done was so extensive that her fans and many others could no longer recognize the 45-year-old movie star. “She looked,” as the Washington Post quoted one fan, “different. Maybe not bad. Just not at all like herself.” Let’s all be a lot less honest: Lena Dunham, naked selfies, and the irony of oversharing. Duke University law professor Jedediah Purdy, the author of a deeply smart and ambitious book I obsessed over in 1999, “For Common Things,” recently published a curious opinion piece on the Daily Beast.

Let’s all be a lot less honest: Lena Dunham, naked selfies, and the irony of oversharing

In it he writes, “There is something indecent in asking people to fake a feeling for a living” and argued that somehow modern capitalism performs “a pervasive intrusion on a key aspect of autonomy: the right to be yourself.” Purdy’s prime examples of the intruded-upon are waiters and waitresses, who he says are being extorted because they have to be nice to customers in order to receive tips, even though the act makes them betray their real feelings. Periscope, YouNow, and the hidden costs of surveillance.

Last Thursday, New York City’s East Village looked like a war zone.

Periscope, YouNow, and the hidden costs of surveillance

A massive explosion completely leveled two buildings and damaged three others, wounding at least 19. Two people were killed. But oddly, the prevailing story in media circles isn’t necessarily about the free gas scheme that may have led to the explosion, or the deaths of Nicholas Figueroa or Moises Ismael Locón Ya, the two young men who lost their lives. How to Leak to The Intercept. People often tell reporters things their employers, or their government, want to keep suppressed.

How to Leak to The Intercept

But leaking can serve the public interest, fueling revelatory and important journalism. This publication was created in part as a platform for journalism arising from unauthorized disclosures by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Our founders and editors are strongly committed to publishing stories based on leaked material when that material is newsworthy and serves the public interest. Freddy Martinez Is Exposing Chicago Cops' NSA-Style Surveillance Gear. It took the curiosity of a skinny, fidgeting 27-year-old to force the Chicago Police Department to admit they purchased controversial surveillance technology.

Freddy Martinez Is Exposing Chicago Cops' NSA-Style Surveillance Gear

The department, legally boxed into a corner over its use of a device known as the StingRay, finally admitted to acquiring the cell-phone tracking product last summer, six years after actually buying the thing. The watchdog work came not from a newspaper or any other media outlet in the city, but Freddy Martinez, an information technology worker who oversees websites for a private company from a downtown office building. Facebook 'tracks all visitors, breaching EU law' Facebook tracks the web browsing of everyone who visits a page on its site even if the user does not have an account or has explicitly opted out of tracking in the EU, extensive research commissioned by the Belgian data protection agency has revealed.

Facebook 'tracks all visitors, breaching EU law'

The report, from researchers at the Centre of Interdisciplinary Law and ICT (ICRI) and the Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography department (Cosic) at the University of Leuven, and the media, information and telecommunication department (Smit) at Vrije Universiteit Brussels, was commissioned after an original draft report revealed Facebook’s privacy policy breaches European law. The researchers now claim that Facebook tracks computers of users without their consent, whether they are logged in to Facebook or not, and even if they are not registered users of the site or explicitly opt out in Europe. Facebook tracks users in order to target advertising. Facebook’s tracking practices have ‘no legal basis’ ‘Privacy-friendly’ design. U.S. Supreme Court: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure — The Atlantic.

When the government places a location monitor on you or your stuff, it could be violating the Fourth Amendment. If the government puts a GPS tracker on you, your car, or any of your personal effects, it counts as a search—and is therefore protected by the Fourth Amendment. The Supreme Court clarified and affirmed that law on Monday, when it ruled on Torrey Dale Grady v.

North Carolina, before sending the case back to that state’s high court. The Court’s short but unanimous opinion helps make sense of how the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure, interacts with the expanding technological powers of the U.S. government. Newyorker. In popular conceptions of dystopia, names are often among the first things to disappear. The totalitarian futures of Ayn Rand’s “Anthem” and Yevgeny Zamyatin’s “We” envision a citizenry known by numbers, like prisoners. Names vanish along with sight in José Saramago’s “Blindness.” They evidently have no function in the blasted post-apocalypse of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road.” These are extreme cases, perhaps—barring Armageddons, you might expect people to know what they are called. The 10 Algorithms That Dominate Our World.

Philip K. Dick's 1969 novel Ubik on the Internet of Things. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Thinkstock. Be careful about what you say in your living room if your new TV is on. News broke earlier this week that Samsung’s Web-connected SmartTV can listen to, record, and send what the television hears to a third-party company. The television doesn’t watch you watch it back, but it is listening. Samsung, the world’s largest manufacturer of televisions, tells customers in its privacy policy that “personal or other sensitive” conversations “will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party” through the TV’s voice-recognition software. Facebook's apps talk to each other—and they know everything about you. The plot to replace the internet. Are You Ready for Phone Numbers as Unique User Identity? V. NSA: Wikimedia Foundation files suit against NSA to challenge upstream mass surveillance.

TouchTone holds a mirror to our post-Snowden surveillance state. Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era. Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Put Your Baby Photos Online — Matter. How One Woman Hid Her Pregnancy From Big Data. Will online anonymity win out? – Jamie Bartlett. Identity Work and the Authentic Cyborg Self. The Surveillance-Industrial Complex.

Anonymity on the Web. How to Burst the "Filter Bubble" that Protects Us from Opposing Views. Our Government Has Weaponized the Internet. Here's How They Did It. The Anonymity Experiment. Privacy and Identity. People Search. "Is This You?" - lifelogging, privacy and scandal by Tom Scott at Electromagnetic Field 2012.