Facebook in Online Privacy Breach; Applications Transmitting Identifying Information Paying the price for a free web We are increasingly giving away personal information on sites such as Facebook As part of a major series on the BBC about the impact of the web, producer Jo Wade has been looking at the price we pay for free information. 'Numb Fingers.' 'Wind Beneath My Wings.' '60 Single Men.' 'Ceramic Ashtrays.' 'Depression and Medical Leave.' These are a few of the eclectic and sometimes disturbing internet searches made by the users of AOL, who believed they were using their computers in private. The relationship with what we think is a free and largely private web; how we unreservedly put our innermost thoughts and queries into what feels like a very private space - sometimes thoughts we wouldn't dare share with anyone or even put down in a diary, comes at a price. Turning detective In May 2006, AOL released a file containing every search made by 658,000 of their users over the previous three months. This story illustrates how we have become unwittingly complicit in a deal that is reshaping our world.
Rapleaf and the Facebook Privacy Ruckus: Tech News ? Updated: In the analog world of J.Crew catalogs and credit card purchases, credit bureaus like Experian built profiles on most of us. In the digital world, a new kind of digital data aggregator is spreading its tentacles on the web. The latest privacy-related dust-up at Facebook, sparked by a WSJ story, might be making Facebook the target of the consumer ire, but in my opinion, the real story centers around San Francisco-based Internet information aggregation company called Rapleaf. In their story, Emily Steel and Geoffrey Fowler of WSJ write: In this case, however, the Journal found that one data-gathering firm, RapLeaf Inc., had linked Facebook user ID information obtained from apps to its own database of Internet users, which it sells. The funny part is that Rapleaf, doesn’t need any of the user ID stuff. Rapleaf’s influence on the web is only increasing. Related content from GigaOM Pro (sub req’d):
You Deleted Your Cookies? Think Again | Epicenter More than half of the internet’s top websites use a little known capability of Adobe’s Flash plug-in to track users and store information about them, but only four of them mention the so-called Flash cookies in their privacy policies, UC Berkeley researchers reported Monday. Unlike traditional browser cookies, Flash cookies are relatively unknown to web users, and they are not controlled through the cookie privacy controls in a browser. That means even if a user thinks they have cleared their computer of tracking objects, they most likely have not. What’s even sneakier? Several services even use the surreptitious data storage to reinstate traditional cookies that a user deleted, which is called ‘re-spawning’ in homage to video games where zombies come back to life even after being “killed,” the report found. Even the Whitehouse.gov showed up in the report, with researchers reporting they found a Flash cookie with the name “userId.” Tools: * Ccleaner - See Also:
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Open Up Government Data From Wired How-To Wiki Barack Obama rode into office with a high-tech, open source campaign that digitized the book on campaigning. Now, with his selection of a celebrated open data advocate as his Chief Information Officer, Obama appears serious about bringing those same principles to the executive branch's treasure trove of data. Vivek Kundra, the new CIO, comes to the White House from a similar role as the CTO of Washington, D.C., where he garnered kudos for his clear-headed approach to making data feeds from dozens of city agencies accessible. "I'm going to be working very closely with all Federal CIOs in terms of at the agency level to make sure they are advancing an agenda that embraces open government, an agenda that looks at how we could fundamentally revolutionize technology in the public sector," Kundra said. Vivek Kundra in conversation with Nicholas Thompson at the Wired Disruptive Business Conference. The future is coming: Let's help build it. The Problem The Solution: You U.S.
Tegenlicht: De WikiLeaks code op Nederland 2 Datum Ma 17 januari 2011 Tijd 21:00 tot 21:50 Genre Documentaire Kijkwijzer De hype rond WikiLeaks en Julian Assange beheerst al weken de nieuwe én de oude media. En wat het heeft veranderd. Tegenlicht duikt in de oorsprong en de idealen van de leaks beweging. Daarnaast vertellen zij hoe de organisatie rondom Assange langzaam uiteenviel door interne spanningen en meningsverschillen. IJsland was jarenlang de favoriet van de financiële wereld, maar is als eerste omvallende economie in Europa ook de kiem van de nieuwe tegencultuur. De aanvallen die WikiLeaks in december 2010 te verduren kreeg, kenschetste hij al als `de privatisering van de censuur`. Assange, Hrafnsson en Jonsdottir werkten samen met o.a. hacker Herbert Snorrason aan de in april 2010 gelekte `Collateral Murder`-beelden, waarin te zien is hoe Amerikaanse soldaten op burgers in Irak schieten.
Against Transparency Against Transparency In 2006, the Sunlight Foundation launched a campaign to get members of Congress to post their daily calendars on the Internet. "The Punch-Clock Campaign" collected pledges from ninety-two candidates for Congress, and one of them was elected. I remember when the project was described to me by one of its developers. She assumed that I would be struck by its brilliance. I was not. In any case, the momentum was on her side. And not just in politics. How could anyone be against transparency? The naked transparency movement marries the power of network technology to the radical decline in the cost of collecting, storing, and distributing data. Without a doubt, the vast majority of these transparency projects make sense. But that is not the whole transparency story. With respect to data about campaign contributions, the history of transparency is long. The hope of the naked transparency movement is to change this. This is a crude but powerful beginning. But then, so what?
Larry Lessig and Naked Transparency - O'Reilly Radar Larry Lessig had a dream. In this dream, he was standing on K Street, preaching in the dark. Suddenly, a naked posse on Segways went whizzing by, shining their flashlights in people’s faces. Bystanders were all blinded by these random lights and lost their night vision. Larry Lessig wrote up his dream in a cover article for the New Republic entitled “Against Transparency: The perils of openness in government.” Lessig starts by identifying what he calls the naked transparency movement, using as his centerfold Maplight’s report on “How Money Watered Down the Climate Bill.” In a truly memorable paragraph Lessig poses his straw man carefully before lighting the match: What could possibly be wrong with such civic omniscience? Louis Brandeis is often invoked as the patron saint of sunlight, the creator of the idea that one can disinfect only what one can see. The point of Lessig’s essay is not that transparency is bad. This is the problem of attention-span. Policy takes time.
Journalism in the Age of Data In the words of Terrell Owens, get your popcorn ready, because this video (below) is awesome. During his Knight Journalism fellowship at Stanford, Geoff McGhee interviewed visualization trendsetters on how they deal and what they do with data in Journalism in the Age of Data: Journalists are coping with the rising information flood by borrowing data visualization techniques from computer scientists, researchers and artists. Some newsrooms are already beginning to retool their staffs and systems to prepare for a future in which data becomes a medium. But how do we communicate with data, how can traditional narratives be fused with sophisticated, interactive information displays? Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viègas kick things off with some of the work they did with IBM. Basically, all the repeat offenders here on FlowingData are in this video talking about what they do best. [datajournalism | Thanks, Josh]
Negotiating the Freelance Economy 'Scrapers' Dig Deep for Data on the Web Thinking Outside the Box: ConsideringTransparency, Anonymity, andPseudonymity as Overall Solutions tothe Problems of Information המרכז למשפט וטכנולוגיה הינו מרכז מחקר בפקולטה למשפטים באוניברסיטת חיפה. תכלית היא קידום פעילות מחקרית בתחומי משפט וטכנולוגיה ובנושא קניין רוחני. מקדם דיאלוג בין אקדמאיים, חוקרים, קובעי מדיניות ואנשי עסקים, על מנת לפתח את התשתית המדעית הדרושה לשם עיצוב מדיניות משפטית בנושאים הנוגעים לטכנולוגיות חדשות. המרכז עורך סדנאות וכנסים בנושאים שונים לשם קידום המחקר בתחום בקרב חברי סגל באוניברסיטאות, תלמידי מחקר, שופטים, עורכי דין, משפטנים, מקבלי החלטות והציבור הרחב. במרכז למשפט וטכנולוגיה מגוון רחב של קורסים וסמינרים בקניין רוחני ובדיני מידע, במסלולי התואר ראשון, התואר השני והדוקטורט. המרכז נהנה משיתוף פעולה עם שני מרכזים גדולים באוניברסיטת חיפה המתמחים במחקר רב תחומי בסביבת המידע: מכון קיסריה למחקר אינטרדיסציפלינרי במדעי המחשב והמרכז לחקר האדם בחברת המידע.
LRB · Slavoj Žižek · Good Manners in the Age of WikiLeaks In one of the diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks Putin and Medvedev are compared to Batman and Robin. It’s a useful analogy: isn’t Julian Assange, WikiLeaks’s organiser, a real-life counterpart to the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight? In the film, the district attorney, Harvey Dent, an obsessive vigilante who is corrupted and himself commits murders, is killed by Batman. Batman and his friend police commissioner Gordon realise that the city’s morale would suffer if Dent’s murders were made public, so plot to preserve his image by holding Batman responsible for the killings. The film’s take-home message is that lying is necessary to sustain public morale: only a lie can redeem us. The Joker wants to disclose the truth beneath the mask, convinced that this will destroy the social order. The ultimate show of power on the part of the ruling ideology is to allow what appears to be powerful criticism. WikiLeaks cannot be seen in the same way.