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Ad(d) Hypocrisy

Prompted by “Online Ad Czar Berates Adblockers As Freedom-Hating ‘Mafia’”: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/16/01/26/1720217/online-ad-czar-berates-adblockers-as-freedom-hating-mafia Randall Rothenburg, the president and CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has made a speech branding the creators of Adblock Plus (who were banned from the conference where

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Scarily Pathetic Tech

Prompted by “IoT Security Is So Bad, There’s a Search Engine For Sleeping Kids”: http://search.slashdot.org/story/16/01/24/0256224/iot-security-is-so-bad-theres-a-search-engine-for-sleeping-kids Shodan, a search engine for the Internet of Things (IoT), recently launched a new section that lets users easily browse vulnerable webcams. The feed includes

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Internet Nations

Prompted by “The Perfect Storm in Digital Law”: http://alistapart.com/article/the-perfect-storm-in-digital-law National Internet borders are coming, at least based upon common sense — and that’s obviously not a good thing, because it defies convenient international organization of the masses to form a

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Behavioral Targeting You

Prompted by: reasonably serious privacy concerns Anyone appreciating the sense in defending your privacy will appreciate this post (well, that’s my preference anyway). Although it may seem to be just focused upon a particular email service (one you probably don’t

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Smart See

Prompted by “Does LG’s Smart TV Spying Hint at New Personal Recommendation Service?”: http://www.tomsguide.com/us/lg-tv-spying-recommendation-service,news-18116.html Starting with the basics (emphasis mine)… To create personalized recommendations, LG would have to collect data on what each viewer is watching. The company has in

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Lost Tweet

Prompted by “No, a ‘Facebook-style filter’ isn’t coming to Twitter — yet”: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/09/04/no-a-facebook-style-filter-isnt-coming-to-twitter-yet/ …and by “Twitter announces crackdown on abuse with new filter and tighter rules”: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/21/twitter-filter-notifications-for-all-accounts-abuse Facebook and YouTube automatically censor content (by censoring content exposure), and that censorship

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Monitoring Your Future

Prompted by “OmniCISA Pits DHS Against the FCC and FTC on User Privacy”: https://www.justsecurity.org/28386/omnicisa-pits-government-against-self-privacy/ So this bill isn’t just about threat information sharing, it’s about enabling ISP monitoring in ways beyond current law that have not been clearly defined or

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