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Four short links: 21 December 2011 - Be a Data Hound, Secure Traveling, Secure SMS, Mozilla's Wider Focus

By Nat Torkington
December 21, 2011

AntiMap -- open source Android software to gather arbitrary data and visualize it. This enables you to be a 21C Francis Galton, the man who walked the streets of England using a pin to prick holes on a cross of card in his pocket, all to keep track of the relative average beauty of women in different parts of...

What happens when an old law is updated for the digital age? - Attorney Dana Newman discusses a proposed update to the '80s-era Video Privacy Protection Act.

What happens when an old law is updated for the digital age? - Attorney Dana Newman discusses a proposed update to the '80s-era Video Privacy Protection Act.
By Jenn Webb
December 21, 2011

The '80s-era Video Privacy Protection Act had the unintended consequence of inhibiting consensual sharing of video viewing habits. Attorney Dana Newman weighs in on updated legislation.

Four short links: 5 December 2011 - Spatial Search, Exposing Your Phone's Perfidity, School Unconference, and Wikipedia Viz

By Nat Torkington
December 5, 2011

VP Trees -- a data structure for fast spatial searching. A form of nearest neighbour, useful for melodies (PDF) and image retrieval (PDF) and poetry. (via Reddit) iYou -- iTunes plugin to show you all the stuff your phone collects about you. Bar Camps in Primary Schools -- NZ teacher deploys bar camps among students. Great things happen. Realtime...

Four short links: 21 November 2011 - Early Jobs, Personal Computing Sticks, Short-Sighted Profits, and Ford's Software Business

By Nat Torkington
November 21, 2011

Steve Jobs in Early NeXT Days (YouTube) -- documentary footage of the early retreats at NeXT, where Jobs talks about plans and priorities. Very interesting to watch this knowing how the story ends. I'm astonished by how well Jobs spoke, even then, and delighted by the glimpses of impatience and dismissiveness. I wonder where the raw footage went. (via...

Top Stories: October 31-November 4, 2011 - An author turns to automation, a look at privacy in the age of big data, and a simple rule for data ethics.

Top Stories: October 31-November 4, 2011 - An author turns to automation, a look at privacy in the age of big data, and a simple rule for data ethics.
By Mac Slocum
November 4, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Former author Robbie Allen explained his shift to software-generated writing, Terence Craig said transparency is the best way to handle digital privacy, and we learned how a simple question can keep data companies honest.

What does privacy mean in an age of big data? - Author Terence Craig on why data transparency trumps anonymization.

What does privacy mean in an age of big data? - Author Terence Craig on why data transparency trumps anonymization.
By Audrey Watters
November 2, 2011

Ironclad digital privacy isn't realistic, argues "Privacy and Big Data" co-author Terence Craig. What we need instead are laws and commitments founded on transparency.

If your data practices were made public, would you be nervous? - Solon Barocas on data mining's reputation and the ethics of data collection.

If your data practices were made public, would you be nervous? - Solon Barocas on data mining's reputation and the ethics of data collection.
By Audrey Watters
November 1, 2011

Solon Barocas, a doctoral student at New York University, discusses consumer perceptions of data mining and how companies and data scientists can shape data mining's reputation.

Four short links: 24 October 2011 - Interactive Web Goodness, Location Based Security, Referer vs https, and Financial Charting

By Nat Torkington
October 24, 2011

Tangle -- open source Javascript library for creating slider-type widgets in web pages, with built-in updating of other web elements. This is fantastic for exploring "what-if" scenarios. Check out the demos. Location-Based Security -- The researchers have created a customized version of Android controlled by a “policy engine” on a server. The Android devices use Bluetooth and near-field communications...

You share something, you get something back: How the web is redefining privacy - O'Reilly Media CIO, Jonathan Reichental, speaks at TEDx in Chicago.

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
October 14, 2011

Combining a mix of freely available public domain information and our own sharing behaviors on the web clearly suggests that we must redefine our view of privacy.

Four short links: 27 September 2011 - Source Code, SPDY Trials, Data from Facebook, and Voting Tools

By Nat Torkington
September 27, 2011

Phabricator -- Facebook-built web apps that make it easy to write, review, and share source code. (via Simon Gianoutsos) The Slow Way to SPDY -- attempting to actually try SPDY for yourself sounds like a nightmare as getting hold of a stable SPDY implementation at this point is not unlike an uphill climb on a slow mudslide - the...

ePayments Week: Financial Times bets on its web app - Financial Times goes all-in on its web app, Flickr puts up fences, and daily deal fatigue sets in.

ePayments Week: Financial Times bets on its web app - Financial Times goes all-in on its web app, Flickr puts up fences, and daily deal fatigue sets in.
By David Sims
September 1, 2011

The Financial Times says subscriber data trumps Apple's reach, Flickr introduces geofencing to keep things private, and the cracks in the daily deal world start to show.

Developer Week in Review: Lion drops pre-installed MySQL - MySQL is missing from Lion Server, and Apple gets a slap on the wrist from South Korea.

Developer Week in Review: Lion drops pre-installed MySQL - MySQL is missing from Lion Server, and Apple gets a slap on the wrist from South Korea.
By James Turner
August 3, 2011

A pre-installed version of MySQL is noticeably absent from Lion Server, South Korea penalizes Apple for the location brouhaha, and Java 7's compiler injects a bit of randomness into software development.

Scaling Google+ - Joseph Smarr of Google+ on early lessons, an API, and pseudonyms.

Scaling Google+ - Joseph Smarr of Google+ on early lessons, an API, and pseudonyms.
By Alex Howard
August 2, 2011

In a recent interview, Google's Joseph Smarr discussed what he's learned from Google+ thus far. Specifically: how quickly the social network has scaled, the importance of the user interface, and future plans for a Google+ API.

Four short links: 25 July 2011 - Minecraft Emergent Behaviour, Algorithmic 3D Printing, Automated MapReduce Optimization, and Multi-Device Preview

By Nat Torkington
July 25, 2011

Anonymity in Bitcoin -- TL;DR: Bitcoin is not inherently anonymous. It may be possible to conduct transactions is such a way so as to obscure your identity, but, in many cases, users and their transactions can be identified. We have performed an analysis of anonymity in the Bitcoin system and published our results in a preprint on arXiv. (via...

Taking it offline while staying online - SecretSocial looks to create a space for private conversations with expiration dates.

Taking it offline while staying online - SecretSocial looks to create a space for private conversations with expiration dates.
By Audrey Watters
June 21, 2011

SecretSocial wants to be sure there's still a place for private and non-traceable discussions online. In this interview, company co-founder Zubin Wadia discusses the inner workings of the service.

Report from first health care privacy conference

By Andy Oram
June 14, 2011

Examined dilemmas in data storage, sharing, consent, segmentation, and more.

Strata Week: The fears of face recognition - Fears over Facebook's face recognition, hacked passwords get analyzed, and a video game taps historical data.

Strata Week: The fears of face recognition - Fears over Facebook's face recognition, hacked passwords get analyzed, and a video game taps historical data.
By Audrey Watters
June 9, 2011

Stories this week examine some of the fears — real and imagined — around our social data, our privacy and security. But in case we forget the great things social data can build, we also look at the archival data behind the video game "L.A. Noire."

Facebook's face recognition strategy may be just the ticket - Face recognition is here to stay.

Facebook's face recognition strategy may be just the ticket - Face recognition is here to stay.
By Tim O'Reilly
June 9, 2011

Facebook's face recognition may provide a great strategy for cutting the Gordian Knot on this thorny privacy problem.

At the eG8, 20th century ideas clashed with the 21st century economy - The eG8 shows online innovation and freedom of expression still need strong defenders.

At the eG8, 20th century ideas clashed with the 21st century economy - The eG8 shows online innovation and freedom of expression still need strong defenders.
By Alex Howard
May 27, 2011

While the first eG8 Forum in Paris featured hundreds of business and digital luminaries, some of the the policies discussed should be of serious concern to entrepreneurs, activists, media and citizens around the world.

Why you can't really anonymize your data - It's time to accept and work within the limits of data anonymization.

By Pete Warden
May 17, 2011

Because we now have so much data at our disposal, any dataset with a decent amount of information can be matched against identifiable public records. To keep datasets available, we must acknowledge that foolproof anonymization is an illusion.

Not so fast: assessing achievements and barriers at a Massachusetts Health IT conference

By Andy Oram
May 11, 2011

Both the bright lights of success and the mire of gridlock were held up for examination this week at the conference Health Information Technology Improving Healthcare and the Economy. A report on meaningful use, data exchange, jobs in health IT, and more.

Interview: Protecting patient privacy rights in a wired world

By Andy Oram
May 10, 2011

Andy Oram interviews Dr. Deborah Peel of the Patient Privacy Rights Coalition about the conference "Getting IT Right: Protecting Patient Privacy Rights in a Wired World."

Four short links: 10 May 2011 - Car Monitoring with iPhone, Multitasking, Privacy, and Cool Unix Tools

By Nat Torkington
May 10, 2011

ODB to iPhone Converter -- hardware to connect to your car's onboard computer and display it on an iPhone app. (via Imran Ali) Multitasking Brains (Wired) -- interesting pair of studies: old brains have trouble recovering from distractions; hardcore multitaskers have trouble focusing. (via Stormy Peters) Social Privacy -- Danah Boyd draft paper on teens' attitudes to online privacy....

Four short links: 9 May 2011 - iPhone Anonymity, Fabbed Souvenirs, Perl+Go=Campher, and Javascript Slides

By Nat Torkington
May 9, 2011

UDID DeAnonymization -- a developer exposed an API that connected UDID to other information such as Facebook ID. The API has been closed, but it remains true that your iPhone has a primary key and darn near every app developer has a database linking your UDID to other details about you. Apple requires this to not be public, but...

Additional iPhone tracking research - Researchers and reporters are exploring many of the issues related to mobile location data.

By Pete Warden
April 24, 2011

The iPhone tracking story led to a host of related investigations. Here's a look at some of the latest developments.

Search Notes: Search and privacy and writing robots - Yahoo changes its logging policy, Bing gains in the UK, and robot journalists challenge humans.

Search Notes: Search and privacy and writing robots - Yahoo changes its logging policy, Bing gains in the UK, and robot journalists challenge humans.
By Vanessa Fox
April 23, 2011

In the latest Search Notes: Yahoo extends its logging to 18 months, the practical utility of "do not track" is questioned, Bing gains a bit of search share in the UK, and writing robots stake a claim in the journalism domain.

Developer Week in Review - Suing your suppliers, tracking your customers, and giving away your assets.

Developer Week in Review - Suing your suppliers, tracking your customers, and giving away your assets.
By James Turner
April 22, 2011

In the latest Developer Week in Review: Everyone sued everyone else, the iPhone's location abilities instigated lots of discussion, and Oracle let Open Office fly away home.

iPhone tracking: The day after - Analysis and criticism came in the wake of our iPhone tracking story.

iPhone tracking: The day after - Analysis and criticism came in the wake of our iPhone tracking story.
By Pete Warden
April 22, 2011

The iPhone tracking story published here a few days ago struck an unexpected nerve. Here's a selection of the most interesting immediate reactions.

Data News: Week in Review - Tracking data found in iOS 4, crowdsourcing is questioned, and the Senate doesn't get "open data"

Data News: Week in Review - Tracking data found in iOS 4, crowdsourcing is questioned, and the Senate doesn't get
By Audrey Watters
April 21, 2011

In the latest Data News: The tracking data saved in a hidden iOS 4 file causes a stir, the value of crowdsourcing during crisis response is questioned, and the Senate finally releases its financial data ... in PDF.

Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves - A hidden file in iOS 4 is regularly recording the position of devices.

Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves - A hidden file in iOS 4 is regularly recording the position of devices.
By Alasdair Allan
April 20, 2011

Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan have discovered that iPhones and 3G iPads running iOS 4 are regularly recording the location of devices into a hidden file.

The convergence of biometrics, location and surveillance - Mary Haskett and Alex Kilpatrick examine biometrics in a surveillance society.

The convergence of biometrics, location and surveillance - Mary Haskett and Alex Kilpatrick examine biometrics in a surveillance society.
By Bruce Stewart
April 8, 2011

Future applications of biometrics promise increased security and convenience, but they could also dilute our expectations of privacy. In this interview, Where 2.0 speakers Mary Haskett and Alex Kilpatrick discuss what lies ahead in the biometrics world.

On the Internet, you can hire someone to ensure nobody knows you're a dog - "Reputation management" does not excuse black hat SEO tactics.

By Mike Loukides
April 6, 2011

Dubious SEO techniques may obscure the bits of your past you want to keep under wraps, but the only real solution is to do something computers can't: Get over it and let the past go.

Amygdala FarmVille - The people that know the most about you are the people you know the least about.

Amygdala FarmVille - The people that know the most about you are the people you know the least about.
By Jim Stogdill
April 6, 2011

We have entered the Matrix, but it's not our body heat companies want. They want the preference model encoded in our amygdala and a list of all the people that might influence that model — and you may not realize it, but you're giving it to them.

The truth about data: Once it's out there, it's hard to control - Jeff Jonas on data ownership, security concerns, and privacy trade offs.

By Jenn Webb
April 4, 2011

In a recent interview, Jeff Jonas, IBM distinguished engineer and chief scientist at IBM Entity Analytics, discussed the willingness of consumers to give away their data and the issues around data replication.

Open Media Boston forum examines revolution and Internet use in Middle East

By Andy Oram
April 1, 2011

I came away convinced that Internet sites — Facebook in particular — were crucial to the spread of the revolutions.

Computers, Freedom, and Privacy enters 21st year at a moment of hot debate

By Andy Oram
March 28, 2011

Lillie Coney of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and Jules Polonetsky of the Future of Privacy Forum, cochairs of CFP this year, talk about what makes the conference unique and how it will illuminate the pressing issues of Twitter revolutions (or whatever role the Internet may play), surveillance and tracking, security of personal health data, and more.

Browser-based privacy controls come with caveats - Efforts by browser vendors to limit tracking illustrate the need for other solutions.

Browser-based privacy controls come with caveats - Efforts by browser vendors to limit tracking illustrate the need for other solutions.
By Jenn Webb
March 17, 2011

The IE9 browser update, and reportedly the upcoming Firefox 4 update, include do-not-track options for users. It's a step toward increased digital privacy, but truly effective privacy tools will likely need to come from above the browser level.

Dusting for device fingerprints - BlueCava can identify specific Internet-connected devices and how they're used. Is this the future of tracking?

Dusting for device fingerprints - BlueCava can identify specific Internet-connected devices and how they're used. Is this the future of tracking?
By Julie Steele
March 1, 2011

BlueCava lets businesses identify devices that are coming to their websites. In this interview, BlueCava CEO David Norris discusses fraud prevention, privacy, and the state of reputation technology.

Privacy law needs a reboot - The ACLU's Nicole Ozer on location-based services and outdated privacy protections.

Privacy law needs a reboot - The ACLU's Nicole Ozer on location-based services and outdated privacy protections.
By Bruce Stewart
February 28, 2011

Electronic privacy protections worked great when mobile was a novelty and location services were confined to paper maps. But now, the ACLU's Nicole Ozer says companies and consumers need to pay heed to privacy concerns while we wait for the law to catch up.

Planning a better whistleblowers' site: a review of Domscheit-Berg's book "Inside WikiLeaks"

By Andy Oram
February 23, 2011

Commentators tend to treat WikiLeaks as some kind of pure emanation of the Internet, ignoring the vast legal, financial, media, and other systems that make it possible. Second, they either praise or criticize its mission, but rarely ask how it could be improved. For these reasons, I find Daniel Domscheit-Berg's new book, Inside WikiLeaks, an important contribution to current politics.

Data is a currency - The trade in data is only in its infancy

By Edd Dumbill
February 23, 2011

If I talk about data marketplaces, you probably think of large resellers like Bloomberg or Thomson Reuters. Or startups like InfoChimps. What you probably don't think of is that you yourself trade in data.

Apple iTunes gifts users with a privacy hole - An iTunes privacy issue uncovered by Andrew McAfee highlights the need for better privacy by design.

Apple iTunes gifts users with a privacy hole - An iTunes privacy issue uncovered by Andrew McAfee highlights the need for better privacy by design.
By Alex Howard
February 18, 2011

The Apple iTunes gift function comes with a privacy issue: whoever is making the gift can see if the recipient already owns a song, video or app. The mechanism illustrates why privacy needs to be baked into electronic commerce from the beginning.

The tricky mix of payment, identity and trust - Online payment requires confirmed identity, but who sees what is an open question.

By David Sims
February 17, 2011

Report excerpt: Online payment providers need to be sure you are who you say you are, but that's just the beginning. Is it possible to lead an active social life online and still have control over your online identity?

Indexing the social signal - Charlene Li on the problems and possibilities of social search and realtime updates.

Indexing the social signal - Charlene Li on the problems and possibilities of social search and realtime updates.
By James Turner
February 15, 2011

Search engines used to leisurely index static results, but the rise of social media and real-time updates has changed the game. In this interview, Altimeter Group founder Charlene Li looks at how search will have to adapt to this new environment.

ePayments Week: How big a bite will Apple take? - Is iTunes PayPal on steroids? Also, walled gardens clamp down, and data geeks discuss privacy

ePayments Week: How big a bite will Apple take? - Is iTunes PayPal on steroids? Also, walled gardens clamp down, and data geeks discuss privacy
By David Sims
February 3, 2011

In the latest ePayments Week: With contactless payments coming to an iPhone near you, analysts wonder whether Apple will share its 160 million iTunes customers.

ePayments Week: Facebook's focus on mobile - The social network gets hyperlocal, data privacy promises abound, and mobile app revenues could triple.

By David Sims
January 27, 2011

In the latest edition of ePayments Week: Facebook wants to be with you always -- which sounds cozy, so long as you trust them to do the right thing with that information.

2011 Watchlist: 6 themes to track - Data will be in the driver's seat, social tools will become ubiquitous, and the meaning of privacy will be debated.

2011 Watchlist: 6 themes to track - Data will be in the driver's seat, social tools will become ubiquitous, and the meaning of privacy will be debated.
By Mike Loukides
January 3, 2011

Mike Loukides says Hadoop, real-time data, the rise of the GPU, the return of P2P, social ubiquity and a new definition for privacy will all play important roles in 2011.

2010 Gov 2.0 Year in Review - Here are the themes, moments and achievements in the Gov 2.0 world that made an impact in 2010.

By Alex Howard
December 29, 2010

In a year of immense change, the issues that mattered most were the ones that made governments work better or improved the lives of citizens.

Reaching the pinnacle: truly open web services and clouds - Part 5 of the series, "What are the chances for a free software cloud?"

By Andy Oram
December 22, 2010

The merger of free software with cloud and web services is a win-win. The transition will take a buy-in from cloud and SaaS providers, a change in the software development process, a stronger link between computational and data clouds, and new conventions to be learned by clients of the services. (Part 5 of a 5-part series.)

Why web services should be released as free software - Part 4 of the series, "What are the chances for a free software cloud?"

By Andy Oram
December 20, 2010

Let's put together a pitch for cloud and web service providers. We have two hurdles to leap: one persuading them how they'll benefit by releasing the source code to their software, and one addressing their fear of releasing the source code.


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