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Old 10-15-2015, 01:50 PM
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Linking from Jennifer Lawrence's essay about pay equality to Emma Watson's Twitter feed to a question from her co-star in a movie being made from this book, I found this book The Circle (Eggers novel) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Its a thriller about privacy and technology and our modern society.
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Linking from Jennifer Lawrence's essay about pay equality to Emma Watson's Twitter feed to a question from her co-star in a movie being made from this book, I found this book The Circle (Eggers novel) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Its a thriller about privacy and technology and our modern society.
Not really. The word "privacy" gets used a total of 3 times, the first being half-way through the book. The author is largely technologically illiterate. And the society is totally unrecognisable to me.

It's a shame, because I really want to read a smart post-Snowden fiction.
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Old 10-19-2015, 08:31 PM
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Oh, ffs.

Your Relative’s DNA Could Turn You Into a Suspect

Familial DNA searches are like the ultimate scrapers, where the most naive/promiscuous person in your circle can reveal your personal information without your consent, and in this case, without even theirs.

And then people are all primed to accept things like this because there are a million of those absurd cop shows that frame this sort of thing as brave, dedicated crimefighters whose hands are always being tied by regulations (or better yet, the ones where they straight up just pretend that they don't exist).
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Old 10-19-2015, 09:21 PM
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Tangential but in that same category, that is a huge pet peeve of mine, in shows like The Closer or whatever Law & Order iteration, where our brave heroes are stymied by an evil perp who "lawyers up". If I was rich, I would buy commercial time on these shows and air PSAs that are all like "Everybody, lawyer up immediately! Always! Whether you did it or not. It's your fucking right!"
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I'm p sure we've all seen this video. It's old enough now to be potato quality for our super high resolution monitors, but it's not the visual that's important. It's what is said. And not just by the pointy headed lawyer.

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Old 10-26-2015, 06:17 PM
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Oh, yeah. I forgot that I was going to LOL at Samsung.

This is halfway between this and the open source thrad, so I just picked this one, but the other one is also relevant.

Easily Hacked Tea Kettle Latest To Highlight Pathetic Internet Of Things 'Security' | Techdirt

The main topic, the fucking kettle that those researchers were wardriving, is not a Samsung product, but the eavesdropping TV and the password revealing refrigerator both are. They make all kinds of shit that spies on people, and they can't even be fucked to ENCRYPT it?

LOL @ Samsung.

Also LOL @ wardriving for tea kettles!

Also, I'm not going to make you listen to it because everyone hates this band except for me, but The Music Tapes did an album in 1999 called The First Imaginary Symphony for Nomad that is largely about a race of alien televisions that come to earth to spy on humans.
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Well, shit. I should have put that in the open source thrad, because now I want to post this here:

Obfuscation: how leaving a trail of confusion can beat online surveillance | Technology | The Guardian
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I'm down the fucking rabbit hole now, and I blame you. :blame::you:

I'm reading stuff instead of doing my damn jerb. That was your plan all along, wasn't it! :freakout:
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Own a Vizio Smart TV? It’s Watching You - ProPublica

Daaaaaaaang.
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I am having a hard time even fathoming how this line of argument gets any legs at all. It's just so stupid and obviously wrong.

This War On Math Is Bullshit | TechCrunch
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:40 PM
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Can computers be racist? Big data, inequality, and discrimination / Ford Foundation

This is seriously one of the best overviews of this stuff I've seen, and Latanya Sweeney is the best person.
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Evernote will soon assign employees to read through your notes.
You have until Jan 23rd to either quit the service or accept you have no privacy.
Evernote's new not-so-privacy policy will let employees read your notes | ZDNet

But don't worry, employees sifting through your notes will get 'training.'
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Evernote will soon assign employees to read through your notes.
You have until Jan 23rd to either quit the service or accept you have no privacy.
Evernote's new not-so-privacy policy will let employees read your notes | ZDNet

But don't worry, employees sifting through your notes will get 'training.'
Ouch, I just noticed this. I've been paying for Evernote for 2 years now. Back when we didn't have unlimited data

I went to go look this up, they got the point pretty quick, made it opt-out, then got the point *again* and made it opt-in.

One thing I can sympathize with: Support and legal. Sometimes, you have to be able to let the company look at your stuff to find out what's wrong, and sometimes the government gets a warrant for information. My company has the same problem when providing cloud services.

Now they came out with this:

Evernote's Action Plan for Privacy - Evernote Blog

They listened, got the point, but I'm still not exactly happy... I have one more month of paid subscription before I decide to make a move.
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My place of employment issues each student, staff member, and faculty member an e-mail account. No surprises there. Each of us is also assigned a password and given specific instructions: YOU MAY NOT CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD.

That they were so emphatic about this made me suspicious. Since I came here, I've been told by several students on multiple occasions that the school hires people to monitor students' Facebook and other sites, to look for "inappropriate material."

I rather strongly suspect that they monitor our e-mail as well, or at least reserve the right to do so, should someone in Administration feel like doing so. That's why I never use the campus e-mail for any sort of personal e-mails. And it's yet another reason why I almost-never post anything on Facebook.
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I'm double spamming this cuz I think it's pretty good and I don't want anyone to miss it (:cough: pea :cough:). Don't let the fact that I've been putting off posting it for almost 3 months undercut its importance.

Last October I didn't go to the GHC, but I got to watch some of it live from a satellite event at work which was pretty neat. One of the keynote speakers was Latanya Sweeney, PhD and she gives a great talk about data and privacy and policy and all that good shit.

GHC 16 Wednesday Keynote - Part 1 on Livestream
(sorry it's Adobe flash, but I got it to play in Chrome on Ubuntu)

Her introduction starts at 25:30, and the talk is from 27:20 to 58:00.

This lady is responsible for a lot of HIPAA compliance standards stuff, and she talks about this privacy publication thing she does with students which is where that facebook location thing dropped that got that intern's offer yanked, remember that?

Facebook rescinds internship to Harvard student who exposed a privacy flaw in Messenger - The Washington Post

Sorry this is all from memory cuz I only watched it once and it was forever ago, but it's totally good. The other big take-home I remember is that she only got into the data privacy field because of some random conversation between her and another woman. I don't remember if it was her or the other one who had the concern about privacy, but I couldn't help but think that the voice could have easily been silenced or ignored by a different audience, IYKWIM.
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Hey, I know who Latanya Sweeney is! She is good enough that I will watch a Flash video on my tablet or something.
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Facebook rescinds internship to Harvard student who exposed a privacy flaw in Messenger - The Washington Post

Sorry this is all from memory cuz I only watched it once and it was forever ago, but it's totally good. The other big take-home I remember is that she only got into the data privacy field because of some random conversation between her and another woman. I don't remember if it was her or the other one who had the concern about privacy, but I couldn't help but think that the voice could have easily been silenced or ignored by a different audience, IYKWIM.
I too think I have discovered a privacy flaw in Facebook's messenger. It could cause the company to log millions of conversations about who's fucking whom and when and where.
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This sounds a bit ominous.

ETA: also, is it possible they meant (((verified))) accounts?

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Surprise!

WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted messages | Technology | The Guardian

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WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption relies on the generation of unique security keys, using the acclaimed Signal protocol, developed by Open Whisper Systems, that are traded and verified between users to guarantee communications are secure and cannot be intercepted by a middleman. However, WhatsApp has the ability to force the generation of new encryption keys for offline users, unbeknown to the sender and recipient of the messages, and to make the sender re-encrypt messages with new keys and send them again for any messages that have not been marked as delivered.

The recipient is not made aware of this change in encryption, while the sender is only notified if they have opted-in to encryption warnings in settings, and only after the messages have been resent. This re-encryption and rebroadcasting effectively allows WhatsApp to intercept and read users’ messages.
OK, so this is very much a "could happen" kind of thing, not a "Facebook is deliberately being evil again" thing.
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I posted this in the 2016 election thread. It's all about privacy and compartmentalisation though ... or the lack thereof.

Trump Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself | aNtiDoTe Zine

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Kosinski and his team continued, tirelessly refining their models. In 2012, Kosinski demonstrated that from a mere 68 Facebook likes on average, a lot about a user could be reliably predicted: skin color (95% accuracy), sexual orientation (88% accuracy), Democrat or Republican (85%). But there’s more: level of intellect; religious affiliation; alcohol-, cigarette-, and drug abuse could all be calculated. Even whether or not your parents were divorced could be teased out of the data.

The strength of the model depended on how well it could predict a test subject’s answers. Kosinski kept working at it. Soon, with a mere ten “likes” as input his model could appraise a person’s character better than an average coworker. With seventy, it could “know” a subject better than a friend; with 150 likes, better than their parents. With 300 likes, Kosinski’s model could predict a subject’s answers better than their partner. With even more likes it could exceed what a person thinks they know about themselves.
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Vibrator maker ordered to pay out C$4m for tracking users' sexual activity | Technology | The Guardian

The headline (as usual) is misleading: the article doesn't positively assert that the company was actively tracking users (though it could do - think of the marketing possibilities), just that:
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The app that controls the vibrator is barely secured, allowing anyone within bluetooth range to seize control of the device.

In addition, data is collected and sent back to Standard Innovation, letting the company know about the temperature of the device and the vibration intensity – which, combined, reveal intimate information about the user’s sexual habits.
Their statement is a classic of weaseliness:
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Here is the EFF on some of the things I was talking about in the net neutrality thread. This is not directly really net neutrality, so I'm putting it here. Also, I'm going to see if I can make every thread about this.

Five Creepy Things Your ISP Could Do if Congress Repeals the FCC's Privacy Protections | Electronic Frontier Foundation
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I got so mad at this op ed in the Washington Post that I signed up for a Medium account and wrote a long, angry, and probably pretty sloppy rebuttal that nobody will ever read.

If anyone does read it, tell me if I missed anything or messed anything up. Ultimately, though, I just needed to get that off my chest and put it somewhere.
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Looks like I'll be getting that VPN I always wanted.
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I've thought about that, but paying more for a slower connection isn't really appealing to me, so I'm trying to figure out how to go about agitating for municipal broadband.

This city right near us did it, and fucking look at it. Look at the speeds, look at the cost. And it's a cooperative, so the community can set their own terms.

It's just a matter of explaining it, really, because there is virtually no reason that a regular consumer person wouldn't prefer something like this over buying internet service from a huge, unaccountable corporation that has nothing to lose and everything to gain by selling you out.

And with people finally paying some attention to these things, this is the time to agitate. I'm just trying to figure out how to start.
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