Monetizers & Snoops

But who is protecting us from monetization…? The New York Times ran an article Saturday called “Internet Giants Erect Barriers to Spy Agencies.” I found it fascinating and a little scary. Read it – but the bottom line is that Google, Microsoft, Facebook and the lot…are encrypting all of their – read our – communications…

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Evil in the Database of the Holder

“Advertising is only evil when it advertises evil things.” So said the legendary David Ogilvy many years ago. But that was before the advent of computers, the Internet and all things digital. From Newsfactor: A senate subcommittee says hackers “are infecting computers using software or programming commands hidden inside online advertisements. It suggested tougher U.S….

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Information-less in the Age of Information

Here is the plot – the storyline – the elevator pitch for Hollywood: Forty minutes or so into a regularly scheduled flight…on a highly traveled route…a state-of-the-art Boeing 777 with 12 crew members and 227 passengers disappears…completely. No one knows how; no one knows where…. Mystery…. There is no radar trail, no satellite track, no last-minute texts…

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Twitter, Schmitter, and Turkey

“Twitter, mwitter,” so said Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to thousands of supporters at a rally in Istanbul last week where he vowed to close down social platforms. As reported by Reuters…further: “We will wipe out all of these,” Erdogan said. “The international community can say this, can say that. I don’t care at all. Everyone…

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The Algorithms Reap While the People Sleep​

Whether Edward Snowden is a traitor or not is to me an ethical/political issue…the answer to which I guarantee will change over time – today’s traitor is tomorrow’s hero…. Frankly, I have written before about issues of privacy vs. security vs. the public’s need to know…not where I want to go today. Rather, I am…

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My Data is Bigger…

“My data is bigger than your data…” “Yeah? Show me yours and I’ll show you mine…” An apocryphal conversation between two macho teens in the near future? OR “Can’t meet you later. Have incense burning duty at the Data Temple…” The new religion perhaps? Maybe. “Wait. I love those red pants but I have to…

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SOPA & PIPA

SOPA & PIPA No, those are not sisters of Kate; nor are they foods, Italian acrobats, prized dogs or special names for grandparents…. They are the acronyms for two ill-fated and possibly ill-conceived pieces of legislation that were in front of the Unites States Congress: The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) The Protect Intellectual Property…

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Till Death Do Us Part

Till death do us part. An often parodied yet iconic line that came to fame at wedding ceremonies through The Book of Common Prayer dating back to the mid-1500s. Clearly its sentiment and versions of the line were used for centuries before – but print made it real and helped to spread its practice –…

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On Anonymous Posts

Do you know destroyaliens1? Or perhaps you are acquainted with devilsevil613? Deathtoinfidels? Maybe you have run into myviewrules? How about youareallidiots? These are just some of the wonderful folks who anonymously post comments laced with hatred, vitriol, and yes even death threats all across the social web. And they do so with the full and…

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Where Do You Stand On:

Where do you stand on: Privacy?; Invasion of your personal space?; The eye in the peephole watching you? No doubt you will all roll your eyes and say DUH…where the hell do you think? So with the latest privacy scandal rocking the UK, it’s no doubt pretty clear – who in their right mind would…

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What Is An Idea?

What is an idea? Seriously – what is an idea? And when does an idea cross the road and become more – something real, tangible, useful, valuable – you get the picture. I ask – out of all seriousness – having just read a piece in Tech Dirt that looks at ideas vs. intellectual property…

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Celebs

Privacy. One of the hot topics and burning issues of our time. Bloggers blog on it; conferences conference on it; reporters report on it; governments want to govern on it and…you get the picture.

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