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This Machine Can Learn About the World Just by Watching It

This Machine Can Learn About the World Just by Watching It | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
It's a possible step on the road to a total surveillance AI like the one in Person of Interest. Researchers from the University of Washington have developed a computer program that teaches itself everything there is to know about any visual concept — without any human supervision.
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Didn't Read Facebook's Fine Print? Here's Exactly What It Says

Didn't Read Facebook's Fine Print? Here's Exactly What It Says | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
So, like every other one of the world's 1.28 billion monthly Facebook users, you blindly agreed to Facebook's Terms and Conditions without reading the fine print.
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Ars editor learns feds have his old IP addresses, full credit card numbers

Ars editor learns feds have his old IP addresses, full credit card numbers | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
FOIA request turns up 9 years of records, including plaintext credit card numbers.
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The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control

The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
Antony Loewenstein: At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US, says whistleblower William Binney – that's a 'totalitarian mentality'
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Pavlok is a habit-forming wearable that will shock you

Pavlok is a habit-forming wearable that will shock you | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
"Wake up sleepy head... it's time to go to the gym." "Put down those chips!" "Stop wasting time on Facebook." If any of the above statements resonate
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Oh, this is really cool (sic) > now let's combine this with surveillance, FB data manipulation, and see how we can change the habits of those who are not respecting the norms....

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Hospitals Are Mining Patients' Credit Card Data to Predict Who Will Get Sick

Hospitals Are Mining Patients' Credit Card Data to Predict Who Will Get Sick | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
Some hospitals troll consumer databases in an effort to identify high-risk patients
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Net Threats

Net Threats | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
Tech experts hope the open structure of the Internet will prevail in the coming decade; but they anticipate battles to preserve relatively unhindered connectivity.
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Very, very interesting. Long read > for those who like a bit of depth

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Lessons Learned From Don’t Spy On Us: Your Guide To Internet Privacy

Lessons Learned From Don’t Spy On Us: Your Guide To Internet Privacy | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
With 500 attendees and some big names from the data privacy and human rights fields, the Don't Spy on Us Day of Action was a fascinating afternoon of discussion, debate, and practical advice on how to keep our personal data private from snooping governments. I learned a lot, and I've condensed the most important parts…
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Privacy Groups Sound the Alarm Over FBI’s Facial-Recognition Technology

Privacy Groups Sound the Alarm Over FBI’s Facial-Recognition Technology | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
Advocates are pushing Attorney General Eric Holder to assess the privacy impact of the FBI's controversial database that is expected to become fully operational later this year.
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CISPA returns as CISA -- and it's just as terrible for privacy

CISPA returns as CISA -- and it's just as terrible for privacy | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
Defeated twice before, a rebranded Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is just as vague, broad, and detrimental as the original bill
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Indecent Exposure: Breasts as Data, Data as Breasts » Cyborgology

Indecent Exposure: Breasts as Data, Data as Breasts » Cyborgology | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
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Excellent post by @weboesel on data sharing: 

 

"In today’s data-driven society, individuals carrying smartphones and interacting with social media networks have agreed, often without conscious consideration, to policies that grant service providers explicit rights to harvest and utilize personal data on a massive scale. These include companies like Google and Facebook that offer “free” services for a value exchange of our data."


"By participating in this hyper-connected society while having little to no control of my digital data production, how much of myself do I unknowingly reveal? To what degree does the aggregated metadata collected from me paint an accurate portrait of who I am as a person? What aspects of my individuality are reflected in this portrait?"

 
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Amazon's Fire Phone might be the biggest privacy invasion ever (and no one's noticed)

Amazon's Fire Phone might be the biggest privacy invasion ever (and no one's noticed) | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
Update 11:10am: We've corrected this story in several places with some additional information Amazon provided us about how Firefly works. The changes are noted in italics. Amazon is a fascinating c...
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This Machine Can Learn About the World Just by Watching It

This Machine Can Learn About the World Just by Watching It | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
It's a possible step on the road to a total surveillance AI like the one in Person of Interest. Researchers from the University of Washington have developed a computer program that teaches itself everything there is to know about any visual concept — without any human supervision.
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about total surveillance

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German ‘NSA-proof’ private server raises $1mn crowdfunding in 89 minutes

German ‘NSA-proof’ private server raises $1mn crowdfunding in 89 minutes | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
Developers of secure server Protonet asked for some $136,000 on a local crowdfunding website – and were rewarded with $1 million in an hour and a half. The record campaign, one year after Snowden’s NSA leaks, ended with more than $2 million raised.
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The rise of data and the death of politics

The rise of data and the death of politics | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
Tech pioneers in the US are advocating a new data-based approach to governance – 'algorithmic regulation'. But where does this leave governments, asks Evgeny Morozov
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Fantastic post by Evgeny Morosov about the delusions of algorithmic regulation: "The devil doesn't wear data. Social injustices are much harder to track than the everyday lives of the individuals whose lives they affect."

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An Open Letter To Mark Zuckerberg

Dear Mark,My name is Chris and recently I casually wrote an article on LinkedIn, the largest social network for professionals, sharing my personal experience on why I quit Facebook.Never would I have
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The Ex-Google Hacker Taking on the World’s Spy Agencies | Threat Level | WIRED

The Ex-Google Hacker Taking on the World’s Spy Agencies | Threat Level | WIRED | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
Morgan Marquis-Boire is the director of security for First Look Media, the most prolific publisher of Edward Snowden's remaining secrets. His daunting task is to safeguard those documents, as well as the communications of reporters with perhaps the press's most adversarial relationships with Western intelligence agencies.
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We shouldn't expect Facebook to behave ethically

We shouldn't expect Facebook to behave ethically | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
The revelation that Facebook has manipulated news feeds ought to surprise nobody, writes John Naughton
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"corporations don't do ethics" > this is exactly the switch we have to make: from legal corporations to ethical corporations...


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"The arguments about whether the experiment was unethical reveal the extent to which big data is changing our regulatory landscape. Many of the activities that large-scale data analytics now make possible are undoubtedly "legal" simply because our laws are so far behind the curve. Our data-protection regimes protect specific types of personal information, but data analytics enables corporations and governments to build up very revealing information "mosaics" about individuals by assembling large numbers of the digital traces that we all leave in cyberspace. And none of those traces has legal protection at the moment."

 

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"Besides, the idea that corporations might behave ethically is as absurd as the proposition that cats should respect the rights of small mammals. Cats do what cats do: kill other creatures. Corporations do what corporations do: maximise revenues and shareholder value and stay within the law. Facebook may be on the extreme end of corporate sociopathy, but really it's just the exception that proves the rule."

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Free to Choose A or B

Free to Choose A or B | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
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Excellent post by @marginalutility about FB's manipulation study

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The EU's "right to be forgotten" is a bad idea, and Google is handling it exactly the right way

The EU's "right to be forgotten" is a bad idea, and Google is handling it exactly the right way | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
Google is telling British media companies that it has removed articles from its index as a result of an EU decision on “the right to be forgotten.” Critics say the company is deliberately over-reacting, but it is just doing what it can to call attention to a bad law
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Good post, well balanced, but i still don't get why it's a bad law. 

 

Last para says: "The reality is that the right to be forgotten could allow powerful individuals to effectively censor search results even when the facts contained in them are undisputedly correct and have some historical news value. That’s something worth fighting against, and Google is using all the tools at its disposal to do so. If it helps raise awareness about the issue and its drawbacks, then so much the better."

 

But it is also not upto powerful "siren servers" to decide what is right or wrong. As i mentioned in my Talk/Blog post "The Revolution of the Data Slaves", it not up to Google, FB, or any other "siren server" to decide and set the social norms.

 

http://petervan.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/the-revolution-of-the-data-slaves/

 

 

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How to Collect Customer Data, and Respect Users | CustomerThink

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The Revolution of the Data Slaves

The Revolution of the Data Slaves | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
Some years ago, when Facebook “only” had 356M users, I remember Marc Zuckerberg saying: “… changing the privacy options of 356M users overnight, that’s not something everybody would do. Well, we de...
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New post: "The Revolution of the Data Slaves" http://wp.me/pustL-BT > to celebrate the global launch today 23 June 2014 of Respect Network. Let's take back control of our data  #TakeBackControl Respect Network

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Workplace Surveillance and the 'Transparency Paradox'

Workplace Surveillance and the 'Transparency Paradox' | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
Software, sensors and data make it possible to monitor and measure work as never before. But research suggests that privacy can increase worker productivity.
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“Creating zones of privacy may, under certain conditions,” he wrote, “increase performance.” The right degree of privacy, he added, can foster “productive deviance, localized experimentation, distraction avoidance and continuous improvement.”

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Google's Nest Buys Dropcam for $555 Million

Google's Nest Buys Dropcam for $555 Million | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
Nest says it is undertaking the acquisition itself -- and that goes for the privacy policy, too.
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Must we hide behind masks?

Must we hide behind masks? | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
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About privacy and surveillance:


"It is one (absurd) thing to declare "I own all the info about me!" and to demand others not look. That's a non-starter and if we pass laws to forbid the mighty from looking at us, that will only make them furtive about it and ensure we will get no benefit. As Heinlein said: "The chief thing achieved by privacy laws is to make the (spy) bugs smaller."


But it is reasonable to say that people have "interests" and "value" in their information and a right to derive royalties or a fee for its use, especially if some commercial interest is making money off it. "
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GoPro, drones, and smartphones: The modern surveillance society

GoPro, drones, and smartphones: The modern surveillance society | Digital Footprint | Scoop.it
Yet it is far harder to get away from a camera than even Orwell imagined.
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