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ORG Zine | Privacy and anonymity: necessary requirements for free speech?

ORG Zine | Privacy and anonymity: necessary requirements for free speech? | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
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"In the face of mass surveillance, technology that increases the protection of privacy is under a significant threat from those with an interest in restricting its use; we must fight to ensure that this does not happen. Instead of pitting privacy and freedom of expression against each other, as has been the case for so long, we must embrace the principles contained within both of these fundamental rights to enable the protection of all of us, lest we lose them completely."

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What Phone Companies Are Doing With All That Data From Your Phone

What Phone Companies Are Doing With All That Data From Your Phone | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
They're mining it and selling it. But don't worry, it's all anonymous. Maybe
Artur Alves's insight:

"A team of researchers from Louvain University in Belgium, Harvard and M.I.T. found that by using data from 15 months of phone use by 1.5 million people, together with a similar dataset from Foursquare, they could identify about 95 percent of the cell phones users with just four data points and 50 percent of them with just two data points. A data point is an individual’s approximate whereabouts at the approximate time they’re using their cell phone.

The reason that only four locations were necessary to identify most people is that we tend to move in consistent patterns. Just as everyone has unique fingerprints, everyone has unique daily travels. While someone wouldn’t necessarily be able to match the path of a mobile phone–known as a mobility trace–to a specific person, we make it much easier through geolocated tweets or location “check-ins,” such as when we use Foursquare."

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