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No one has the 'right to be forgotten' online, says justice minister

No one has the 'right to be forgotten' online, says justice minister | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
Simon Hughes argues that people do not have an ‘unfettered’ right to demand the removal of links to internet articles containing information about them.
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Compliance with the controversial EU "Right to be forgotten” ruling has commenced, but the debate rages on.  It is a non-trivial issue:  censorship and shutting down people’s access to information on one side;  and a person’s right to request deletion of their personal data where it is irrelevant, outdated or inappropriate on the other.  Consistency is difficult to attain as various search engines setup review committees and panels to decide what goes and what stays as tens of thousands of requests stream in. With the UK Justice Minister likening the situation to Communist China closing down people’s rights to information, this ruling appears far from immutable.   

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Facebook Mood Manipulation: 10 Bigger Problems - InformationWeek

Facebook Mood Manipulation: 10 Bigger Problems - InformationWeek | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
Facebook's failure to communicate about its mood experiment is the least of the things Internet companies do to us.
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Opinions are abundant regarding Facebook’s experimentation with mood research and the unknowing subjects they involved. It strikes me that those who do not view this as poor or even unethical practice may fall into the group that is accepting of new technology practices and policies as blazing new ground, technology moving forward, “it is what it is.” The author hits on several other key facets of web usage, technology privacy policies, unilateral contract change clauses in many terms-of-service agreements, and technology company practices that might fall under the “it is what it is” umbrella. Brings to mind the adage:  What you allow will continue.    

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Why GM Keeps Swerving From Apology to Aggression in Recall Crisis

Why GM Keeps Swerving From Apology to Aggression in Recall Crisis | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
The automaker is trying to avoid surrendering ground in the mounting lawsuits seeking billions of dollars in damages related to faulty ignition switches and other flaws in its cars
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It’s not new-news that both plaintiffs and defendants need to play the court of public opinion nowadays.  How that works out for GM when they bounce between apologies and aggressive postures remains to be seen.  An interesting item of note was the 2008 internal presentation advising workers on language to avoid using in presentations and reports.  At face value, a cautionary reminder about potential PR nightmares is sound business practice.  However, if “defect, dangerous, safety related” are all on the list of words to avoid, how can any quality or design engineer worth their pay grade actually perform their job?    

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Report Organizations recognize security risks, slow to take action

Report Organizations recognize security risks, slow to take action | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
A recent study has found a significant gap between perceived risk and the actual safeguarding of sensitive data.
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The old dilemma – determining just how much time, money and effort you want to spend on security-hole-filling compared to the potential risks.  Brings to mind the adage “just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t really after you.”

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GM Wants You to Creepily Text Drivers by Scanning Their Plates | Autopia | WIRED

GM Wants You to Creepily Text Drivers by Scanning Their Plates | Autopia | WIRED | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
A new app would let users text other drivers by scanning their license plates.
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It is doubtful this app will ever gain mass acceptance here in the U.S. but its mere presence may be a bit disturbing.  Public license plate info tied directly to your cell phone so anyone can send you a message just by knowing which vehicle you drive.  Perhaps a portion of the public might find this useful or amusing, and would sign-up for an opt-in plan purposely allowing this relationship to be brokered by a benevolent third party. The potential for misuse still seems strikingly high.

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If you back a Kickstarter project that sells for $2 billion, do you deserve to get rich?

If you back a Kickstarter project that sells for $2 billion, do you deserve to get rich? | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset raised $2.4 million on Kickstarter, no strings attached. Those donors weren’t looking for a payout; they wanted to support something they believed in, and...
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Watch for more news on crowdfunding and more variations on Kickstarter popping up.  The debate continues in the crowdsourcing and crowdfunding circles over “investors” with equity, versus “supporters and backers” anteing up money in exchange for perks/swag/goodies, bragging rights, or simple feel-good rewards.  The SEC is scheduled to weigh in on the rules for crowdfunding in the coming months.  With donors/supporters not being able to reap what might have been a 145x ROI on Oculus, public opinion will likely be vociferous.   

 

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Tech Curiosity: Why Does Black Box Data Stay OnThe Plane? | R Schumacher & Associates LLC

Tech Curiosity: Why Does Black Box Data Stay OnThe Plane? | R Schumacher & Associates LLC | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
Tech-savvy folks may be asking – with all the location-based data and infrastructure today, why don’t they know where Malaysia Airline Flight 370 is, or was?
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Wonder why Black Box data stays within the airplane? Money (well,mostly)

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A Ring That Lets You Control Pretty Much Anything By Writing In The Air

A Ring That Lets You Control Pretty Much Anything By Writing In The Air | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
Take your index finger and write yes please in the air.
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An interesting form factor for in-the-air gesture recognition – a ring.  The training mode and self-defined library of gestures would appear to be key to the success of this approach, compared with other gesture-based systems where there is *some* form of background/icon palette/menu system from which the user can draw upon standard symbols or “pushbutton” commands and get instant feedback on their selection.  Here the smartphone may remain pocket-bound or otherwise outside the user’s line-of-sight.  Initial funding trends via Kickstarter indicate this one has some inertia behind it.

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NSA Targets Yahoo Users Most - Digits - WSJ

NSA Targets Yahoo Users Most - Digits - WSJ | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
New data released Monday by tech industry leaders shine new light on how many consumers get caught up in the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.
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With all the hoopla over NSA monitoring of personal info, this is an intriguing chart.  The recent deal allowing disclosure of the number of requests received from the NSA is interesting in and of itself.  But seeing that Yahoo had 3 times the number of requests that #1 email provider Google received in the first half of 2013 – and 2 times that of Microsoft - that is certainly curious.  It will be interesting to watch how the numbers trend in coming months.

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Super Bowl Wi-Fi password credentials broadcast in pre-game security gaffe | ZDNet

Super Bowl Wi-Fi password credentials broadcast in pre-game security gaffe | ZDNet | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
Prior to the start of Super Bowl 48, the stadium's internal Wi-Fi login credentials were inadvertently broadcast on national TV.
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As is often the case – you can put in a series of checks and balances and security measures – but you always have the human factor to contend with when plotting out worst case scenarios.  Broadcasting a big screen image with login credentials clearly visible - likely wasn’t on the checklist, but will be next year.

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Tech Finds Its Voice: The Future of Virtual Assistants | TIME.com

Tech Finds Its Voice: The Future of Virtual Assistants | TIME.com | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
Someday, just about anything and everything will have a brain of some kind. But what about a voice?
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Speech recognition and automated speech generation have been around for some time – ditto for virtual assistants. (Anyone recall the Wildfire demos from the mid-late 90’s telephony tradeshows? It’s still around.)  More refined applications such as Siri, and the ubiquitous smartphone platforms, brought the technology to the masses.  Artificial intelligence precepts will provide the underlying “automation” and “brain” noted in the attached article, and it will be interesting to see how many other applications evolve.

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CES 2014: Startups steal the show

CES 2014: Startups steal the show | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
Little companies are showing big potential at the massive International Consumer Electronics Show. In 2014, there were dozens of young companies doing great things. Here are a few of our favorites.
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Consumer Electroincs Show 2014 afterglow ... Startups and small companies showcase their wares.

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Google grappling with 70,000 'right to be forgotten' requests - CNET

Google grappling with 70,000 'right to be forgotten' requests - CNET | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
The search giant's plight reveals the challenges inherent in trying to comply with a controversial and complex law.
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The onus has been placed on the search engines to review and remove any/all info on a person based on requests from literally anybody with literally any motive for wanting the information removed.  Although noble in nature – providing folks with some path to follow when untrue or questionable information has been posted about them – this may be the blunt instrument approach: beat on the messenger because that is far easier than finding/correcting the root cause buried in the vast space that is the World Wide Web.  The time, resources and money required to comply with said requests is non-trivial. Of course that means business opportunities for reputation management companies. Compliance is underway at Google and Microsoft, but the debate over the validity of the ruling continues within member countries.

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Will car-hacking become the new carjacking?

Will car-hacking become the new carjacking? | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
More cars are connecting to the Internet in some capacity, collecting and transmitting data, making consumers vulnerable to hackers.
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An interesting stat in this article is that the average vehicle on the road today contains 60 microprocessors running more than 10M lines of code.  Those various lines of code and various processors have been designed in since the 1990’s – an eternity ago with respect to security considerations and technology in general.  The answer to preventing hacks in connected and/or driverless cars with tightly integrated systems may be: out with the old, in with the new.  Start with a new vehicle platform rather than bolting on smart systems to aging technology. 

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Patents Are Eating the World and Hurting Innovation

Patents Are Eating the World and Hurting Innovation | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
Litigation is out of control.
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An interesting graph on the number of patent lawsuits over the last 40 years.  As noted in the comments and the Author’s updates, some of the spikes are due to the America Invents Act in 2011, and there is a definite correlation between recent increases in patent applications and patent litigation.  The “best defense is a good offense” posture – filing for patents not for usage as a weapon in the legal system, but rather to act as a shield to protect your liabilities when others come after you – is an interesting one.  Tesla has other motivations for sharing their patent portfolio, as noted in other sources (e.g. getting others to help fund the massive infrastructure changes required for mass market) but the defensive posture is also front and center.  It will be intriguing to see how this plays out longer term.

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With Amazon Fire's Six Cameras, Smartphones Are Evolving Into More Perfect Spying Devices

With Amazon Fire's Six Cameras, Smartphones Are Evolving Into More Perfect Spying Devices | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
Amazon announced this week that it's launching its very own smartphone called Fire. It will have six cameras. Six. That's to make it easier to do a 3D-scan of the world around you and buy the things you see. It out-innovates Apple's incredible decision to put two cameras on a [...]
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The inclusion of 6 cameras is intended to bring a 3D picture/video experience to the user.  Side effects include potential exposure of “out-of-view” images not seen through the normal single-lens view.  Before vilifying Amazon’s new technology as an invasion of privacy, one should consider that the underlying issue isn’t the 6 cameras vs. 2 vs. 1 – it is the potential for ANY of the technology embedded in a smartphone to fall under remote control without your knowledge, just like your laptop that you grew so accustomed to years ago.  That potential must be considered when designing smartphones, automotive technology, home automation, medical monitoring systems, and a host of other technology applications intended for good and useful purposes.

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Half of American adults hacked this year

Half of American adults hacked this year | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
2014 is quickly becoming the year of the hack. Get used to it. Massive data breaches are becoming a monthly occurrence.
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The stats are staggering.  The attacks are increasing, and the targets are the biggest and most common retailers and online service providers – exposing millions of folks to breaches.  Recall the stories regarding the Target IT folks becoming numb to the constant barrage of security breach warnings, and not knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore?  The folks at Unisys refer to it as data-breach fatigue – and their observations on a country-by-country basis show that the public is not always aware of the threat levels – and often they exhibit a “don’t care” attitude.  So – what to do?  No simple answer, but the consumer must play their part: stay vigilant by watching for “odd” behaviors or requests in email or online experiences; examine bills/charges carefully; keep software updated;  pop for the anti-virus/anti-malware software;  and change up the credentials on your accounts when you hear of breaches.   

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Target Ignored Data Breach Alarms - InformationWeek

Target Ignored Data Breach Alarms - InformationWeek | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
Target's security team reviewed -- and ignored -- urgent warnings from threat-detection tool about unknown malware spotted on the network.
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Information surrounding Target’s point of sale system breach is still coming to light, and the latest announcements are a good-news/bad-news story.  Security measures were funded, in place and working.  However, technical staff reviews of the resulting alarms and threat annunciations lead to inaction on the part of the security team.  Other sources have noted the potential downsides of more automation and “heavy-handed” security measures that were not engaged: overblocking, false-positives, and the impact those can have to the business systems.


One is left wondering about the volume of alarm data that they faced, how difficult it may have been to separate the golden nuggets from the common alarm message clutter, and the urgency placed upon subsequent remediation efforts. Additionally, there are open questions regarding the network segmentation issues and level of controls surrounding a vetted vendor’s access.  

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NASA asks citizen scientists to become 'asteroid hunters'

NASA asks citizen scientists to become 'asteroid hunters' | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
In an effort to avoid a potential apocalypse, the space agency is holding a contest to get people to help it discover deadly asteroids. Read this article by Dara Kerr on CNET News.
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Numerous Sci-Fi story themes have focused on rogue asteroids hurtling toward earth and causing the end of mankind as we know it.  A few notable “close calls” like the one last week, and a few noticeable hits like the one that caused damage in Russian  last year – and pretty soon Sci-Fi starts to look like reality.  So – why not let technology help?  The means for gathering the data are there – what is needed is the intelligent software to recognize asteroids from the other space clutter, and then further identify the potential threats. Crowdsourcing has proven to be very useful for QA testing, market research, investment “crowdfunding”, software security hardening, and other applications (think open source software.)  Why not put interested parties from around the world to work on a tantalizing problem - with huge potential upside someday for their efforts?     

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Box CEO: How will your company compete in the information economy? - Fortune Tech

Box CEO: How will your company compete in the information economy? - Fortune Tech | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
The rules of business are changing.
By Aaron Levie



FORTUNE – The CEO of a large insurance provider had the misfortune of being seated next to me at a recent event. As the founder of an enterprise software company, naturally I pressed him on
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Mr. Levie, CEO of Box, brings up many good examples of how information is king when it comes to business today.  Similar articles are currently circulating regarding the role of IT, and how it has gone from a back-end support organization to the head of the line in terms of the effect it can have on a business.  Calls ring out for IT leaders to recognize themselves as being in the marketing business, whether they like it or not.   The ubiquity of smart devices, whether they fall into the mobile category or the internet-of-things, changed the game.

 

His primary message rings true with me: don’t get caught napping - ignoring your IT resources and information management strategy - because someone will come along and one-up you with competing products and offerings that more than fill those gaps in information management.

 

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How The Internet Of Things Is More Like The Industrial Revolution Than The Digital Revolution

By Glen Martin Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition of 1876 was America’s first World’s Fair, and was ostensibly held to mark the nation’s 100th birthday. But it heralded the future as much as it celebrated the past, showcasing the country’s strongest suit: technology. The centerpiece of the Expo was a gigantic Corliss engine, the apotheosis [...]
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The premise here is that the digital age was a change in focus from “atoms to bits” – mechanization of industrial or “hard” goods compared to information aggregation, and that focus will change back to a “collision of hardware and software” in the IoE/IoT model.  A look back at computer-controlled manufacturing and process control innovation going back to the 70’s and 80’s yields a related, but slightly different view.  Perhaps the difference is better expressed as a network model versus a hardware-software model: rather than computer controls sampling loosely-integrated sensors and data points, and pushing control parameters to otherwise unintelligent “hardware” devices - we now have smart devices, gathering information independently from tightly integrated data points, and asynchronously communicating that information to a world-wide network of other intelligent devices.  The underlying “digital age” concepts, use cases and applications for the technology have been around for decades – however the resulting volume of information that can be gathered, and the speed at which that data can be shared, are both vastly improved.    

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Addicted to your smartphone? App can tell

Addicted to your smartphone? App can tell | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
New free Android app from the University of Bonn monitors your smartphone use to gauge if you've become dependent on your device. Read this article by Michelle Starr on CNET.
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Setting the privacy issues aside for the moment – this is an interesting little app.  The plan to utilize the data for monitoring states of depression is intriguing IF smartphone usage is consistently part of a person’s daily activity.  Begs the question of false positives leading to incorrect conclusions and alerts when other factors interrupt “normal” usage patterns.

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Java the preferred point of entry for online criminals | ZDNet

Java the preferred point of entry for online criminals | ZDNet | Technology and Innovation | Scoop.it
It used to be Adobe and maliciously crafted Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents, but Java now takes the cake compared to those methods, according to Cisco.
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Stats may vary depending on the source, but Java continues to take heat in the security space. 

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