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Anonymous, an Internet meme

On the Internet, Anonymous has become a badge, a group, an idea. It’s all a bit nebulous really. It could quickly just fizzle out. On the other hand, it might just be the start of something new, something big, an emergent phenomenon.


Let’s start with meme. According to Wikipedia, a meme is an “idea or behaviour that can pass from one person to another by learning or imitation.” Examples of memes include ideas, theories, practices, fashions, habits, etc. The word was coined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 that has caught on as “a convenient way of discussing a piece of thought copied from person to person.”


Next, Internet memes. Again, according to Wikipedia, an Internet meme is “used to describe a catchphrase or concept that spreads quickly from person to person via the Internet.” There is a very interesting timeline of Internet memes that has some of the great viral distractions that the Internet has spawned. Have a look but be warned that it can hook you for hours. Like George Bush and Google. Or, the Star Wars political commercial.

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Petraeus: CIA Could Use Smart Household Appliances To Spy

Petraeus: CIA Could Use Smart Household Appliances To Spy | Privacy and Surveillance | Scoop.it

Watch out: the CIA may soon be spying on you—through your beloved, intelligent household appliances, according to Wired.

 

In early March, at a meeting for the CIA’s venture capital firm In-Q-Tel, CIA Director David Petraeus reportedly noted that “smart appliances” connected to the Internet could someday be used by the CIA to track individuals. If your grocery-list-generating refrigerator knows when you’re home, the CIA could, too, by using geo-location data from your wired appliances, according to SmartPlanet.

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Actress Sues IMDB, But It's Internet Privacy On Trial

Actress Sues IMDB, But It's Internet Privacy On Trial | Privacy and Surveillance | Scoop.it
Actress Junie Hoang has sued the Internet Movie Database, which is owned by Amazon, because the site reveals her age. She believes that could cost her work.
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Be Very Afraid: New Surveillance Tech and the Fourth Amendment | We Meant Well - Peter Van Buren

Be Very Afraid: New Surveillance Tech and the Fourth Amendment | We Meant Well - Peter Van Buren | Privacy and Surveillance | Scoop.it

n a unanimous 9-0 ruling in United States v. Jones, the U.S. Supreme Court has declared that police must get a search warrant before using GPS technology to track criminal suspects. But what does this ruling, hailed as a victory by privacy advocates, really mean for the future of privacy and the Fourth Amendment?


While the Court rightly recognized that the government’s physical attachment of a GPS device to Antoine Jones’ vehicle for the purpose of tracking Jones’ movements constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment, a careful reading of the Court’s opinion, written by Justice Antonin Scalia, shows that the battle over our privacy rights is far from over.

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The App That Turns You Into a Government Informant

The App That Turns You Into a Government Informant | Privacy and Surveillance | Scoop.it
The state of West Virginia has developed an app that will turn people into government informants: the Suspicious Activity Reporting Application. It's an app loaded with good intentions, but it could go very bad in very little time.
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Official Google Blog: Google’s new Privacy Policy

Our updated Privacy Policy takes effect today, March 1. As you use our products one thing will be clear: it’s the same Google experience that you’re used to, with the same controls.

 

And because we’re making these changes, over time we’ll be able to improve our products in ways that help our users get the most from the web.

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Censorship is inseparable from surveillance - Cory Doctorow

Censorship is inseparable from surveillance - Cory Doctorow | Privacy and Surveillance | Scoop.it

There was a time when you could censor without spying. When Britain banned the publication of James Joyce's Ulysses in the 1920s and 1930s, the ban took the form on a prohibition on the sale of copies of the books. Theoretically, this entailed opening some imported parcels, and it certainly imposed a constraint on publishers and booksellers. It was undoubtedly awful. But we've got it worse today.

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Google Privacy Policy: The End of Google as You Know It - International Business Times

Google Privacy Policy: The End of Google as You Know It - International Business Times | Privacy and Surveillance | Scoop.it

By consolidating its privacy policies and altering its core product, Google has separated itself from the reason everyone loved it. Before, it was simply the world's greatest search engine. Now, it's just another search bar. The new privacy policy gives Google the ability to monitor activity across all of its services, and I suspect that Google product will continue to bleed into each other. Prepare for the end of Google as you know it.

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Stop Insurance Spies: Lockdown Your Privacy Settings - Forbes

Stop Insurance Spies: Lockdown Your Privacy Settings - Forbes | Privacy and Surveillance | Scoop.it

Doing the right thing to protect your social media privacy can have an unexpected and sometimes beneficial side-effect: Insurance companies won’t be able to check up on you as easily. I figure it’s always a good day for consumers when an insurance industry news site headlines ‘Lockdown of Social Information Could Challenge Insurers

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Privacy and Security Fanatic: Smile for the drone: Coming to police stations near you soon

Privacy and Security Fanatic: Smile for the drone: Coming to police stations near you soon | Privacy and Surveillance | Scoop.it
Bug-sized spies and Big Brother's prying eyes, domestic surveillance drones are coming to your local cops soon. When the EFF, ALCU and EPIC all sound a red alert surveillance warning, if you care about your privacy then it would be wise to heed it.
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10 Things You Need To Know About Today's Facebook Privacy Changes

10 Things You Need To Know About Today's Facebook Privacy Changes | Privacy and Surveillance | Scoop.it
This morning Facebook announced a new set of privacy settings that they hope will be sufficient enough to make them essentially permanent, as Mark Zuckerberg described during his presentation.
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Online surveillance bill setup costs estimated at $80M - Politics - CBC News

Online surveillance bill setup costs estimated at $80M - Politics - CBC News | Privacy and Surveillance | Scoop.it
It's going to cost at least $80 million to implement the government's lawful access bill to force internet and telecommunications service providers to collect customer information in case police need it for an investigation, CBC News has learned.
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Regulators Take Action Against Apps That Abuse Your Privacy ( - Security )

Regulators Take Action Against Apps That Abuse Your Privacy ( Security )

 

If you've been waiting for government regulators to step in and do something about apps that collect and transmit your data without telling you, I have some good news for you: The State of California, along with a number of major tech companies, teamed up Wednesday to have come together to strengthen privacy protections in smartphone and tablet apps.

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Hackers-for-Hire Are Easy to Find

Hackers-for-Hire Are Easy to Find | Privacy and Surveillance | Scoop.it
A feud between two billionaire brothers—one claiming the other commissioned hackers to snoop into his email for just a few hundred dollars—suggests how simple and affordable online espionage has become.
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Patient privacy is placed at risk in the digital age

Patient privacy is placed at risk in the digital age | Privacy and Surveillance | Scoop.it

No doubt you’ve sat in an examination room as a doctor scrawled notes about your treatment or diagnosis. You’ve probably had to describe your medical history to new doctors, or endured the hassle of transferring your paper records from one physician to another.

 

Those cumbersome paper records are disappearing as doctor’s offices — like most things these days—go digital. New York State has invested more than $840 million in developing electronic information-sharing networks for medical records. A dozen existing regional networks will eventually allow health care and insurance companies to easily access a patient’s complete medical history. Ultimately, these networks will connect to a national network.

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Minnesota girl alleges school privacy invasion - CNN.com

A Minnesota middle school student, with the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union, is suing her school district over a search of her Facebook and e-mail accounts by school employees.

 

The 12-year-old sixth grade student, identified in court documents only as R.S., was on two occasions punished for statements she made on her Facebook account, and was also pressured to divulge her password to school officials, the complaint states.

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More colleges and employers requesting applicants’ Facebook passwords than ever before

More colleges and employers requesting applicants’ Facebook passwords than ever before | Privacy and Surveillance | Scoop.it

Last year, we reported that a police department in North Carolina was requiring applicants to provide their social network passwords to interviewers to be considered for a job. What was once an isolated practice has begun to spread, with more and more applicants being asked to surrender their privacy than ever before.

 

It's a terrifying new world for anyone who cherishes their privacy. Those applying for jobs at the Maryland Department of Corrections are asked to log in to their Facebook account. Though the interviewer doesn't have direct control over the account, applicants are still asked to click through various posts and photos, giving their future employer a look at what goes on behind the privacy wall.

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Mikko Hypponen: Three types of online attack | Video on TED.com

Cybercrime expert Mikko Hypponen talks us through three types of online attack on our privacy and data -- and only two are considered crimes. "Do we blindly trust any future government? Because any right we give away, we give away for good."

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The end of online privacy?

The end of online privacy? | Privacy and Surveillance | Scoop.it

Phone apps help themselves to our contacts, Google tracks our web history, and supermarkets monitor our buying habits. Can anything stop the great data grab?


If you use a smartphone and download apps, you've probably used an app which pops up a dialog box pop asking ''Find your friends?'' and offering to search some new social network - or one of the more familiar ones - for people you already know

 

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Google 'sneaking away citizens' privacy' says EU commissioner - Telegraph

Google 'sneaking away citizens' privacy' says EU commissioner - Telegraph | Privacy and Surveillance | Scoop.it

Google is "sneaking" citizens' privacy away with its new policies and appears to be ignoring data protection treaties, the European commissioner of justice has said.

 

Viviane Reding delivered a stinging rebuke to Google over changes to its privacy policy, saying she had doubt over whether it was legal.

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Obama introduces privacy Bill of Rights for online users

Obama introduces privacy Bill of Rights for online users | Privacy and Surveillance | Scoop.it

The Obama administration has released a modern-day Bill of Rights to address protecting web users' privacy rights and offering them more control of the information they share.

 

"As the internet evolves, consumer trust is essential for the continued growth of the digital economy," President Obama said in a statement. "That's why an online privacy Bill of Rights is so important. For businesses to succeed online, consumers must feel secure."

 

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UK hacking scandal reaches into culture of illegal payoffs at Rupert Murdoch's Sun newspaper

UK hacking scandal reaches into culture of illegal payoffs at Rupert Murdoch's Sun newspaper | Privacy and Surveillance | Scoop.it
After months of revelations, the hacking scandal in Britain has zeroed in on Rupert Murdoch's prized possession, The Sun newspaper, which has produced enormous profits for the News Corp. empire but must be feeling decidedly nervous at the moment.
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NYPD secret surveillance of students 'disgusting'

NYPD secret surveillance of students 'disgusting' | Privacy and Surveillance | Scoop.it
NEW YORK — At New York's Columbia University, fear that police might secretly be infiltrating their lives has spread beyond the Muslim student population.
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Identity fraud rise tied to smartphones

Identity fraud rise tied to smartphones | Privacy and Surveillance | Scoop.it

Nearly 12 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2011, an increase of 13% over 2010, according to a new report.

 

The rise in the use of smartphones and social media by incautious consumers fuelled the increase in identity fraud, and 2011 was a year of several big data breaches too, said research firm Javelin Strategy & Research, which released the report.

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White House Pushes for New Privacy Codes of Conduct

IDG News Service (Washington, D.C., Bureau) — The U.S. White House will push for online businesses to adopt new privacy codes of conduct, including consumer rights to control what information websites collect about them and a right to see what data is being collected, officials there said.

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RAW DATA: Rough transcript of FBI call allegedly hacked by Anonymous

RAW DATA: Rough transcript of FBI call allegedly hacked by Anonymous | Privacy and Surveillance | Scoop.it
A sensitive conference call between the FBI and Scotland Yard was recorded by the hacking group Anonymous, it claimed Friday.
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