- Tim Harford: Casinos’ worrying knack for consumer manipulation
- Doug Weaver: Dead Internet Ideas: The ‘Right’ to Target.
VRM and Personal Clouds
- Fatemeh Khatibloo at Forrester is tweeting for #VRM and related updates.
- Ctrl-Shift interviews MyWave‘s Geraldine McBride about what her new company is up to. Note that MyWave finds it best to market VRM as CMR — Customer Managed Relationships. That’s cool. Whatever works.
- All the stuff at Customer Commons.
- Dan Blum, Security Architect: Semantic Data as an Architectural Element of Personal Clouds and Big Privacy. Subhead: Semantic data is the third architectural element in the Big Privacy framework for infusing privacy into Big Data and other online processes.
- Mashable on Blackphone, which “aims to put privacy in your hands, protecting you from anyone wanting to snoop into your private data — even the NSA.”
Surveillance vs. Privacy
- Don Marti: Adtech, privacy, fraud control: pick two?
- Mike Gurstein: So What Do We Do Now? Living in a Post-Snowden World
- Mashable Report: Benefit of NSA Spying is ‘Overblown’ It begins, The National Security Agency’s controversial PRISM and phone metadata programs had a “minimal” contribution in the investigation of 225 terrorism cases, a new study finds.
- John H. Clippinger in ID3: The Spy-Phone vs. My-Phone: Moto X and Google Now. Pull-quote: The Google Now Panopticon is nothing if not omniscient and omnipresent. But what makes it so insidious is its invisibility to users and regulators alike. Google controls the collection, analysis, sharing and sale of your most personal data. The same insidious tactics are also used by Facebook, Apple, LinkedIn, and a slew of others. The standard M.O. is to “nudge” users to relinquish their data rights in order for them to have access to what have become essential public services…The tangible threat to individual freedoms by posed the surveillance powers and business models of Moto X and Google Now might be such a catalyst. It might trigger a revolution of social innovations for not only more open mobile technologies, but for new forms of social organization, participation, governance and privacy regulation. Now that would be really unexpected and radical.
- Slashdot: Actually, It’s Google That’s Eating the World. Pivots off this.
Australian Government ASRC (Australian Law Reform Commission): 45. Overview: Office of the Privacy Commissioner: Enforcing the Privacy Act. Pull-quote: …the Commissioner will ‘be the means by which there will be accountability to the public on the use by government of their personal information’.This expectation applies equally to the use of personal information by organisations. Bonus link.
- Academics Against Mass Surveillance.
- Juan Cole: NSA Surveillance is about Control & Leverage, not Security. Pull-quote: For an imperial power losing its economic grip on the planet and heading into more austere times, the NSA’s latest technological breakthroughs look like a bargain basement deal when it comes to projecting power and keeping subordinate allies in line — like, in fact, the steal of the century.
- Data & Society issues a Call for Fellows. Particulars: The fellowship program is intended to bring together an eclectic network of researchers, entrepreneurs, activists, policy creators, journalists, geeks, and public intellectuals who are interested in engaging one another on the key issues introduced by the increasing availability of data in society. We are looking for a diverse group of people who can see both the opportunities and challenges presented by access to data and who have a vision for a project that can inform the public or shape the future of society.