Category: Privacy

All Data is Credit Data — On Close Reading as a Reciprocal Process in Digital Knowledge Environments

Once I found a beautiful camera phone, lying on the sidewalk. It was muddy and the signal was dead, but I took it home anyway, and the Eves caught me with it. “Don’t you know any better?” they said. “Such a thing can hurt you! It can burn your brain! Don’t even look at it: if you can see it, it can see you.”

Hack Tor for Cash

The Russian government has launched a public competition, reserved to Russian entities, offering $111,000 to break Tor encryption, meanwhile Carnegie Melon researchers cancel their Black Hat presentation explaining how to de-anonymize Tor users.

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What is the Greatest Threat to Humanity?

Over breakfast this morning I got into a debate with a friend about threats to humanity in the near future. I argued that anthropomorphic influence on the environment and climate represented the greatest threat in the 21st century. He, on the other hand, picked up his smartphone and said “these are the greatest threat.”

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Facebook

A firestorm erupted across the world wide web when Facebook announced that it had made over half of a million of its’ users subjects in a large-scale, short-term psychological study on the impact that social networking has on people’s emotional states, using linguistic analysis to assess which posts had a positive or negative emotional connotation, and editing the subjects’ feeds to skew one way or the other to see if that emotional slant would be mirrored in that user’s own posts

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The Indifference Engine: Manufacturing Consent in a Hyperconnected World

‘The tremendous expansion of communications in the United States has given this Nation the world’s most penetrating and effective apparatus for the transmission of ideas. Every resident is constantly exposed to the impact of our vast network of communications which reach every corner of the country, no matter how remote or isolated. Words hammer continually at the eyes and ears of America. The United States has become a small room in which a single whisper is magnified thousands of times.”