I don’t use Facebook nor Chrome for the very reasons this project advocates, so cannot put it to the test myself, but Data Selfie by Hang Do Thi Duc and Regina Flores Mir looks like a great tool to bring closer to the user just how much social network providers know about […]
We are living in the age of data. “What It Takes To Truly Delete Data” by Mimi Onuoha tells the story of hard drive disposal to illustrate three key facts about data:
“All data […] is stored on a physical device somewhere.” As long as this is not a single device under […]
Solid is an exciting new project led by Prof. Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, taking place at MIT and the Qatar Computing Research Institute. The project aims to radically change the way Web applications work today, resulting in true data ownership as well as improved […]
What do scientists, regulators and lawyers mean when they talk about de-identification? How does anonymous data differ from pseudonymous or de-identified information? Data identifiability is not binary. Data lies on a spectrum with multiple shades of identifiability.
There is a lot of interesting analysis and recommendation in the “Growing up digital” report from the UK’s Children’s Commissioner referenced in this article - and the simplified terms and conditions (that nobody ever reads) are only the most obvious of its gems - , but the […]
An avid user of strict privacy blockers myself, I have long been advocating that every web developer should test their websites in scenarios with blocked third-party resources (I can’t even count the number of times I run into websites where some functionalities don’t work because a […]
Personal privacy in the networked age is limited by three dimensions of “veillance.” They shape people’s behavior and their anxieties about the future of privacy. At Harvard University’s symposium “Privacy in a Networked World,” Lee Rainie will present the latest survey […]
Commercial tracking of web users is a massive problem. Even more so, when people browse seemingly trustworthy websites (as the government’s official sites, in this case) and those leak personal information – here potentially revealing something about that user’s health or health […]
Whisper is a SNS where people share secrets, entirely anonymously.
The rise in popularity of these curated apps that do more to shelter their users from judgement and the marring of their “real” personas has been brewing for some time. However, now it is truly emerging as a new […]
The release of Eric Butler’s Firesheep, a browser add-on allowing to hijack browser sessions over unsecured wireless networks without any technical expertise, has triggered a flood of commentary how users may protect themselves. However, while protecting their own connection makes a user safe […]
I wanted to know more about this new frontier, so I became a geo-guinea pig. My plan: Load every cool and interesting location-aware program I could find onto my iPhone and use them as often as possible. […] I would become the most location-aware person on the […]