Tracks

By Valdis Krebs | Who is mining, mapping and measuring the tracks you leave behind on the Internet.

Who Will Own Your Data If the Tech Bubble Bursts?

Corporations, data brokers, and even criminals might buy failed companies just for their users’ personal information.<p>Imagine that Silicon Valley’s nightmare comes true: The bubble bursts. Unicorns fall to their knees. The tech giants that once fought to attract talented developers with mini-golf …

Fortune 500

Forget censorship. Here’s how some governments prevent opposing groups from organizing online

Whether or not your ethnic group has political power in the country where you live is a crucial factor determining your access to the Internet, …

Internet Access

Google’s Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring ISIS Recruits

Google has built a half-trillion-dollar business out of divining what people want based on a few words they type into a search field. In the process, …

Google

Weapons of Math Destruction: invisible, ubiquitous algorithms are ruining millions of lives

By Cory Doctorow<p>I've been writing about the work of Cathy "Mathbabe" O'Neil for years: she's a radical data-scientist with a Harvard PhD in …

Algorithms

Artificial Intelligence, Rise of Agents and The Death of Choice

<i>Michael Nicholas, Entrepreneur in Residence, Assembly</i><p><i>The Same Like Never Before</i><p>Everyone is talking about bots. Whether it is a panel discussion, keynote or headline, they’re all the rage. But are they just the latest version of trendy presentationware (remember Blockchain)? We’ve had chat and …

Robotics

Brian Eno is MORE DARK THAN SHARK

INTERVIEWS, REVIEWS & RELATED ARTICLES<br>"Craft is what enables you to be successful<br>when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno<p>THE WELL OF FREEDOM IS RUNNING …

This audacious study will track 10,000 New Yorkers' every move for 20 years

The Kavli HUMAN project wants to make an atlas of the human condition. Could its Big Data help us live longer, healthier lives?<p>Paul Glimcher is on the verge of launching an absurdly ambitious project in social science. The concept is simple, but the scope is spectacularly broad. Over the next few …

Science

Liberal, Moderate or Conservative? See How Facebook Labels You

You may think you are discreet about your political views. But Facebook, the world’s largest social media network, has come up with its own determination of your political leanings, based on your activity on the site.<p>And now, it is easy to find out how Facebook has categorized you — as very liberal …

Facebook

Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move From Above

Since January, police have been testing an aerial surveillance system adapted from the surge in Iraq. And they neglected to tell the public.<p>By Monte …

Surveillance

How Cell Phones Can Map The CIA: Is Location Secrecy Dead?

Last week I asked whether government secrecy is dead in the internet and social media era. Yet, the web is just one of the myriad commercially-owned data streams that poses a challenge to government secrecy in modern times. The nearly ubiquitous presence of cellphones in daily life and the …

Maps

The NSA hack proves Apple was right to fight the FBI

After the unprecedented breach of hacking tools and exploits stolen from the US National Security Agency's elite hacking unit, some privacy advocates see it as clear vindication of Apple in its fight with the FBI earlier this year.<p>"The component of the government that is supposed to be absolutely …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Comment: Microsoft just demonstrated why Apple was right to stand up to the FBI

<i>Update: Steve Gibson has taken issue with the ‘golden key’ term used by Ars, arguing that it overplays the significance of the vulnerability.</i><p>I wrote an opinion piece predating the San Bernardino shootings on why Apple was right to stand firm on encryption even in the face of terrorist attacks, and …

FBI

What A Neural Network Thinks About Your Neighborhood—And Why It Matters

What makes us perceive a place as safe, or even beautiful? AI is confirming century-old suspicions.<p>We hold certain truths about cities to be self-evident. That includes the theories put forth by urbanists like Jane Jacobs decades ago—like the idea that design elements such as glazing and street …

Jane Jacobs

If the 2016 election is hacked, it's because no one listened to these people

Ever since the Supreme Court ordered the nation's voting authorities to get their act together in 2002 in the wake of <i>Bush v Gore</i>, tech companies have …

Elections

The (not so) secret life of a networked and networking scholar

[Image credit: https://pixabay.com/static/uploads/photo/2016/05/01/20/12/swing-1365713_960_720.jpg ]<p>Not a day passes or there is not another blog or …

Trump Campaign Says Donald Would Loosen Civil Service Laws to Root Out Feds Loyal to Obama

A key Donald Trump ally unveiled this week how the Republican nominee would reform the civil service as president, and it could dramatically change …

Bill Rand Analyzes Facebook, Twitter Initiatives to Expand Marketing Capabilities

Hello, I am Riad Khan. I am full time online marketer and also chief trainer of "Best IT Center". Here is my personal information below.... …

How technology disrupted the truth

One Monday morning last September, Britain woke to a depraved news story. The prime minister, David Cameron, had committed an “obscene act with a dead pig’s head”, according to the Daily Mail. “A distinguished Oxford contemporary claims Cameron once took part in an outrageous initiation ceremony at …

Journalism

Nuclear weapons contractors repeatedly stifle whistleblowers, auditors say

At laboratories and factories where American nuclear weapons are designed and built, and at the sites still being cleansed of the toxic wastes …

Information Warfare Initiative.

Information Warfare Initiative<p>10 July 2016<p>03 July 2016<p>27 June 2016<p>10 July 2016<p>10 July 2016<p>03 July 2016<p>20 June 2016<p>18 May 2016<p>06 May 2016<p>11 May 2016<p>10 …

From Snowden to Panama, all hail the power of the press

Fifa corruption, Snowden and surveillance, Rotherham child abuse, drugged athletes, Stephen Lawrence, WikiLeaks, MPs’ expenses, phone hacking, HSBC, cash for questions, cricket fixing, extraordinary rendition, Olympic bribery, Slater Walker share fixing, DC-10 crashes, thalidomide, corruption at …

Corruption

Netflix says Geography, Age, and Gender are “Garbage” for Predicting Taste

Big Data is making broad categories irrelevant for targeting consumers.<p>Netflix rolled out to 130 new countries earlier this year, and you might expect that it began carefully tailoring its offerings for each of them, or at least for various regions. But as a new <i>Wired</i> feature reveals, that couldn’t …

Netflix

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MIT's digital lookout in the crows nest of cyber warfare

Two researchers built an artificial intelligence that's designed to evolve into the ultimate cyber defense.<p>"Think about the system as a virtual analyst," says Kaylan Veermachaneni, co-creator of MIT's latest artificial intelligence. He's a research scientist at the university's Computer Science and …

MIT

FBI paid professional hackers one-time fee to crack San Bernardino iPhone

The FBI cracked a San Bernardino terrorist’s phone with the help of professional hackers who discovered and brought to the bureau at least one previously unknown software flaw, according to people familiar with the matter.<p>The new information was then used to create a piece of hardware that helped …

iPhone

Apple’s Penchant for Consumer Security

At a security “deep dive” at Apple on Friday, executives went into depth on Apple security philosophy and technological approach to the matter. I’ve …

Security

This Wearable of the Future Will Track Your Carbon Footprint

Benjamin Hubert spends his time imagining a greener future—and trying to create the environmentally friendly technologies to go along with it. Most …

Carbon

Speed is Key to Threat Intelligence Sharing at Every Level

Speed and communication are key elements to effective threat intelligence in the government, according to panelists at the Akamai Government Forum on …

Matthew Collings – A Requiem for Edward Snowden

A <i>Requiem</i><i></i> is usually written ‘<i>for the repose of the soul or souls of one or more deceased persons</i>‘, but the term ‘<i>has subsequently been applied to</i> …

Edward Snowden