1. Many mathematicians work for the NSA or organizations with ties to it. They’re involved in facial recognition development and big data aspects of mass surveillance. If privacy disappears from the face of the Earth, mathematicians will be some of the primary culprits.
  2. The larger debate is about what companies can do to their users without asking them first or telling them about it after. I asked Facebook yesterday what the review process was for conducting the study in January 2012, and its response reads a bit tone deaf. The focus is on whether the data use was appropriate rather than on the ethics of emotionally manipulating users to have a crappy day for science.
  4. Silicon Valley firms are building what I call “invisible barbed wire” around our lives. We are promised more freedom, more openness, more mobility… (but) it’s the emancipation of a just-released criminal wearing an ankle bracelet.
  5. 71% of Facebook users exhibited some form of “last-minute” self-censorship over 17 days…. More specifically, users refrained from sharing 33% of the posts, and 13% of the comments, that they began writing.
  6. See how easily freaks can take over your life (by DuvalGuillaume)

  7. Surveillance in French means to watch from above and sousveillance means to watch from below. In a surveillance society, each individual should have the right to also have their own camera, that creates a symmetry.
  8. Our society stands at a crossroads. On the one hand we have what appears to be almost an instinctual notion to record and document everything, maybe as some way to feel that our small selves are connected to a greater human experience. …

    On the other hand, we’ve thrown caution to the wind with sometimes over-zealous collecting and sharing; behavior made so easy — almost too easy — that our thoughts pour out of our heads and onto servers in the cloud before we’ve had time to stop and consider the repercussions.

  9. the right to be forgotten, as it has become known, could complicate the collection and digitization of mundane public documents — birth reports, death notices, real estate transactions and the like — that form a first draft of history. “Today, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter — this is the correspondence of the 21st century,” said Jean-Philippe Legois, president of the Association of French Archivists, which has around 1,700 members. “If we want to understand the society of today in the future, we have to keep certain traces.”
  10. Many mobile operators offer child-tracking at extra cost, but the number of free tracking applications is growing fast. Life360 rocketed from 1m registered users in 2010 to nearly 26m now. Berg Insight, a research firm, reckons that 70m Americans and Europeans will be tracking family members by 2016
  11. In pursuit of ever more precise and valuable information about potential customers, tracking companies are redefining what it means to be anonymous…Consider Dataium LLC, the company that can track car shoppers like Mr. Morar. Dataium said that shoppers’ Web browsing is still anonymous, even though it can be tied to their names. The reason: Dataium does not give dealers click-by-click details of people’s Web surfing history but rather an analysis of their interests.
  12. Ajax spelers jagen fans de stuipen op het lijf (by adidasfootballtv)  Key takeaway — never use the change rooms at a sportstore as you might be secretly filmed and ogled by a bunch of guys.  Maybe you can get away with it as a stunt for guys.  But I can’t believe they had girls inadvertently strip off too.  If this wasn’t a setup, it’s a pretty big invasion of privacy.  

  13. Beyond merely tracking where you’ve been and where you are, your smartphone might soon actually know where you are going—in part by recording what your friends do… The method is remarkably accurate. In a study on 200 people willing to be tracked, the system was, on average, less than 20 meters off when it predicted where any given person would be 24 hours later. … (while) the 200 participants might not reflect the general population—they all lived within 30 miles of Lausanne, Switzerland, and were mainly “students, researchers, and people that are fairly predictable anyway… the findings were noteworthy because “we are essentially exploiting the synchronized rhythm of the city” for greater predictive insights.

  14. Norte, a traditional beer popular in northern Argentina, was presented as the choice for young men with “Fotostop” (Photoblocker), beer cooler that detects camera and cell phone flashes. The FotoStop instantly responds with a strong flash, ruining the photo and keeping people safe from embarrassing social network tagging. With Norte Photoblocker, what happens in the club, stays in the club.

  15. Norte Photoblocker (by delcamponazcasaatchi) — cooler buckets that have built in flash detectors and set off a flash of their own whenever someone tries to take a flash photo