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Every day a large amount of content is being generated continuously on the internet. There are numerous blog posts, social media posts, reviews, ratings, comments, websites, images and videos about people, products, companies, regions, countries etc. This large content generated, targeted and consumed every day, affects public perception. In turn, it can strongly influence entities…

Hey mom, did you see this? Camps are using facial recognition, latest use of controversial tech

More than 100 summer camps are using facial recognition technology to help parents catch a glimpse of their kids when they’re away at camp, a convenience that also raises privacy concerns over the increasing reach of surveillance in society. I first encountered this technology at a recent road race. I'll have a post on my questions/concerns soon. Venture…

The History of the Secret NSA-AT&T Buildings Across the Country

From The Observer: Yesterday’s alleged bombshell, “The Wiretap Rooms: The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities,” was trademark. Based on top-secret documents stolen by Snowden when he worked as an IT contractor for the agency, this incredibly verbose exposé reveals that NSA has partnered with private telecommunications firms for decades to accomplish its mission: the…

The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities

From The Intercept: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. In each of these cities, The Intercept has identified an AT&T facility containing networking equipment that transports large quantities of internet traffic across the United States and the world. A body of evidence – including classified NSA documents,…

Mark Zuckerberg Has a Message: Facebook Cares About Your Privacy. Really.

Facebook released a blog post today to announce their new plans to give you greater control over your privacy. The company has been emphasizing the importance of people’s privacy on the social network for the past several weeks, since an uproar erupted in March over how the consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly harvested the information of…

Who should hold the keys to our data?

An interesting look at the reinvigorated debate around ownership of our data and digital identity. Some powerful quotes: Politicians, entrepreneurs, academics, even bureaucrats spend an awful lot of time these days lecturing each other about data. There is big data, personal data, open data, aggregate data and anonymised data. Each variety has issues: where does…

Palantir Knows Everything About You

Palantir, a data-mining company created by Peter Thiel, is aiding government agencies by tracking American citizens using the War on Terror, Bloomberg reports. From the report: The company's engineers and products don't do any spying themselves; they're more like a spy's brain, collecting and analyzing information that's fed in from the hands, eyes, nose, and ears.…