The last time we visited, there was a Photo in the local conservative rag of a Councilor, with her vote catching Shift-Spanner, tightening up a large bolt over a metal covered Glory Hole. -Peter in Brisbane Found in the comments section of The Star Observer, Australia.
What Does the "Track" in "Do Not Track" Mean? →
Do Not Track is important because it creates a policy mechanism to augment the privacy enhancing technologies that we currently have. There is an arms race between practical privacy tools and ubiquitous online tracking, and we fear that the trackers have powerful techniques that will almost always allow them to win the arms race against ordinary people.
Bruin Activists →
Classmates Britt Foster and Stevie Hartford profiled in the Daily Bruin: Graduate students in the department will gather today for a Day of Action at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies to promote Measure L, a charter amendment that will appear on next month’s city elections ballot to increase funding to the Los Angeles Public Library system. The event is being...
Meeting the Minds of Data →
Drew Conway (PhD candidate at NYU) on the impact of Big Data on citizens: But it’s little things like that where citizens are now able to get data and throw it up online. The sort of canonical example is that we have bus data, GPS for buses and taxis, and now I can stand on the corner with my phone and say, “I know where the taxi’s gonna be, I know when the bus is...
FBI To Announce Significant New Wiretap Push:... →
While the FBI and DOJ may be pushing for some new wiretap powers and may or may not be seeking additional backdoors, an important thing to remember about the viewable, public part of the intelligence community (these FBI/DOJ press events) is their primary thrust is always to retroactively legalize things they’ve illegally been doing for years — if not decades.
Srinivasan on Open Networks
Professor Srinivasan’s “The Net Worth of Open Networks” on HuffPo today, in the august company of Bernard-Henri Lévy, no less: New technologies are not static, nor are their uses. Social media is barely past the toddler phase, and its new uses in distant regions of the world are even younger. Working to create a world of openness shifts our discussion away from...
Seed Drawings, an art project by Clement Valla using crowd-sourced artists hired via Mechanical Turk: ‘Over a 3 month period, thousands of individuals were solicited to copy small simple line drawings, through an online labor marketplace called Amazon Mechanical Turk. As each copy was completed, it in turn was replicated by other Mechanical Turk workers. Each drawing is produced by a...