Spring Awakening

US Privacy Framework Called For

Inertia around privacy laws in the US is finally heats up. Everyone is ready for a proper privacy framework. The United States as a nation is starting to feel the impact of privacy – not unlike what we are experiencing on an individual level.

It is starting to impact trade and communication networks. Our ability to negotiate is based on privacy. If we want shake hands with 5G networks owned and operated by adversarial nations thats also going to need be sorted out.

We are a porous mess – at a time when being info-sec tight is the protocol for success. See below from today’s FT, emphasis mine. it speaks to it’s impact on global trade and privacy being a competitive advantage and legal enabler.

EU official urges US to adopt tough data privacy rules. “[With Japan] we’ve seen all the advantages of having the bigger area where the data flows can go freely and how good that is for business. This is something which the US must understand. More and more, the protection of privacy will be a competitive advantage and a legal enabler [for business].

The parallel track of trade and data privacy — in a world when no big business can do without the transfer of data — is very relevant,” said the commissioner.

elsewhere around the net

Let’s Watch Netflix: Three Words Guaranteed to Kill a Romantic Mood [wsj]

Fooling automated surveillance cameras: adversarial patches to attack person detection [arXiv] In this paper, we present an approach to generate adversarial patches to targets with lots of intra-class variety, namely persons. The goal is to generate a patch that is able successfully hide a person from a person detector. An attack that could for instance be used maliciously to circumvent surveillance systems, intruders can sneak around undetected by holding a small cardboard plate in front of their body aimed towards the surveillance camera.

Think You’re Discreet Online? Think Again [nyt] In 2017, the newspaper The Australian published an article, based on a leaked document from Facebook, revealing that the company had told advertisers that it could predict when younger users, including teenagers, were feeling “insecure,” “worthless” or otherwise in need of a “confidence boost.” Facebook was apparently able to draw these inferences by monitoring photos, posts and other social media data.

Voice : Confs.

‘Data smog’ stats

According to IDC, more than 5bn consumers globally interact with data every day and, by 2025, that number will be 6bn, or 75 per cent of the world’s population. In 2025, each connected person will have at least one data interaction every 18 seconds, it predicts. Many of these interactions will come via the “internet of things”, those 5G chips in everything from vending machines to medical devices.

Open Web / Free Software

The Web is missing an essential part of infrastructure: an Open Web Index [arxiv] A proposal for building an index of the Web that separates the infrastructure part of the search engine – the index – from the services part that will form the basis for myriad search engines and other services utilizing Web data on top of a public infrastructure open to everyone. (PDF)

Why free software evangelist Richard Stallman is haunted by Stalin’s dream [] More than 30 years ago, Richard Stallman quit a doctorate program at the MIT to start the GNU Project, a free software operating system. Not only has he been an uncompromising purveyor of free software, but he also founded the free software movement, which now has thousands of volunteers and many more supporters across the world. So when Stallman turned up to deliver a talk in Mandya, a small town about 100 kilometres from Bengaluru, hundreds of students and a few teachers turned up.


‘We Can Already See the Future’: Swizz Beatz on What Artists and Gallerists Can Learn From the Music Industry – [artnet] This graph where a 50/50 Apple split is dropped -or that massive digital disruption is alluded to as “rules rules kind of faded away” again, emphasis mine…

What are some lessons from the music industry that should be applied to the art industry? the music industry was run by the same rules for so long that those rules kind of faded away over time, and people started coming up saying, “No, those are old rules.” I remember when Apple first came onto the scene, I was at [Interscope Records co-founder] Jimmy Iovine’s house and he said, “I was with my friend Steve Jobs and he was telling me that all your music is going to be on this thing.” He was showing me all the playlists and he said, “These guys are trying to do a 50-50 deal with me, and I don’t really know yet.”

(there is way too much here to unpack, when he says rules ‘kind of faded away over time’ – he means radical massive digital disruption, when he Jimmy says 50/50 I say WHAT. – ED)

City Winery moving to Pr. 57 in Hudson River Pk [thevillager] Speaking to this paper shortly before the Pier 57 deal was announced, Dorf expressed frustration at Trinity for having urged him to expand his space, only for him to be left in the lurch when he found out that he had 12 months to vacate.

WarnerMedia quit a coalition of rival TV networks that it co-founded to fuel ad targeting – [wsj]