Privacy the new religion. Surveillance economics establishes privacy protection as the other side of the surveillance economy providing a necessary yang to PII, behavioral + biometric data harvesting and targeting.
Google, Apple, Firefox, Microsoft all now vying for privacy good-guy badges for their office refrigerators. Do not for a second think any of this prevents current dangerous practices and new ones being embedded into our lives and landscapes. Dispute the Text !
Improving privacy and security on the web [chromium.org] Protections against fingerprinting Because fingerprinting is neither transparent nor under the user’s control, it results in tracking that doesn’t respect user choice. This is why Chrome plans to more aggressively restrict fingerprinting across the web. One way in which we’ll be doing this is reducing the ways in which browsers can be passively fingerprinted, so that we can detect and intervene against active fingerprinting efforts as they happen.
Google’s Sundar Pichai: Privacy Should Not Be a Luxury Good [NYT] Europe raised the bar for privacy laws around the world when it enacted the General Data Protection Regulation . We think the United States would benefit from adopting its own comprehensive privacy legislation and have urged Congress to pass a federal law. Ideally, privacy legislation would require all businesses to accept responsibility for the impact of their data processing in a way that creates consistent and universal protections for individuals and society as a whole. (Wait for this to be real – and being able to delete anything means nothing because machine learning -ed)
Firefox 66.0.4 fixes certificate chain issue, allows re-enabling web extensions [mozilla] Repaired certificate chain to re-enable web extensions that had been disabled
Biophillic Vision – Experiment 1 [harrischris] I envisioned an AR app that augments the city-scape to be more environmentally friendly, specially with more biophillia , while still allowing safe navigation. e.g. Replacing cars with something less obnoxious, perhaps a flowing river, perhaps a flock of birds. (h/t brad b)
CIA launches official Tor site to communicate on dark web [fedscoop] The CIA’s .onion site will provide all of the same information, contacts and services the spy agency’s normal website does. It’s aimed at people who want to anonymously share information with the CIA, but are wary of being tracked.
Whitehouse wants to allow debt collectors to call 7 times a week and text, email as much as they want [WSJ] The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday proposed rules that would give the industry the go-ahead to send consumers unlimited amounts of texts and emails, accelerating a trend the watchdog bureau says could be beneficial for everyone. (this dystopian stuff keeps leveling up -ed)
Some see Jack Dorsey as a guru — I’m just worried for him [FT] But Dorsey is a bloke. And he’s the king of social media, not one of its hapless pawns. He’s in control, of his mind, of his body, of his breakfast. And so he’s being hailed as a super influencer. To me, Dorsey looks like a man who wants to disappear. With each new Twitter pronouncement, and admonishment, he looks not like a guru but like a man in retreat. He’s barely recognisable behind that horrible beard. He’s vanishing into his clothes. His face has the look of not wisdom but of anxiety and woe. Do I want his wellness tips? Hell no. (Gwyneth -ed)