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OFF-GRID: all the ways your personal data is collected…

November 2, 2011

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Off-grid blogger TECHSTAR offers a somewhat depressing list of all the ways personal data is collected from everyday people. The article begins with the infamous Scott McNealy quote “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.”

Stephen Bell Opinion Piece on Google+ name criteria

August 17, 2011

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Computer World writer Stephen Bell (NZ) takes a look at the way Google+ restricts usernames to something that sounds like a real name. “The company has displeased some potential users by insisting they use their real names or at least a name by which they are well-known and which looks like a conventional name.” Interesting […]

Herald ‘vox pop’ survey article on internet privacy

June 27, 2011

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http://www.nzherald.co.nz/privacy/news/article.cfm?c_id=546&objectid=10731790 A simple reporting of three people’s opinions on facebook and internet privacy. “I feel like people online are my friends,” says Campbell. “So I’m more likely to share information with them than a stranger, even though you could get strangers online.” … perhaps this shows a belief by internet users that the internet is […]

Guardian: Facebook book review

June 24, 2011

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Review of a book about Facebook, http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/jul/18/the-facebook-effect-david-kirkpatrick-book-review The second to last par in particular caught my eye: “Facebook makes the bulk of its money by helping companies target potential customers more effectively than mainstream media, and last year – the first that it began turning a profit – it took an estimated $800m (£530m) in revenues. […]

The Guardian: Facebook privacy

June 24, 2011

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A link to a choppy article from the Guardian detailing Facebook’s access to phone numbers, http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2010/oct/06/facebook-privacy-phone-numbers-upload and the embedded Tom Scott site “EVIL” http://www.tomscott.com/evil/

Easy encryption for public web security

June 24, 2011

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An APF article via NZ Herald about a new service called PrivateSky which encrypts and decrypts information posted by the user to facebook, email and general internet exchanges: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10734020