me if there was no Internet
(from Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights)
a reading list of recent books on topics related to technology, surveillance, privacy and their impact on society
feedback is welcomed!
danah boyd nailed it, the context collapse in social media is poison. I always sound too harsh or judgemental :((
In Apple Mail, there is no protecting PGP-encrypted messages. Even with disabling remote content, GPGTools is vulnerable to EFAIL, and the only mitigation for now is to switch to Thunderbird/Enigmail, and disable viewing HTML emails
(leaves me also with a gloomy worry: what if all our small, good, decentralized, tenacious efforts to counter act are not enough?)
(appreciation for her trashing of Barlow)
"remaining on the imagined fringes of the network might only afford us the kind of freedom Barlow opined for in 1996: the convenient imaginary of outlaw cyberspace, the wild frontier in which white men can always mean well while moving fast and breaking things, or where the privileged prepper can build her own infrastructural enclave apart from the platforms, but remain no less complicit in isolationism."
"the so-called immateriality of the Internet—a vision popularized in its maps and the gaps on it—is perhaps the greatest source of plausible deniability for earnest CEOs invoking community and empowerment while enacting complicity and arbitrage"
delicious piece on maps of the Internet:
by Ingrid Burrington
America’s Brand of Capitalism Is Incompatible With Democracy https://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/05/americas-brand-of-capitalism-is-incompatible-with-democracy.html
Band name of the day: cellular branding
"The detection of faked identity using unexpected questions and mouse dynamics"
by Merylin Monaro, Luciano Gamberini, Giuseppe Sartori
good to detect frauds or rogue actors...
..on the other hand spoofing the surveillance machine is getting harder and harder, fake identities can be very useful...
filed under "every technology can be used for good or bad"
paper: "Data Protection and E-Privacy: From Spam and Cookies to Big Data, Machine Learning and Profiling"
by Lilian Edwards
a Russian Matryoshka doll
"How do data companies get our data?"
"Slouching towards the GDPR" an American perspective
it's May 25th in this timezone!
here a picture of the GDPR fighting the Data-hoarder Panoptes
command line, hadoop, self-irony Show more
I take the "command line tools can be faster than hadoop" philosophy very seriously, to cover up the fact that I (still) do not know hadoop enough, to the point that I always try to come up with spectacularly acrobatic moves to get tasks done on local machine and procrastinate the inevitable moment when I'll hit the memory wall... ofc it always backfires badly
so yeah, that philosophy is great, if you know hadoop too