On Being a Noun, Not a Verb

Our cultural framework increasingly is about us as a noun: a black man, a muslim, a politician; a threat, a liar, a failure, something alike or different from us. We are a thing, a set of characteristics that are at once judgments and unchangeable. Being a thing removes our will and self-determination because it’s under […]

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Traces (That Identify Us)

Love this video by Emily Sheskin about the traces of DNA that we leave behind. From the video’s description: Is our DNA the government’s business? The very things that we discard everyday and never think twice about-hair, skin, and saliva-can be clues about who we are. They can also as well as liabilities. Traces focuses […]

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The Things that Listen

Security guru Bruce Schneier offers his usual no-nonsense take on The Internet of Things that Talk About You Behind Your Back. He start out: SilverPush is an Indian startup that’s trying to figure out all the different computing devices you own. It embeds inaudible sounds into the webpages you read and the television commercials you […]

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New Models for Privacy Regulation

The Wall Street Journal has an informative conversation with Lawrence Lessig: Technology Will Create New Models for Privacy Regulation. What underlies a change toward new models are two points: the servers holding vast user databases are increasingly (and very cheaply) breached, and the value of the information in those databases is being transferred to something […]

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