Category: history

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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Four Quadrants into the Future (Quadrant 3)

This quadrant might be called Everybody is Everything. In Quadrant Three, first parties gather and host our personal data, and first parties control the sharing and interpretation of intent for people. As this imaginary future evolves, several things play out as a reaction to these forces carrying out their work. Trust in the Market The […]

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Four Quadrants into the Future (Characters)

Our fictional characters: Siraly, a single mother with two young children (5 and 7 years old). Siraly has a College Degree in Fine Arts. Bob, a single 36 year old man with two girlfriends. Bob travels for his work, and is a professional programmer. Jocko, married, age 52. Has been a laborer in construction all […]

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Four Quadrants into the Future (Quadrant 2)

This quadrant might be called The Official Sharing Highways Department. In Quadrant Two, first parties gather and host our personal or corporate data, and third parties control the sharing and interpretation of intent for people. As this imaginary future evolves, several things play out as a reaction to these forces carrying out their work. Trust […]

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