Posts tagged privacy

We Want Privacy, but Can’t Stop Sharing

IMAGINE a world suddenly devoid of doors. None in your home, on dressing rooms, on the entrance to the local pub or even on restroom stalls at concert halls. The controlling authorities say if you aren’t doing anything wrong, then you shouldn’t mind. via Pocket

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The Future Show with Gerd Leonhard. Series 1, episode 1: Privacy Failure (by Gerd Leonhard)
Brand-new, just released!

In this episode: Is privacy really dead? Would a world without anonymity really be desirable? Should we simply accept that our communications, opinions, images, movements and actions are 99% public by default? Will wearable computing devices such as Google Glass, medical self-monitoring devices and smart watches and the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) make it even harder to adhere to some kind of privacy standard? Will we really live in world where ‘everything that happens must be known’ (read Dave Eggers’ book ‘The Circle)? TFS host and creator Gerd Leonhard believes that in a world where almost everything is watched, recorded and analysed, and where information spreads like wildfire, we urgently need to strike a personal balance between openness and transparency and a collective standard of privacy, and frequently review our data-sharing paradigms to avoid entering into truly Faustian bargains. Allowing for mistakes and imperfections is what makes us human, but how would still uphold this concept if we are being monitored and ‘quantified’ all the time

(via On the Internet, everybody knows you’re a dog (paradigm reversal) - Futurist, Author & Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard)

Blackphone intro (HD) (by Tech2HUTV)

where and when do I get one?

Datawars and the future of Advertising: Futurist Speaker Gerd Leonhard at Guardian Ad Summit (by Gerd Leonhard)

One of my best talks on this topic. You can download the slides via my blog

"I suspect that U.S.-based technology vendors selling outside of the U.S. will face extra scrutiny in the aftermath of these revelations," PrivateCore’s Weis said. The NSA’s partnership with high-tech companies to undermine encryption "will have huge economic ramifications, as worldwide consumer and business trust in U.S. products decline," Dan Auerbach, a staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told TechNewsWorld. That could hit the U.S. economy hard — U.S. Department of Commerce statistics show that the U.S. exported nearly US$204 billion worth of computer and electronics products in 2012, while importing more than $355 billion worth of those products, to chalk up a deficit of more than $151 billion. That deficit could balloon astronomically if U.S. sales of hardware, software and other electronics should fall because of these latest revelations about the NSA.

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Your Privacy is Our Priority | Internet Explorer (by internetexplorer)

Watch this video and then read how MSFT eagerly collaborates with the NSA, here (Salon Interview with Glenn Greenwald)

Amazing dichotomy - it’s time for Internet users to exercise their rights of non-participation. Read more at http://gerd.fm/gerdprism

Edward Snowden summarized it this way: “They are legally compelled to comply and maintain their silence in regard to specifics of the program, but that does not comply them from ethical obligation. If for example Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple refused to provide this cooperation with the Intelligence Community, what do you think the government would do? Shut them down?”
Technology changes slowly, but political intentions can change very quickly. In 2000, I wrote in my book Secrets and Lies about police surveillance technologies: “Once the technology is in place, there will always be the temptation to use it. And it is poor civic hygiene to install technologies that could someday facilitate a police state.” Today we’re installing technologies of ubiquitous surveillance, and the temptation to use them will be overwhelming
If we grow accustomed to a world of constant surveillance, then we become constant actors. All the world really is a stage, and we’re free to perform whenever we like for whoever happens to be watching and filming

Google Glass and the Future of Movies | Movies News | Rolling Stone

Gerd adds: this is EXACTLY what I don’t want to become: a constant actor:)

16.20 - 16.40: Keynote: the future of technology and advertising: big data, zero privacy? Gerd Leonhard, futurist, author, CEO of The Futures Agency

Changing Advertising Summit 2013 programme | Media Network | guardian.co.uk

Meet me in London Oct 8 —- should be great fun::)

Snowden will reportedly make a statement after the meeting. It is not immediately clear what he will talk about, although in the invitation sent to the activists — the veracity of which has not been independently verified — Snowden said: “I invite the Human Rights organizations and other respected individuals addressed to join me … for a brief statement and discussion regarding the next steps forward in my situation.” The emailed invitation from edsnowden@lavabit.com also states: “I have been extremely fortunate to enjoy and accept many offers of support and asylum from brave countries around the world. These nations have my gratitude, and I hope to travel to each of them to extend my personal thanks to their people and leaders.” In the Invitation Snowden claims that the U.S. government is trying to “deny my right to seek and enjoy this asylum under Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The scale of threatening behavior is without precedent.”

Report: Snowden to meet rights groups at Moscow airport

Will be interesting to see what happens here.

Designed by Isao Echizen and Seiichi Gohshi of Tokyo’s National Institute of Informatics and Kogakuin University respectively, these light-up infrared specs obscure your mug so that facial recognition software can’t quite make it out, and so other people on the street (rightfully) think you’re a paranoid lunatic. Just how bad would the security camera surveillance dystopia have to get before you’d be willing to wear a pair of these? Or would you rather opt for the makeup approach instead? [Slate] (via Could You Ever Be So Paranoid About Privacy That You’d Wear These Goofy Glasses?)

Designed by Isao Echizen and Seiichi Gohshi of Tokyo’s National Institute of Informatics and Kogakuin University respectively, these light-up infrared specs obscure your mug so that facial recognition software can’t quite make it out, and so other people on the street (rightfully) think you’re a paranoid lunatic. Just how bad would the security camera surveillance dystopia have to get before you’d be willing to wear a pair of these? Or would you rather opt for the makeup approach instead? [Slate] (via Could You Ever Be So Paranoid About Privacy That You’d Wear These Goofy Glasses?)

Berlin accuses Washington of cold war tactics over snooping

Der Spiegel quoted the Snowden documents as revealing that the US taps half a billion phone calls, emails and text messages in Germany a month. “We can attack the signals of most foreign third-class partners, and we do,” Der Spiegel quoted a passage in the NSA document as saying.