Technology

The FTC's data broker report: Waiting for Godot?

The FTC's recently released report on data brokers is, by my count, the fourth major government privacy report in the last two years to propose new policy remedies for privacy "harms."

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Time to forget the 'right to be forgotten'

Rather than trying to obscure the public record, a better approach for privacy regulators is to identify specific harms that individuals may face and craft targeted policies to mitigate those harms.

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Net neutrality is the last hope of American democracy

Every day we see more evidence that income inequality has accelerated over the last few decades, leaving middle-class people frozen in stagnant wages, trapping the poor in permanent misery and enriching a small group of Americans as if they were...

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Perhaps the IRS will use drones, too

Think of the possibilities of the drone society. If you are short on your taxes, the Internal Revenue Service could send a drone to your door with a notice. If you miss a credit card payment, your bank could send a dunning letter to you, delivered by drone!

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Technology creates an inward society

Recently on CNN, former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) appeared and discussed the ongoing stall in the fiscal-cliff talks, and delivered his take.

Congress, he said, was a much different place when he first arrived, because everyone in both parties socialized more, and they all had permanent residences in Washington. Before cellphones, the Internet, fax machines and other devices, people needed each other’s presence more to fill time, and members in both parties played golf together, went to happy hours and had family dinners and barbecues.

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Privacy, Google and Facebook: Chill!

Privacy is an ongoing concern for all of us; it's a real thing. However, there're a lot of bogus headlines regarding online privacy, and I figure some perspective is good.

Most of the panic regards Google and Facebook, and almost all of it is faked, from parties who're looking for headlines or people who don't understand tech, and panicked. Let's say very little fact-checking was done.

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