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RandTXT – Chatroulette’s new cousin

April 11, 2011 3:08 am jmadell 0
Not long ago, denizens of the web were thrown into a frenzy by Chatroulette, an innovative website that randomly paired visitors with webcams for impromptu video chats. Hot off the HackerNews presses, meet RandTXT – Chatroulette for text messages. RandTXT allows anyone with a cell phone to anonymously send a text message to a randomly selected person and receive an anonymous reply from that person.…
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Stalkers Exploit Cellphone GPS – The Wall Street Journal (August 3, 2010)

April 4, 2011 2:31 pm KStrandburg 0
Available at: http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052748703467304575383522318244234-lMyQjAxMTAxMDAwMzEwNDMyWj.html; Stalkers Exploit Cellphone GPS – Mobile Location Tracking – WSJ.com In August of 2010, the Wall Street Journal reported that global-positioning-system (GPS) technology offered by cellular carriers is being used by stalkers. Although the technology is intended to rescue lost drivers, locate kidnap victims and enable other noble endeavors, it has had the unintended consequence of allowing stalkers to more easily track their victims.…
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Fools in April

April 1, 2011 2:42 pm jmadell 0
Surely most of you have seen Google’s “new” feature, Gmail Motion. If not, check out the video below: Gmail Motion The April Fools’ posting has become a bit of a tradition at Google. My personal favorite is Google Gulp. There’s a lot of fun to be had here for sure.…
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Google Book Search and Privacy

March 28, 2011 4:10 pm KStrandburg 0
Google Book Search allows anyone to search a massive library of books that Google has scanned. A few years ago, the Authors Guild sued Google to stop the project and various settlement agreements have subsequently been proposed. Judge Denny Chin recently rejected the latest settlement agreement.…
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Cellphone Tracking in China: Tool to Ease Traffic Congestion or to Chill Political Dissidents?

March 21, 2011 3:51 pm KStrandburg 0
The Chinese Government has announced plans to track 1.7 million cellphone users in Beijing through location technology, in order to help city authorities better manage traffic (see http://www.bjjtgl.gov.cn/publish/portal1/tab165/info23222.htm). However, this raises concerns that the government may abuse this technology for surveillance purposes, infringing a variety of human rights.…
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Online Privacy NY Times Saturday Editorial

March 20, 2011 2:42 pm HNissenbaum 0
The New York Times March 18, 2011 A New Internet Privacy Law? Considering how much information we entrust to the Internet every day, it is hard to believe there is no general law to protect people’s privacy online. Companies harvest data about people as they surf the Net, assemble it into detailed profiles and sell it to advertisers or others without ever asking permission.…
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Privacy of Mobile Ads

March 7, 2011 2:23 pm KStrandburg 0
The  mobile ads boom raises privacy concerns, and creative different forms of self-help that customers have been engaged in, as following: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jeUGlbK8zKnVSVB63DXWt-TLOzYg?docId=CNG.ed01c1f733f7929c0e0ee596f28a0c53.3b1 The vast majority of cell phones and tablet devices are now equipped with internet browsers. Advertisers have capitalized on this new market by delivering user-specific ad content to these mobile devices.…
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Supreme Court Backs Government Transparency Over Corporate Privacy Claims

March 3, 2011 3:50 pm JScott 0
In FCC v. AT&T, AT&T argued it was a “corporate citizen” entitled to “personal privacy” and thus, entitled to the FOIA exemption that protects an individual’s private data.  AT&T was trying to block disclosure of documents pertaining to its participation in the government’s E-Rate program.  …
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Resistance to Google’s Street View in Foreign Markets

February 28, 2011 1:59 pm KStrandburg 0
Google’s Street View is a functionality that U.S. Internet users take for granted.  When we’re looking up a new restaurant to try or checking out a potential apartment, Street View allows us to get real pictures of any street or building in public view from the ground level up.…