privacy

Monetizing Privacy

by JenniferCobb on 03/20/2012

One of the first empirical studies about what we are willing to pay for privacy was released last week.  The study was conducted in Germany by the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and included 443 subjects in both the field and a laboratory setting.  The study focused only on monetary transactions — not […]

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Real Names in the Networked Global Community

by JenniferCobb on 09/09/2011

At the recent Edinburgh International TV Festival, Andy Carvin of NPR tweeted a question to Eric Schmidt — “How does Google justify its real names only policy on Google+ when it could put some people at grave risk?”  Carvin was referring to places like Libya and Syria where the government routinely uses the Internet as […]

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Ethan Zuckerman, writing today in his blog about privacy and the public sphere, states that in the digital world, “Ephemeral behavior becomes a permanent record.”  This simple statement gets to the heart of many of the issues we are facing as technology becomes a ubiquitous and permanent part of the fabric of our lives.   What […]

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More Big Data: What Has Truth Got To Do With It?

by JenniferCobb on 05/04/2011

There is a debate in the Big Data world that hinges on the old conundrum – how can we know what we don’t know?  It sounds a bit trite at first blush, but in fact, it is a very hard problem.  When faced with massive data sets, which our guts tell us house veins of […]

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Big Data 101: Should We Be Worried?

by JenniferCobb on 04/22/2011

Big Data makes some people breathless.  And it makes others shiver.  What both sides share is the understanding that Big Data is going to make a big difference, in all of our lives.  Whether that difference serves the social good or not remains to be seen. Big Data is the information produced by our on-line […]

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The Innovation Paradox: Our Hopes and Fears

by JenniferCobb on 04/13/2011

Innovation is the lifeblood not only of much of our economic and personal well-being, but of our forward motion as a species.  Our capacity to grow and change is what makes us adaptive, what enables us to survive and thrive on a planet that is not always hospitable to our needs.  The human drive to […]

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10 Principles to Govern the Internet

by JenniferCobb on 04/08/2011

The following principles were recently released by the Internet Rights and Principles Coalition, an international coalition of stakeholders participating in the Internet Governance Forum, a group within the United Nations. What do you think? Universality All humans are born free and equal in dignity and rights, which must respected, protected, and fulfilled in the online […]

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Online Privacy: We are Far From Ready

by JenniferCobb on 03/25/2011

“People aren’t ready for the technology revolution that’s going to happen to them.” Eric Schmidt, Chairman, Google Did you know that when you visit a page with a Facebook “like” button while you are logged into Facebook, the social network is able to track your browsing history?  I have to admit, this one took me […]

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The Internet of Things — IoT

by JenniferCobb on 01/18/2011

A number of years ago, I found an obscure article tucked away in a corner of the MIT website called The Internet of Objects.  I tucked it away in my “research” folder, the place I stash things that seem important but I am not sure exactly what to do with them.  It was circa 1999. […]

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