Tag Archives: privacy


Slate ad blocker BS

Slate has started plastering an alert over their home page on my first visit of the day: The fact is, I do not block ads. I see a lot of ads online, all day, every day (I see them, e.g., at Slate). I do use a tool called Privacy Badger to disrupt a site’s (and/or their advertisers’) […]

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The New York Times reported today that Google is being threatened with sanctions in Germany over its Street View feature, which allows users to “stroll” along streets in areas that are covered by the service, taking in the buildings, scenery, vehicles, pedestrians, etc., in a 360-degree view.  The “data protection regulator” for the city-state of […]

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Happy Birthday, Miss Ion Accomplished! Five years old today. You’ve gotten so big I hardly recognize you. Freedom is on the march everywhere. In my town, starting today you can look just about anywhere and smile into the camera. A friendly Homeland Security employee will take note. Feel free to give the “thumbs up” sign—they […]

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Who said it? I’m struggling with seeing the deployment of cameras in our local villages as being a benefit to policing. If it’s in our villages—are we really moving towards an Orwellian situation with cameras on every street corner? I really don’t think that’s the kind of country that I want to live in. If […]

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On December 31, I thought about resolving to be even lazier in 2007 than I was in 2006, but I never got around to it.

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A young woman found an album of photographs under the carport of an abandoned building near the Orlando airport. It had been exposed to the elements and the snapshots were in varying states of decay. She took pictures of them and published them on a blog devoted to “found photos.”* It’s hard to describe the feeling one […]

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Now that warrantless wiretaps have apparently become part of the American way of life, can physical searches without a warrant be far behind? “Oh, wow—I’ve been looking for this for a week!” [Cartoon by Andrey Bilzho] (who? here!)

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Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin has introduced a resolution to censure the President of the United States over his illegal wiretapping activities. Feingold deserves all the support we can give him. If you ever wanted to cosponsor a Senate bill, here’s your chance. (Don’t let your desire for impeachment stop you.) Bonus link: coverage of […]

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Leave aside the Bush administration’s abuses that have captured our attention recently. It turns out anyone can get ahold of your phone records—and at a pretty affordable price, too. (Kos has more here).

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  • Proverbs for Paranoids, 3: If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.
    Gravity’s Rainbow

    ‘Is it about a bicycle?’ he asked.
    The Third Policeman