Abortion Opponents’ Creepy New Tactic: Invade Women’s Cellphones | Mother Jones
We must move towards a legislative stance that is more forward thinking not just in regards to respect for digital civil liberties but also, and foremost, to the respect for the privacy and dignity of more than half of our population. That victims of such campaigns have no recourse in criminal court is disgusting. I can only imagine civil courts ruling on the side of targeted advertising, because the “damages” caused by such activities would be so difficult to quantify.
Leave Your Cellphone at Home: Interview with Jacob Appelbaum
Jacob Appelbaum of Wikileaks and The Tor Project has an excellent interview regarding privacy, IT security, and cellphones over at n+1. Any expectation of actual security or privacy while using a cellphone is tenuous at best and absolutely absurd at worse, but it really puts a great deal into perspective reading all of this from someone in Mr. Appelbaum’s position.
Software can only do so much when the device and the infrastructure it relies on are, by nature, dependent on a trackable system. Any illusions to an individual being able to circumvent tracking are just that: illusions. He also make a great argument as to why security and privacy cynics should be concerned, so I really recommend this article for those choice few who spend any portion of their lives on their phone.
Boing Boing has a great write up of the article, if brevity is required.
Google’s Broken Promise: The End of “Don’t Be Evil”
I good right up about Google’s new policies from the other side.