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Entries Tagged as 'Privacy and Surveillance'

“Girls Around Me,” Privacy, and the Semiotics of Creepiness

April 3rd, 2012 · 4 Comments

Kashmir Hill is a little disturbed by the public reaction to a controversial iPhone app called “Girls Around Me,” which mined data from the social location platform Foursquare and public profiles on sites like Facebook to create what one breathless critic dubbed “a tool for rapists and stalkers.” Writes Hill: For one, how do we […]

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance

Wiretap Law Online: A Second Look at Paxfire

September 14th, 2011 · 2 Comments

A few days ago, Ars Technica asked me to comment on a class action lawsuit against Paxfire, a company that partners with Internet Service Providers for the purpose of “monetizing Address Bar Search and DNS Error traffic.” The second half of that basically means fixing URL typos, so when you accidentally tell your ISP you […]

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance · Tech and Tech Policy

Quick Thoughts on Google Plus

July 1st, 2011 · 17 Comments

(1) One of my first thoughts upon getting my hands on an iPad was: “You know, once they get a camera in this thing and come up with a well-tailored group video chat client, this could really change the way people socialize.” At present, in-person, face-to-face socialization and digital communication with people not present are […]

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Tags: Art & Culture · Journalism & the Media · Privacy and Surveillance · Sociology · Tech and Tech Policy

The Trouble With “Balance” Metaphors

February 4th, 2011 · 39 Comments

Reading Orin Kerr’s new paper outlining an “equilibrium-adjustment theory” of the Fourth Amendment, I found myself reflecting on how thoroughly the language of “balancing” pervades our thinking about legal and political judgment. The very words “reasonable” and “rational” are tightly linked to “ratio”—which is to say, to relative magnitude or balance. We hope to make […]

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Tags: General Philosophy · Language and Literature · Privacy and Surveillance

Sanchez TV

January 10th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Explaining the government’s order seeking Twitter information in the WikiLeaks investigation on The Alyona Show:

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance · Self Promotion

Lethal Silences

January 6th, 2011 · 24 Comments

Earlier this week, I learned that the roommate of an old friend of mine—a highly regarded technologist named Bill Zeller—had taken his own life. I didn’t know Bill, but the lengthy and unnervingly lucid and reflective suicide note he posted online may be the most heartbreaking thing I’ve ever read. In it, he reveals that […]

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance

Earworm: Wikileaks Edition

December 8th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Some of the lyrics to Blur’s “Pressure on Julian” are eerily appropriate to this week’s big story:

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Tags: Art & Culture · Journalism & the Media · Privacy and Surveillance

Help Me, Electronic Surveillance, You’re My Only Hope!

November 17th, 2010 · 30 Comments

Proof, if proof were needed, that whatever higher power might be steering our fates must be possessed of a perverse sense of humor: I have spent the better part of five years writing about the ways sophisticated electronic surveillance tools, in the hands of intelligence and law enforcement agencies, might pose a threat to privacy […]

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance · Washington, DC

My Head, Blogging: SuperGeeky Edition

September 30th, 2010 · 2 Comments

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance · Self Promotion · Tech and Tech Policy

Is the Fourth Amendment Really About “Privacy”?

September 13th, 2010 · 8 Comments

For those of you who aren’t reading Cato at Liberty (and why not??), I’ve got a longish post over there that looks at a couple of recent law review articles questioning whether it really makes sense to think about the Fourth Amendment primarily in terms of “privacy.” I find myself pretty sympathetic to the argument […]

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Tags: Law · Privacy and Surveillance