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Only Fools Rush in to Build on Top of Closed (Secret, Proprietary) Platforms

Last week Amnesty International published a report about the online platforms of the leading surveillance giants – see my brief post about it @ Find News. What I find particularly signficant about the news is not the recommendations for public … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Complacent Illiterate Generation

Unfortunately, this is also my generation. 😐 The vast majority carry devices which track their every move. They submit their ideas to huge media conglomerate companies, allowing these spy organizations to comb through their information to find new + improved … Continue reading Continue reading

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Imagine only two worlds — one is private, the other is shared

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I– I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. If you had to choose between two worlds — one in which everyone exclusively followed their own dreams, … Continue reading
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Getting a person to express how they truly feel can sometimes be an anti-climactic event — but one I nonetheless prefer to a situation in which people remain deluded by myths

For example: Getting someone to acknowledge that the reason they use so-called “free” internet services is that they are both a cheapskate and also that they also don’t really believe in themselves is better than if that person actually thought … Continue reading
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John Battelle on PRISM

The fact is, massive storehouses of personally identifiable information now exist. But our culture has yet to truly grasp the implications of all that information, much less protect itself from potential misuse….Do you trust the companies you interact with to … Continue reading
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Principle of Least Effort 2.0: Principle of Least Discomfort

Today I was reminded of George Kingsley Zipf’s Principle of Least Effort — and it occurred to me that this concept might need some updating. First of all: There is a popular belief that since computational power is virtually free … Continue reading
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Do you want Google to spy on you any more than you want the government of the United States to spy on you?

Who do you think would be more likely to sell the information they gather about you to someone else? Also: If you are OK with being completely transparent, then it really doesn’t make sense to view it as espionage, does … Continue reading
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meh.

I am not a very private or secretive person. Recently, someone close to me felt I “overshared” information — in other words: that I said something they did not feel it was right for me to say. I didn’t say … Continue reading
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I am SHOCKED: I feel like I have been DUPED and SOLD DOWN THE RIVER… by WordPress! O_O

I find this difficult to fathom. With the latest upgrade to WordPress 3.5, I noticed some quirky things — for example that my WordPress theme was thrown out and replaced by Twenty Twelve…. What I didn’t immediately realize was that … Continue reading
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The Privishing Model

My friend Helena Mathey drew my attention to “Zeitungssterben: Meine (sprichwörtlichen) 5 Cent“, in which Richard Gutjahr argues that people need to remember the “customer is the king” (much more so than the often touted motto that “content is king”). … Continue reading
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