Privacy & Publicy Articles

Google, Facebook and the Search for Truth

By Tim Cole* There is no doubt that false information and fake news sites on the Internet hugely influenced the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. There is no more appropriate figurehead for what the Economist in a recent title story called the “post-truth world”

The evilification of Facebook: Gerd Leonhard about to quit Facebook!

The Futures Agency’s CEO Gerd Leonhard is thinking about leaving Facebook – and he needs your help in deciding this. “Facebook now generates 35% of my traffic to this site and my Youtube channel, yet I am seriously thinking about ending my posts and contributions to Facebook, and may delete my profile and my pages altogether.” Gerd

Let’s Hear From the Dissidents

Ai, Appelbaum, Poitras, and Assange have all found their privacy comfort levels. But to be truly private, in the connected age, means being alone. And even then, it’s impossible to completely stop surveillance. Too much of our information is out of our own control. Living

IBM’s Policy on Social Media – Jon Iwata

In today’s never-unplugged world, you’re never not a spokesperson for your company. Everything you say on social media is intrinsically linked to your employer’s brand. Read more from Big Think

The Blackphone Project

How often have you given away your private information? All the time, right? Over the phone with the insurance company, online with your cell provider, etc. Blackphone is one possible solution if you’re looking to control who gets access to your personal data. Read more

The Future of Privacy Could Go Either Way

Peter Suber, the director of a US-based project working for open access to research, wrote, “We can be sure that privacy technology, like encryption, will continue to improve in ease and power—but so will privacy-penetrating technology. It is an arms race today, and I do