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Given Enough Money, All Bugs Are Shallow
Summary: You don’t have to be a programmer or hacker to find Jeff Atwood’s post on security bugs interesting. Jeff compares the benefits and negatives of relying on open source communities to find and report security bugs in code, to relying on commercial bug bounty programmes which reward people with large amounts of money. He comes to the conclusion that open source projects need better funding, and more competition for ecosystem diversity, and that money could easily skew the incentives for software security. Overall, Jeff remains hopeful that good people will freely report security bugs in open source software because:

“It is the right thing to do™ and they want to contribute back to open source projects that have helped them, and the world.”
opensource  security  bugs  indie  hackers  indieroundup  1may15 
may 2015 by laurakalbag
Summary: A few weeks ago, we looked at the potential problems with venture capital. Unfortunately, for Get Satisfaction CEO XX, their acquisition by Sprinklr left the venture capitalists with all the money, washing out its founders. This speaks to the dangers of getting into the venture capital game, where as X of X puts it, “something something musical chairs.”
indieroundup  venturecapital  investment  sprinklr  getsatisfaction  1may15  indie 
may 2015 by laurakalbag
Facebook warns regulators: We’ll, uh, delay features if you keep bugging us! | PandoDaily
Facebook has warned regulators that investigations into their platform will delay features for European users. If the delay of these features is down to more thorough adherence to regulation, and fewer compromises on the privacy of Facebook users, then maybe this isn’t such a bad thing?
facebook  regulation  antitrust  eu  europe  indie  indieroundup  1may15 
may 2015 by laurakalbag
Google tries to win EU friends with €150 million Digital News Initiative fund | Ars Technica
Summary: Google is spreading money around news platforms with its €150 million Digital News Initiative fund. Google are looking to make friends and develop more products around news. However, we’re concerned about the influence that this money buys, both consciously and subconsciously. It’s human nature to not want to bite the hand that feeds you. The Guardian has been a fantastic source of analytical and critical journalism in the tech industry, and has focused on privacy and corporate surveillance where few others have bothered. We’ve included a Guardian article in every week since the roundups began. We know the majority of the writers are independent, so we hope the involvement with Google won’t affect the publishing decisions of the newspaper.
google  guardian  institutionalcorruption  corruption  news  media  indie  indieroundup  1may15 
may 2015 by laurakalbag
Project Fi will help Google amass even more data about you | Computerworld
Summary: (Under cheeky corps) Google is now moving into the WiFi and mobile/cellular network space with Project Fi. At risk of sounding like I’m repeating myself, it’s the same deal as we see in many of these Google moves. Brian Haven, a data analyst with International Data Corporation (IDC) data repeats it instead:

“I’m not sure they're trying to become a big-time wireless player, but by becoming a wireless service, it allows Google to gain a lot more data from new end points with users. Data is what drives them. Regardless of whether or not they can generate a nice revenue stream, the data will still feed into the other things they do.”
indie  indieroundup  googlefi  fi  google  wifi  network  mobilenetwork  1may15  corporatesurveillance  data 
may 2015 by laurakalbag
Why Europe needs a digital regulator | Technology | The Guardian
Summary: We’ve looked a lot at the Google antitrust battle lately, and the goings-on with regulation in Europe. Frank Pasquale looks to the future, and why Europe needs a digital regulator. Corporations with investors will grow huge and monopolistic in their nature, and so we need long-term thinking from well-informed individuals to help keep ahead of the enormous Silicon Valley legal teams.

“This is far-sighted, important planning. The new economy demands a new regulatory body, with the ability to continually monitor the law-like power now assumed by major digital platforms to themselves.”
google  facebook  regulation  eu  europe  data  corruption  monopoly  indie  indieroundup  1may15 
may 2015 by laurakalbag
Facebook isn’t a charity. The poor will pay by surrendering their data | Technology | The Guardian
Summary: Evgeny Morozov looks at Hal Varian’s rule for predicting the future: “we just have to look at what rich people already have and assume that the middle classes will have it in five years and poor people will have it in 10.” Evgeny explains how the rule is flawed, and how rich and poor alike pay for many of these services: with their data. He also points out that poorer people are also shortchanged in these exchanges because they are drawn into these services with a choice of paying with their data, or be excluded. There’s no affordable alternative. We’ve looked at it a lot in recent weeks, and Evgeny also draws this conclusion of the poor paying by surrendering their data with Facebook’s
google  varian  morozov  privacy  corporatesurveillance  indie  indieroundup  data  1may15 
may 2015 by laurakalbag
Obama and Republicans Agree on the Trans-Pacific Partnership … Unfortunately -
“The TPP is little more than enhanced corporation power branded as free trade. It gives corporations the right to challenge government regulations and seek compensation if they think they’ve been treated unfairly by any of the 12 Pacific Rim nations in the deal.”

“The agreement would even allow countries to challenge one another’s laws, so that “equivalency” may simply mean that the least powerful regulations become the norm.”
tpp  indie  indieroundup  tradeagreement  notincluded 
may 2015 by laurakalbag
S01E03 - Do Not Track
Summary: In the latest episode of Do Not Track, they take a look at what can be done using your Facebook Likes. Log in with your Facebook account during this ~10 minute easy-to-understand interactive video, and it’ll give you an idea of the information that can be derived from your Likes. Do Not Track have also got a handy list of links to related articles on the same page as their videos, so you can delve a little further into each topic.
likes  facebook  tracking  donottrack  indie  indieroundup  1may15 
may 2015 by laurakalbag
The Department of Homeland Security is opening an office in Silicon Valley | Fusion
Summary: The Department of Homeland Security is opening an office in Silicon Valley, largely in an attempt to recruit from Silicon Valley companies. If only we knew the implications of this move on the NSA programs such as PRISM…
us  security  government  surveillance  1may15  indie  indieroundup 
may 2015 by laurakalbag
Mark Zuckerberg Can't Have It Both Ways on Net Neutrality | WIRED
Issie Lapowsky writes on Wired about how Mark Zuckerberg can’t have it both ways on net neutrality, as will have to be distinctly un-neutral by deciding who gets to be zero-rated on their platform, and users will only have access to a tiny fraction of what’s available on the world wide web.
web  access  indie  indieroundup  netneutrality  internetorg  facebook  24apr15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Poor internet for poor people: why Facebook’s amounts to economic racism
Summary: A very powerful article from Mahesh Murthy on how Facebook’s amounts to economic racism: “In every way, from exploiting the poor, to being a restrictive trade practice because startups will not have a chance to be discovered by users via word of mouth because they cannot afford the placement fees, to simply denying the wonder and the width of the internet to the young and knowledge-hungry – this practice is terrible.”
india  netneutrality  internetorg  internet  access  indie  indieroundup  24apr15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Google’s dominance faces a challenge at last. Shame it’s too late | Comment is free | The Guardian
John Naughton’s article on the antitrust case is less positive, saying that it’s too late to challenge Google’s dominance. Google already monopolises search, and has three advantages in “astonishing computing horsepower, distributed globally in huge server farms; smart algorithms; and the possession of colossal amounts of data that can be mined for machine-learning and generate further refinements in Google search.” This power means that legal challenges are unlikely to make much of an impact, or dethrone them from their position of power.
google  antitrust  monopoly  search  indie  indieroundup  24apr15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Google dominates search. But the real problem is its monopoly on data | Technology | The Guardian
The first part of this Guardian article further supports James’ assertions, drawing attention to the fact that Google’s dominance is self-reinforcing: “Larger audiences improve Google’s data and make its products more accurate – as well as ever more impossible to avoid.”
google  monopoly  data  indie  indieroundup  24apr15  antitrust 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Let’s challenge Google while we still can | James Ball | Comment is free | The Guardian
Summary: James Ball warns us that we must challenge Google while we still can, as the US and EU are probably the only states big enough to effectively question Google’s monopoly in so many areas. James points out that “Google is just the start, as the business models of the internet lend themselves to monopoly.” And worryingly, “We are entering an era of near-stateless global giants, several of which will gain the power to act as a monopoly.”
ball  google  antitrust  monopoly  corporatesurveillance  indie  indieroundup  24apr15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Clinton Hires Google Exec As Chief Tech Officer - WikiLeaks Shows Us Why / Sputnik International
Summary: And why even bother lobbying, when you could get a powerful position alongside the presidential candidate? Stephanie Hannon, Google’s director of product management for civic innovation and social impact, has been hired by Hillary Clinton as chief technology officer for her presidential campaign. This leaves Google with even more valuable relationships inside the government, with a potential connection to the very top.
lobbying  corruption  indie  indieroundup  24apr15  google  clinton  assange 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Hosting Companies Threaten To Leave France Over (Yet Another) Surveillance Law. But Where Could They Go? | Techdirt
Summary: New French surveillance laws, expanding on the existing invasive surveillance laws are forcing web hosting companies out of the country, as they refuse to comply with the French government’s demands for data retention, and even start talking about “data black boxes” for “algorithmic surveillance.”
france  hosting  data  government  surveillance  indie  indieroundup  notincluded  moody 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Obama given fast-track authority to wrap up TPP | TODAYonline
Summary: Senior lawmakers in the US have given Obama the authority to fast-track TPP
TPP  TTIP  indie  indieroundup  tradeagreement  notincluded 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
RightsInfo - Human Rights Information to Share
A fantastic site about human rights, including easy-to-understand infographics. The page on Myths about Human Rights is particularly good to dispel the rubbish spread by particular politicians.
humanrights  indie  indieroundup  24apr15  infographic 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Features | Facebook's Political Censorship
“Proof that Facebook is in collusion with governments everywhere is disheartening but not surprising.”
facebook  censorship  indie  indieroundup  notincluded  pakistan  india  turkey 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Ireland to become privacy regulator for 300m Twitter users
“The move means that any non-US Twitter user who wants to make a privacy or data protection complaint must first complain to authorities in Ireland, which has recently come under European scrutiny for a perceived lax regime.”

Summary: Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner is already the EU privacy regulator for Facebook and Google. Now it’s also going to be regulator for Twitter, with new EU-based Twitter users having to agree to terms under Irish privacy and data protection law, which is notoriously lax. It means any user who wants to make a complaint about their privacy or data protection has to complain to authorities in Ireland first. However, the European Union does have plans to create a cross-continental super-quango, the European Data Protection Board. The Data Protection board would help users who are unhappy with rulings given by Irish, or other European, boards.
regulation  law  privacy  data  indie  indieroundup  24apr15  ireland  facebook  twitter  google 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Should Netflix Be Accessible to the Deaf?
Should disability laws that apply to public places apply to online spaces too?
netflix  accessibility  deafness  indie  indieroundup  notincluded  learn-a11y 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
They monitor hearts, count calories … but are health apps any good for you? | Technology | The Guardian
Summary: this article briefly covers the dangers of tech companies having access to all your health data. People’s privacy and human rights are being chipped away where companies are starting to require their employees to wear health monitoring devices. It’s one thing to say we opt in to the quantified self, but what if opting out costs us our job?
indie  indieroundup  24apr15  iot  internetofthing  quantified  tracking  corporatesurveillance  data  bp  fitbit 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough Pleads "Guilty" on Failing to Cover TPP Trade Pact - The Intercept
Summary: Media in the US hasn’t done enough to cover the TPP trade pact, failing to acknowledge the negative effect it could have on workers’ rights by encouraging a race to the bottom in wages to compete with the wider free market.
TPP  media  lobbying  coverage  employment  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
How Google found itself ‘on the wrong side of history’ -
Summary: Google hasn’t done enough to make friends in the EU, and so is more likely to suffer at the hands of the EU antitrust investigations than it did in the US (short-lived) investigations.
eu  US  indie  indieroundup  24apr15  google  antitrust  lobbying 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Sony Emails Show Industry Execs Pushing for Trade Deal - The Intercept
“Finally, in regard to trade,” Fabrizio wrote, “the MPAA/MPA with the strong support of your studios, continue to advocate to governments around the world about the pressing need for strong pro-IP trade policies such as TPP and the proposed EU/US trade agreement (TTIP).”

Sony, and other studios, are pro TPP and TTIP because they help reinforce their grip on intellectual property, and give them rights to sue whoever they want in the name of protecting their content.
TTIP  TPP  tradeagreement  copyright  drm  piracy  eu  US  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Journalists shouldn’t lose their rights in their move to private platforms » Nieman Journalism Lab
The shift to distributed content means concepts like fair use are increasingly in the hands of private companies

Summary: When your content is hosted on other people’s platforms, you’re subject to their interpretation of the law, such as fair use in copyright. Journalists can easily have their work taken down because the platform doesn’t want to end up in legal hot water with copyright and drm.
copyright  drm  ownership  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Meet the lawyer taking on Uber and the rest of the on-demand economy | Fusion
“If Uber had indeed misclassified its drivers, the company’s entire business model was built on a legal mistake.”

Summary: the way that Uber and other on-demand companies treat the people who provide their services is akin to the standard trappings of employment, but it doesn’t give these people the benefits of employment. Calling themselves a “software business” shouldn’t make them exempt from treating people properly
law  uber  lawsuit  sue  indie  indieroundup  24apr15  industry  employment 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
TTIP won't stop public services being run for ordinary people? Tell that to Argentina - The Ecologist
“No matter that the company time and again failed to meet its performance targets. In the world of corporate courts, nothing matters except an investor's 'right' to profit.”

Summary: Argentina is being sued for $405 million for undoing the privatisation of their water supply. “No matter that the company time and again failed to meet its performance targets. In the world of corporate courts, nothing matters except an investor's 'right' to profit.”
TTIP  privatisation  argentina  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
We Can't Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership | WIRED
Over the last two decades, manufacturers have used the DMCA to argue that consumers do not own the software underpinning the products they buy—things like smartphones, computers, coffeemakers, cars, and, yes, even tractors. So, Old MacDonald has a tractor, but he owns a massive barn ornament, because the manufacturer holds the rights to the programming that makes it run.

Summary: automakers (and other manufacturers) are using DMCA copyright law to say consumers are merely renting their machinery from them, and aren't allowed to tinker around in the programming, because it would infringe on copyright. It's the same argument that digital music download providers use against music piracy, and it's stifling innovation, and forcing consumers into expensive maintenance deals with the manufacturers as they're the only people that are allowed to maintain or repair the machinery
copyright  dmca  drm  tractors  indie  indieroundup  notincluded  ownership  piracy 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Why Google Is the New Evil Empire
Summary: US-centric (but good) analysis of Google's evil intentions, how far their tentacles reach, and how their lobbying probably helped the U.S. antitrust suit(s?) go away.
google  indie  schmidt  corporatesurveillance  indieroundup  24apr15  data  tracking 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
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