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What Happens When You Tell the Internet You're Pregnant
I can’t know the ultimate fate of the data I shared with them. Such is the murky nature of privacy in a world where a seemingly endless network of companies you’ve never heard of are collecting information about you and trying to monetize it.
privacy  security  apps  pregnancy  indie  radar  data  surveillancecapitalism  corporatesurveillance 
august 2017 by laurakalbag
Edward Snowden: The World Says No to Surveillance - NYTimes.com
In a single month, the N.S.A.’s invasive call-tracking program was declared unlawful by the courts and disowned by Congress. After a White House-appointed oversight board investigation found that this program had not stopped a single terrorist attack, even the president who once defended its propriety and criticized its disclosure has now ordered it terminated.

This is the power of an informed public.
indie  roundup  5jun15  snowden  privacy  security 
june 2015 by laurakalbag
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
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
The Lost Language of Privacy - NYTimes.com
Privacy is important to the development of full individuals because there has to be an interior zone within each person that other people don’t see. There has to be a zone where half-formed thoughts and delicate emotions can grow and evolve, without being exposed to the harsh glare of public judgment. There has to be a place where you can be free to develop ideas and convictions away from the pressure to conform. There has to be a spot where you are only yourself and can define yourself.

Privacy is important to families and friendships because there has to be a zone where you can be fully known. There has to be a private space where you can share your doubts and secrets and expose your weaknesses with the expectation that you will still be loved and forgiven and supported.

Privacy is important for communities because there has to be a space where people with common affiliations can develop bonds of affection and trust. There has to be a boundary between us and them. Within that boundary, you look out for each other; you rally to support each other; you cut each other some slack; you share fierce common loyalties.

All these concentric circles of privacy depend on some level of shrouding. They depend on some level of secrecy and awareness of the distinction between the inner privileged space and the outer exposed space. They depend on the understanding that what happens between us stays between us.
police  cameras  security  privacy  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
No encryption? How very rude. - Using Our Intelligence
And before you all leap on me with cries of “using only PGP is no guar­an­tee of secur­ity.…” I do know that you need a suite of tools to have a fight­ing chance of real pri­vacy in this NSA-saturated age: open source soft­ware, PGP, TOR, Tails, OTR, old hard­ware, you name it.  But I do think the wide-spread adop­tion of PGP sets a good example and gets more people think­ing about these wider issues.  Per­haps more of us should insist on it before com­mu­nic­at­ing further.
encryption  pgp  email  privacy  security  m15  machon  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Noose around Internet’s TLS system tightens with 2 new decryption attacks
“The noose around the neck of the Internet's most widely used encryption scheme got a little tighter this month with the disclosure of two new attacks that can retrieve passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive data from some transmissions protected by secure sockets layer and transport layer security protocols.” By André Mendes on Ars Technica
encryption  security  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
DIY Feminist Cybersecurity
You have a right to exist safely in digital spaces. Although we have to rely on outside parties for technology to access these spaces, there are tons of helpful tools and strategies that allow you to take greater control of your digital life and mitigate the risk of malicious threats.
security  internet  privacy  tools  vpn  password  authentication  hacking  indie  indieroundup  4april15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Push Back at Government and Corporate Personal Privacy Incursions
“Today’s technology gives governments and corporations robust capabilities for mass surveillance. Mass surveillance is dangerous. It enables discrimination based on almost any criteria: race, religion, class, political beliefs. It is being used to control what we see, what we can do, and, ultimately, what we say. It is being done without offering citizens recourse or any real ability to opt out, and without any meaningful checks and balances. It makes us less safe. It makes us less free.” Excerpt from Bruce Schneier’s Data and Goliath on Scientific American
privacy  security  corporatesurveillance  government  surveillance  tracking  indie  indieroundup  4april15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Cloak's super-simple VPN blog: Security, Privacy, and Anonymity
“Lately, we’ve noticed that the words security, privacy, and anonymity get tossed around an awful lot, to the point where their meanings feel muddled beyond all recognition.
We used to think of this as simply unfortunate. After all, these words are foundational to any conversation about digital rights. Without clarity and agreement on basic terms, it’s hard to have a meaningful conversation.”
cloak  indie  indieroundup  security  privacy  anonymity  words  meaning  snakeoil  4april15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
President Barack Obama Speaks with Kara Swisher (Full Transcript) | Re/code
“We’re going to go from cyber security, your relationship with Silicon Valley, privacy, STEM education.”
obama  security  us  siliconvalley  privacy  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Welcome To Privacy Hell, Also Known As The Internet Of Things
“Corman and other experts agree that the FTC’s broad recommendations for IoT manufacturers—build security in at the outset, implement lifecycle monitoring, train employees in security—are on the right track. But with the industry consigned to self-regulation for now, the current growing pains of data, security, and privacy within the IoT are likely to persist.” By Lauren Zanolli on Fast Company
data  future  internetofthings  iot  indie  indieroundup  27mar2015  privacy  tracking  security  corporatesurveillance 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Senr.io™
Senr.io™ brings a new kind of security visibility to mobile and internet connected (IoT) devices.
Senr.io™ is like "Anti-Virus", "Credit Watch", and "Consumer Reports" for the security of Mobile Apps and internet connected devices.
security  privacy  iot  internetofthings  indie  indieroundup  27mar2015 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Snowden should be allowed a public interest defense, say European lawmakers
“A call to extend whistleblower protection to those working in national security.” By Glyn Moody on Ars Technica
snowden  whistleblower  security  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
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