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Didn't Read Facebook's Fine Print? Here's Exactly What It Says

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 07.23.2014 | Technology

So, like every other one of the world's 1.28 billion monthly Facebook users, you blindly agreed to Facebook's Terms and Conditions without reading the fine print.

Google and the German Angst

Markus Ziener | Posted 07.17.2014 | Business
Markus Ziener

The other day the German minister of justice, Heiko Maas, was asked in an interview how often he is using Google to crawl the Internet. His answer: "Everyday and in an exorbitant manner. Therefore, unfortunately, I am part of the problem."

How To Remove Your House From Google Street View

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Technology

Stars like Paul McCartney and Jimmy Page are asking Google to blur out their houses on Street View, but that's not a feature exclusive to celebrities....

The Fall Of Facebook - And What's Next

Nikita Bier | Posted 06.27.2014 | TED Weekends
Nikita Bier

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgMost of us would argue that our online identities are not who we really are. Rather, it's the mask we have to wear in today's social Internet.

What Kind of Privacy Pipe Is Facebook Smoking? Consumers Don't Want Targeted Ads

Jeff Fox | Posted 06.24.2014 | Technology
Jeff Fox

Make no mistake. Under this new system, Facebook will not only drop ads for products into your news feed just because you "Liked" related products on Facebook. The social giant also plans to show you ads based on your "activities" on sites outside of Facebook.

There's A Time And Place For Sharing Data

Rajat Paharia | Posted 06.24.2014 | TED Weekends
Rajat Paharia

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhen the process for sharing data is transparent and linked to specific goals, most people don't mind revealing their data. And while most people understand this value at a retail level, another place where this is particularly true is when they're at work.

Curly Fries And Big Data: An Appetizing Path Forward For Responsible Data Use

Jules Polonetsky | Posted 06.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Jules Polonetsky

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgBig Data could lead to the greatest advances society has seen in generations. Or, it could take us down a path of poor decisions and increased discrimination. Eating curly fries (unfortunately!) wont make us smart enough to guide the right decisions, but collaboration between technologists, policymakers, and businesses could.

Navigating the 'Fog of Data Ignorance'

William Hoffman | Posted 06.23.2014 | TED Weekends
William Hoffman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgEffective transparency is not a one-way mirror that reduces individuals to being spectators on how their data is used. Instead, meaningful transparency requires both inbound and outbound information flows. It requires institutions (commercial and governmental) to listen and act upon the wants and needs of individuals.

Big Data, Democracy And The Path Not Taken

Shannon Vallor | Posted 06.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Shannon Vallor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgGolbeck succumbs to a dangerous, self-fulfilling fatalism, one all too common among other well-meaning proponents of her alternative solution -- namely, to simply arm individual users with more digital tools to fight back.

Will Computers Soon Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves?

Dominic Basulto | Posted 06.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Dominic Basulto

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgMost of us simply find it too tiring, too complex, to pay much attention to all the privacy settings out there. How many of us, for example, actually change the password settings when we are supposed to? We assume, naively, that there must be some kind of law out there that keeps corporations from going too far with all that data they are collecting on us.

WATCH: Stunning Truths Your Facebook 'Likes' Really Reveal About You

TEDTalks | Posted 06.20.2014 | TED Weekends
TEDTalks

Are you sharing more than you mean to online? Computer scientist Jennifer Golbeck explains how the simple act of "liking" something on social media reveals more personal information about you than you'd think. Is this what privacy looks like in the digital age - or is there another way?

For Germans, Google Is a Digital Feudal Lord

Wolfgang Mulke | Posted 06.10.2014 | World
Wolfgang Mulke

While European companies have to comply with comparatively strict data privacy protection laws, Google's hunger for information seems to know no bounds. That has led to demands for uniform data privacy protection standards for all participants in the market. Otherwise, the European companies reason, Europe will be dependent on the Americans in the digital age.

How the Internet Is Transforming from a Tool of Liberation to One of Oppression

Astra Taylor | Posted 06.05.2014 | World
Astra Taylor

Thanks to Snowden, we now know the Internet has become a giant government spying apparatus dependent on the complicity of companies we use everyday. A Reuters poll from April showed that a majority of Americans believe that technology companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon are "encroaching too much upon their lives." It's a rather remarkable statistic given these companies were universally loved not that long ago, widely imagined to be allies of the people against the old oligarchs.

5 Lessons I Learned From Swimming With the Sharks (Shark Tank, That Is)

CJ Isakow | Posted 05.30.2014 | Business
CJ Isakow

The lessons I learned along the way make me confident that one day I'll be sharing a drink by the pool with the Sharks as colleagues, not bait.

Surveilling the Class of 2014

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If you want a world in which you can't be taken possession of via your screen, in which you don't more or less automatically come with a dossier and a profile, I think you're going to have to slip those screens back into your pockets or, given that you can be tracked via your smartphones wherever you go (even if they're turned off), maybe into a desk drawer somewhere.

The Right to Remember

Stephen Balkam | Posted 07.16.2014 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

The European Union Court of Justice's recent ruling in favor of a "right to be forgotten" has roiled the Internet industry and observers alike. While on the face of it, the court's decision would appear to be a victory for individuals, it brings a host of other unintended consequences and considerable uncertainty.

The FCC Should Let All Competitors Bid on the Spectrum Necessary to Give Americans 21st Century High-Speed Mobile Broadband

John M. Burns | Posted 07.15.2014 | Technology
John M. Burns

The FCC should encourage the widest possible competition in next year's spectrum auction and let all competitors bid on the spectrum necessary to give Americans 21st century high-speed mobile broadband.

European High Court Delivers Blow To Google

The New York Times | JAMES KANTER | Posted 05.13.2014 | Technology

The highest court in the European Union decided on Tuesday that Google must grant users of its search engine a right to delete links about themselves ...

Blurred Lines -- Living in the 21st Century Fish Bowl

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

Now, more than ever, the Jewish ethical concept of shmirat Halashon, "Guarding your tongue" is a necessity for every one of us.

Why One Mom Tried To Hide Her Pregnancy From The Internet

Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents

When Janet Vertesi got pregnant, she decided to embark on a challenging experiment: She wanted to see what it would take to hide her pregnancy from th...

The Evolving Pursuit of Privacy

Scott Charney | Posted 06.10.2014 | Technology
Scott Charney

I'm optimistic that we'll find the right way forward, balancing the important benefits that data collection enables with the equally important need to preserve and enhance consumer privacy .

Half Of Nation Says Tech Companies' Snooping Goes Too Far

Reuters | Posted 06.04.2014 | Technology

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO, April 4 (Reuters) - The personal data gathering abilities of Google, Facebook and other tech compa...

Happy 25th Birthday, Web! Here's What You've Taught Us

Greg Voakes | Posted 06.04.2014 | Technology
Greg Voakes

Considering the astonishing magnitude with which the web has grown since its birth, it's difficult to imagine how much it has yet to reveal.

Privacy's False Teeth and Promising Business Smile

Mark Weinstein | Posted 05.31.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

As this dynamic continues to unfold, consumers will learn what companies truly offer the privacy and safety they seek. Those companies will have the opportunity to command large adoption and significant growth.

Big Brother is Watching -- Do You Care?

Liz Wainger | Posted 05.05.2014 | Technology
Liz Wainger

We aren't going to put the genie back in the bottle, but as consumers of technology, we need to be informed and understand all the ramifications, positive and negative, of data sharing.