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Internet Privacy

It's the Internet, Stupid

Timothy Karr | Posted 02.03.2016 | Technology
Timothy Karr

I've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that presidential candidates are starting to talk about Internet issues. The bad news is that presidential candidates are starting to talk about Internet issues.

Multi-State Privacy Push Paves the Way for National Reform

Rachel Levinson-Waldman | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Rachel Levinson-Waldman

The proposed laws focus on a range of issues, such as email and other electronic communications, employees' use of social media, cell phone trackers and license plate readers. Should these measures pass, it would send a strong signal to other states and Congress that Americans remain concerned about protecting their privacy.

For Internet Users, 2015 Was a Year of Many Wins... and One Loss

Timothy Karr | Posted 12.28.2015 | Technology
Timothy Karr

We organized online and off, sending millions of comments in support of an open Internet, beating back efforts to build even larger broadband monopolies, and creating new online tools to safeguard the privacy of our online communications. Here are the many highlights... and a few less-than-spectacular moments.

Will Big Data Be Used to Create Ad Zombies or Digital Assistants?

Gary Ebersole | Posted 12.16.2015 | Technology
Gary Ebersole

I usually don't expect deep insights from South Park. The producers of this animated comedy invariably deliver quirky, spot-on observations of modern ...

Is There a Data Vampire Under Your Christmas Tree?

Gary Ebersole | Posted 12.02.2015 | Technology
Gary Ebersole

It was only a matter of time before it happened. A major manufacturer of Wi-Fi-connected "data vampires" has been hacked. VTech, the Hong Kong-based ...

The Internet of Things: Biased, Opaque and Unfair

Gary Ebersole | Posted 11.23.2015 | Technology
Gary Ebersole

We don't believe consumers should blindly accept an opaque Internet of Things that is biased to enrich the technical elite at our expense. That's why I co-founded the Open IoT Foundation with a mission to expose data vampires.

The Cloud Is a Vast Storehouse of Consumer Data Collected by Big Business

Gary Ebersole | Posted 11.16.2015 | Technology
Gary Ebersole

When the Rolling Stones sang the classic lyrics "Hey, you, get off of my cloud", we understood the metaphor. It was a cry from a generation reflecting a growing sense of alienation. The demand was clear--respect my personal space and my world view. In that simpler era, a "cloud" was seen as a safe, private place to inhabit.

Big Business Uses High-Tech Data Vampires to Spy on Consumers

Gary Ebersole | Posted 11.17.2015 | Technology
Gary Ebersole

If we quietly submit to the data vampire-like IoT offerings from big business, we face a future of an all-knowing corporate Big Brother envisioned by George Orwell.

Lamar Smith's Lesson in Congressional Hypocrisy

Alex Formuzis | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Alex Formuzis

You'd be hard-pressed to find a member of Congress more vocal about the threat of identity theft and cyber-attacks than Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. Sm...

Security Is Cyber, Development Is Digital

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 10.14.2015 | Technology
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

E-, virtual, online, and net are gradually disappearing: This is the conclusion reached by the prefix monitoring of ongoing UN-based negotiations on global digital policy (negotiations on the 10-year review of WSIS, the World Summit on the Information Society).

Did You Know That Websites Can Identify You by the Way You Type?

Jeff Fox | Posted 09.15.2015 | Technology
Jeff Fox

Every new technology can be used for good or ill. Such is the case with the newly developing field of behavioral biometrics, a technology that's not the same as the physiological "biometrics" many of us know well. The chart below differentiates the two categories.

How To Remove Your House From Google Street View

The Huffington Post | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 09.04.2015 | Technology

Google Street View can be a lifesaver when you're traveling or moving to a new place. But let's face it: Sometimes things can get a little creepy, lik...

Ashley Madison and the Hypocrisy of Male Internet Privacy Activists

Charles Clymer | Posted 08.28.2015 | Media
Charles Clymer

This is about a vicious sense of entitlement to women's minds and bodies by a large population who wield enormous influence over the primary means of communication among human beings. It's not just about hacking a nude photo or revenge porn or the unceasing stream of harassment women receive online.

Ashley Madison Is The Latest Proof That The Internet Does Not Keep Secrets

The Huffington Post | Alexis Fitts | Posted 08.24.2015 | Technology

    Secrecy is at the core of Ashley Madison's business model.  The dating site, which caters to people looking to cheat on their spou...

Facebook Can’t Prevent Your Posts From Being Used Against You In Court

The Huffington Post | Alexis Fitts | Posted 07.23.2015 | Technology

A New York state appeals court ruling that Facebook can’t challenge search warrants seeking users' private account information wa...

Utah Mom Finds Stolen Facebook Photos Of Her Kids Promoting Porn Sites

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.05.2015 | Crime

A Utah mom was shocked to find photos of her children “all over at least 11 porn sites” after making a startling discovery on social media last we...

America's Combat Towards Government Surveillance

Joshua Ebrahimi | Posted 06.13.2015 | Education
Joshua Ebrahimi

While focusing on liberal arts is definitely important to teach our children, John Oliver's uncovering of Americans ill-informed comprehension of the Internet proves we need to place computer science at the same core level as math, science, history and reading.

Improve Your Internet Privacy In 15 Minutes

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 04.13.2015 | Technology

Being safer online isn't as hard as you might think.

A Ray of Light Shines on Internet Rights

Kathy Brown | Posted 06.08.2015 | Technology
Kathy Brown

The freedom enabled by the Internet to express one's own ideas, one's opinion of another's idea, to advocate or to disassociate with the collective views of other speakers, to associate locally and globally is unprecedented in history. This precious Internet freedom is, however, volatile around the world.

The Privacy Revolt: The Growing Demand for Privacy as a Service

Daniel Burrus | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Daniel Burrus

The privacy revolt is starting, and as more consumers become fed up with unsolicited ads and questionable marketing techniques, they'll turn to tools that help them protect their privacy and ultimately keep you from marketing to them at all. Take steps now to protect your customers -- and your business.

Americans Don't Care Enough About NSA Spying To Protect Themselves

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 03.17.2015 | Technology

Americans are being spied on, but does anyone care?

Sean Penn Issues Chilling Warning On Internet Privacy

HuffPost Live | Posted 03.12.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn sat down with president of HuffPost Studios Roy Sekoff on Wednesday to discuss his new film "The Gunman," the controvers...

Stalked By a Targeted Ad

Jeff Fox | Posted 05.04.2015 | Technology
Jeff Fox

It was as if I had embarked on a road trip and the same blasted roadside billboard had kept appearing no matter which street I drove down. It became a visual reminder of just how widely online advertising networks stealthily monitor our every activity.

In the Internet We Trust: Is There a Need for an Internet Social Contract?

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

Rationally speaking, there is a possibility of reaching a compromise around a new social contract for a trusted Internet. We should be cautiously optimistic, since politics (especially global politics), like trust (and global trust), are not necessarily rational.

Should You Have The Right To Be Forgotten On Google? Nationally, Yes. Globally, No.

Luciano Floridi | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Luciano Floridi

The day after some worldwide delinking starts being implemented, nothing will stop undemocratic and illiberal places from hosting a search engine that provides links to all information anyway. It would be ironic if we were to find information using a search engine based in North Korea because it were more complete than the local ones.