Tag Archives: culture

Data Collection, Personal Responsibility and the Law

In a recent article in the Huffington Post, John Whitehead asks this question: What would happen if the most powerful technology company in the world and the largest clandestine spying agency in the world joined forces? Similarly, a recent article … Continue reading

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For the Ultimate in Bitcoin Security – Use Paper

You can’t make up this stuff. From an Ars Technica article: Carlson continues to store bitcoins both on hosted platforms like Coinbase and Blockchain.info. He also keeps bitcoins on his own hardware and uses paper wallets stored in a bank … Continue reading

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Privacy, Poverty and Perspective

The largest encampment of homeless people in the United States is in the Silicon Valley.  Given the level of homeless in the area, perhaps that shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. The proximity of that homeless camp to Sand … Continue reading

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We Need a Code of Ethics for Data Professionals

This isn’t one: Don’t be evil. We believe strongly that in the long-term, we will be better served-as shareholders and in all other ways-by a company that does good things for the world even if we forgo some short-term gains. … Continue reading

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Search Engine Autocomplete Defamation is a Thing

As it is a holiday week here, I want to keep it light.  Stumbling across this makes that so very easy.  You can’t make this stuff up. Google was sued for defamation, based on autocomplete search term suggestions.  Apparently the words … Continue reading

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The 3D Gun Printing Example – Maybe There are Some People You Don’t Want on Your Side

This is not a hit job on Cody Wilson, tempting though it might be to write one. Here’s the thing – if I shared his world view, however you might define it, I wouldn’t want him on my side.  For … Continue reading

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Things We Can Learn about Big Data and the Law from the 3D Gun Printing Story

This is the first of a three-part series.   Today we consider what the 3D gun printing story can teach us about the Law of Unintended Consequences. The law of unintended consequences is my favorite law.  Why?  Because it reminds us … Continue reading

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Two Examples of Cultural Impediments to Data Privacy and Security

Example 1 Last week an article in the Huffington Post described how 420,000 computers were hacked in the process of creating a GIF-based map of the internet.  There seems to be some debate about whether what occurred was really hacking.  … Continue reading

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