Facebook Privacy Report from The New York Times

As Facebook is upending the journalism industry, the New York Times is continues their campaign of exposing Facebook’s questionable data use. Summary from The Download via the MIT Technology Review https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/612642/facebook-gave-more-than-150-companies-special-access-to-your-data/

Google transferred ownership of Duck.com to DuckDuckGo

This made quite the ruffle today when Google transferred the domain duck.com to the privacy focused search engine DuckDuckGo. Google’s ownership of Duck.com was previously a source of frustration for DuckDuckGo, when it would redirect users to Google’s rival homepage instead of DuckDuckGo. Google kindly tried to clear up this confusion in July by adding […]

What the Marriott Breach Says About Security

Your personal data is already stolen. Here’s what you need to be doing: if you are the type of person who likes to re-use passwords, then you definitely need to be using a password manager freezing your credit files with the major credit bureaus, and regularly ordering free copies of your credit file from annualcreditreport.com […]

How Criminals Steal $37 Billion a Year

It is increasingly difficult to trust someone calling from a phone call you don’t recognize. Not only are scammers calling from numbers that seem to be in your area, but they are also impersonating family members in distress. The dirty little secret about elder exploitation is that almost 60 percent of cases involve a perpetrator who […]

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Yuval Noah Harari on the Talks at Google podcast (and in video form) He’s marketing his new book extremely well and a New York Times interview on the subject garnered attention: It made him sad, he told me, to see people build things that destroy their own societies, but he works every day to maintain […]

The case for slowing everything down a bit

Ezra Klein on increased digital friction: I believe that one reason podcasts have exploded is that they carry so much friction: They’re long and messy, they often take weeks or months to produce, they’re hard to clip and share and skim — and as a result, they’re calmer, more human, more judicious, less crazy-making. Klein […]

Sunday Reading: Thoughts on The Tech Industry’s War on Kids

Reflecting on The Tech Industry’s War on Kids: How psychology is being used as a weapon against children Richard Freed is a child psychologist who focuses on helping families work through “extreme overuse of phones, video games, and social media.” Preteen and teen girls refuse to get off their phones, even though it’s remarkably clear that […]

Tuesday’s Links and Quotes

Today I explored the internet. There was no common thread other than reading stories and articles from various people of interest to me. Just some divergent thinking to spark new ideas and connections. Cosmik Debris from Kneeling Bus “Let little bits of your daily existence dissipate into the air rather than having them vacuumed up by […]