Digital Sparks  // The surveillance edition

A newsletter delivered by TinyLetter. 1. John Oliver goes to Russia. And interviews Edward Snowden. Everyone should watch this video. Everyone. 2. Section 215 of the Patriot Act Expires on June 1. “[We] have little to no evidence that bulk collection of telephone call records under Section 215 has ever stopped a terrorist attack.” 3. American […]

U.S. Army fears

A meme too far: U.S. Army pulls tweet for using the word “chinks”

On Friday, the U.S. Army used the word “chink” to describe  intelligence community vulnerability to terrorist use of social media communication. Twitter exploded with cries of race baiting. The Army deleted the tweet. chink: (1) a small cleft, slit, or fissure <a chink in the fence>; (2) a weak spot that may leave one vulnerable <his lawyers […]

On Trust and Privacy: Why I No Longer Trust Google

Trust. It’s a key factor in any successful relationship, whether that relationship is between two people or a person and an organization. Privacy concerns are ongoing and have been around on the web for a long time. Kee Hinckley wrote about them in 1999. Among privacy advocates, discussions about “do not track” go back at least […]

LinkedIn Joins Facebook In “Personalized” Ad Push; Here’s How To Opt-Out

To some of you, this may be old news. After all, LinkedIn announced the change via a blog post last month. But I learned about it today on GooglePlus. First, there were announced changes in the LinkedIn privacy policy in June. (Missed those, too.) Then last month, under the familiar guise of “deliver[ing] ads that […]