Less than an hour ago, 11:20 am Pacific, @resistbot asked me (via SMS) if I was registered to vote.* I do not usually interact with it, but this time, I replied "yes." That seemed innocuous. I thought the group might be looking for data about percentage of users who are registered. But no. They wanted ALL of my personally identifiable information: real first and last name, date of birth, mailing address. https://twitter.com/kegill/status/1047556806380142593 No where do they tell you anything about how they will use or manage your DOB. That's the kicker: date of birth. Yes, they need an address to put on a letter to Congress. And yes you have to have a lot of trust about how they treat that info. But DOB moves their data-gathering into a whole new realm. Remember when we were up in arms last year when Kansas politician Kris Kobach asked all 50 states…continue reading →
LIU econ professor Panos Mourdoukoutas thinks Amazon should replace public libraries to save taxpayers money. He's wrong, and his essay is poorly reasoned and an embarrassment to economists everywhere.
Milk Street Magazine billing system design suggests that the primary persona was the magazine billing department, not the subscriber.