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 privacy strategies, post-Snowden. "[T]he public generally believes it is acceptable for the government to monitor many others, including foreign citizens, foreign leaders, and American leaders." 4. Living in Surveillance Societies: the normalisation of surveillance in Europe and the threat of a bad example. "[W]hat does it mean to live in surveillance societies and what economic, political and socialrelations are produced?" :: Credits: 1. YouTube   2. EFF   3. Pew Research   4. Academia.edu   Photo: moi :: Subscribe to Digital Sparks // Check out the archives :: Follow me on Twitter @kegill :: Follow me on…continue reading →
A meme too far: U.S. Army pulls tweet for using the word “chinks”

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 found a chink in the law>; (3) a narrow beam of light shining through a chink First Known Use: 1535 When I saw the latest social media tempest, I first thought that the Army had used the word "chink" in a tweet that referred to Asian-American soldiers. I would never have dreamed that the tweet referred to issues around social media. .@USArmy uses racist term for Asians in headline! #inexcusable I'm waiting for an apology. @bjones @ArmyTimesTony pic.twitter.com/ArqsHUbrwJ — Chanin Nuntavong (@authoriTHAI) January 29, 2015 Let me clear: using chink as a pejorative for people of Asian heritage is wrong. But…continue reading →

Facebook Privacy Vote Deadline Is Monday

At noon Pacific on Monday December 10, Facebook will close the voting on its proposed changes in the terms of service. Among the changes on the block: the need to consult the customer base before making changes in its privacy policy. I'm urging you to vote and to vote to retain the current documents. Warning: you'll need to use Safari or MSIE - the app does not work in Firefox, Chrome or mobile browsers. …continue reading →