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  • Tech addiction & the dark art of persuasive design

    ‘Read Me’ Or Just Tap ‘I Agree’

    There’s a huge group of people at work behind our screens. They’re called behaviour architects, persuasive designers or user-experience specialists and the power they have is massive.

    That urge to keep swiping through your twitter feed? That’s design. The way we all click ‘I Agree’ to the terms and conditions? That’s design. Swiping right or left on Tinder? Well, that’s design too.

    We live in an online world of someone else’s making and most of us never even give it a second thought. And actually, that’s design as well.

  • The LawBytes Podcast, Episode 22: Navigating Intermediary Liability for the Internet – A Conversation with Daphne Keller

    The question of what responsibility should lie with Internet platforms for the content they host that is posted by their users has been the subject of debate around in the world as politicians, regulators, and the broader public seek to navigate policy choices to combat harmful speech that have implications for freedom of expression, online harms, competition, and innovation.

  • How Safe is Your Online Information? A Discussion with Jennifer King

    A recent Supreme Court case, Carpenter v United States, questioned whether the government could get location data from a cell phone company for a criminal case. The Court held that the government needs a warrant to procure cellphone information because, as Justice Roberts said, “the time stamp data that comes from your cell phone site location information provides an intimate window in a person’s life, revealing not only his particular movements but through them his familiar, political, professional, religious, and sexual associations.

  • Will India trade privacy for protection?

    In this episode, The Stream speaks with tech industry experts and policy analysts to explore whether the Indian government’s plan will ensure public safety or set a dangerous precedent.

  • Woody Hartzog: Control is not the privacy solution it's made out to be

    Speaking before the audience at the recent IAPP Data Protection Congress in Brussels, keynoter Woody Hartzog made a challenging assertion: "Control is the wrong goal for privacy by design, perhaps the wrong goal for data protection in general." But isn't control a central tenet of good privacy? It sure is. But it shouldn't be, the author of "Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies" argued. While everyone emphasizes "control" of personal data as core to privacy, too much zeal for control dilutes efforts to design information tech correctly.

  • US academics recommend Australian-style paper ballots at elections

    In the digital age, the fact Australians still vote using paper and pencils might seem a bit quaint, or even out of date.

    But researchers both here and in the US say hand-written ballots are actually helping keep Australian elections secure.

    They're recommending the US go back to paper-voting, though that seems unlikely.

    And despite the evidence against electronic voting, the shift towards it is already underway here.

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