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Why you have the right to obscurity

Author(s): 
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
April 15, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Co-authored with Evan Selinger.

Some people argue that the Digital Age has eviscerated obscurity. They say shifts in the technological and economic landscapes have forever changed society.

Their argument is that a tipping point has occurred; it’s now too late to stop others from collecting, aggregating, and analyzing nearly every aspect of our data trail, and profiting from a steady stream of intrusive privacy invasions.   Read more » about Why you have the right to obscurity

Bait, Mask, and Ruse

Author(s): 
Elizabeth Joh
Publication Date: 
April 10, 2015
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

Deception and enticement have long been tools of the police, but new technologies have enabled investigative deceit to become more powerful and pervasive. Most of the attention given to today’s advances in police technology tends to focus either on online government surveillance1 or on the use of algorithms for predictive policing or threat assessment.2 No less important but less well known, however, are the enhanced capacities of the police to bait, lure, and dissemble in order to investigate crime. What are these new deceptive capabilities, and what is their importance? Read more » about Bait, Mask, and Ruse

Social Media Needs Limitations Not Choices

Author(s): 
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
April 9, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Social Media is always updating to give people more. More features like video and picture sharing. More freedom to use third-party apps. More capacity to store more data and make more connections. More platforms so we can use one service while loading another.

Paradoxically, the future of social media is also about providing less. Sometimes the best social media design will constrain invasive and harmful practices. If we want online social interaction to be safe and sustainable, we should embrace the limitations. Read more » about Social Media Needs Limitations Not Choices

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