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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

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

Yahoo! End-to-End email preview promises greater protection for journalists

Author(s): 
Tom Lowenthal
Publication Date: 
March 30, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Good news for journalists wanting added protection from surveillance. Yahoo! hasannounced a technical preview of its email security tool End-to-End, which it has been developing in collaboration with Google. This is another milestone in the tech companies' efforts to protect users not just from outsiders, but also from the companies themselves.

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