What Could Net Neutrality’s End Mean For You?

What Could Net Neutrality’s End Mean For You?On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal its net neutrality rules, which critics say could make the internet more expensive and less accessible for Americans.

How To Break Our Bad Online Security Habits

How To Break Our Bad Online Security HabitsThe number of cyber attacks is estimated to have risen by 67% over the last five years, with the majority of these data breaches being traced back to human error.

How Nonverbal Communication Influences The Justice System

How Nonverbal Communication Influences The Justice System

Pauses in answers, body movements, elusive or angry looks, confusion, anxiety — the facial expressions and gestures made by witnesses matter in court. Conclusions about the credibility of witnesses can hang on their nonverbal behaviour.

Understanding The Real Costs Of Cheap Surveillance

Understanding The Real Costs Of Cheap Surveillance

Surveillance used to be expensive. Even just a few years ago, tailing a person’s movements around the clock required rotating shifts of personnel devoted full-time to the task. Not any more, though.

Should Veganism Receive The Same Legal Protection As A Religion?

Should Veganism Receive The Same Legal Protection As A Religion?

Veganism is on the rise globally – but it can be contentious. Only recently, the editor of a food magazine joked that vegans should be force-fed meat while a bank employee told a vegan customer that they should be punched after he objected to some vegan graffiti near his home.

Do We Really Own Our Digital Possessions?

Do We Really Own Our Digital Possessions?

Microsoft has announced that it will close the books category of its digital store. While other software and apps will still be available via the virtual shop front, and on purchasers’ consoles and devices, 

Why Your Phone Won't Quit Ringing

Why Your Phone Won't Quit Ringing
Advanced automatic dialing systems make it easier and cheaper for small operations to generate huge numbers of calls.

Here's How To Protect Yourself From The Inevitable Data Breaches

Here's How To Protect Yourself From The Inevitable Data Breaches It’s tempting to give up on data security altogether, with all the billions of pieces of personal data – Social Security numbers, credit cards, home addresses, phone numbers, passwords and much more – breached and stolen in recent years.

Why Children Deserve Leniency In Law

why children deserve leniency in lawShould being under 18 give youth a discount on the price to pay for their crimes? As a matter of conscience, it should – even kids such as Cunningham deserve a break. In fact, in every mature legal system, age matters

Your Smartphone Apps Are Tracking Your Every Move

Your Smartphone Apps Are Tracking Your Every MoveIf you have a smartphone, it probably is a significant part of your life, storing appointments and destinations as well as being central to your communications with friends, loved ones and co-workers.

Why Are Some Americans Changing Their Names?

Why Are Some Americans Changing Their Names?
In 2008, Newsweek published an article on then-presidential candidate Barack Obama titled “From Barry to Barack.” The story explained how Obama’s Kenyan father, Barack Obama Sr., chose Barry as a nickname for himself in 1959 in order “to fit in.” But the younger Barack – who had been called Barry since he was a child – chose to revert to his given name, Barack, in 1980 as a college student coming to terms with his identity.

Why Life Insurance Companies Want Your Fitbit Data

Why Life Insurance Companies Want Your Fitbit Data

I recently predicted that health data from electronic sources could soon be compiled into a health or wellness report and shared with insurance companies to help them determine who they’ll cover.

How Passports Evolved To Help Governments Regulate Your Movement

How Passports Evolved To Help Governments Regulate Your MovementThe Trump administration is denying passports to U.S. citizens who live in Texas near the U.S.-Mexico border, according to news reports.

The administration is accusing applicants of having inadequate documentation of their birth on U.S. soil, and refusing to issue them passports on that basis.

The Voice That Inspired The Civil Rights Movement

The Voice That Inspired The Civil Rights MovementIt is no coincidence that two of Aretha Franklin’s celebrated contemporaries who travelled to Detroit to see the singer in the last stages of her illness were Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson. It is hard to overestimate Franklin’s importance to both music and the civil rights movement – and the presence of one of music’s greatest figures alongside Martin Luther King Jr’s right-hand man at her bedside in the final days of her life is a fitting tribute to one of the true greats of Black American culture.

Why Do People Fall Prey To Scams?

Why Are There So Many Suckers?

If you have a mailbox, you probably get junk mail. If you have an email account, you probably get spam. If you have a phone, you probably get robocalls.

How Your Tweets Could Be Used As Evidence Against You

How Your Tweets Could Be Used As Evidence Against YouAs we increasingly use social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp to communicate with each other, many of us are unaware of the ways in which our posts might later resurface – and get us into trouble with the law.

Understanding Asylum Seekers Forced To Migrate From Central America

Understanding Asylum Seekers Forced To Migrate From Central AmericaSince President Donald Trump ordered border officials to criminally prosecute all people caught trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in May, approximately 2,000 children of Central American migrants have been forcibly separated from their parents.

How Your Genome May Have Already Been Hacked

How Your Genome May Have Already Been HackedCalifornia law enforcement announced the possible capture of a long-sought serial killer. Shortly after, it was reported that police had used public DNA databases to determine his identity.

4 Ways Your Google Searches And Social Media Affect Your Opportunities In Life

4 Ways Your Google Searches And Social Media Affect Your Opportunities In Life
Whether or not you realise or consent to it, big data can affect you and how you live your life. The data we create when using social media, browsing the internet and wearing fitness trackers are all collected, categorised and used by businesses and the state to create profiles of us.

What Is Doxxing, And Why Is It So Scary?

What Is Doxxing, And Why Is It So Scary?
“Doxxing” is an old internet term that comes from the idea of collecting the documents, or “docs,” on a person. The effort to discover and reveal personal information, of course, long predates the internet. It’s worrying, and potentially dangerous, when someone peels back the curtain of another’s identity.

Why We Trust Our Privacy To Some Apps But Not Others

Why We Trust Our Privacy To Some Apps But Not Others
As concerns about privacy increase for people using mobile apps, new research suggests that trust and engagement may hinge on perceptions about how the app uses personal data and whether it seeks user input before delivering services.

Why The Internet Is Not Designed For People

Why The Internet Is Not Designed For People
As a scholar of the social and political implications of technology, I would argue the internet is designed to be hostile to the people who use it. I call it a “hostile information architecture.”

How To Stop Hemorrhaging Data On Facebook

How To Stop Leaking Data On Facebook
Every time you open an app, click a link, like a post, read an article, hover over an ad, or connect to someone, you are generating data.

What Friends Of Our Friends Reveal About Us Online

What Friends Of Our Friends Reveal About Us OnlineAt a time when social network privacy is in the news, new research shows there are more ways than previously realized to reveal certain traits we might be trying to conceal.

You Don't Have To Quit Facebook, But Don't Trust It, Either

You Don't Have To Quit Facebook, But Don't Trust It, EitherIs it time to give up on social media? Many people are thinking about that in the wake of revelations regarding Cambridge Analytica’s questionable use of personal data from over 50 million Facebook users to support the Trump campaign.

How Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook Targeting Model Really Worked

How Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook Targeting Model Really Worked

The researcher whose work is at the center of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data analysis and political advertising uproar has revealed that his method worked much like the one Netflix uses to recommend movies.

How Can Differential Privacy Protect Your Data?

It’s no secret that big tech companies like Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon are increasingly infiltrating our personal and social interactions to collect vast amounts of data on us every day.

Encrypted Smartphones Secure Your Identity, Not Just Your Data

Encrypted Smartphones Secure Your Identity, Not Just Your Data
Smartphones store your email, your photos and your calendar. They provide access to online social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, and even your bank and credit card accounts. And they’re keys to something even more private and precious – your digital identity.

60% Of Black Women Killed By Police Were Unarmed

60% Of Black Women Killed By Police Were UnarmedBlack people, especially women, are more likely to have been unarmed when killed by police than non-blacks, according to a new study of nationwide data.

How Secure Is Your Data When It's Stored In The Cloud?

cloud privacy 2 2As cloud storage becomes more common, data security is an increasing concern. Companies and schools have been increasing their use of services like Google Drive for some time, and lots of individual users also store files on Dropbox, Box, Amazon Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and the like.

How Technology Is Changing What Young People Share Online

How Technology Is Changing What Young People Share OnlineThe revelation that New Zealand children as young as six or seven are posting sexually explicit images of themselves online may come as a shock to many, especially parents. The reality is that for many teenagers today, engaging with explicit material is not uncommon.

How Some Websites Watch Your Every Move And Ignore Privacy Settings

How Some Websites Watch Your Every Move And Ignore Privacy SettingsHundreds of the world’s top websites routinely track a user’s every keystroke, mouse movement and input into a web form – even before it’s submitted or later abandoned, according to the results of a study from researchers at Princeton University.

What Should Human Rights In The Future Look Like?

What Should Human Rights In The Future Look Like?Since the mid-20th century many have grown used to the idea of having human rights and how these can be used when those people feel they are being threatened. 

How The Government Can Steal Your Stuff

How The Government Can Steal Your StuffShould someone wearing a badge have the power to relieve a suspected drug dealer of his Maserati on the spot without giving him an opportunity to flee or liquidate and launder his assets? Known as civil asset forfeiture, this practice might sound like a wise policy.

How DACA Affected The Mental Health Of Undocumented Young Adults

How DACA Affected The Mental Health Of Undocumented Young AdultsWith President Donald Trump’s reversal of an Obama-era executive order known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Leticia’s worst fears seem to be coming true. 

Why In The Future It Should Be Consumers That Go On Strike

Why In The Future It Should Be Consumers That Go On StrikeI belong to a generation that has been told there is no other choice other than to be flexible in the labour market. For many of us, the idea of a long-term employment contract in a company where there is the possibility to progress belongs to another time.

Why Is It So Hard To Improve American Policing?

Why Is It So Hard To Improve American Policing?The use of lethal force by police officers in Minnesota and Baton Rouge has once again sparked protests over the violent dynamic between citizens and the police

What You Need To Know About Credit Card Fraud

What You Need To Know About Credit Card FraudIf you are the owner of a credit or a debit card, there is a non-negligible chance that you may be subject to fraud, like millions of other people around the world.

7 In 10 Smartphone Apps Share Your Data With Third-party Services

7 In 10 Smartphone Apps Share Your Data With Third-party ServicesOur mobile phones can reveal a lot about ourselves: where we live and work; who our family, friends and acquaintances are; how (and even what) we communicate with them; and our personal habits.

What Are The Orwellian Dystopias Of The 21st Century?

07 08 dystopiaFictional metaphors matter, and in the battle to safeguard our civil liberties few metaphors matter more than George Orwell’s 1984. Although first published almost 70 years ago, the lasting salience of this most archetypal dystopia is undeniable.

Why We Welcome Poetic Justice And Despair At Poetic Injustice

Why We Welcome Poetic Justice And Despair At Poetic InjusticeRecently it was reported that a hunter who had shot an elephant was crushed when it fell over dead on top of him. A friend emailed the story to me with one word in the subject line: “Justice!”

Body Cameras Show Police Are Politer To White Drivers

Body Cameras Show Police Are Politer To White DriversPolice officers consistently use less respectful language with black community members than with white community members, the first systematic analysis of body camera footage shows.

Why What You Post Online Can Wreck Your Life

Why What You Post Online Can Wreck Your LifeHarvard recently rescinded admission offers for some incoming freshmen who participated in a private Facebook group sharing offensive memes.

Why FBI Directors Are Forbidden From Getting Cozy With Presidents

Why FBI Directors Are Forbidden From Getting Cozy With PresidentsHow are U.S. presidents and FBI directors supposed to communicate? A new FBI director has recently been nominated, former Assistant Attorney General Christopher Wray. He will certainly be thinking carefully about this question as he awaits confirmation.

How On The Internet, You Are Always The Product

Anyone who spends much time online knows the saying: “If you’re not paying, you’re the product”. That’s not exactly correctAnyone who spends much time online knows the saying: “If you’re not paying, you’re the product”. That’s not exactly correct. The Conversation

How The Internet Knows If You're Happy Or Sad

happy or sad 5 28Think about what you shared with your friends on Facebook today. Was it feelings of “stress” or “failure”, or perhaps “joy”, “love” or “excitement”?

The Left-Right Challenge to the Failed War on Drugs

The Left-Right Challenge to the Failed War on DrugsMore and more conservatives and liberals, from the halls of Congress to people in communities across the country, are agreeing that the so-called “war on drugs” needs serious rethinking.

Why Banning Laptops From Airplane Cabins Doesn't Make Sense

Why Banning Laptops From Airplane Cabins Doesn't Make SenseRecent reports suggest that terrorists can now create bombs so thin that they cannot be detected by the current X-ray screening that our carry-on bags undergo.

How To Protect Yourself From Ransomware

How To Protect Yourself From Ransomware What would it mean if you lost all of your personal documents, such as your family photos, research or business records?

How The US Immigration Court System Is Broken?

How The US Immigration Court System Is Broken?In the U.S. today, a single immigration case takes an average of 677 days simply to get to the initial scheduling hearing.

Crimes and Punishments That Fit The Crime?

Crimes and Punishments That Fit The Crime?The remarkable feature of this judicial sentence was how it clashed conceptually with the customary default question that suffuses our judicial system as a whole

Private Prisons, Explained

Private Prisons, ExplainedThe year 2016 was a wild one for the private prison industry. The Conversation

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