Archive for the 'privacy' Category

Tor and censorship of the Internet

Google and privacy

Mike’s blog

The point is that, regardless of how it eventually manifests itself, the incentives for Google are really skewed here. I would suggest refraining from using Google’s services much (especially with the same Google Account on all services) until they revise their privacy policy and stop storing all this information about you. But here is a situation where we, the ordinary people of the Internet, can actually organize to change the incentives for Google and force them to seriously respect our privacy. Lawrence Lessig, for example, seems to me to be a good force for this sort of organizing.

Just one more point I really need to mention. While the unofficial motto is “don’t be evil”, the official objective of Google is nearly as famous, and much more portentous: “Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”. This sounds really wonderful, and in many ways it is, but it’s not a value-neutral statement. Information is power, so democratizing information is in fact democratizing the world, which is something I generally support. But real democracies inevitably contain some pretty serious inequalities, and combining these inequalities with democratizing too much information can lead to some pretty awful outcomes. A famous example is the idea of the Panopticon, the creepiness of which is dramatized most effectively for me by the one-way TV screens in 1984. If all the world’s information is successfully indexed, but any inequalities exist in access to this information, then the panopticon becomes possible.

Dems to women: shut up and vote

Democrats Carrying Anti-Abortion Banner Put More Congressional Races in Play

Democrats in the bag for ATandT

What’s most striking about the Convention bag — aside, of course, from its stunning design — is how the parties no longer bother even trying to hide who it is who funds and sponsors them.

We’re having a party!

China’s All-Seeing Eye

With the help of U.S. defense contractors, China is building the prototype for a high-tech police state. It is ready for export.

Obama and privacy

What’s wrong with Obama’s

There’s another problem with Fight the Smears — its conception that it can spread the truth “virally.” The site asks you for your friends’ e-mail addresses and even your e-mail password, with which it can access all your contacts1. Your friends will then receive a bland message from you — typical line: “These assertions are completely false and designed to play into the worst kind of stereotypes” — along with a link to Fight the Smears.

Never ever give out your email password. Shame on Obama.

Mercy Abortions

Hot Flash Report

Who are the women who delay into the second and third trimester? There are several characteristics:

1. In general, they are younger.
2. They are less educated.
3. They are more rural, where healthcare is more inaccessible.
4. They tend to be poorer than women who get early abortions.
5. And they have more lifestyle and emotional issues. Oftentimes, the unintended pregnancy is the easiest of their problems to solve.

Now, I’m sure your first concern is Why. Why would a woman wait so long? Here’s a few of the many reasons why women delay getting abortions:

1. Money. Many women don’t have $400 sitting around in a savings account to pay for an early abortion. Delay happens in raising the money, borrowing it, pawning stuff for it, etc.
2. Denial. Many young women especially so want not to be pregnant that they deny their obvious symptoms of pregnancy and attribute them to other causes. They’re missing their period because they’re irregular. They’re gaining wait because they’ve been eating too much. They’ve got the flu. Many young women even hide their pregnancies from their parents with big baggy shirts, fake periods, etc.
3. Fetal anomalies.