Privacy

This was taken from Product Hunt’s newsletter sent to me on 03.24.17:

Yesterday wasn’t a good day for internet privacy regulation. The Senate voted to make it easier for ISPs like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T to track and share sensitive information about their customers without permission. This puts people at risk of increased identity theft, data breach, and financial fraud. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Here’s what you can do to protect yourself:

Step 1: Use a VPN like TunnelBear or Cloak. VPNs hide your IP address and encrypt your traffic across the web to keep you safe.

Step 2: Use HTTPS everywhere (as opposed to regular HTTP).

Step 3: Use a tool like Micro Snitch to protect your private data from being sent out, and Snoopie, which shows you who’s watching you across the web.

Step 4: Use secure mail clients like Hop Encrypted Email or ProtonMail.

Step 5: Use a password manager, enable two-factor authentication, and share with a friend the Don’t Get Hacked collection.


Patent for Ocular Projection Based on Pupil Position www.freshpatents.com

Oculus VR, LLC owned by Facebook is the one filling for the patent. I talked about the privacy issues of Facebook a while ago. I wasn’t shaming the company but more highlighting how smart Mark is in stacking functions.

Regarding the post above I actually don’t know about the products and systems Product Hunt was recommending. If I did I would break them down in layman terms. This is what the product is, this is what it’s for, this is why it matters, this is how you use it. But I don’t so I can’t. I also see this type of tech illiteracy in privacy becoming a bigger problem in the future. Not just illiteracy of products but civil rights and privacy law. I’m creative and smart but even I struggle to keep up. If you don’t think someones going to collect and monetize your biometric data from your fingerprints, to your eyes and ears and spinal cord you’re already falling behind.

Now I’m not a doom and gloom kind of person I just like keeping a pulse for what’s going on and being realistic about it. Learn it all > know it all. For example that last post on security? That wasn’t actually inspired by my friend oh my gosh! what would I do without my phone! (daylight savings time she’d be fine. give her a few days without light pollution and her circadian rhythm would kick back in). It was inspired by crew member from the past company I used to work with.

On Facebook they had posted something about working while having a fractured rib. Commercial fishing is a different beast in that one) all employees who go fishing on the vessel are contractors and two) anything that happens on the boat while it’s in the water is a Federal offense or liability.

When I first read it I thought, Huh I wonder if he reported it. My second thought was Holy shit If he didn’t but the company had had him sign a contract with a clause about social media and privacy they could neutralize a potential claim. You posted your injury on social media but failed to report it to vessel officers. ..

So how would it work?

Under Federal law your not allowed to access a individuals online account information with a subpoena. But if you wrote in a employee contract that under certain circumstances the company requires said employee to produce and authenticate the contents of their account by using (for example) Facebook’s “Download Your Information” tool, which is accessible through the Settings drop down menu, to satisfy party and non-party discovery requirements without imposing an undue burden relating to said litigation(s) you should be good.
 
The important thing is making sure it’s their account. Civil standard of proof, authenticity, linearity (no date or data tampering).
 


“So talk about that idea of communicating through thought, explain that idea you’re doing with Open Water”

“So Open Water is to make a wearable MRI.”

“So you could theoretically you see peoples thoughts?”

. . .

“So what are the negative implications?”

“Privacy. . . Not talking about the implications and what’s ethically responsible to do.”

Interview taken from recode Too Embarrassed To Ask March 17, 2017 www.recode.net

Jepsen — the co-founder of One Laptop Per Child and a former executive at Google X and Facebook’s Oculus — is now the CEO of a company called Opnwatr, which she says is simultaneously making a “wearable MRI system” and “work[ing] on telepathy.” And those aren’t two separate products.

“If I throw you into an MRI machine right now, I can tell you what words you’re about to say,” Jepsen said on the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, which was recorded in front of a live audience at South by Southwest. “I can tell you what images are in your head. I can tell what music you’re thinking of. I can tell if you’re listening to me or not. That’s possible with an MRI, now.”

Opnwatr’s vision for the future is a wearable device like a ski cap or a shirt that can analyze things ranging from your thoughts to your health. And the possibilities — which Jepsen readily acknowledges could be both empowering and frightening — don’t stop there, she said.

“If you have a thought of how to make a better object, you can just think it and it appears,” Jepsen said of the ski cap idea. “And then you can melt it down and make a new one.”

“Our brains are way, way more complex than any computer we know how to make,” she added. “They’re way more creative. The input’s pretty good, but the output is constrained by our tongues and jaws moving and us typing (that’s my problem given I think exclusively in pictures meaning I have an eidetic memory). If we could communicate at the speed of thought, we can augment our creativity with the low-level stuff that AI and robots and 3-D printers and fab labs and all that do.”

But there are, of course, major privacy implications to new technology like this. Jepsen said the world needs an “international bill of rights” to govern the rights of individuals before products like a wearable MRI cap become commonplace.

“Can the police make you wear it?” she asked. “Can the military make you wear it? Who owns your thoughts? Once you share them, can you delete them? What about filtering? Have you ever thought about something you didn’t want to say out loud? We have to make it so that it only works when we want to think into it.”

Have questions about MRIs or anything else in this episode that we didn’t answer? Or have another tech topic on your mind? You can tweet any questions, comments and complaints to @Recode with the hashtag #TooEmbarrassed. You can also email your questions to TooEmbarrassed@recode.net, if Twitter isn’t your thing.

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