Privacy

Secret Service Wants Sarcasm Detection. That’ll Work Out.

Posted In Looking in Tech
Secret Srevice
The Secret Service is in the market for software capable of detecting sarcastic language online, according to the Washington Post. In a note posted on FBO.gov, the agency indicated that it wants a software tool that can perform real-time stream analysis, sentiment and trend analysis, audience and geographic segmentation, access to historical Twitter data and “ability to detect sarcasm and false positives,” among other attributes. Click here to see jobs involving sentiment analysis. “Our objective is to automate our social-media… continue…

Do You Want Google to Forget You?

Posted In Living in Tech
Erased Blackboard
On the Internet, the truism goes, content lingers forever. But now Google—under pressure from the Court of Justice of the European Union—will give anyone living in the EU the opportunity to delete the search-engine results leading to that content. Thanks to the Court’s recent ruling, EU citizens can ask Google to remove results on the grounds of the associated links being “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed.” Click… continue…

When a Data Breach Takes Your Job

Posted In Looking in Tech
Account Login
Almost six months after a hacker collective breached Target’s cyberdefenses and made off with millions of customers’ personal data, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel has chosen to resign, effective immediately. Target’s lengthy official statement on the matter is full of those standard-issue statements that usually accompany an executive departure (“The board is deeply grateful to Gregg for his significant contributions and outstanding service,” and so on), except for the one portion that hints at Steinhafel assuming responsibility for the attack: “Most… continue…

Digital Shadow Reveals What Facebook Knows About You

Posted In Living in Tech
Digital Shadow
Ever wondered how much of your personal data a company could mine in a couple seconds, from one source? Head on over to Digital Shadow (“You are not an individual,” the homepage boasts. “You are a data cluster”), a website built to promote the new video game Watch Dogs, and—if you’re feeling adventurous on this fine Friday—click the big blue button that allows you to log in with Facebook. The website will proceed to scrape everything from your Facebook friends… continue…

Twitter Stopped Encryption Project: Report

Posted In Cloud
According to The Verge, Twitter halted a project that would have cloaked direct messages and other non-public communications. continue…

Snowden Appears at TED Via Robot

The government whistleblower seems determined to keep a public profile despite his asylum in Russia. continue…

‘Net Should Brace for More Giant DDoS Attacks

Posted In DataCenter
Fourteen Internet protocols could be used for large-scale DDOS attacks; six could be used as amplifiers pushing attacks orders of magnitude beyond the norm. continue…

Sir Tim Berners-Lee: World Wide Web Needs a ‘Bill of Rights’

Posted In Cloud
He insists that the World Wide Web remain a “neutral” medium, one in which users push back against government surveillance. continue…

SXSW: Snowden Touts Encryption, Swipes at NSA

During a video conference with a South by Southwest audience, Snowden opined on many topics. continue…

Hackers Infiltrate Accounts of Mt.Gox CEO

A note on Mark Karpeles’ hijacked blog alleges fraud against the Bitcoin community. continue…