1. Data Concentration In Platforms – A Modest Proposal

    December 13, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    John Batelle writes about data and compute concentration in the tech sector:

    If anything should be defined as a public good — “a commodity or service provided without profit to all members of a society” — it should be the ability to study and understand society toward a goal of improving everyone ...

  2. FastMail Sieve Extensions and Advent Calendar

    December 13, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I always enjoy the annual FastMail advent calendar blog posts. This week the published an article detailing some of the ways that sieve extensions are exposed to FastMail users.

    Follow along for the rest of the holiday season. You might find out about features you're missing out on.

  3. 1Password X

    November 17, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Pretty impressive work coming out of AgileBits. 1Password X isn't for me, because I like the current arrangement of a desktop application integrating with the browser. I don't think I'm ready for direct browser to service password management even from one of the companies I trust the ...

  4. 1Blocker Settings for Rune Scripts

    November 16, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    If you're not using 1Blocker, I can highly recommend it. I use it on iOS and my Mac. While it only works with Safari, it's a pretty good shield against website poo. The latest update adds defense against bitcoin mining scripts.

    I use it for more than just ...

  5. Equifax Security Breach Leaks Personal Info of 143 Million US Consumers

    September 07, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Equifax has ruined us all. It's not just that it's 143 MILLION accounts it's the nature of what Equifax holds. Because they trade in financial identity data, it's an obvious target. I think we are approaching a point where credit and identity management needs to fundamentally ...

  6. Google Will Stop Reading Your Emails for Gmail Ads [Link]

    June 28, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    From Bloomberg

    Ads will continue to appear inside the free version of Gmail, as promoted messages. But instead of scanning a user’s email, the ads will now be targeted with other personal information Google already pulls from sources such as search and YouTube. Ads based on scanned email messages ...

  7. Facebook's Observations on Information Operations and the 2016 US Election

    May 10, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Linked from Schneier.com. The PDF is well worth downloading and reading.

    There is some public discussion of false amplifiers being solely driven by “social bots,” which suggests automation. In the case of Facebook, we have observed that most false amplification in the context of information operations is not driven ...

  8. The Intel Hijacking Flaw [Link]

    May 08, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    This Ars Technica seems very dire. It's a huge breach of trust for Intel hardware.

  9. VPNs and Data Collection in the Age of Surveillance

    May 02, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Chris Duckett ZDNet article (A VPN will not save you from government surveillance) is informative, if a little hyperbolic:

    Under the laws that force telcos to store customers' call records, location information, IP addresses, billing information, and other data for two years, there is a small caveat for journalists that ...

  10. Data Privacy and Machine Learning [Link]

    April 18, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    From this extremely well written article by John Foreman article1:

    First, humans are bad at discerning the value of their data. Personal data just appears out of nowhere, exhaust out of life’s tailpipe, so why not trade it for something small? I’m personally willing to hand over ...