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BCP: Thursday, 26 June Edition

It’s that time again — time for me to clear my bookmarks out. So, forthwith, an odd collection of quotes and stories. Yes, it’s shameless aggregation. Get over it. An alternate to the “I have nothing to hide” nonsense many people spout off about in relation to privacy is the “our loss of privacy [...] [...]

The End of the Free Internet

Today marks the beginning of the end for the Internet as we know it. Over the next generation, the Internet as we know it will be replaced by a new Internet. In case you missed the announcement: To support and enhance the multistakeholder model of Internet policymaking and governance, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and [...] [...]

You Still Think it’s About the Data?

Funneling a steady stream of diversions straight to your pocket, smartphones are often cast as the ultimate distractors. But a University of Michigan engineering professor sees potential for them to be something quite the opposite. What if they could act as mentors in mindfulness, helping users stay attentive in order to achieve particular goals? … [...] [...]

Around the Web

Israel this week became the latest democracy to join the not-so-exclusive club of friendly countries on which the United States spies. But unlike the other members of the club — including Britain, France and Germany — Israel has a spy sitting in an American prison for 28 years because it violated the hallowed principle that [...] [...]

Liberal Agression in the Culture War

Both companies suing the government under Obamacare have no objection to providing insurance plans that cover the cost of birth control pills and other forms of contraception. What both the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties object to is paying for abortifacients — drugs that terminate a pregnancy rather than prevent one. (Hobby Lobby also [...] [...]

If Something is Free…

I guess very few people really work for free. We all do for the family, charity or clubs but basically when we work for a company, we get paid – at least I do. If you look at it from a company perspective, they need to get the revenue to pay the salaries, right? So [...] [...]

Privacy and the Threat to the Self

To get a sense of what I mean, imagine that I could telepathically read all your conscious and unconscious thoughts and feelings — I could know about them in as much detail as you know about them yourself — and further, that you could not, in any way, control my access. You don’t, in other [...] [...]

Invading Our Privacy for What?

The entire debate, or “discussion,” for what discussion there has actually been, around the NSA’s vast information collection program used to snork up every bit of email, phone record, tweet, and social media post on every person in the United States has been justified by saying, “but we’re doing this to stop terrorism!” In other [...] [...]

It’s not the Data

A lot of people think the NSA’s Prism project, snorking up tons of information “just in case we need it,” isn’t really that big of a deal. After all, “who can analyze all that data, and make sense of it, or bring it down to my level?” Or, “who really reads all this stuff?” But if [...] [...]