Technology’s Impact This Week: August 26th 2017


This is the first of a possibly more regular commentary on the impact that information technology is having on society, based on recent developments. This post is based on items posted in my Twitter feed: @impactofinfo  Comments on its value and on how it might be improved are welcome to pdcarr@uwaterloo.ca This week a book …

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Information Technology and Privacy – 2014 Update


Since this blog began in 2011, Online Privacy and the issues associated with it have continued to evolve at a rapid pace. This post reports on issues that have emerged in the past year and the responses to them Jack Vale, an online prankster produced an amusing video that highlights the nature of the risks …

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Interview with Rainey Reitman, Activism Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation


I spoke with Rainey Reitman about the internet and privacy. We discussed the current privacy situation, Google's privacy changes and privacy legislation currently being discussed in many countries. We also covered Wikileaks and Rainey gave advice on what people can do if they are concerned about internet privacy. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP-_GRBiEG0 Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSrIlmWuTsw Part 3: …

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Week 6: Information Technology and Privacy


Surveillance and information gathering has reached worrying magnitudes for many in the internet enabled world. This week we will consider the following questions about information technology and privacy: 1. What is privacy today? 2. What is the current internet privacy position? 3. What are the internet risks to privacy? 4. What impact does social media have …

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