CBS in Denver reports: A drone crashed into a Brighton man’s backyard and now the homeowner wants answers. George Ray said the drone had a GoPro camera mounted on it and was videotaping over his property located off Interstate 76 near 136th Ave. early this morning. Ray said he heard a strange sound outside his [...]
Richard Clayton writes: Long time readers will recall that last year ICANN published the draft report of our study into the abuse of privacy and proxy services when registering domain names. At WEIS 2014 I will present our academic paper summarising what we have found — and the summary (as the slides for the talk indicate) is very straightforward: when criminals register domain names [...]
Leo Kelion reports: The maker of a drone that fires pepper spray bullets says it has received its first order for the machine. South Africa-based Desert Wolf told the BBC it had secured the sale of 25 units to a mining company after showing off the tech at a trade show. It is marketing the device as [...]
How could I resist posting an item the title, The paranoid computer user’s guide to privacy, security and encryption? I’m not presenting it as an endorsement of any content or recommendations, but for your consideration. The guide to safer computing was prepared by the staff of the Globe and Mail in Canada.
A really thought-provoking post by Arvind Narayan on Freedom to Tinker begins: As a computer scientist who studies Privacy-Enhancing Technologies, I remember my surprise when I first learned that some groups of people view and use them very differently than I’m used to. In computer science, PETs are used for protecting anonymity or confidentiality, often via [...]
The Internet Governance Project (IGP) writes: ICANN’s Expert Working Group (EWG) on Whois and privacy, which published its final report today, has unfortunately continued a long tradition of failing to find consensus between privacy advocates and business interests. The business interests see coerced publication of domain name registration data as an invaluable aid to brand protection and law enforcement, [...]
Via Public Citizen: Chris Jay Hoofnagle and Jennifer M. Urban, both of Berkeley, have written Alan Westin’s Privacy Homo Economicus, 49 Wake Forest Law Review 261 (2014). Here’s the abstract: Homo economicus reliably makes an appearance in regulatory debates concerning information privacy. Under the still-dominant U.S. “notice and choice” approach to consumer information privacy, the rational [...]