Spying on Students: School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Students and their families are backed into a corner. As students across the United States are handed school-issued laptops and signed up for educational cloud services, the way the educational system treats the privacy of students is undergoing profound changes—often without their parents’ notice or consent, and usually without a real choice to … Lees verder

Onderzoek: ‘Simple Demographics Often Identify People Uniquely’

1. Abstract In this document, I report on experiments I conducted using 1990 U.S. Census summary data to determine how many individuals within geographically situated populations had combinations of demographic values that occurred infrequently. It was found that combinations of few characteristics often combine in populations to uniquely or nearly uniquely identify some individuals. Clearly, … Lees verder

Aan Googles liefde voor onderwijs zit iets dubbels – creëert Google klanten voor het leven?

  Grote techbedrijven hebben hun oog laten vallen op het onderwijs. Met Google voorop. 70 procent van de basisscholen in Nederland werkt met laptops en software van het bedrijf. ‘Dit is geen liefdadigheid van Google. Zo creëer je klanten voor het leven.’ Met grote ogen staart Justin naar de laptop voor hem. De 8-jarige scholier – blonde … Lees verder

Drie Amsterdammers uit de DDR over opgroeien aan de oostkant

  Zaterdag precies 30 jaar geleden gebeurde wat niemand voor mogelijk hield: de Berlijnse Muur viel. Amsterdammers uit de DDR over opgroeien aan de oostkant. ‘Mijn moeder heeft de Stasi-dossiers achteraf niet ingezien. Ze wilde niet weten wie ons had bespioneerd.’ Ursula van Vlerken-Rothenburger (1952) is geboren in Thüringen. Ze was wijnboer in de DDR … Lees verder

We must stop smiling our way towards a surveillance state

  Allowing facial recognition technology to spread without understanding its impact could have serious consequences. In the last few years facial recognition has been gradually introduced across a range of different technologies. Some of these are relatively modest and useful; thanks to facial recognition software you can open you smartphone just by looking at it, … Lees verder

Database leaks data on most of Ecuador’s citizens, including 6.7 million children

  Elasticsearch server leaks personal data on Ecuador’s citizens, their family trees, and children, but also some users’ financial records and car registration information. The personal records of most of Ecuador’s population, including children, has been left exposed online due to a misconfigured database, ZDNet has learned. The database, an Elasticsearch server, was discovered two weeks ago … Lees verder

An AI app that “undressed” women shows how deepfakes harm the most vulnerable

  DeepNude has now been taken offline, but it won’t be the last time such technology is used to target vulnerable populations. The attention around deepfakes and synthetic media has grown in recent months. But while the conversation has primarily focused on its potential impact on politics, several experts in human rights and tech ethics have warned that another … Lees verder

I Got Access to My Secret Consumer Score. Now You Can Get Yours, Too.

  Little-known companies are amassing your data — like food orders and Airbnb messages — and selling the analysis to clients. Here’s how to get a copy of what they have on you. As consumers, we all have “secret scores”: hidden ratings that determine how long each of us waits on hold when calling a … Lees verder

De grote dataroof

  Harvard-hoogleraar Shoshana Zuboff luidt de noodklok: ze schreef een monumentaal boek over hoe de grootste techbedrijven met onze data omgaan, ‘The Age of Surveillance Capitalism’. Hoe krijgen we de zeggenschap terug over onze data? Ze vertelt het in de uitzending ‘De grote dataroof’. Harvard-professor Shoshana Zuboff schreef een monumentaal boek over de nieuwe economische … Lees verder

Privacy is a collective concern

  When we tell companies about ourselves, we give away details about others, too. People often give a personal explanation of whether they protect the privacy of their data. Those who don’t care much about privacy might say that they have nothing to hide. Those who do worry about it might say that keeping their … Lees verder