Harold T. Martin, an NSA contractor, was turned into NSA by Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab. He had stolen many terabytes of data and brought it home. A few months later the USA issued warnings against the company and called them a threat to the country. It is all very mysterious and confounding. That said, I am boggled by two things — how the hell is NSA so leaky. And some of the folks involved aren’t very smart about the basics of Social Internet presence. Kim Zetter’s exclusive is worth a read.
“The challenges to our privacy do not come from government alone. Corporations of all shapes and sizes track what you buy, store and analyze our data, and use it for commercial purposes; that’s how those targeted ads pop up on your computer or smartphone.” President Obama, January 2014 That comment is directed squarely at Google, … Continue reading Google, Facebook, NSA, & Privacy
How Technology killed the future. [Douglas Rushkoff] Can the global Internet survive realism about surveillance. [Matthew Yglesias] Is search changing? [Mark Cuban] Beats can’t save the music industry, but this new business model could. [Tyler Hayes] Move to Dubuque, not San Francisco. [Jim Russell] Why new features usually flop. [Des Traynor] Writing is thinking. [Sally … Continue reading What I am reading today
It has been a few days since I had a chance to sit and read the web — blame it on the slower 3G and WiFi speeds one tends to encounter when traveling. Nevertheless, here are some that are worth reading today. Oakland As are money balling again. [Fangraphs] 8 steps for engineering leaders to … Continue reading What I am reading today