August 30, 2017
There's no stopping tech giants' surveillance for profit
Security experts insist that only government regulation can rein in the unfettered collection and commercialization of our private information by a handful of data monopolies. While European regulators will soon require more transparency and the informed consent of consumers, people in the U.S. continue to put more faith in private corporations than they put in their own government.
How to deter 'fingerprint' trackers from identifying your computers and devices, August 23, 2017
New techniques for keeping a close watch on your internet activities require a bit more diligence than sweeping out and blocking web tracking cookies. Several free tools are available to take a big bite out of the collection of your private information by services, ad networks, and the government.
That was the week that was, 2017 revival, August 16, 2017
We've been here before, and not so long ago -- August of 1939, to be exact. This is our time to quash tyranny and restore democracy, to say "no" to hate and "yes" to love, to chase Nazis and white supremacists back into the disease-infested holes they so recently crawled out of -- including a despicable "so-called President."
Find the internet security level that's right for your needs, August 9, 2016
Make sure the security features built into your PC or device are enabled and up-to-date; use passwords that are long and memorable; enable two-factor authentication for access to accounts containing private data; and encrypt a little or a lot, depending on how much protection your data needs.
Internet Media 101: The bigger the lie, the greater the profit, August 3, 2017
Internet news substitutes 'affective engagement' for traditional editorial and reportorial principles of newsworthiness, accuracy, and completeness. The algorithms used by Facebook and other news feeds are reprogramming our brains based on their comprehensive -- and growing -- record of our activities.
Cyber-crimestoppers: How individuals and companies help nab internet crooks, July 26, 2017
Criminals have taken to the internet in a big way, targeting people and businesses of all descriptions. An army of mostly volunteer hackers are assisting law enforcement in detecting, arresting, and prosecuting the perpetrators of online scams, malware, ransomware, and other digital wrongdoing.
A free press: The antidote to authoritarianism, July 19, 2017
When Americans choose to sacrifice their freedom in exchange for a promise of improved security, they sell out the principles that are the foundation of government of, by, and for the people. The bad choices made in the aftermath of 9/11 have led inexorably to the election of the most damaging politician in U.S. history.
A novel concept: Let consumers decide which personal data to share with trackers, July 12, 2017
The use of ad blockers continues to increase, which threatens publishers already pressured by declining revenues. Studies indicate people are willing to allow ad networks and publishers to collect their private information, but only if consumers are given the power to choose what gets shared and what stays private.
We're in the midst of a third American Civil War, and democracy is losing, July 5, 2017
Fundamental rights and Constitutional protections are under a heavy assault by corporations hiding behind their puppet Republican party, which now controls all three branches of government. The way to fight back and preserve our republic is by withholding our attention and our money -- the few greenbacks we have left.
Keep online trackers at bay without breaking a sweat, June 28, 2017
Sites, apps, and advertisers that collect information about us have gone far beyond cookies to keep close tabs on what we do, and when and where we do it. A few free tools and a little smartphone location scrubbing go a long way toward minimizing the amount of your private data that is gathered and shared.
Pleas for civility meet with... incivility, but that's okay, June 21, 2017
Before we can promise to treat each other with courtesy and respect, we have to come to a consensus on what constitutes civil behavior. Interrupting a speaker to shout "Liar!" passes the civility test for some misguided politicos. What we need is a return to niceness for its own sake.
The price we pay for allowing unbridled digital surveillance, June 14, 2017
Companies of all types use the detailed dossiers they have compiled on billions of people to determine consumers' creditworthiness, decide whether they qualify for health insurance, and other purposes that extend far beyond serving up targeted advertising.
Privacy protections may form the basis of antitrust actions against internet giants, June 7, 2017
Consumers and antitrust regulators are beginning to recognize that Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft are no longer merely dominating tech markets, they are the tech markets. Stifled competition and exorbitant profits are the price we all pay for services that morph into irreplaceable and unassailable platforms
Privacy tips for the most vulnerable: Children and seniors, May 31, 2017
Preventing your personal information from falling into the wrong hands is difficult enough for seasoned internet veterans. Imagine the challenge of protecting the privacy of the two populations who are the most trusting and the least tech-savvy.
Applying Fourth Amendment search protections to data in the cloud, May 24, 2017
Government prosecutors are attempting to expand the geographic scope of search warrants to include electronic information that is stored on computers outside the U.S. Google's defense of Gmail data held overseas states that warrants should be based on the user's location, not the data's.
Just when you thought you couldn't be tracked any closer..., May 17, 2017
Camera-equipped outdoor display ads use biometrics to determine your mood when you walk by and tailor the ad to how you're feeling. Ultrasonic beacons are broadcast in stores and into your home via TV to gain access to data on your phone or device. We are being bombarded by digital snoops!
Facebook addiction turns users into marketing guinea pigs, May 10, 2017
The ubiquitous social network's ability to manipulate and capitalize on people's emotions gives Facebook unprecedented power to shape the world into whatever form its advertisers prefer -- including the ability to swing elections in favor of whichever candidate pays Facebook the most money.
America: A tale of two countries, May 3, 2017
According to one MIT economics professor, the key to re-establishing a U.S. middle class is to spend less on military and more on people and infrastructure: Eliminate the debtor class, end mass incarceration, keep public services public, and tax both the income of the rich and their capital.
The internet: Destroyer of truth, justice, and the American Way, April 26, 2017
Obviously, there is no longer any such thing as 'politics as usual.' That doesn't mean we're prisoners of a New Normal where any web service can be gamed by anonymous humans and their bot armies. Work has begun to ensure machines work for the good of all humans, not just for the humans who own and control the machines.
The death and ultimate rebirth of the public internet, April 19, 2017
A handful of giants control the internet and have leveraged that control to become the most valuable corporations in the world. Work has begun on publicly controlled alternatives to internet services that have made a handful of men wealthy and left millions unemployed.
An internet dinosaur spits in the eye of extinction, April 12, 2017
In the digital universe, success is measured in numbers: more page views, more eyeballs, more followers, more ads, more money. What kind of a nut would do it any other way? Certainly not one ready for the end of net neutrality and the dawning of the age of censorship.
Trust Busters 2.0: Dismantling modern monopolies, April 5, 2017
Thirty-five years of laissez-faire sentiment toward consolidation in industries of all types have led to barely regulated monopolies that discourage innovation and reward the very few at the expense of the very many. Our democracy is imperiled by the concentration of wealth and political power.
Simple, free ways to lock down your private data, March 29, 2017
The Opera browser offers a built-in virtual private network that blocks your ISP and other internet services from recording and sharing your browsing history. Opera also features an ad blocker, but you'll still need two free privacy add-ons from the Electronic Frontier Foundation to complete your privacy arsenal.
Let big data benefit consumers, not marketers, March 22, 2017
In the 'post-marketing' era, our private information will be shared with the organizations we choose to do business with, but on our terms and in ways that serve us. The first step is to eliminate the profit-taking and manipulation of soon-to-be-obsolete marketers.
Gig economy changes what it means to be an 'employee,' March 8, 2017
Concocting a third category of worker between "employee" and "independent contractor" creates another opportunity for employers to take advantage of their, um, employees. A simpler and more reasonable approach is to codify the court's broad, adaptable definition of "employee," which describes Uber drivers to a "T".
Privacy: There's just no percentage in it, March 1, 2017
The businesses and government agencies that collect and sell personal information about their customers will have fewer restrictions on their data-collection operations as more federal regulations are quashed.
Practical security precautions for the worst-case scenario, December 13, 2016
The world would be a different place today if everyone encrypted their communications and stored files. In the face of direct threats to our Constitutional rights to speak freely and to be secure in our "persons, houses, papers, and effects," personal data-security protections become our civic duty.
The Rough Beast's lies indicate his intentions - just like the Nazis, December 6, 2016
The media and private citizens alike have a responsibility to call BS when confronted by lies told by government officials and their surrogates. But beyond fact-checking, we must acknowledge that the lies are intended only as advance justification for the crimes the liars are about to commit.
Government phone searches: Return of the 'general warrant,' November 29, 2016
A single warrant issued by a magistrate in a federal district court was 'served' on 8,000 different computers located in 120 countries. This is a scope of search unprecedented since the 18th century British writs of assistance, opposition to which marked the 'birth of the child Independence,' according to John Adams.
Before the deluge: Spend your attention wisely, November 23, 2016
News media and web services both make their money by converting our attention into cold, hard cash. It doesn't matter whether it's good attention or bad attention, real or fake - it's all money to them.
You can't hide from facial-recognition systems - Or can you? November 16, 2015
Law enforcement agencies and web services are going full steam ahead on the use of technology that identifies people based on their face or other physical feature. What's lagging far behind is any oversight of their use of our biometric data to identify us without our knowledge or consent.
The 'consumer boycott' of web advertising is gaining momentum, November 8, 2016
The failure of online advertising to keep malware off their networks makes the use of ad-blocking browser extensions a security essential. The proliferation of ad-based malware hasn't affected the growing ad revenue of Google and Facebook, though other sites are seeing their ad revenue decline.
Encryption: It's not just for banking anymore, November 1, 2016
Not many people need to encrypt every message they send and every file they store, but everyone needs to protect some of their communications and documents by applying encryption. For businesses in particular, an encryption-everywhere strategy may be the safest bet.
A call to action: Stop the surveillance - by web services, apps, October 25, 2016
There is no 'deal': The internet has never been free, and we have never given the web services and applications that collect and monetize our personal information explicit permission to do so. It's time to turn the tables.
Web ad networks are malware authors' best friends, October 18, 2016
Internet criminals are taking advantage of the targeting offered by online ad networks to infect the computers and phones of the most vulnerable among us. Increasingly, this means people who aren't yet using an ad-blocking browser extension.
Privacy is becoming fashionable - Yippee! October 11, 2016
Young people are showing signs of rejecting the quest for celebrity, choosing instead to be more circumspect than their parents and grandparents when it comes to sharing the details of their lives.
How do we bridge the growing media and political divide? October 4, 2016
Even fact checkers are now accused of political bias - primarily by politicians. In the post-truth era, when no one can agree on what constitutes a "fact", finding common ground becomes the first great challenge.
Safety essentials: 10-step security revisited, 11 years later, September 27, 2016
Much has changed since 2005's PC-security guide: Windows offers better malware protection, and opening your email isn't as risky as it once was. Yet malware threats are more sophisticated and more dangerous than ever, which makes these basic security tips more important than ever.
Simple ways to limit the private information you surrender on the web, September 20, 2016
A handful of easy-to-implement precautions - and a little bit of mindfulness - can make you feel like you're in charge of the collection and dissemination of your personal data. Well, some of the private info, anyway.
Top 10 reasons why people hate listicles - and yes, this is a joke headline, September 13, 2016
Triple play: The lucrative business of internet hoaxes; a tip of the hat to an internet freedom (of information) fighter; and why you should be concerned about the private data collected by fitness trackers - not to mention more intimate personal electronics.
Why internet voting is a terrible idea, September 6, 2016
There is no way to secure the internet, and there is no way to protect the single most important activity to a thriving democracy without reliable security. That's why the internet - as it exists today - will never be a suitable medium for casting ballots.
No consent needed for ISPs to scan email and create ad-targeting profiles of non-customers, August 30, 2016
A recent decision by the U.S. District Court of Northern California finds that ISPs scanning the emails sent to and received by non-customers, and targeting ads based on the profiles, doesn't violate the Wiretap Act or the California Invasion of Privacy Act.
The web is broken - Guess who's trying to fix it? August 23, 2016
What began 25 years ago as a decentralized network for sharing information has become the province of a handful of mega-services whose fortunes are built on the collection and use of our information.
Supreme Court throws 'fruit of the poisonous tree' doctrine under the bus, August 16, 2016
By broadening the power of police to conduct a warrant search on anyone, even when the officer lacks a reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing, the decision in Utah v. Strieff makes everyone subject to 'legal verification' at any time.
Dragging the online trackers - kicking and screaming - into the light of day, August 9, 2016
It's nearly impossible to avoid being tracked by web services and their ad-industry partners. What's needed is transparency about what information is being collected, who it's shared with, and how it's being used.
Silly questions: Who 'owns' video captured by police? And does Facebook really 'enhance' privacy? August 2, 2016
The doublespeak is coming hot and heavy this election season, and it isn't limited to politics. Imagine a personal-info sinkhole like Facebook making you more private. Now there's a stretch!
Its official: No expectation of privacy on the internet, June 28, 2016
There's no warrant requirement when the law wants at your computer, says one District Court judge, because we're all just data-theft victims waiting to happen.
How to wrest control of our government away from corporations, June 21, 2016
In an era when public opinion has zero impact on policy, only a concerted effort by U.S. citizens can liberate our country from the clutches of the billionaire class.
The fight against privacy smashers continues, June 14, 2016
Tech giants continue their unwavering, under-the-radar assault on the privacy of their customers -- despite a growing number of legal challenges.
Publishers are losing the battle against their ad-blocking visitors -- So what's next?, May 31, 2016
The ad-tech industry has a chance to win back the trust of consumers by being more transparent in how ad networks track people on the Internet and mobile phones.
May 25, 2016: Tech companies resist government attempts to broaden definition of 'personal information'
The more we rely on mobile and Internet services, the less opportunity we have to protect our privacy.
May 17, 2016: Privacy threats on parade
People are starting to be more careful about the personal information they share with Internet services, which has a chilling effect on both free speech and economic activity.
May 10, 2016: Government goes dark as private lives are exposed
Wait a minute. Just as our private lives are exposed at unprecedented levels, government agencies – particularly the courts – are hiding all their activities from public scrutiny. When exactly did things start to go topsy-turvy?
May 3, 2016: The great online-advertising swindle
Google and Facebook accounted for 85 percent of all new online ad spending in the first quarter of 2016. According to a Morgan Stanley executive, $1 of each $3 generated by online ads is fraudulent. Where does that leave Google and Facebook?
April 26, 2016: Modern news media: Too big not to fail?
Instead of constantly seeking more and more eyeballs with schlock, Internet publishers need to tell the best stories to the right audience.
April 20, 2016: Internet Confidential: How to establish a privacy right on the public Internet
Private data retains its confidentiality even after it has been shared with an Internet service. Yet in the absence of legal privacy protections, sharing with one is sharing with all.
April 13, 2016: The new browser wars: Thou shalt not block our ads and trackers
Web publishers threaten legal action against a new browser that replaces their ads, but what they really want is unfettered access to their visitors' personal data.
April 6, 2016: FCC to regulate ISP data collection, but Google, Facebook off the hook
New rules require Internet service providers to get customers' explicit consent before collecting certain private data. Will big-name web services be held to the same standards?
March 29, 2016: Five questions, no answers
Expansive appetites -- for resources and information -- keep the economy growing, but for how long? Why can't learning be fun? And what's with those too-tight suits?
March 23, 2016: How to fix the Internet: Ratchet down the anonymity, rein in the ads
When people own their words, they're more civil. When ad networks run amok, malware authors have a field day.
March 15, 2016: How we lose ourselves in private data collection
The personal information we provide to data collectors becomes the property of the collectors, who can do with it nearly as they please.
March 8, 2016: People tracking is about to get even creepier
Mobile phones and other wired devices serve up reams of information about where we are, what we do, when we do it, and increasingly, what we're thinking.
March 2, 2016: Silicon Valley's long-standing connections to the U.S. government
The public sector helped create and foster Silicon Valley, and the public sector must ensure the industry puts justice and humanity first.
February 24, 2016: How to build the future of work
Our children's well-being depends on businesses and government working together to rebuild our economic and educational infrastructure.
February 16, 2016: Why it's a bad idea to trust private companies with the job of protecting our rights
Tech giants will often look after the interests of their customers -- unless doing so runs counter to their own interests.
February 9, 2016: Your Internet life is an open book: The dark side of online-ad profiling
The more personal information you share, the easier it is for companies to use what they know about you to their benefit, and often to your detriment.
February 2, 2016: Why don't Americans care as much about privacy as Europeans do?
Soon Europeans will have privacy protections that U.S. citizens lack. Why? Because they demanded them!
January 26, 2016: New fronts open in the battle against privacy-invading online ads
From inside and outside government, plans for reining in the out-of-control ad networks are gaining traction.
January 19, 2016: Fifteen ways to stay safe on the Internet
The security of our personal information is in the hands of the companies we deal with, but there's plenty we can do to minimize the chances that we'll be victimized.
January 13, 2016: Prepare for the inevitable theft of your personal information
There isn't much we can do to prevent the collection of sensitive personal data, but diligent monitoring and other precautions can minimize the damage of a data breach.
January 5, 2016: 'Hey gang, let's put on a government!'
We've never been more estranged from our government, which is no longer of, by, or for the people. The time is right for a direct democracy, but only if we're willing to do the heavy lifting.
December 22, 2015: The appropriate response to living in a surveillance state: Ignore it
Don't let the threat of an irrational response by the mobocracy dissuade you from expressing a legitimate dissenting or unpopular opinion.
December 17, 2015: Separating the bitcoin hype from the blockchain substance
Blockchain promises to be the next Internet-sized disrupter. But not yet. Check back in about a decade.
December 10, 2015: Re-Reinterpreting Our Constitutional Right To Bear Arms
If we truly wanted to abide by the intent of the Framers, we would require gun owners to form "well regulated" militia.
December 2, 2015: How open data can help save the world
There's a treasure-trove of information in government databases. Providing this data to the public can make government more efficient and more effective.
November 18, 2015: Consumers may be ready to pay for an ad-free, tracking-free Internet
The 'behavioral advertising revenue model' is in dire need of a fix, according to researchers. A pay option for popular web services can benefit customers and providers alike.
November 10, 2015: Fair use stages a comeback
New protections against copyright abuse are in place following recent rulings that broaden the definition of fair use and move closer to accommodating new technologies.
November 4, 2015: Get ready for the attention economy
Maintaining your focus on what's most important doesn't get any easier. As distractions multiply, the value of our attention increases.
October 27, 2015: O'Jitterys Catch a movie
In honor of my birthday week, here's one of the many stories I tell myself. Just for kicks -- hope you get a laugh out of it.
October 20, 2015: Do we have a right to know what they know about us?
A lot of good can come from the collection and analysis of our personal information. We ask only that we be told what's being collected, and what's being done with it.
October 13, 2015: Facial recognition ushers in the Age of Surveillance
Soon machines will identify us more accurately than our own friends and family. There will be no escape from the prying eyes of government and corporations.
October 6, 2015: Fantasy sports gambling finally gets scrutinized
The legality of these popular betting sites is based on them being games of "skill," but many experts claim there's little if any skill involved in these games of chance.
September 29, 2015: Google, Android, ads, and a tech titan's revenge
Steve Jobs' vendetta against Android -- which he called a "stolen product" -- could promote ad blocking, and ultimately lead to a change in how web services make their money.
September 23, 2015: Fix problems caused by Apple's flaky iTunes updates
Undo the damage caused by patches gone awry -- and useful features gone missing.
September 15, 2015: Campaign 2016 -- Where's the love?
Voters want authenticity, compassion, and integrity in their leaders, and only one candidate is offering it. (No, not that guy on the left -- which may be the first time he's been on the left of anything short of the John Birch Society.)
September 8, 2015: Three simple ways to improve your privacy
Check your public Facebook profile, block third-party cookies/clear your browser history, and lock down your connection on public WiFi and elsewhere.
September 1, 2015: Use your free Google Voice number to make and receive phone calls
It's not one of the company's more popular services, but Google Voice is one of its most effective aggravation relievers.
August 25, 2015: Reclaiming government starts with universal Internet access
Open government requires transparency, participation, and collaboration, all of which rely on an informed citizenry.
August 4, 2015: Upon further review, times three
Taking a second look at cyberwar threats, race in America, and the right to be forgotten -- at least by Google.
July 28, 2015: Coming soon -- A more trustworthy form of encryption
MIT researchers are working on a system that allows encrypted data to be processed without disclosing the contents to unauthorized sources.
July 21, 2015: Protect yourself while browsing by enabling click to play
Prevent Flash-based malware from infecting your machine by blocking Flash videos until you've explicitly approved them.
July 14, 2015: The connection between poverty, hunger, and obesity
There's a physiological reason why hungry people crave sugary and fatty foods. Can we pay for free, healthy food by taxing the unhealthy stuff?
July 7, 2015: A long-overdue turning of the political tide
The Establishment -- Democrats and Republicans alike -- are slow to pick up on the nation's continuing shift to the left, toward a more-progressive social agenda.
July 7, 2015: Obamacare -- A misstep in the right direction
Republicans feign outrage at the Supreme Court decision that found the Affordable Care Act's federal exchanges are Constitutional, but their deep-pockets supporters stand to profit greatly as a result of the ruling.
June 30, 2015: Everyday Windows 10 users become beta testers for Enterprise Edition
Microsoft's offer of a free upgrade for users of Windows 7 and 8.1 comes with a few gotchas -- but it's still an offer worth taking for most of us.
June 30, 2015: Obamacare decision imposes limits on executive power
In a decision that parallels one of the most important in its history, the Supreme Court affirms the executive branch's interpretation of the Affordable Care Act while simultaneously asserting its role as the final arbiter of legislative intent.
June 23, 2015: It's time to respond seriously to Internet threats
When web vermin cross the line from obnoxious, insulting, and crass comments to credible threats of violence, it's time to call the cops. But who ya gonna call?
June 16, 2015: Worst. Supreme. Court. Ever.
The U.S. Supreme Court is destroying our democracy. They've been at it now for more than two decades. Only Congress can undo the damage the court has done and continues to do. Will they? Don't hold your breath.
June 9, 2015: Five indications that we are currently between regimes
People are starting to figure out that they're getting a raw deal from politicians and web services alike, but they're not yet sure what to do about it.
June 2, 2015: The five-minute Facebook security checkup
The social network's streamlined privacy settings make it easy to ensure you're not oversharing (or undersharing, for that matter).
May 26, 2015: When ads attack -- Web ad networks battle the blockers
Use of ad-blocking browser add-ons continues to increase, in large part due to the growing risk of malevolent ads.
May 19, 2015: Flying the furious skies -- How to stay sane on a commercial flight
As travel season approaches, here's a gentle reminder about the importance of civility in transit -- by passengers and airline employees alike.
May 12, 2015: Put differential pricing to work for you
Sites adjust the price of the items they sell based on your unique characteristics, which means you can save money by changing how you present yourself.
May 5, 2015: We're sitting on a big-data goldmine
The benefits to the public of gleaning today's massive data stores for insights into our health and safety are nearly limitless -- if only we can trust the people doing the collecting.
April 28, 2015: The case against web encryption, Title II designation for ISPs
Encryption is anything but a security panacea, and regulation of the Internet could do more harm than good. Then again....
April 21, 2015: More examples of judges clueless about technology... and one that gets it
Recent court decisions show the disconnect between the way people use technology, and the way laws are misapplied against their interests.
April 14, 2015: Should all web traffic be encrypted?
Attempts are underway to implement end-to-end encryption on the web, but the prospect has some government security officials crying "foul."
April 7, 2015: More reasons why you need to block web ads
Web ads are more than just annoying. They could infect your computer or device with malware. The ad model sustains only a handful of huge services.
March 31, 2015: Web 3.0 returns control of personal information to users
Encrypted peer-to-peer networks such as the Ethereum project promise to make privacy the default setting for all online information.
March 24, 2015: Passwords get much-needed assistance -- from your body
Biometric authentication is on the horizon, promising to enhance rather than replace passwords as our ID-verification method of choice.
March 17, 2015: An unexpected visit from the Karma Police
A "whatza-matter-you, hey, things are not so bad" reality check about the tendency of dire predictions about the future to rarely if ever come true. Positively!
March 10, 2015: Three views of the future that will curl your hair
The Uberization of work, a personal agent that knows more about you than you know about yourself, and a world where the masses are "useless": It's a dystopian fielder's choice.
March 3, 2015: Privacy, Inc.: Welcome to the personal-information marketplace
Consumers assert a right to their personal information by entering into contracts with data collectors that specify the terms of the personal-data exchange.
February 24, 2015: The tricks of the malware trade: Don't take the bait!
Here are five simple actions you can take to minimize the chances of becoming a computer criminal's next victim.
February 17, 2015: How to ruin your life in 140 characters or fewer
Follow these 10 rules for safe, sane social media use to avoid alienating friends and family, losing your job, and being the target of a public shaming.
February 16, 2015: What would George Washington think of his country now?
One of Washington's greatest gifts to Americans is his Farewell Address, which was actually an open letter to citizens present and future. We would do well to dust off this historic document each year as a reminder of the legacy we've been entrusted with.
February 10, 2015: Browse better with these three essential freebies (plus one valuable cheapie)
Your chances of encountering trouble on the web go way down when you've got these security tools working for you.
February 3, 2015: What's the best way to fix the broken U.S. political system?
Efforts are underway both inside and outside Congress to counteract the control corporations currently exercise over the electoral process.
January 27, 2015: Why you should care about your loss of privacy
Internet services and app developers consider our personal information a natural resource available for the taking. It's time to personalize the data metaphors as a first step toward reasserting control over our information.
January 20, 2015: The battle against data thieves heats up
A proposed federal breach-notification law and court decisions allowing suits by data-theft victims against the companies hit by breaches indicate a bolstering of defenses against cybercrooks.
January 13, 2015: How to combat hate and harassment on the Internet
When ignoring the "trolls" doesn't work, use counter-speech to turn the tables on the haters and harassers.
January 6, 2015: Beat ransomware by saving your files to the cloud
Turn standard backup on its head by designating one or several free cloud-storage services as your primary file repository and "backing up" your files to your local hard drive.