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LONDON — Another study has proved what we already knew but didn’t want to admit — Facebook ‘lurking’ is making you miserable

Censorship on Social Media: 2016 in Review

 

Censorship comes in many forms. Most often, when we talk about it at EFF, we’re talking about the measures that governments take to restrict their citizens’ freedom of expression or access to information. Online, that can mean blocking websites, restricting the right to anonymity, or shutting down the Internet, among other things.


Technology can be beautiful. Technology can also look like it was pulled straight out of hell, crafted from children’s tears. As we look back on the year, it’s easy to see 2016 hasn’t exactly been great for tech design. Yes, there were some beautiful products — just take a look at Sharp’s edgeless concept phone. But mostly everything else has been total shit. We saw the second refresh of a tired iPhone design and laptops that all looked like MacBooks one way or another. But tech design isn’t bad when it’s boring, it’s bad when it’s bad. And oh my, I don’t know where to…

Defending the Digital Future: 2016 in Review

 

The year started with fireworks: John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, became furious when an explosive EFF investigation revealed that T-Mobile was throttling video content for many of its customers, potentially violating net neutrality rules. Legere released a colorful selfie video demanding to know who EFF was—and our community responded in force, inundating the tech CEO with countless tweets and messages explaining why people worldwide were proud to count themselves as friends of EFF.

 

From Uber’s battle surrounding 1099s to Airbnb’s reports of security concerns, sharing economy companies are both finding their niche and dealing with growing pains. While these companies are here to stay, new rules surrounding how they operate are already changing the way they operate. To learn where these companies and rules are headed, I polled 15 entrepreneurs from YEC on the following. How do you think rules or regulations surrounding the sharing economy will play out in the next five years? And how will that affect companies like Uber and Airbnb? Their best answers are below: 1. More Employee Protections  These businesses…

Protecting Net Neutrality and the Open Internet: 2016 in Review

In 2016 we won one battle in the fight for the Open Internet – but several others are well underway and we expect Team Internet will have to mobilize once again to protect our gains and prevent further efforts to undermine network neutrality.

 

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday unveiled its full 37-page report on its three-year investigation into Edward Snowden, drawing even more criticism for conclusions that have been called biased by supporters of the former NSA contractor.

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2016

 

It used to be people who disrupted the establishment. Now? It’s mostly the establishment.

 

Ryan McGeehan, who specializes in helping companies recover from data-breaches, reflects on the worst year of data breaches (so far) and has some sound practical advice on how to reduce your risk and mitigate your losses: some easy wins are to get your staff to use password managers and two-factor authentication for their home computers

How a 2011 Hack You’ve Never Heard of Changed the Internet’s Infrastructure

 

On Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, an Iranian man who went by the online alias alibo tried to check his email—only to find he couldn’t connect to Gmail. Yet the problem disappeared when he connected to a virtual private network that disguised his location. Whatever was going on, it seemed to only affect computer users in Iran.

 

With the adoption of Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, the Internet of Things (IoT) is already part of our home lives. Many of us also use a smart thermostat to monitor the temperature of our living rooms, and maybe even a smart doorbell to keep an eye on the front porch. But what about beyond our homes and yards? The IoT promises to change many aspects of our lives, so I asked 14 entrepreneurs from YEC the following question: What technologies do you think are likely to change the way people do business?

Methbot: a $3M-$5M/day video ad-tech fraud

 

White Ops, a security firm, has published a detailed report on a crime-ring they call “Methbot” that generated $3M-$5M by creating 6,000 fake websites to embed videos in, then generating convincing bots that that appeared to watch 300,000,000 videos/day —

Datification: the ideology that says that data isn’t ideological

 

Cennydd Bowles’s essay on “Datafication and ideological blindness” attacks the business/product-design vogue to base every decision on “data” on the grounds that data reflects objective truth, free from bias.

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