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A “pay it back tax” on data brokers: a modest (and also politically untenable and impossibly naïve) policy proposal Mar 18, 2014

I’ve just returned from the “Social, Cultural, and Ethical Dimensions of Big Data” event, held by the Data & Society Initiative (led by danah boyd), and spurred by the efforts of the White House Office of Technology and Policy to … Continue reading

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Post-Snowden, is Microsoft the Right Choice for Universities? Jan 15, 2014

In light of the ongoing leaking of information about international and domestic government surveillance by the National Security Administration (NSA) in the United States and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in the United Kingdom, scholars and administrators need to reconsider if … Continue reading

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Reveal a little to hide a lot: Acxiom’s consumer data portal Oct 8, 2013

In early September 2013 the consumer marketing data company Acxiom unveiled a new website: The site is billed as a resource for consumers seeking answers to “questions about the data that fuels marketing” and has been received by some … Continue reading

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In Context: Digital Surveillance, Ethics, and PRISM Jun 11, 2013

With recent revelations about the U.S. government’s PRISM program targeting top internet companies to monitor online activity, state surveillance is a matter of public discussion. PRISM is an intelligence tool that gathers data from emails, file transfers, images, chats, and … Continue reading

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The Boston Marathon Bombings, 4Chan’s Think Tank, and a Modest Proposal for an Emergency Crowdsourced Investigation Platform Apr 17, 2013

We are still in the immediate wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, but it is already clear that the investigation into these attacks is taking a very different shape than the investigation into the 9/11 attacks. One of the big … Continue reading

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