Google on Tuesday acknowledged to state officials that it had violated people’s privacy during its Street View mapping project when it casually scooped up passwords, e-mail and other personal information from unsuspecting computer users. In agreeing to settle a case brought by 38 states involving the project, the search company for the first time is required to aggressively police its own employees on privacy issues and to explicitly tell the public how to fend off privacy violations like this one.
For full text of the article, visit Google Admits Street View Project Violated Privacy – NYTimes.com.
- Google Maps with Street View on iOS: what it can and can’t do (reviews.cnet.com)
- Google settles Street View privacy case with 38 states for $7 million (theverge.com)
by David Streitfeld and Edward Wyatt, New York Times, April 15, 2012
One of the most audacious projects ever to come out of Google was the plan to photograph and map the inhabited world, one block at a time. … The Federal Communications Commission censured Google for obstructing an inquiry into the Street View project, which had collected Internet communications from potentially millions of unknowing households as specially equipped cars drove slowly by. But the investigation, described in an interim report, was left unresolved because a critical participant, the Google engineer in charge of the project, cited his Fifth Amendment right and declined to talk. …
For the full text of the article, visit F.C.C.’s Google Case Leaves Unanswered Questions – NYTimes.com.
- Google hit with $25K fine, but street view data collection not illegal (computerworld.co.nz)
- Google Street View car case closed with FCC $25,000 fine (slashgear.com)
- Google Fined $25,000 By FCC For Impeding Street View Investigation (techweekeurope.co.uk)
Follow-up op-ed by Patrick Meier, iRevolution Blog, February 18, 2012
In my [Patrick Meier's] previous blog post on the use of drones for human rights, I also advocated for the use of drones to support nonviolent civil resistance efforts. Obviously, like the use of any technology in such contexts, doing so presents both new opportunities and obvious dangers. In this blog post, I consider the use of DIY drones in the context of civil resistance, both vis-a-vis theory and practice. While I’ve read the civil resistance literature rather widely for my dissertation, I decided to get input from two of the world’s leading experts on the topic. …
For full text of this article, visit The Use of Drones for Nonviolent Civil Resistance | iRevolution.
Op-ed by Andrew Stobo Sniderman and Mark Hainis, NYT, January 30, 2012
DRONES are not just for firing missiles in Pakistan. In Iraq, the State Department is using them to watch for threats to Americans. It’s time we used the revolution in military affairs to serve human rights advocacy. With drones, we could take clear pictures and videos of human rights abuses, and we could start with Syria. The need there is even more urgent now, because the Arab League’s observers suspended operations last week. …
For full text of the op-ed, visit Drones for Human Rights – NYTimes.com.
by Somini Sengupta, Bits, NYT, February 20, 2012
Opening up the skies to the civilian use of drones in the United States is likely to lead to a number of new questions about surveillance by electronic means. Unmanned aerial vehicles can not only take photos and videos, they can also spot heat sources, read car license plate numbers, and perhaps soon capture other information about people and things down below.
For full text of article, visit Drones May Set Off a Flurry of Lawsuits – NYTimes.com.
By Edward Wyatt, NYT, February 14, 2012
A proposed wireless broadband network that would provide voice and Internet service using airwaves once reserved for satellite-telephone transmissions should be shelved because it interferes with GPS technology, the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday. The F.C.C. statement revokes the conditional approval for the network given last year. It comes after an opinion by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which said that “there is no practical way to mitigate the potential interference at this time” with GPS devices. The telecommunications and information agency oversees telecommunications policy at the Commerce Department. …
For full text of the article, visit F.C.C. Bars the Use of Airwaves for a Broadband Plan – NYTimes.com.
- F.C.C. Bars Airwave Use for Broadband Plan (nytimes.com)
- Daily Report: Big Trouble for a Broadband Plan (bits.blogs.nytimes.com)
- With F.C.C. Blow, Falcone’s Top Challenge Is Time (dealbook.nytimes.com)
- FCC may kill LightSquared’s bid for national wireless broadband (news.consumerreports.org)
- Congress Will Auction Public Airwaves to Pay for Benefits (nytimes.com)
by Sarah Kessler Mashable, October 19, 2011
Groups of programmers gathered in three cities this weekend to build digital tools for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Several of those tools have already launched, and in many cases they’re being maintained by activists who’ve never held a sign in a park. “I was waiting to see how I should be involved,” says Jake Levitas, who attended the San Francisco hackathon. … When he found out about the hackathon through Facebook, he knew how he wanted to participate. Levitas, working with a small team at the event, started a design library called OccupyDesign. … For full text of the Mashable article, click here.
Michael Kimmelman, the architecture critic for The New York Times, has an interesting piece in this morning’s Sunday Review about the manner in which the Wall Street protesters are using and creating public space. The piece picks up many of the themes examined in Speech Out of Doors — the connection between medium and message; the human and social connections people have to actual places; the role of technology in mass public demonstrations; the solidarity and communicative values associated with public places; and the manner in which public places are inscribed with messages and memories. For full text of the NYT article, click on In Protest the Power of Place. For Tim’s book, click on Speech Out of Doors.
- How Technology Made `Occupy Wall Street’ Both Irrelevant and Ubiquitous | MIT Technology Review (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- Occupy Wall Street: There’s An App For That (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Occupy Wall Street Movement and the Power of Place (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)