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Zuckerberg/Facebook called to UK Parliament

Official now: UK Commons committee writes to Mark Zuckerberg asking him to get on a plane and front an inquiry in London. pic.twitter.com/VHxd2opClh — Mark Di Stefano 🤙🏻 (@MarkDiStef) March 20, 2018 Of course as a US Citizen, Zuckerberg can’t … Continue reading Zuckerberg/Facebook called to UK Parliament

Facebook has a lot of questions to answer

I teetered on the brink of deleting my facebook account last year. I removed the main app from my phone and a Windows tablet, and have never installed messenger. When it came down to it I balked at the final step. I did ulike pretty much all businesses and pages, as well as unfriended anyone not a real contact/friend etc. The utility of facebook is still too great to remove myself completely. Although frankly I’ve had better results contacting businesses through Twitter and getting things done. Given it’s reach, facebook still remains useful. Delete the apps Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram … Continue reading Facebook has a lot of questions to answer

Why I’m Leaving Facebook

It’s not strictly true, I will have a facebook ID again in the coming months, but it will be an output only ID. By that I mean it will be an ID that I can post things to, but little more than that. As I said in my “evil empire” post, I’ve become more and more concerned about not just what data they collect, but what you can learn from it. They sell our data, and it’s pretty easy to drill down on the data and learn all sorts of things, even though the data is supposed to be anonymous. … Continue reading Why I’m Leaving Facebook

Assange/Wikileaks/Trump

It will be interesting to see how they play out under Trump. The first, and perhaps least important is that of the position of Julian Assange, the erstwhile editor-in-chief of the organisation WikiLeaks. Assange has been holed up in the Ecuador’s embassy in London trying to avoid questioning in Sweden over an alleged rape charge. Assange asserts that this is a thinly veiled first step in extraditing him to the US for trial on much more sinister charges. I debated, aka argued, with my own son that you couldn’t take anything that Assange is now doing at face value. That when wikileaks … Continue reading Assange/Wikileaks/Trump

Privacy as an abnormal condition in America

I’ll get the gloating out of the way first, last week both Edward Snowden and Julian Assange appeared live by video at SXSW here in Austin. Given SXSW is one massive geekfest there was bound to be social media coverage, and some news coverage depending on what either of them said, or which way the wind was blowing in the mainstream media. However, due to the successful Texas Tribune kickstarter campaign, tens of thousands of us were able to watch it simultaneously live via livestream. I contributed just $250 to that kickstarter, I more than got my moneys worth from … Continue reading Privacy as an abnormal condition in America

Cancer, the Radiolab edition.

This podcast is possibly the most informative, scary, disgusting, weird and inspiring podcasts I’ve ever heard. Like most people cancer has had a growing impact on my family. My Mum is a survivor; I’ve lost Aunts, my ex-wife, and just last week, a good friends husband.  I’m heading for my 3rd surgery for nonmalignant skin carcinoma removal. Yet I know nothing about cancer. I didn’t set out to learn, “Famous Tumors” was just next up on my drive time podcast list. Well worth the listen. The main story is about Her name was Henrietta Lacks, scientists know her as HeLa. … Continue reading Cancer, the Radiolab edition.

You can’t kill an idea

The Atlantic has a chilling review of pretty much everything we know about the UK Governments arrest and holding of David Miranda, partner of Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian reporter whom Edward Snowden trusted with many of his NSA documents. Increasingly the whole thing is starting to look like an operation that belonged Sutler and Creedy from V for Vendetta. One of the key scenes(NWSF) in the film featured Creedy and armed men trying to kill V. Creedy demands, “Why won’t you die?” To which V replies, “Beneath this mask there is more than flesh Mr Creedy. Beneath this mask there is … Continue reading You can’t kill an idea