The Watchers - Assaults on privacy in America
DO PEOPLE BEHAVE DIFFERENTLY when they think they are being watched? Illustration by Davide Bonazzi When former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed the mass surveillance of American citizens in June 2013, the question suddenly grew in importance. Can the behavior of an entire population, even in a modern democracy, be changed by awareness of surveillance? And what are the effects of other kinds of privacy invasions? Jon Penney was nearing the end of a
Cryptographers Demonstrate Collision in Popular SHA-1 Algorithm
On February 23rd, a joint team from the CWI Amsterdam and Google announced that they had generated the first ever collision in the SHA-1 cryptographic hashing algorithm. SHA-1 has long been considered theoretically insecure by cryptanalysts due to weaknesses in the algorithm design, but this marks the first time researchers were actually able to demonstrate a real-world example of the insecurity. In addition to being a powerful Proof of Concept (POC), the computing power th
Our connected devices: the greatest privacy threat of all?
Smart-television maker Vizio agreed to pay a penalty this month for spying on 11 million customers. According to the Federal Trade Commission, the company captured second-by-second information on what customers viewed, combined it with their gender, age and income, and sold it to third parties. How much was the fine for Vizio, which has sales in excess of $3 billion? It was $2.2 million — barely a slap on the wrist. These kinds of privacy breaches are increasingly common as
Is the Self-Driving Car the New Big Brother?
If Data and Privacy issues related to Autonomous Cars are not handled properly, they could kill the business. An interesting article first published in Open Mind: The starting gun has already fired in the race for the development of the autonomous car. Running full speed down the track are the big technology companies (Google, Uber or Apple) and the automobile companies (Tesla, Mercedes or General Motors). No firm wants to be left behind. Experts have announced that by 2020 t
Surveillance: Your Cubicle Has Ears—and Eyes, and a Brain
Sensors and AI can keep tabs on employees better than any boss. Employers have long wanted to know how their workers spend their time. New office surveillance technology is now making the task far easier. Bloomberg reports that an increasing number of companies are outfitting offices with sensors to keep track of employees. These sensors are hidden in lights, on walls, under desks—anywhere that allows them to measure things like where people are and how much they are talking
CIA Plus Meetup tackles IoT privacy and security
IOT (Internet of Things), and privacy and security implications.
Healthcare Innovation: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, IoT May Change Healthcare in 2017
Big data technologies, like artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, are likely to have a major impact on healthcare delivery and investment in 2017. September 21, 2016 - Artificial intelligence programs, the Internet of Things, and next-level big data analytics tools are likely to start producing a significant impact on healthcare delivery as early as 2017, say participants in a new Silicon Valley Bank survey. The poll, which includes responses from 122 health IT