Category Archives: Privacy

How Many Tracking Pixels to Screw in a Light Bulb?

I turned on WordPress’s WordAds on this blog a couple of days ago. It takes a couple of days for the ad tech ecosystem to smell the fresh blood, but as of this morning, there are 66 tracking pixels firing … Continue reading

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Building Blockchains of Trust

I recommend this good article on how the concept of the blockchain (the root of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin) works as a distributed database, improving trust and removing cost by eliminating the need for third parties. I can imagine using this … Continue reading

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We Need Action, Not Strategy, Said No Security Expert Ever

Bruce Schneier’s recent post on Al Qaeda’s efforts to create their own encryption software had me shaking my head. They were making a very fundamental error that a lot of companies also make, even though Al Qaeda isn’t organized in … Continue reading

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My Morning As A Product

I’ve been tracked over 700 times in just 5 minutes. That’s not including what the NSA is tracking about me. It’s just the count of the number of times Facebook has “called home” to various tracking services in the few … Continue reading

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A Bitcoin for Identity

I believe that Fred Wilson from Union Square Ventures is a smart investor and astute observer of technology trends. His talk at LeWeb Paris is timely, because a lot of us are looking forward to 2014 and trying to figure … Continue reading

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#blackoutsopa

SOPA is a lousy bill that hurts innovation, stifles creativity and allows corporations to place roadblocks in the way of the free exchange of information and ideas.  Stop SOPA.

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Big Data and the Rise of Asymmetrical Analytics

The McKinsey Global Institute just issued their report Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity.  It’s worth the time to read and act on (not think about).  Now. The McKinsey analysis looks at five sectors in some detail–health … Continue reading

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Best Buy Privacy Fail: The Return of Corporate Gobbledygook

Barry Judge, the EVP and CMO of Best Buy doesn’t take my privacy very seriously. I know this because of the email he sent me last evening. The liberal use of the word “we” tells me this is a committee … Continue reading

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Ugly Privacy Legislation is Certain. And it’s Our Fault!

Yogi Berra once said something like “you can observe a lot just by watching.”  I recently added Ghostery (highly recommended) to see what information websites were collecting.  What I observed was shocking, shameful and something that’s so out-of-control that even … Continue reading

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An Adult Approach to Data and Privacy

I’ve been a huge and enthusiastic fan of Evernote for some time now.  I use it on all my computers, my iPhone and my iPad.  I’ve been a premium subscriber for some time now and can’t figure out how I … Continue reading

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