Don’t Ask Zuckerberg about Shadow Profiles

At a minimum, Facebook needs to reorganize the company in such a way that a single CEO can exercise effective control over its major pieces. An Alphabet-like reshuffling with a new level of management would at least signal seriousness about improvement.

May 22, 2018 0

The Truth about Internet Privacy

The surest way forward is to increase the FTC’s authority to police data gathering practices across the Internet economy for the whole country.

April 9, 2018 0

Cloudflare’s 1.1.1.1 DNS Does Nothing for Privacy

Cloudflare’s 1.1.1.1 DNS service provides a very modest performance for web browsing – about 1/100th of a percent – and no meaningful improvement in privacy. Heh, that’s great!

April 5, 2018 0

Will Rinehart Explains the Cambridge Analytica Story

It’s obvious that some of this story is hokey, but you’re not sure which part. You’ve come to the right place because Will Rinehart lays it all out in this podcast.

March 27, 2018 0

Tim Berners-Lee is Depressed about the Web

The web’s greatest shortcoming, as well the greatest shortcoming of the Internet before the web, is the absence of tools for commerce in the plumbing. The web needs to provide each user with a persistent identity – or more, and they don’t need to be real – and a dance card for all the permissions we’ve given for data collectors to record our activities.

March 16, 2018 0

The Great Social Media Freakout

Senator Al Franken got Silicon Valley’s attention by proposing to apply net neutrality regulations to mega-gatekeepers Google, Facebook, Twitter, et al. Writing in The Guardian, the senator correctly observed that…

November 14, 2017 0

Internet Monopoly Platform Crisis

Monopoly Platform Crisis

How the tables have turned. At the dawn of the net neutrality debate, the good guys in the Internet marketplace were the scrappy platform startups created in dorm rooms and…

October 26, 2017 0

Dave Farber on Title II ISP Regulation

The FCC was designed as an independent agency because the public is always biased in favor of the status quo. As Henry Ford may have said about his Model T, the public just wanted faster horses because they were scared of cars.

May 17, 2017 0

Congress Gives the FCC a Privacy Mulligan

“Don’t collect what you can’t protect” seems like a reasonable approach. Given that the current discourse is all about collection, we probably won’t have the conversation we need to have for a long time. And in the meantime we’re going to hear nothing but nonsense about gatekeepers, “sensitive” browsing histories, and how hard it may be to switch ISPs (as if we don’t do that several times more often than we switch social networks and search providers.

April 3, 2017 0

Five Myths About Internet Privacy

Our web activity is tracked by “edge services” such as Google and Facebook even if we don’t go to their web sites. This is because they both operate tracking networks with the cooperation of web sites that carry their tracking code.

March 30, 2017 0