- If Facebook or Google create their own currency, they can control our lives
- Google’s new reCAPTCHA has a dark side – do not use this, please!
- Building greener cities: nine benefits of urban trees – is your hometown green enough? Mine is not…
- Preserving Laptop Stickers on MacBooks — if you are a sticker addict, this guide could be useful;
- How Social Media Shapes Our Identity — Internet will always remember. How we’ll deal with past errors? They will be forgiven by our future employer / fiancee / etc?
- Using Neo4j to explore public contracting data – an example of Graph Databases usage in real world;
- Google Spent 2 Years Researching What Makes a Great Remote Team. It Came Up With These 3 Things
- Why Mazda is purging touchscreens from its vehicles — a really interesting point of view on a delicate topic;
- It’s the middle of the night. Do you know who your iPhone is talking to? — don’t let you fool about the “iPhone” mention in the title. Nowadays anything connected seems to ‘call home’ constantly. And that’s a problem!
- Goodbye, Chrome: Google’s web browser has become spy software – in June this was another nail in Chrome’s coffin for me…
Perona views Google’s use of reCaptcha as an “online land grab” that strengthens Google’s hold over the internet. He thinks reCaptcha is similar in this way to other Google products like Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), a program to make news sites’ pages load faster on mobile devices but has caused some consternation from publishers over whether Google is taking web traffic away from news sites. Same goes for Google Chrome, which the Washington Post recently called “surveillance software” (I’m among those who have ditched Chrome for Firefox).
“It’s always a double-edged sword,” Perona says. “You gain something, but you’re also giving Google a little more control over everything online.” The gain is security and a better user experience, but privacy may suffer.Katharine Schwab, Fast Company
The latest version of the bot detector reCaptcha is invisible to users and has spread to more than 650,000 websites. It’s great for security—but not so great for your privacy.
This post has gone on more than long enough, but before I finish I want to address two common counterarguments I’ve heard from people I generally respect in this area.
One argument is that Google already spies on you via cookies and its pervasive advertising network and partnerships, so what’s the big deal if they force your browser into a logged-in state? One individual I respect described the Chrome change as “making you wear two name tags instead of one”. I think this objection is silly both on moral grounds — just because you’re violating my privacy doesn’t make it ok to add a massive new violation — but also because it’s objectively silly. Google has spent millions of dollars adding additional tracking features to both Chrome and Android. They aren’t doing this for fun; they’re doing this because it clearly produces data they want.
The other counterargument (if you want to call it that) goes like this: I’m a n00b for using Google products at all, and of course they were always going to do this. The extreme version holds that I ought to be using lynx+Tor and DJB’s custom search engine, and if I’m not I pretty much deserve what’s coming to me.
I reject this argument. I think It’s entirely possible for a company like Google to make good, usable open source software that doesn’t massively violate user privacy. For ten years I believe Google Chrome did just this.
Why they’ve decided to change, I don’t know. It makes me sad.Matthew Green
- The ethics of social networks: let’s start considering it – a post from 2010 (!!!) but still relevant today
- The ‘Future Book’ Is Here, but It’s Not What We Expected
- An Anti-Facebook Manifesto, by an Early Facebook Investor
- Noticing the model
- “Venture capital money kills more businesses than it helps,” says Basecamp CEO Jason Fried – Fried says tech startups are addicted to raising and spending money, and the VC funding cycle is to blame
- Thank You Google!! For Sharing my data
- To fix the web, give it back to the users – Letting people control the data they create and make informed decisions about privacy would shift the balance of power from platforms to people;
- The facts about Facebook – Zuckerberg wants to redefine “transparency, choice and control” — let’s not give him consent
- The Five Foundations of Intuitive Ethics
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