Fast Company features Aral’s tantalising Indie Phone project that he’s been working on at Clearleft Towers.
Good to see Oskar the dog getting the recognition he deserves.
On the top floor of a commercial building in the old maritime city of Brighton, England, Balkan has been quietly hacking away at Indie Phone for the last several months with the rest of his team—Victor Johansson, an industrial designer, Laura Kalbag, a professional web designer (and Balkan’s partner), and her Husky, Oskar.
A superb piece of hypertext from The Guardian.
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Ben is rightly worried by the blasé attitude in the tech world to the PRISM revelations. Perhaps that attitude stems from a culture of “log everything by default”?
I think there’s a deep rooted trait within this industry that sedates the outrage. That is the normality, complicity, and dependency on ‘surveillance’ in the software we make.
A grab-bag of public updates on Facebook.
Cataloguing patterns (best practices, really) for privacy-concious site owners.
An in-depth look at where Google is going wrong.
A one-stop-shop with links to the authentication settings of various online services. Take the time to do a little Spring cleaning.
A translation into plain English of the recent changes in the law regarding cookies in the UK. In short, keep calm and carry on.
A superbly written piece of near-future legal-dystopian speculative fiction. Damn, that Paul Ford can write!
A dataviz demo of creepiness: displaying the movements of Malte Spitz by correlating her phone activity and web usage.
Metallic ink-printed undershirts and underwear. For Americans who wish to assert their rights without saying a word.
This article needs a great big "citation needed" slapped on it. Yes, people need to think about what they post on the web, but no, that stuff will not stay around "forever." If anything, the web suffers from the opposite problem: memory loss.
A great Fisking by Ben of (very silly, IMHO) morally panicked Guardian article on Foursquare.
Before we point the finger and laugh at the Facebook users leaving confused comments on Read Write Web, we should look to our own experiences with Google Buzz.
Erin explains exactly how badly Google have messed up privacy concerns with Buzz.
A frightening tale of just how badly Google messed up with the lack of privacy controls on Buzz.
Chris says that URLs are people too: "You’ve got my URL, now, tell me, what else do you really need?"
Scroogled is a short story by Cory Doctorow that's especially timely.
An excellent piece of research that shows how Facebook affiliates' cross-site scripting (Beacon) sends information back to the mothership regardless of whether the user has opted out.
Tara talks about the damaging effect on women who believe that to protect themselves, they cannot be truly open online.
The guy who submitted this Mozilla bug writes "This privacy flaw has caused my fiancé and I to break-up after having dated for 5 years."