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There I was, thinking we, <the scientists>(tm), were the good guys - and then there's Reseach Gate, your "social networking site for scientists" (apparently found and managed by "scientists"), which doesn't only spam me to death, but even started faking the sender of their spam to be actual colleagues (cmp. Fig 1).
This, I guess, is an impersonation attack - which doesn't seem to be the best way when trying to win someone's trust (or: new customers) to me.
Go figure...
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Took the liberty to comment on their profile:

https://plus.google.com/105131475095543635454/posts/CaaJb9gkreL

I guess they'll simply blacklist my contact details and keep p*ng off everybody else, but then at least I'll have my peace *sigh
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Check it out: https://peerj.com/computer-science/
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A good reminder:

''' Schneier said. “We’ve built an Internet for surveillance. We’ve decided that advertising, that marketing, that personal information is the currency by which we all buy our Internet, and that fuels what countries can do.” '''

''' “My advertiser is not my friend,” Dwork said. “I don’t want my computer to know my mood. If I’m sad, maybe my advertiser will suggest that I buy something expensive.
“And I don’t want my advertiser to try to keep me sad. What I’m now starting to worry about is not only my advertiser exploiting my emotional state for financial gain, but also manipulating my emotional state for continued financial gain.” '''

http://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2015/01/reengineering-privacy-post-snowden
Technology and policy experts convene at Harvard symposium on “Privacy in a Networked World”
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TU Dresden: Among the top 200 world wide (rank 135 to be exact), top 8 of all German universities according to the Times Higher Ed "World University Ranking" by Thomson & Reuters.


http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/2014-15/world-ranking/institution/technische-universitat-dresden
Technische Universität Dresden is one of the top universities in the world, The Times Higher Education, World University Rankings grades the top universities in the world
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Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye of MITs Media Lab is giving a talk on
"Big but personal data: How human behavior bounds privacy and what we can do about it", today at 1pm at the faculty. All interested parties are cordially invited, the more (discussion) the merrier!

http://www.inf.tu-dresden.de/index.php?node_id=438&ln=en#t1281
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I knew Dresden airport was small, but is this the plane to get to Fra?

With +"Tante Ju" (and: yes, I wish it was the plane to Fra!) 8-)
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That's the thing about flying as a kid: the only occasion to get sick and still love it :-)
This time we didn't get the chance to fly on it, but I'll simply book as many flights between DRS and Fra as possible, to increase my chances 8-)
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Vaccination on balance does not increase health risks, but massively reduces them; whoever tells you differently is fooled by FUD or who has an agenda; getting vaccinated is a duty to protect the old, weak, and allergic.
(since it apparently can't be stated often enough, let's just do it again...)

h/t: gina häußge for the link that explains it really nicely and comprehensible
 
It's not perfect, but pretty good introduction to the discussion about vaccines.
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This, a thousand times.
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Germans rather share negative news, and social recommendations are mainstream now - the latest update to our study on sharing behavior in Germany of articles in social networking sites has just been published.

Brief: news covering violence, crime, and pessimism are shared most often, and stories from the site of the tabloid "Bild" are shared more often than from any of the real news papers.

Brief  (in German): http://www.tu-darmstadt.de/vorbeischauen/aktuell/einzelansicht_113408.de.jsp
The slightly more detailed report can be found here: http://www.emarkets.tu-darmstadt.de/forschung/social-network-usage-in-germany-study/
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Worüber spricht das Web? Welche Themen werden am häufigsten geteilt? Und über welche Plattformen? Das untersuchen Forscher der TU Darmstadt und der TU Dresden in einer Langzeitstudie. Die Zahl der Nachrichten- Empfehlungen wuchs gegenüber 2013 auf mehr als das Doppelte. Am häufigsten geteilt: Berichte über Gewalt und Verbrechen – und ein zum Nachdenken anregendes Zeitgeist-Video aus dem Bielefelder Hörsaal-Slam.
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Schnail Mail (beta): Lifelong gratis offline mailing (postcards and letters!) 8-)

https://aralbalkan.com/notes/schnail-mail-free-real-mail-for-life/

h/t: Nat Torkington
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... and a permanent copy is kept for the friends at the three-letter-agencies... ;-) I do agree though that hysteria doesn't help, though (yet satire usually contains a grain of truth ;-o).
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matchupbox, the company that bought safebook, is currently running a kickstarter campaign to help funding "tego". Tego is a device that integrates safebook ideas to create an interconnected personal cloud (dropbox substitute with privacy). I backed them, even though the description on kickstarter is a bit confusing. ;-)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/706423732/meet-tego-the-little-box-of-your-privacy-on-the-in
TEGO is a little box we designed to give you protection and control of your personal data, as you browse and interact on the Internet.
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Looks like tp-link... Trustworthy company ;)
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Tag der offenen Tür der TU Dresden, auch an der Informatik!

Wer jetzt losläuft schafft es noch zu unserem Vortrag ;-)

http://tu-dresden.de/unitag/wissenschaftsgebiete/ingenieur/informatik
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Interesting judgment, google (et al.) are liable under European law, even if their algorithms run in the states and their local offices do "sales only", and individuals receive the right to have search results/documents that are linked to their person removed, in well-founded cases.

http://www.dw.de/european-court-of-justice-orders-google-to-delete-personal-data/a-17631125
The European Court of Justice has ruled that citizens have a right to request that Google delete their data from search results in a case that sought to see whether private citizens could leave the engine's grid.
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I do agree that there's need for further improvement (even though I currently have a hard time imagining what it could be, either technical or legal), and I currently don't know the best technical solution for the ruling. Yet, I think it's an interesting ruling (well balanced, actually) and since it's not only geeks and techies using the Web anymore (those were the days!) I think there's need for solutions (education/awareness alone won't help, just think of fox news, Bild Zeitung and all the rest ;-p)...
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  • TU Dresden
    Chair of Privacy and Security, 2014 - present
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    PI, present
  • TU Darmstadt
    Chair of Peer-to-Peer Networks, 2014
  • Uni Mannheim
    Chair of Dependable Distributed Systems, 2012