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Vance Lockton
Works at Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
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Google's (potential) big mistake: messing with search results. Will a simple, uncluttered alternative step up?

http://scripting.com/stories/2012/01/12/couldBingSeriouslyChalleng.html
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Excellent privacy hack for LCD monitors!
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So, it looks like the NYPD lost the WikiLeaks truck, impounded at an Occupy Wall Street protest. Of course, I have to think the word 'lost' requires some of the biggest air quotes ever made.
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Chimps vs. the "touch-the-numbers-in-order" game. Stakes: peanuts. Annnnnd ... go!
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Knowing what we know now ... could we build a secure Internet from scratch?
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Excellent. This sounds even easier than I imagined!
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Police in Victoria, Australia are embedding cameras in their clothing and filming interactions with members of the public to detect ... liquor license violations (i.e., people drunk at bars).

To quote an Internet meme: "Sounds legit."
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Saw another presentation on radical transparency (sharing everything, to create privacy via a flood of noisy data) yesterday. Here's my take on the topic, from 2005:

"[T]he effects will be felt mainly by those in the lower social strata, as a domineering superior will be able to use any and all past transgressions as a means of control. Even among those on an equal social footing, there are some who have more to lose through complete transparency than others. A person with long forgotten radical political affiliations, or an alternative lifestyle, or who simply leads an interesting life, will be selected for particular observation by many. Punishment (in the form of additional scrutiny) of non-comforming people is a means for homogenization, not free choice of lifestyle."

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"A transparent society promotes conformity, whereas the option for privacy allows for diversity. A diverse society will have its conflicts, but it is the only kind in which freedom of choice can truly be exercised."
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What he said.
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Little Printer.

I can't help but compare it to Star Trek. It's the Model T of replicators. You get the immediacy of an email crossed with the physical delivery of a newspaper or a letter. It's more than that, though.

It's the ability to reach into a loved one's home and leave them a note. It's your grandmother clipping a comic strip and sending it to you in real time. It's a handwritten note from someone in another time zone rather than a phone call.

My favorite bits of communications technology are the ones that are asynchronous. I hate phone calls because they come with them the expectation that someone wants your time NOW. I like email because you can check when you want, but email is largely broken by spam.

Little Printer is information on your own time that sprouts from a known location, but can be picked and carried with you when you leave for the day. It's a fruit tree for communicating. I really want one.
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Via @kaepora, who puts it best: Telling.
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If I let Google Ads et al. track enough of my online behaviours, could it become a free therapist? "Vance, your actions seem to indicate you are feeling down lately ... here's a product I think might really cheer you up!"
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Now I can't stop thinking of Google Ads ideas.

* Compensating for threatened masculinity: "I know you really want to visit that website about kittens; don't worry, I'll show you some ads with athletes driving big trucks while you're on it."

* Treasure hunts: "The next hint (part of the story, etc.) will be revealed when you visit the site described by these 3 clues ..."

* Matchmaking: "So, this other person I'm tracking seems like a perfect match, and I noticed you both spent last Friday night surfing the web ..."

I'll stop now.
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If Lifehacker has described the place where you keep your password on a piece of paper ... might want to move it.
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Policy Analyst
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  • Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
    Senior Regional Analyst, 2012 - present
  • Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
    Policy Analyst, 2009 - 2012
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I've been compartmentalizing my social network usage -- Google+ falls somewhere around 'Digital Rights - General.'

Standard disclaimer: any stated opinions are my own.
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  • Simon Fraser University
    Public Policy, 2007 - 2009
  • University of British Columbia
    Computer Science, 2003 - 2005
  • University of Waterloo
    Computer Science, 1999 - 2003
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