Tag Archives: Internet

Take back the Internet – by Bruce Schneier

September 17, 2013 by Bruce Schneier Bruce Schneier (credit: Geoffrey Stone) Government and industry have betrayed the Internet, and us. By subverting the Internet at every level to make it a vast, multi-layered and robust surveillance platform, the NSA has undermined a fundamental social contract. The companies that build and manage our Internet infrastructure, the companies that […]

Minority Report-style pre-crime prediction using Twitter data: possible?

Retweet graph of Project X dataset (snapshot at 2012-09-26 04:32:15). (credit: Marijn ten Thij/University o Twente) It’s the year 2054, where “PreCrime,” a specialized police department, apprehends criminals based on foreknowledge provided by three psychics called “precogs.” That’s the premise of the Minority Report film. Now University of Twente (UT) mathematics student Marijn ten Thij* has developed a mathematical model that he says […]

First Google Glass use for real-time location of where multiple viewers are looking

“What you are seeing here is the first use of Google glass and another device — an Android phone in this case — for real-time focus between multiple users,” CrowdOptic CEO Jon Fisher explained to KurzweilAI in an exclusive interview. Left: two users (red dots) are looking at the Transamerica building (“22″) in San Francisco. Their intersecting lines of […]

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects ‘nearly everything a user does on the Internet’

NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches of emails, social media activity, and browsing history A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals — its “widest-reaching” system for developing intelligence from the […]

Google calls for greater transparency and challenges surveillance gag order

Google has called on the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Tuesday to relax its gag order on tech companies targeted in U.S. security investigations, The Guardian reports. The legal filing cites the first amendment’s guarantee of free speech and follows on from a letter to attorney general Eric Holder asking for permission to disclose the number of requests Google […]

NSA Google search tips

Headquarters of National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Maryland (credit: NSA) A book Untangling the Web: A Guide to Internet Research (PDF) produced by the The National Security Agency to uncover intelligence hiding on the web has just been released by the NSA, following a FOIA request, Wired reports. It offers advice for using search engines, the Internet Archive, […]

Welcome to the programmable world

Tiny, intelligent things all around us, coordinating their activities. There are few more appropriate guides to this impending future than Alex Hawkinson, whose DC-based startup, SmartThings, has built what’s arguably the most advanced hub to tie connected objects together, Wired reports. At his house, more than 200 objects, from the garage door to the coffeemaker to his daughter’s […]

How the Internet amplifies irrational group behavior

Social network graph (credit: DarwinPeacock/Wikimedia Commons) New research from the University of Copenhagen combines formal philosophy, social psychology, and decision theory to understand and tackle these phenomena. “Group behavior that encourages us to make decisions based on false beliefs has always existed. However, with the advent of the Internet and social media, this kind of behavior is more […]

Global e-mail patterns reveal ‘clash of civilizations’

The mesh of civilizations in e-mail patterns (credit: Bogdan State et al.) The global pattern of e-mail communication reflects the cultural fault lines thought to determine future conflict, say computational social scientists. In 1992, the Harvard-based political scientist Samuel Hartington suggested that future conflicts would be driven largely by cultural differences. He went on to […]

The interspecies internet

Could the Internet connect us with dolphins, apes, elephants and other highly intelligent species? Bonobo jams with Peter Gabriel (credit: Peter Gabriel) At TED 2013 Thursday, Diana Reiss, Peter Gabriel, Neil Gershenfeld, and Vint Cerf launched the idea of the “interspecies internet.” Diana Reiss, a cognitive psychologist, has been been teaching dolphins to communicate through an underwater keyboard of […]