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[ NNSquad ] "How a Lone Grad Student Scooped the Government and What It Means for Your Online Privacy"
"How a Lone Grad Student Scooped the Government and What It Means for Your Online Privacy" http://j.mp/LJNBu2 (ProPublica) "To defend against hackers, filtered computers are standard in the government, but they are problematic for officials who are trying to discover dishonest activity on the Web; it's a bit like telling a cop he can't patrol in high-crime neighborhoods. A handful of unfiltered computers are available in restricted labs at the FTC's headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue and its satellite offices on New Jersey Avenue and M Street, but this is an ungainly setup. Rather than leaving their office, waiting for an elevator, swiping their ID badges across a sensor at the lab's locked door and logging into a computer soaked with malware (because the lab computers are used to test suspicious applications and websites), the technologists have instead stayed in their office and tethered their personal laptops to their personal cellphones. The office does not have a window, and the cell signals are not strong; even by phone standards, their Web connection is slow." - - - This is actually a pretty interesting article on technical and policy inanities at the FTC. However, it also repeats the tired, misleading memes about Google, cookies and Wi-Fi. For accurate discussion of those issues, please see on my blog: "Google, Safari, and a Clamor of Cookie Confusion": http://j.mp/xGZRcT and "'Highly Illogical": The Hysteria Over Google's Wi-Fi Scanning: http://bit.ly/9680wb --Lauren-- Lauren Weinstein (email@example.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org Founder: - Data Wisdom Explorers League: http://www.dwel.org - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy Lauren's Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com Google+: http://vortex.com/g+lauren / Twitter: http://vortex.com/t-lauren Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800 / Skype: vortex.com _______________________________________________ nnsquad mailing list http://lists.nnsquad.org/mailman/listinfo/nnsquad