Sunday, March 1, 2015

The End of Privacy: special issue of Science

Privacy: use it or lose it. Likely to be important both for market design and for civil rights...

I haven't yet read this special issue of Science on privacy, but it looks like fun.

The End of Privacy

  • From big data to ubiquitous Internet connections, technology empowers researchers and the public—but makes traditional notions of privacy obsolete


  • Attack suggests need for new data safeguards.
  • Facial recognition software could soon ID you in any photo.
  • "Voiceprints" offer convenience and security, but they may pose privacy issues.
  • After the Snowden revelations, U.S. mathematicians are questioning their long-standing ties with the secretive National Security Agency.
  • Unmanned aircraft may soon be everywhere; how they will affect privacy is still unclear.
  • When new or dangerous infectious diseases strike, public health often trumps personal privacy.
  • Medical devices connected to the Internet are vulnerable to sabotage or data theft.
  • Software lets you use location-based apps without revealing where you are.
  • Scientists can no longer guarantee patients' privacy. They're looking for new ways to build trust.
  • A browser extension masks your true interests with customized decoy questions.




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