Tag: Privacy

Podcast: #DigitalOptimists with Stefan Buijsman (Privacy Issues Episode)

I am having a conversation with my friend Stefan Buijsman who is the youngest Ph.D. of the Netherlands and Sweden (obtained it at the age of 20). He has written numerous books about mathematics and Artificial Intelligence and he is an optimist when it comes to technological developments and social media. We discuss whether WhatsApp is as private and encrypted as it…

Privacy? What privacy?

Edward Snowden was working as an employee of the CIA in 2013 when he rose to fame for releasing some highly classified information to the public, earning the name of “whistle-blower” and quickly having his American passport revoked. Since then, he has been living in Russia, is now married and published a memoir just a month ago. Because of his book, his…

Baby-Hitler and mums on Facebook

Most of us began using social media when we were in our pre-teens. As for Facebook, I remember ruthlessly lying about my age when I first signed up at 11 years old. But at the very least, at the time, I had some sort of awareness of what I wanted/didn’t want appearing on my profile. I chose what to post, I could…

Dystopian future? China’s social credit system and the surveillance state

Since the People’s Republic of China announced in 2014 that they will launch a new system that is supposed to make sure it’s citizens and corporations will become more trustworthy (as the China Daily has reported), it has been a hot topic of speculation among Western journalists that cover China of what this system will look like and how it will impact…

Dystopian future? The neoliberalisation of privacy in a digital age

The 2018 Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal has led many people to become more conscious about privacy concerns and how much of our personal information is being collected and sold by social media corporations. But are we as individuals actually capable to protect our online privacy, or is this an issue that can only be addressed in collective regulations? The story of how…

Solid: The New Web?

There’s a new kid on the block and it’s not just any kid. A few day ago Sir Tim Berners-Lee, one of the co-founders* and also namegiver of the World Wide Web, wrote an open letter to the internet community, in which he announced a new platform called Solid.** Solid stands for Solid Linked Data and this name indicates that data and…