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The Telecom Digest for June 29, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 157 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
The Value of Privacy (Monty Solomon)
An App Keeps Spies Away from Your iPhone (Monty Solomon)
Campaigns to Track Voters with "Political Cookies" (Monty Solomon)
What Facebook Knows (Monty Solomon)
Mobile Computing in Question (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 09:11:29 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: The Value of Privacy Message-ID: <p06240852cc10a7f1948b@[]> The Value of Privacy Technology Review June 2012 Internet advertising is the global $70 billion business that powers services like Google and Facebook. This business is built on data about you, and ads that track and target your behavior online are its technological cutting edge. But has tracking gone too far? Web innovations are coming under attack as regulators, courts, and even some competitors push for more consumer control. In this report we look at the business models, beliefs, and technologies that are determining the value of privacy. ... http://www.technologyreview.com/businessreport/the-value-of-privacy/
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 09:11:29 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: An App Keeps Spies Away from Your iPhone Message-ID: <p06240854cc10ab6864f7@[]> An App Keeps Spies Away from Your iPhone A cryptography pioneer offers a simple way to fight electronic surveillance. Tom Simonite Technology Review June 27, 2012 Anytime you use your phone to make a call or send an e-mail or text message, there's a chance it will be intercepted by someone who has access - legal or otherwise - to your providers' servers. A new app called Silent Circle tries to change that by encrypting calls, e-mails, and texts. It's aimed at activists, companies, and individuals who fear they're being spied on. ... http://www.technologyreview.com/news/428344/an-app-keeps-spies-away-from-your-iphone/
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 09:11:29 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Campaigns to Track Voters with "Political Cookies" Message-ID: <p06240853cc10a835a47f@[]> Campaigns to Track Voters with "Political Cookies" Candidates match voter records with sophisticated online tracking to target their ads. Are they going too far? Jessica Leber Technology Review June 27, 2012 Many of the advertisements people see online today are customized. Using so-called browser cookies, advertisers can track a given Web surfers' habits and serve them relevant ads. This election year, a related type of targeted ads-one relying on "political cookies"-is coming into widespread use. The technology involves matching a person's Web identity with information gathered about that person offline, including his or her party registration, voting history, charitable donations, address, age, and even hobbies. ... http://www.technologyreview.com/news/428347/campaigns-to-track-voters-with-political-cookies/
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 09:11:29 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: What Facebook Knows Message-ID: <p06240857cc10af895c9a@[]> What Facebook Knows The company's social scientists are hunting for insights about human behavior. What they find could give Facebook new ways to cash in on our data-and remake our view of society. Tom Simonite Technology Review July/August 2012 If Facebook were a country, a conceit that founder Mark Zuckerberg has entertained in public, its 900 million members would make it the third largest in the world. It would far outstrip any regime past or present in how intimately it records the lives of its citizens. Private conversations, family photos, and records of road trips, births, marriages, and deaths all stream into the company's servers and lodge there. Facebook has collected the most extensive data set ever assembled on human social behavior. Some of your personal information is probably part of it. And yet, even as Facebook has embedded itself into modern life, it hasn't actually done that much with what it knows about us. Now that the company has gone public, the pressure to develop new sources of profit is likely to force it to do more with its hoard of information. That stash of data looms like an oversize shadow over what today is a modest online advertising business, worrying privacy-conscious Web users and rivals such as Google. Everyone has a feeling that this unprecedented resource will yield something big, but nobody knows quite what. ... http://www.technologyreview.com/featured-story/428150/what-facebook-knows/
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 09:11:29 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Mobile Computing in Question Message-ID: <p06240855cc10abbc7892@[]> Mobile Computing in Question Technology Review May 2012 Mobile devices outsold PCs last year for the first time, and top smart-phone apps are reaching the kind of audiences it used to take technologies decades to reach. Mobile computing has arrived. The question now: what comes next? In this issue of Business Impact, we look at major technology and business questions facing mobile computing as it reaches for global ubiquity. From the bandwidth crunch to the app-vs.-Web debate, businesses can profit as much from understanding the limits of mobile computing as from its rapid spread. ... http://www.technologyreview.com/businessreport/mobile-computing-in-question/
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