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"We have one infrastructure. We can’t choose a world where the US gets to spy and the Chinese don’t. We get to choose a world where everyone can spy, or a world where no one can spy. We can be secure from everyone, or vulnerable to anyone. And I’m tired of us choosing surveillance over security." - Schneier on Security: Fake Cell Phone Towers Across the US
# surveillance# infrastructure# security# tech# it security# cybersecurity# fake cell phone towers# regulation
"85 percent of the shelters we surveyed say they’re working directly with victims whose abusers tracked them using GPS. Seventy-five percent say they’re working with victims whose abusers eavesdropped on their conversation remotely — using hidden mobile apps. And nearly half the shelters we surveyed have a policy against using Facebook on premises, because they are concerned a stalker can pinpoint location." - Smartphones Are Used To Stalk, Control Domestic Abuse Victims : All Tech Considered : NPR
# data# smartphones# tracking# abuse# domestic violence# stalking# gps# following# shelter# safety# protection# digital# tech# risks# digital detox
"Shifting fashion does affect what we want from our application’s look and feel, but I think there is a more likely reason we keep reinventing the applications that are so critical to our everyday lives. It’s because no application truly fits anyone, no more than “one size fits all” clothes do. And if you are a tailor, and you don’t like the fit of your clothing, you make your own. Most startups come from trying to make an application that actually fits their life, and if they are lucky, it fits a whole bunch of other lives as well." - The Extra-Chunky Internet
# personalization# applications# software# customization# relatability# tech# development# startups
Paris Review – The Thin Red Line

On misspellings, and technological signifiers of a misspelled word.

# writing# language# spelling# typo# error# misspellings# misspelling
"As creepy as Glass can be, a smart watch is far more insidious, because it creates the same asymmetric power dynamic as Glass–I control the space around me and choose what data is captured and distributed–but in a far less conspicuous way. Wearing Glass is still unnatural and easily identifiable. Wearing a watch isn’t. As devices sink into our our clothes and our selves, the privacy implications of their capabilities become more pressing to talk about, and control." - Smart Watches: Ravishing, and Creepier than Google Glass - Scott Berinato - Harvard Business Review
# wearable# tech# smartwatch# ubiquitous# control# surveillance# wearables# wearable tech# smart watch# surreptitious
"analog cracks don’t scale. This is the fundamental problem. The digital world gives fraudsters economies of scale." - net.wars
# fraud# danger# it security# security# tech# analog# digital
AIDS Hit the United States Harder Than Other Developed Countries: Why? | New Republic

Lots of reasons, most of which are profoundly depressing and/or frustrating.

# HIV# AIDS# public health# health# policy# policies# public policy# drugs# drug abuse# safety# cost# affordability# HAART# treatment# protection# needle exchange# drug users# anti-drug# war on drugs# drug policy# homosexuality# stigma# reagan
Why do we have blood types? | Mosaic
# blood# science# blood types# health# genetics# anatomy# body# bodies# bombay phenotype# public health
Web users in the United Arab Emirates have more to worry about than having just their BlackBerries cracked.

On the weaknesses of relying on a vast web of Certificate Authorities to validate the security of the web.

# it security# security# web# CAs# certificate authorities# ssl# cybersecurity# man in the middle# mitm# secure# authorization
"There are always two countercurrents running through the brain of someone contemplating suicide, much like the currents working at odds in the river itself: the desire to escape and the dim hope of being saved. The mind, having fixated on suicide as an option, might take signs of encouragement in everything: cloud formations or rough seas or a random conversation. In the failure of the mailman to arrive. Or the store sold out of a particular brand of cereal. As the mind vacuum-seals itself to its singular course of action, and as the body moves in concert—as suction takes hold and begins to claim its molecules—the only solution to the inevitable chain of unfolding events, the only possibility at being saved, is an intervention of some sort, a random occurrence or gesture. The hand on the shoulder. Then, the mind that has held so long and fast to the body’s undoing might shift, and unburden, and de-aggregate, in some cases, almost instantly. Recidivism rates for those mulling suicide are low for all but the severely depressed. Help someone focus step by step across the bridge and he’ll be less inclined to ever return." - The Suicide Catcher
# suicide# mental health# depression# encouragement# love# alternative# desperation# escape# escapism
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