Category Archives: consumer

How the Present is Killing the Future

Security guru Bruce Schneier wrote a piece in The Atlantic, How the Internet of Things Limits Consumer Choice. He notes: In theory, the Internet of Things—the connected network of tiny computers inside home appliances, household objects, even clothing—promises to make … Continue reading

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Ad Tech: Breaking the “social contract”

Doc Searls is on a tear with Beyond ad blocking — the biggest boycott in human history and his Ad Block War series of posts. There’s a commonly heard cry from the Ad Tech industry (short for advertising technology, a … Continue reading

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Google’s Policies, Target’s Pregnancy, and a Damned Lack of Transparency

These days, “big data” is all in the news. Generally speaking, the phrase “big data” is a marketing and hype placeholder for stores and streams of data that are unstructured (or minimally so: media, location, text, graphic, logs, et al.), … Continue reading

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