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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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Your Very Own Privacy Policy

Over at Future Tense (Slate), Irina Raicu wrote a great letter to Corporations. It begins: Dear Corporation, You have expressed an interest in collecting personal information about me. (This interest may have been expressed by implication, in case you were … 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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