Book review: 'Nobody's Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls'

(Oct 29, 2019) "Fighting back is a transformative act," writes Carrie Goldberg in her book "Nobody’s Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls," which powerfully recounts the stories of many women who were transformed by their own acts of fighting back against the attacks of their former partners, confidants and significant others. Scaffolded by the personal stories of her clients, Goldberg, an attorney, walks readers through the legal challenges and difficult steps that must be taken to assert one... Read More

Book Review: 'The Big Nine'

(Oct 1, 2019) "The Big Nine," written by Amy Webb, presents a critical and thought-provoking examination of the ethical pitfalls and biases facing humanity in its pursuit and exploration of artificial intelligence. From the obvious to the obscure, "The Big Nine" does an excellent job of bringing these issues to the forefront and forcing the reader to examine and critically think about various realistic issues and their implications that we face along with the impact of our own biases. It quickly discards t... Read More

The Privacy Advisor Podcast: 'Right To Be Forgotten' hits pop culture

(Sep 24, 2019) A surefire way to take the social temperature of a time period is to sample its art. For those who have been working in privacy for some time, it is perhaps slightly surreal to now see aspects of the profession reflected in popular culture. In October, “Right to Be Forgotten,” by playwright Sharyn Rothstein, will debut at the Arena Stage in Washington. It follows the story of a 17-year-old boy seeking to have his past misdeeds forgotten online — and the obstacles he faces in doing that. Host Ang... Read More

'Right to be Forgotten' hits pop culture

(Sep 24, 2019) A surefire way to take the social temperature of a time period is to sample its art. For those who have been working in privacy for some time, it is perhaps slightly surreal to now see aspects of the profession reflected in popular culture. In October, “Right to Be Forgotten,” by playwright Sharyn Rothstein, will debut at the Arena Stage in Washington. It follows the story of a 17-year-old seeking to have his past misdeeds forgotten online and the obstacles he faces in doing that. IAPP Editor An... Read More

Book review: 'Stand out of our light: Freedom and resistance in the attention economy'

(Aug 27, 2019) The title of this book is taken from an anecdote about Diogenes, the ancient Greek philosopher who was known for his self-imposed poverty and his cranky personality. While he was reading one day, outdoors in Corinth, he was approached by an admirer, Alexander the Great, who offered to grant him any wish. Diogenes only wanted to get back to what he was doing before the interruption. Rather than ask for a material benefit, he simply said: "Stand out of my light." James Williams, a “former Google ... Read More

Op-ed: Does 'The Great Hack' miss the big picture?

(Jul 29, 2019) The takeaway for mainstream audiences of the new Netflix documentary "The Great Hack" about the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal is that data corrupts and privacy information can be used as warfare, Vice reports. However, Motherboard Senior Editor Janus Rose believes the film fails to capture the bigger picture. She writes, "The real 'great hack' isn’t Cambridge’s ill-gotten data or Facebook’s failure to protect it. It’s the entire business model of Silicon Valley, which has incentivized the... Read More

The Privacy Advisor Podcast: Kashmir Hill talks privacy journalism, joining NYT

(Jun 28, 2019) Recently, The New York Times announced it had hired journalist Kashmir Hill to its business beat. Hill, most recently of Gizmodo, has long covered privacy in a distinct and unique first-person style, often through experimentation of her own with technology products and services. There was the time she tried to quit using the top-five technology companies to see what her life would become or the time she connected her entire home to the internet of things. In this episode of The Privacy Advisor P... Read More

Orwell's '1984' celebrates 70th anniversary

(Jun 10, 2019) June 8 marked the 70th anniversary of the publication of George Orwell’s "1984," and his son says the book is still as relevant today as when it first published, The I Newspaper reports. The anniversary comes during increasing concern over how social media and other technologies are using personal data. “He didn’t predict the internet but he predicted something close to it,” Orwell’s son Richard Blair said. “You only have to put so much information in and all these big businesses have all your d... Read More