Banning the Chinese-owned social media platforms raises free speech concerns and could worsen the US-China trade war.
Aug. 28, 2020 • ~10 min
Tags: social-media cybersecurity china disinformation gdpr data-privacy technology privacy censorship free-speech authoritarian-regimes tiktok us-china-relations wechat first-amendment dissent dissidents
Self-regulation by the technology industry has failed to keep people safe online. That's a job for government.
Aug. 10, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus internet pandemic online data-protection regulation privacy online-privacy legislation data-protection-regulation cyberspace kirsten-gillibrand privacy-online data-protection-online
Private mode browsing is a useful way to cover your online tracks. Just don't read too much into the word 'private.'
July 30, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: cybersecurity internet privacy online-privacy web-browsers google-chrome world-wide-web online-ads
Effective national leadership and trust in government appear to be prerequisites for countries to achieve widespread digital contact tracing.
July 6, 2020 • ~11 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic india south-korea covid-19-testing germany privacy contact-tracing smart-phones smart-phone-apps contact-tracing-app digital-contact-tracing data-security covid-19-app
Artificial intelligence insatiable data needs has encouraged the mass collection of personal data, placing privacy at risk. But AI can help solve the very problem it creates.
June 22, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: machine-learning artificial-intelligence data privacy data-security data-collection deep-neural-networks
Smartphone apps and wearable devices can tell when workers have been within six feet of each other, promising to help curb the coronavirus. But they're not all the same when it comes to privacy.
June 9, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic google apple social-distancing apps privacy contact-tracing wearables contact-tracing-app data-collection workplace employee employer
Bluetooth wireless communication makes it possible for people to get alerts on their phones when they've been exposed to the coronavirus. Adding the right cryptography scheme keeps those alerts private.
April 30, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: public-health covid-19 coronavirus cybersecurity pandemic new-coronavirus privacy contact-tracing smart-phones wireless bluetooth smart-phone-apps contact-tracing-app
Videoconferencing keeps people connected while the coronavirus keeps them inside – but privacy and security are far from perfect
Zoom's privacy and security shortcomings are just the latest videoconferencing vulnerabilities. Knowing each platform's risks can help people avoid many of the downsides of virtual gatherings.
April 10, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus cybersecurity internet pandemic quarantine online-learning zoom new-coronavirus whatsapp privacy skype online-privacy online-security security passwords distance-learning video-conferencing home-office two-factor-authentication
Digital surveillance can help bring the coronavirus pandemic under control – but also threatens privacy
Cellphone data can show who coronavirus patients interacted with, which can help isolate infected people before they feel ill. But how digital contact tracing is implemented matters.
April 9, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: public-health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic quarantine population outbreak viruses new-coronavirus surveillance privacy privacy-invasion fourth-amendment cell-phone contact-tracing
Research indicates people would be willing to give up privacy to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 6, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus health-apps health-technology privacy digital-health
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