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courses:ct60a7000:spring2016:critical:rohandurugkar [2016/04/25 18:58]
m7233 [Task 2 - Report on Degrees of Separation (Facebook)]
courses:ct60a7000:spring2016:critical:rohandurugkar [2016/04/25 19:02]
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 **Reading** ​   : Nothing To Hide \\ **Reading** ​   : Nothing To Hide \\
 **Reading** ​   : Data And Goliath \\ **Reading** ​   : Data And Goliath \\
 **edX Course** : Philosophy and Critical Thinking \\ **edX Course** : Philosophy and Critical Thinking \\
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 ===== Task 1 - Three Articles ===== ===== Task 1 - Three Articles =====
  
  
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 [[http://​www.theguardian.com/​technology/​2014/​jun/​20/​little-privacy-in-the-age-of-big-data|Little privacy in the age of big data]] [[http://​www.theguardian.com/​technology/​2014/​jun/​20/​little-privacy-in-the-age-of-big-data|Little privacy in the age of big data]]
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 This article talks about the situation with **data and privacy** as it was in the **mid-2014 period**. I think this is **still relevant** as we can understand where is the **current situation** coming from.  This article talks about the situation with **data and privacy** as it was in the **mid-2014 period**. I think this is **still relevant** as we can understand where is the **current situation** coming from. 
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 The article emphasizes on **adopting new laws** which would regulate the **collection,​ use and trading of personal data**. However, the problem in doing this is that the ** legal scope here resides across continents and jurisdictions**. ​ The article emphasizes on **adopting new laws** which would regulate the **collection,​ use and trading of personal data**. However, the problem in doing this is that the ** legal scope here resides across continents and jurisdictions**. ​
  
-The article also talks about the **political aspect** of creating standards like making **HTTPS browsing a default** as compared to HTTP. Also, the **social aspect** of people actually understanding what these technologies are and why should they be adopted. It also questions the **effectiveness** of **mass data surveillance** to prevent acts of terrorism, whether it is effective or not. +The article also talks about the **political aspect** of creating standards like making **HTTPS browsing a default** as compared to HTTP. Also, the **social aspect** of people actually understanding what these technologies are and why should they be adopted. It also questions the **effectiveness** of **mass data surveillance** to prevent acts of terrorism, whether it is effective or not. 
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 [[https://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=bjopJ-_vAUE|DEF CON 23 - Bruce Schneier - Questions and Answers]] [[https://​www.youtube.com/​watch?​v=bjopJ-_vAUE|DEF CON 23 - Bruce Schneier - Questions and Answers]]
  
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 He focuses on the need to have **backdoor evident algorithms** as compared to **backdoor proof algorithms**. This means that it should show up in some way if a backdoor has been installed in a secure system.\\ He focuses on the need to have **backdoor evident algorithms** as compared to **backdoor proof algorithms**. This means that it should show up in some way if a backdoor has been installed in a secure system.\\
 He also talks about the importance of privacy and the disadvantage of saying '**I don't have anything to hide**'​ among many other things.\\ He also talks about the importance of privacy and the disadvantage of saying '**I don't have anything to hide**'​ among many other things.\\
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 [[https://​www.whitehouse.gov/​sites/​default/​files/​microsites/​ostp/​PCAST/​pcast_big_data_and_privacy_-_may_2014.pdf|Report to Barack Obama on Big Data and Privacy by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)]] [[https://​www.whitehouse.gov/​sites/​default/​files/​microsites/​ostp/​PCAST/​pcast_big_data_and_privacy_-_may_2014.pdf|Report to Barack Obama on Big Data and Privacy by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)]]
  
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 It mentions five recommendations for the Government of the US, one of them being, "​Policy attention should focus more on the actual uses of big data and less on its collection and analysis."​ It mentions five recommendations for the Government of the US, one of them being, "​Policy attention should focus more on the actual uses of big data and less on its collection and analysis."​
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