Laura Poitras and Citizenfour —

Laura Poitras and Citizenfour

George Packer, Laura Poitras, The Keeper of Secrets. The New Yorker, Oct. 20, 2014

Democracy Now, October 23, 2014 on Poitras and Citizenfour and

Profile in The Atlantic, Oct. 24, 2014, with Conor Friedersdorf

New York Film Festival, 2014


Right to Be Forgotten — October 25, 2016

Right to Be Forgotten

From Al Jazeera 2014

From the Guardian

From EU –  FactSheet

Jeffrey Toobin – The Solace of Oblivion – The New Yorker, September 29, 2014

CNN-on right to be forgotten, Sept.15, 2014

Malte Spitz —
BIG Data —

BIG Data

World Economic Forum and Boston Consulting Group. (February 2013). Unlocking the Value of Personal Data: From Collection to Usage.

Our world is changing. It is complex, hyperconnected, and increasingly driven by insights derived from big data. And the rate of change shows no sign of slowing. Nor does the volume of data show any sign of shrinking. But, the economic and social value of big data does not come just from its quantity. It also comes from its quality – the ways in which individual bits of data can be interconnected to reveal new insights with the potential to transform business and society. Fully tapping that potential holds much promise, and much risk. By themselves, technology and data are neutral. It is their use that can both generate great value and create significant harm, sometimes simultaneously. This requires a rethink of traditional approaches to data governance, particularly a shift from focusing away from trying to control the data itself to focusing on the uses of data. It is up to the individuals and institutions of various societies to govern and decide how to unlock the value – both economic and social – and ensure suitable protections.
–from Executive Summary

Mayer-Schönberger and Cukier

Robert McMillan. (2013, March 4). The Big-Data Interview: Making Sense of the New World Order. Wired.

Interview with  Victor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier about their recent book, Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think.

New America Foundation, Open Technology Institute, March 7, 2013, launch:


Political economy of big data

April 11, 2013.
Claire Cain Miller. Data Science: The Number of Our Lives. NYT.

April 7, 2013.
Steve Lohr. The Potential and Risks of Data Science. NYT.

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Terms and Conditions May Apply — October 12, 2016
Google Wants You to Share Everything — September 28, 2016

Google Wants You to Share Everything

Janet Davidson, CBC News, October 16, 2013: Google’s ‘shared endorsement’ ads spark user backlash.

In the Wild West world of online advertising, Google is hoping to add a new weapon to its already formidable arsenal: your name and face.

The internet behemoth is planning to deploy names and photos of users of its Google Plus social network and reviews they’ve made there to pitch products to their online friends and tout the quaint little neighbourhood restaurant.

Google is offering users a way to opt out of these new “shared endorsements.”But the plan that is expected to launch next month has already sparked a backlash…