Control Freaks and Bond Villains

The hippy ethos that birthed early management of the internet is beginning to look quaint. Even as a military project, the core internet concept was a decentralized network of unlimited nodes that could reroute itself around danger and destruction.  No one could control it because no one could […]

No Means No

Researchers from the International Computer Science Institute found up to 1,325 Android applications (apps) gathering data from devices despite being explicitly denied permission. The study looked at more than 88,000 apps from the Google Play store and tracked data transfers post denial of permission. The 1,325 apps used […]

India Shakes International Data Market

After decades of free reign to gather and use personal data, Earth’s second largest internet using population may soon be imposing data privacy rules. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s Telecom and IT minister, recently indicated that the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 (PDPB), will be “quickly” taken to Parliament […]

Are Humans Necessary?

Three seemingly unrelated topics coalesced in my head on this Independence Day Eve Day. First, I am reading proofs of my colleague and fellow HDD blogger Ted Claypoole’s excellent forthcoming new book “The Law of Artificial Intelligence and Smart Machines”, which discusses the ways AI will (and won’t […]