Security & Privacy with technology in 2018 and beyond

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Re: Security & Privacy with technology in 2018 and beyond

Post by Sounddesigner » Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:10 pm

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Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:32 am
Germany is in the process of outlawing Facebook's entire business model. That should be fun.
TThis is why I hate when governments get involved with stuff like this. They get looney and come with a iron fist solution thus the cure ends up being worse then the problem. Many nations are now proposing more taxes and regulations for internet businesses with New Zealand being the latest. Oddly they all picked the same moment in time to do this. Part of the reason I'm sure is that governments are desparate for money since they have no real answers for keeping their countries prosperous and in good financial standings. It's always find new ways of taxing when problems occur rather than figure out how to make the overall pie bigger/increase their nations true wealth as populations grow. Governments really don't have good answers for generating more national wealth and no real answers on how to make flawed ideologies and flawed economic systems work, it's always more taxes and more regulations. We the citizens are headed for some serious financial slavery and are already in it to some degree it's just gonna get worse. Big Tech are the latest to be targeted and demonized and they deserve some of it but there is a far far bigger problem that is hidden in plain sight and that is the poor financial health of the world and bad leadership that tries to compensate for it with predatory practices on whatever group they choose to demonize at the time. This true problem is far bigger than Big Tech. Politicians don't want us focusing on their bad leadership and the riddle wich is national debt so they create scapegoats. Sadly people look away soon as they hear the word free :P .

The internet has done well and really has thrived because most governments of the world had agreed to keep a hands off approach but it looks like that agreement is quickly unraveling due to desperation for money, politics, etc. The world's economy is slowing down right now and the credit debt of its governments and people is rapidly growing; a big bubble that will naturally pop at some point. Our economy is doing well here in the US and it's I think the only one doing well out of the major economies, but our national debt still has hit $22-trillion for government and many trillions for citizens due to college loans, house financing, car financing, etc. It's like watching a car crash in slow motion.

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Re: Security & Privacy with technology in 2018 and beyond

Post by valis » Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:44 pm

This is a new site, and well worth checking periodically. While there are others out there that are similar, this one seems to have a very effective algorithm running behind it: https://www.breachclarity.com/

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Re: Security & Privacy with technology in 2018 and beyond

Post by valis » Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:25 pm

A bit of info on current mobile exploits: https://arstechnica.com/information-tec ... d-devices/

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Re: Security & Privacy with technology in 2018 and beyond

Post by valis » Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:20 pm

Alexa really is listening, but without “responsibility”:

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/201 ... exa-audio/

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... iews-audio

Thankfully, there is a way to stop Amazon from listening to your Alexa recordings. Tom's Guide explains:
1. In the Alexa app, access Settings. You'll find this button at the bottom of the menu in the top left corner of the home screen.
2. Click on Alexa Account. This should be at the top of the page.
3. Select Alexa Privacy. You'll be taken to Amazon's external Alexa privacy page. You can review a number of things here, including our voice history, skill permissions, and other data settings.
4. Tap "Manage How Your Data Improves Alexa."
5. Toggle "Help Develop New Features" and "Use Messages to Improve Transcriptions" to Off. Alexa will no longer learn and improve from your responses, but your recordings will be safe and sound.

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Re: Security & Privacy with technology in 2018 and beyond

Post by garyb » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:18 pm

sure they will.

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Re: Security & Privacy with technology in 2018 and beyond

Post by valis » Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:03 pm

:D

How about this one, from the "Honesty is the best policy" department at Facebook:

Facebook accidentally put hidden messages like 'Big Brother is Watching' and 'The Masons Were Here' in 'tens of thousands' of VR controllers

Real life exceeded satire 11 years ago, and just keeps going...

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Re: Security & Privacy with technology in 2018 and beyond

Post by garyb » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:49 pm

it only seems like real life.
well, there's something that's real, but that has been impossible the comprehend as long as i've been alive. there's considerable evidence that this has been a constant. it's more like idiots acting out the lamest pulp fiction.

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Re: Security & Privacy with technology in 2018 and beyond

Post by valis » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:47 pm

To bring us back to the thread here, note I've never disagreed with your thesis that there's little to no need to be 'modern' and 'connected' for a DAW machine. :D In fact, many of my friends from years past in the electronic circles have largely moved on from even using computers with the explosion of smaller & smaller devices combined with Elektron, Akai and others making devices that sit in a central position among these (electronic) players.

My primary concern is that our brethren here and elsewhere have a better chance to avoid some of the 'traps and snares' that have evolved along with these issues. So I trust my updates on these privacy issues isn't bothersome to anyone here. :)

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Re: Security & Privacy with technology in 2018 and beyond

Post by valis » Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:58 pm

garyb wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:18 pm
sure they will.
Supporting your anti-thesis: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/arti ... ut-consent

Vice points out that sometimes those recordings are shared "even after users opt out of having their data used in the program."

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Re: Security & Privacy with technology in 2018 and beyond

Post by garyb » Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:57 pm

it's the nature of the medium.
head in the sand won't change that. people will be people, and they made these things.
well, unless something more moohaha is involved, in which case, even more reason to see the reality.

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Re: Security & Privacy with technology in 2018 and beyond

Post by valis » Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:01 pm

No disagreement here. I know what I experienced with these platforms, and nothing that's happened since has done anything other than reinforce that experience.

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Re: Security & Privacy with technology in 2018 and beyond

Post by valis » Sun May 12, 2019 6:32 pm

Interesting article on tech industry and it's goals for "market disruption". Ie, what do we get in exchange for the 'disruption'?

Note this was a term I heard a lot back in the dot-com boom when I was working for video hardware companies (and helping beta test major nonlinear DAW & Video apps which we all now know & use). The goal then was to disrupt brick & mortar stores, as the middlemen there were shipping companies and regional distributors. Just as stores like Wal-mart and Costco were the 'peak' of the brick & mortar era, Ebay & Amazon, etc are the epitome of the 'disruption' for those ... disruptors. Ali Baba sees itself as a long-term disruptor of global markets as well, our musical mavens have Ulle as the premiere global disruptor (as well as 'apps' and 'free daws' for newcomers to the music production process), and the gaming market has trended towards the Korean model of 'freemium', micro-payments and 'engagement' (the social model) as the primary indicator of success in the mainstream of that market.

Just as my namesake Valis brings to mind dystopian visions of satellites and tech mingling in the affairs of organic intelligence, so does this article provide food for thought when it comes to how much data collection and 'market disruption' are needed in every facet of human affairs. Now that there's plenty of headlines for tech & social media's "disruption" of the political sphere, they are turning their attention to the last few markets: health and education are among them. So the above article might provide some food for thought, though note I am not here to knock the underpinnings out from underneath all tech, merely offering that link as a counter balance and suggest that perhaps tech and the information age themselves have peaked, and we might want to revisit what it means to be human in general. Also note the author mostly lingers on IoT and embedding chips in everything, rather than looking at the Administrative forces behind the data collection itself (Technocracy/Oligarchy uber alles).

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Re: Security & Privacy with technology in 2018 and beyond

Post by valis » Sun May 12, 2019 7:50 pm

Also it's interesting to note that the idea of breaking up the social media giants seems to have traction on both sides of the isle. Liberal politicians and publishers alike are more and more behind this idea.

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