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Study identifies metadata mining of telephone data by NSA

“Privacy protections against government surveillance are often scoped to communications content and exclude communications metadata. In the United States, the National Security Agency operated a particularly controversial program, collecting bulk telephone metadata nationwide. We investigate the privacy properties of telephone metadata to assess the impact of policies that distinguish between content and metadata. We find that telephone metadata is densely interconnected, can trivially be reidentified, enables automated location and relationship inferences, and can be used to determine highly sensitive traits.

  • Evaluating the privacy properties of telephone metadata. Jonathan Mayer, Patrick Mutchler, and John C. Mitchel. Edited by Cynthia Dwork, Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, Mountain View, CA, and approved March 1, 2016 (received for review April 27, 2015. vol. 113 no. 20. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1508081113

WSJ – Blue Feed, Red Feed See Liberal Facebook and Conservative Facebook, Side by Side

Blue Feed, Red Feed: “Facebook’s role in providing Americans with political news has never been stronger—or more controversial. Scholars worry that the social network can create “echo chambers,” where users see posts only from like-minded friends and media sources. Facebook encourages users to “keep an open mind” by seeking out posts that don’t appear inContinue Reading

Links and photos soon no longer counted in 140 Twitter character limit

Bloomberg: “Twitter Inc. is making a major shift in how it counts characters in Tweets, giving users more freedom to compose longer messages. The social media company will soon stop counting photos and links as part of its 140-character limit for messages, according to a person familiar with the matter. The change could happen inContinue Reading

MIT and Oxford researchers document availability of Twitter user location data

Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office May 17, 2016: “Researchers at MIT and Oxford University have shown that the location stamps on just a handful of Twitter posts — as few as eight over the course of a single day — can be enough to disclose the addresses of the poster’s home and workplace to aContinue Reading

Social Media Finds New Roles as News and Entertainment Curators

New York Times – Social Media Finds New Roles as News and Entertainment Curators – “As more tech firms employ their own editing staffs, they are being viewed as something less than news organizations, but more than simple reflections of their growing audiences.”

ODNI – Collection, Use, and Retention of Publicly Available Social Media Information in Personnel Security Background Investigations and Adjudications

Via FAS – Collection, Use, and Retention of Publicly Available Social Media Information in Personnel Security Background Investigations and Adjudications, Security Executive Agent Directive 5, May 12, 2016. “…Social media”: Websites, applications, and web-based tools that allow the creation and exchange of user generated content. Through social media, people or groups can engage in dialogue,Continue Reading

If These Canadians Lived in the United States, How Would They Protect Their Privacy?

Regan, Priscilla M. and Bennett, Colin and Bayley, Robin, If These Canadians Lived in the United States, How Would They Protect Their Privacy? The Functional Equivalence of Privacy Redress Mechanisms in Canada and the US (May 10, 2016). 2016 Privacy Law Scholars Conference, George Washington University, June 2-3, 2016. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2778070 “Recent commentaryContinue Reading

Innovation that Matters – Ranking 25 US Cities

“We are at the dawn of an extraordinary technological revolution, and it is transforming every part of the U.S. economy. Beyond social media and e-commerce, advances are coming to every industry and leaving a wake that could be either disastrous or transformative to every city in the country. In the same way a handful ofContinue Reading

Twitter blocks government access to third party data mining service

Via Kevin McCoy, USA Today – “Twitter has moved to block U.S. intelligence agencies from access to a widely used data-mining service it partly owns. The social media company told Dataminr, the business partner that sifts through and provides access to the full output of Twitter’s social media postings known as tweets, that it didn’t want the service provided toContinue Reading

OSoMe: The IUNI observatory on social media

Davis CA, Ciampaglia GL, Aiello LM, Chung K, Conover MD, Ferrara E, Flammini A, Fox GC, Gao X, Gonçalves B, Grabowicz PA, Hong K, Hui P, McCaulay S, McKelvey K, Meiss MR, Patil S, Peli Kankanamalage C, Pentchev V, Qiu J, Ratkiewicz J, Rudnick A, Serrette B, Shiralkar P, Varol O, Weng L, Wu T,Continue Reading

Facebook Government Requests Report

Report, July 2015-December 2015: “United States Law Enforcement Requests for Data – We respond to valid requests relating to criminal cases. Each and every request we receive is checked for legal sufficiency and we reject or require greater specificity on requests that are overly broad or vague. Total Requests – 19,235 Users / Accounts RequestedContinue Reading

Commentary – What Do Your Social Media Posts Reveal About Your Health?

[email protected]: “What have you shared on social media today? Did you comment on last night’s election results; mention that you’re going to the gym later; sympathize with a friend who’s been in the hospital; describe your meal at a favorite burger joint, or display pictures of your daughter’s jazz dance recital? And what do thoseContinue Reading