Is it easier to hack an election than eBay?
Sergei Pavlovich, one of the Russian-speaking world’s most notorious hackers, thinks so
. 😳 Without explicitly commenting on the US election allegations, Pavlovich claims that “it is getting easier to access government organisations across the world thanks to the help of new apps being developed every day
” – and that everything created by a human can be destroyed
Congress voted to eliminate ISP privacy rules
- so browsing histories
and other private information can be sold on the open market
, for example to advertisers. The legislation now just needs Trump’s signature. 😐 But why should users care about privacy, and protecting data from being collected and sold by third parties?
Luke Mulks discusses his opinion on the bigger implications of the Congress vote:
ISPs and telecoms are just two examples of your privacy being owned by default from the highest level, the connection itself. We haven’t even gotten into what’s actually being being collected, shared, sold, or how methods intended to empower and protect your control over these services are ultimately a farce.
For every major company violating user privacy that you may have heard of, there are several that you’ve likely never heard of. They each game the system in one way or another, because the system itself is essentially a loose confederation of businesses, associations and initiatives with no real regulatory body to enforce or keep up with standard practices.
Know this: Ads on the web are no longer ads, they are surveillance masquerading as ads. The data collected from calls made to request ads can often be more valuable than whether or not the ad served is actually seen by the user.
The problem is that we either have secure encryption or we do not – there is no halfway house, because the moment a back door exists, the encryption is no longer secure. What we need is perfect encryption that can only be cracked by people who are properly authorised. The technology to enable this does not currently exist, but perhaps it is more urgent that effort from the tech sector is put in this direction.
Strong encryption makes us all safer.
Unlocking such data would make it vulnerable to other parties
, such as criminals and foreign spies, and terrorists would “quickly use other secure methods of communicating
” instead anyway. ⛔
Are algorithms sprawling out of our control?
THOUGHT PROVOKING opinion piece by Marc Aspinall
- questioning how artificial intelligence and machine learning can be applied and regulated so we can “reap the benefits and minimise potential harms
”. Highly recommend!