How can “privacy by design” improve services and data protection?
Paul Henman, associate professor of digital sociology and social policy at The University of Queensland, explains how adopting
“privacy by design” principles can improve national security. 📈 Henman argues that rather than governments amassing as much data as possible in a “mega-database”, different, smaller databases should be distributed and matched
There are design alternatives to creating a large central database that reduce the scope of data-sharing, infringements on privacy, and attractiveness to hackers. By installing matching algorithms in each of the eight state and territory’s existing driver’s license databases, the government could achieve the functionality it requires.
In other words, instead of searching one large database, it would search multiple databases at once: the driver’s license databases of each state and territory, the passport database and the immigration database.
A truly distributed would mean that if a state or territory’s database was hacked, the scope of the data leak would be smaller. While the federal government might argue that its centralised approach is faster and more efficient, this is unlikely to be true. Searching smaller databases simultaneously can be faster than one larger database.
The truth about cryptocurrencies.
BRILLIANT post by Adam Ludwin
explaining cyrptocurrencies (or crypto assets) and their true driving forces. I highly recommend reading the full article. 🙌
Simply put, crypto assets enable decentralised applications, which “enable services we already have today, like payments, storage, or computing, but without a central operator of those services”. 🚀
Ludwin argues that this type of software is useful for “people who need censorship resistance”, such as people who are “off the grid” 🕵, but everyone else is pretty much better off using normal applications for now - as “they are 10x better on every other dimension”: