Cellphone Cameras That Zoom…What would Warren & Brandeis Think?

MIT's Technology Review has a brief article about advances in zoom technology for cellphone cameras. This adds a new dimension to the privacy and surveillance threats cellphone cameras pose. We experienced a major advancement in camera zoom technology around the…

Cyber-shaming, Limited Privacy, and Contextual Integrity

I've been meaning to blog about the discussion at Concurring Opinions regarding the rise of "cyber-shaming" - the act of posting online elements of seemingly private conversations or events that you happened to overhear or witness. Examples include the posting…

YouTube and Shifting Norms of Public/Private

The theory of “privacy as contextual integrity" provides the tools for considering how the introduction of new technologies/practices within a particular context might disrupt norms of information flow, potentially threatening values of privacy, autonomy, or liberty. It is especially useful…

You Are What You Say: Privacy Risks of Public Mentions

A group of computer scientists from the University of Minnesota recently presented a fascinating paper "You are what you say: privacy risks of public mentions," Proceedings of the 29th annual international ACM SIGIR conference on research and development in information…

New rule: Car buyers must be told about ‘black boxes’

As a follow-up to this long ago posting, the National Highway Traffic Safety Asministration has passed a resolution requiring car manufacturers to inform buyers if their cars are equipped with event data recorders (EDRs). Car manufacturers must comply with the…