2023 Privacy Guide

The fundamental concept of privacy has changed dramatically as more individuals have shifted most of their data to online platforms. There are however a wide range of personal, professional, corporate and legal issues that present significant barriers to the goal of maintaining privacy on the internet. Online privacy is not a right or even a choice when you use email, browsers and search engines, social media, ecommerce sites, online subscriptions…the list goes on and on. Trying to achieve even a modicum of online privacy now involves the use of multiple applications and services, specific software and hardware, time, due diligence, and flexibility – as the challenges continue to evolve. This pathfinder by Marcus P. Zillman will assist in your efforts to secure additional privacy when using email, conducting research, while on social media, completing online learning programs, transferring health records, shopping online, and with many other online services and system with which you interact daily. Even if you only choose to start using several applications or services that Zillman has referenced, this will establish a foundation on which you can build and execute a more effective privacy and security plan. Think about starting with choosing a new browser, search engine and email provider, and move forward from there. This is a journey, and it will take time, but it is worth the effort.

Subjects: Email, Email Security, KM, Privacy, Social Media

Why David Rothman wrote Drone Child: Lemba Adula’s Q&A with him

I, Lemba Adula, happen to be the hero of Drone Child: A Novel of War, Family, and Survival. So here I am, a Congolese villager turned self-taught hacker turned child soldier turned military drone expert turned sea-going pirate turned university student turned entrepreneur turned major industrialist. Just why did David Rothman write what he says is my fictional war memoir? Rather presumptuous, if you ask me. But here’s Monsieur Rothman’s side of the story about that detail and a few others.

Subjects: Education, Libraries & Librarians

Will Amazon’s new ePub capability help the anti-DRM movement?

David H. Rothman has been writing about the issues inherent in publisher control of e-books and e-readers and the impact of digital rights management for many years. Whether you use personal devices or institutional devices, the issues Rothman raises here will impact you.

Subjects: Copyright, E-Books, Information Management, KM, Law Library Management, Legal Research, Libraries & Librarians, Library Software & Technology, Licensing, Software

DRM On My Mind

Christine Park, Adjunct Professsor of Law, Fordham Law Library highlights risks of and legal restrictions related to digital rights management. LLRX welcomes further discussion of efforts to implement solutions, “before it’s too late.” See also David H. Rothman’s article Will Amazon’s new ePub capability help the anti-DRM movement?

Subjects: Copyright, KM, Law Librarians, Libraries & Librarians, Library Software & Technology, Publishing & Publishers (Legal), Technology Trends

Experts grade Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, YouTube on readiness to handle midterm election misinformation

Professors Dam Hee Kim, Anjana Susarla and Scott Shackelford are experts on social media. They were asked to grade how ready Facebook, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube are to handle the task of misinformation and disinformation in the upcoming election cycles. Social media companies have announced plans to deal with misinformation in the 2022 midterm elections, but the companies vary in their approaches and effectiveness and the result promises to be another jarring challenge to democracy in America.

Subjects: AI, Communication Skills, Internet Trends, KM, Legal Research, Social Media, Technology Trends

Citizens’ social media can provide an antidote to propaganda and disinformation

Robert W. Gehl, Ontario Research Chair of Digital Governance for Social Justice, York University, Canada raises an important issue about a recent Pew report on current state of digital media, news and right-wing propaganda. Gehl states the report misses a large number of alternative social media sites that actively and effectively oppose the right-wing propaganda. This distracts us from real-world solutions to the problems of online hate speech, disinformation and surveillance capitalism.

Subjects: Communication Skills, KM, Legal Research, Social Media, Technology Trends

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cybersecurity issues – October 22, 2022

Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and online security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Weakness in Microsoft Office 365 Message Encryption could expose email contents; How Facebook Became the Internet’s Covid-19 Misinformation Hub; TX AG Ken Paxton Sues Google Over Facial Recognition in Photos; TikTok Parent ByteDance Planned To Use TikTok To Monitor The Physical Location Of Specific American Citizens; and Here’s 5 of the world’s riskiest connected devices.

Subjects: Cybersecurity, Privacy, Social Media

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cybersecurity issues – October 15, 2022

Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and online security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: The Uber Data Breach Conviction Shows Security Execs What Not to Do; Protect your privacy and your phone number with Firefox Relay; Pro-Russian hackers take credit for cyberattacks on U.S. airport; and Google Chrome Is the Least Secure Browser, Report Shows.

Subjects: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Cybersecurity, Privacy, Search Engines, Telecommuting, Travel

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cybersecurity issues – October 8, 2022

Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and online security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Google Only Tweaks Location History Description After Lawsuit; Your Router Is Collecting Data. Here’s What to Know, and How to Protect Your Privacy; Does Biometric Verification Violate Workers Rights?; and Russians dodging mobilization behind flourishing scam market.

Subjects: Cybersecurity, Economy, Legal Research