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That Creepy Camera: Lifelogging Lessons Learned

That Creepy Camera: Lifelogging Lessons Learned

"What's that you've got there?" the barista asks, tapping his chest. I don't need to look down to know what he means. "It's a lifelogger, it takes a picture every thirty seconds, every day" I tell him; I've got my reply down-pat by now, have explained dozens of times over the past few weeks. "At the end of the day it shows me the best ones." I half-tense myself for a frown, or a "you can't wear that in here," but he just smiles, tells me it's "cool" and makes me a latte. Not exactly another convert to the wearable cause, but another in a series of unprompted interactions that started when I fastened Narrative's Clip to my lapel.

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Web turns 25: Internet “Constitution” needed says inventor

Web turns 25: Internet “Constitution” needed says inventor

The inventor of the world wide web has used the 25th anniversary of his creation to call for an online "bill of rights" to protect the internet's independence, with Sir Tim Berners-Lee highlighting worrying surveillance and net-neutrality trends as the basis for his fears. Describing his vision of a "global constitution" or online "Magna Carta", Berners-Lee described the web as he envisaged it a quarter of a century ago as under attack from businesses and governments that would co-opt it for their own purposes.

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NSA schemes mass internet infection and fake Facebooks

NSA schemes mass internet infection and fake Facebooks

An NSA project to install spying malware on "millions" of computers around the world, dubbed TURBINE, could allow the clandestine US agency unprecedented access to "industrial-scale exploitation" in the battle for internet dominance. The spyware, which is said to have already been installed on as many as 100,000 systems after first being deployed in mid-2010, is described as both smart and aggressive, automating much of what would have previously needed a trained operative.

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Encryption makes you an NSA target expert warns

Encryption makes you an NSA target expert warns

Following Edward Snowden's call for internet users to encrypt everything as a matter of course is likely to make you an even bigger target for the NSA, activist journalist Glenn Greenwald has warned, arguing that the stance inside the spying agency is that those protecting their data are inherently suspicious. "If you want to hide what you're saying from them" Greenwald said during a video appearance at SXSW this week, "it must mean that what you're saying is a bad thing," the former Guardian writer said the National Security Agency's assumptions.

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NSA phone record destruction halted by judge

NSA phone record destruction halted by judge

A U.S. District Judge has halted the NSA's plans to destroy collected phone records, something that has had many up in arms. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, more commonly known as the EFF, sought for the temporary stay on destruction, saying the phone records can serve as evidence in lawsuits that are going against the agency's surveillance practices.

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Encrypt, evade and obscure: Edward Snowden warns public

Encrypt, evade and obscure: Edward Snowden warns public

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has defended his actions during a SXSW appearance, insisting that "I'd do it again" and throwing down the gauntlet to internet users to protect their privacy using encryption and other tools. The contractor-turned-activist described how he used hard-drive encryption, routing his online traffic through Tor, and installing browser plugins to avoid tracking from companies and other organizations, to evade surveillance.

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WikiLeaks’ Assange skeptical about Obama’s NSA reforms

WikiLeaks’ Assange skeptical about Obama’s NSA reforms

There was a time when Barak Obama was defending NSA’s spying actions to the extent that he was supporting the team as patriots that were assigned “an extraordinarily difficult job.” In January this year, he shifted his tone to promise reforms that will assure individual privacy and by February, the White House was looking into four possible options for overhauling the NSA's phone-surveillance activities. At the recent SXSW talk by WikiLeaks head Julian Assange, we get to know of a different new theory about Obama’s plans.

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