TCLP 2010-12-05 News

This is news cast 231, an episode of The Command Line Podcast.

This week’s security alerts are Facebook like button tracks more activity than suspected on 3rd party sites and who is spying on your browsing history.

In this week’s news, earliest worries about information overload which interests me as an infovoreAugmenting computers directly by harnessing human brains which reminds me of Michael Crichton’s “Looker“.  The FCC announced its latest draft plan for network neutrality.  Wired has some good background material.  The Washington Post has a transcript of the chairman’s speech.  Ars Technica followed up with some deeper, not very optimistic analysis.  Commissioner Copps would seem to concur.  In better news, the FTC released an encouraging draft report on privacy.

Following up this week artificial life forms evolve communications and Xbox modder trial dropped on fairness grounds.


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One Reply to “TCLP 2010-12-05 News”

  1. About the facebook tracking issue.

    My reaction to that is “no shit Sherlock”, this kind of issues have existed since the first cross domain linking of images. I usually take gravatar as an example, they can now what everyone is reading and by whom on sites using these images.

    Today there is one solution that only so far works in blocking this and that is third party blocking filters. For Firefox there is that AdBlock can adresss known sites in a blacklist manner and “Request Policy” that can work the other way around blocking all third party domain requests until they are explicitly allowed.

    Of course this only works because of trust and simplicity. It is easier to simply add a snippet of html rather than transferring access-log files and as far as I know these tracking services don’t trust their customers to themselves send in their traffic logs.

    In the end I kind of worry about these regulations that somehow indicates to the general population that there is some kind of privacy on the internet.

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