In the article ‘The Unbearable Sameness Of Social Networks’ by Selena Larson, she claims the individuality of social networks doesn’t stand out just because the cover photo styles of Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn all look the same like Facebook’s. And if you visit Readwrite (link below), you would see she’s right. The similarities are just eerie. But saying there’s no individuality of social networks is just plain wrong. I can host a LinkedIn group discussion with email notifications which I can’t do with the other three. This might be just an intro post. I might edit this into a longer piece.
Your Thoughts could be Hacked via EEG
Protect Your Thoughts from Hackers
Privacy for Personal Neuroinformatics
‘Human brain activity collected in the form of Electroencephalography (EEG), even with low number of sensors, is an extremely rich signal raising legal and policy issues. Traces collected from multiple channels and with high sampling rates capture many important aspects of participants’ brain activity and can be used as a unique personal identifier. The motivation for sharing EEG signals is significant, as a mean to understand the relation between brain activity and well-being, or for communication with medical services. As the equipment for such data collection becomes more available and widely used, the opportunities for using the data are growing; at the same time however inherent privacy risks are mounting. The same raw EEG signal can be used for example to diagnose mental diseases, find traces of epilepsy, and decode personality traits. The current practice of the informed consent of the participants for the use of the data either prevents reuse of the raw signal or does not truly respect participants’ right to privacy by reusing the same raw data for purposes much different than originally consented to. Here we propose an integration of a personal neuroinformatics system, Smartphone Brain Scanner, with a general privacy framework openPDS…’
Encrypted Email Is The New Black
‘Google released the early code so developers can get some hands-on time to work with it and create their own Chrome plugins. Theoretically, if it works as described, even Google wouldn’t be able to break the encryption.
‘On Tuesday, the tech giant released code for an early alpha version of an “end-to-end” Chrome encryption plugin—basically, software that will let users send encoded messages to one another using any Web-based email provider. It also added some interesting new data to its “Safer Email” transparency report—namely, the fact that about half of email received by its Gmail service arrives with no encryption that would protect it from prying eyes on the Internet. Its report also calls out the worst offenders among other major email providers—among them, cable giant Comcast…’