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More… | Stop The Cyborgs
The issue is not covert recording. Spy cameras exist and the current generation of Google Glass is not particularly good for covert recording. Rather the first issue is that that wearable devices socially normalise ubiquitous surveillance. That is they create a society where we expect to be recorded, where every moment to is shared, documented and data-mined. The second issue is that wearable technology blurs the line between people and tech, between individuals and institutions. The moral agency of the individual is reduced when a corporation forms part of their extended body, when every decision is mediated and influenced. The freedom of society and the possibility of genuine authentic response is threatened when every action is monitored and gamified.

The threat is not just to privacy but liberty, fairness and justice. The risk is that we will be ruled, not by an obvious dictatorship, but more insidiously and completely by authority embedded in the design of techno-social systems. True totalitarianism made invisible because it appears in the form of code, electronic devices and feedback loops.
internet  technology  privacy  intrusion  google  facebook  bigdata  cyborgs 
2 hours ago by nth
Please don’t compare Google Glass rage to the Chinese Exclusion Act
The wretched refuse of San Francisco is getting kicked out of town. Previous waves of immigration brought more diversity to San Francisco. That is demonstrably not true of the current transition, despite Lee’s observation that at the software company at which he works, “my colleagues come from Canada, Singapore, Venezuela and across the United States.” The anecdotal evidence gathered by walking down Valencia Street on a Friday night and checking out who is eating at the restaurants is supported by Census numbers: the heart of San Francisco is getting whiter.

It’s no fun to be demonized as the invasive culture-destroying “other,” especially when you’ve grown up here and bear the burden of a legacy of racism yourself. But James Lee needs to think harder about the difference between what his grandfather confront and what the software developers and product marketing managers and startup entrepreneurs who are remaking San Francisco in their own image face. The new wave is in the driver’s seat. They control the levers of power. The old wave was not.
immigration  politics  culture  discrimination  harassment  race  racism  technology  SanFrancisco 
2 hours ago by jtyost2
Square Bets Big on Next-Gen Credit Card Tech | Business | WIRED
The one major feature that will be missing from the new reader will be an additional layer of security from which the popular nickname for EMV comes: “chip and PIN.” The most secure chip-based card systems also require a PIN instead of an easily forged signature to verify the identity of the cardholder. Dorogusker says that, in the U.S., card issuers aren’t requiring PINs as part of the transition, so merchants who take Square will use a “chip and signature” system.

To be sure, a keypad for entering PINs would make the reader too large for use with smartphones. Though Dorogusker wouldn’t speculate on PINs as a future option, it seems plausible that Square’s Register app could offer a PIN-entry option, much as it allows cardholders to scribble their signatures on the touchscreen already.

Whatever future iterations have in store, Square appears to be prepared for the big switch coming in little more than a year. In the future, Dorogusker says he hopes to shrink down the chip-card reader to get closer to the current stripe-reader’s size. But the most important thing, he says, is simply creating a way for Square to be there as soon as it’s needed.

“The real reason we got on it early is that it was definitely coming, definitely complicated, and we don’t totally control when it’s coming,” Dorogusker says. “This is really about making sure our merchants can accept whatever comes across the counter.”
square  business  technology  hardware  software  creditcard 
2 hours ago by jtyost2
Sprint Will Sell a $12 Wireless Plan that Only Connects to Facebook or Twitter - Digits - WSJ
For about $12, Sprint S -3.00% will soon let subscribers buy a wireless plan that only connects to Facebook FB +1.31%.

For that same price, they could choose instead to connect only with Twitter TWTR +19.98%, Instagram or Pinterest—or for $10 more, enjoy unlimited use of all four. Another $5 gets them unlimited streaming of a music app of their choice.

The plan, offered under the company’s Virgin Mobile brand of prepaid service, comes as wireless carriers are experimenting with ways to make wireless Internet access more affordable for the poorest consumers by offering special deals on slices of the Web.
sprint  facebook  twitter  pinterest  instagram  mobile  business  technology 
5 hours ago by jtyost2
Digital Democracy - Knight Foundation
For developing a mobile toolkit and training low-technology communities to collect and share information
mobile  technology  tools 
11 hours ago by tinkerkid
Nokia Lumia 521 Windows Phone is an all together different beast than Android or iOS. The home screen (also called the Start screen in Windows terminology) has tiles that provide real-time, at-a-glance information, and the tiles also serve as icons for the apps they represent. via Pocket on July 24, 2014 at 10:16PM
IFTTT  Pocket  technology 
12 hours ago by kcnightfang
This Is What Tech’s Ugly Gender Problem Really Looks Like | Business | WIRED
Four women tell their sordid tales of what it's really like to fundraise while female.
gender  sexism  startup  technology 
13 hours ago by jflanagan

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