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LEAKED: The Internet Must Go

This reminds me of the article I wrote @ieet on the Internet being a “space” and a human right as a result. We must endeavor to protect net neutrality and to compel ISPs from holding users (inhabitants) hostage via access to speed and computing power.

My Personal Genome Project

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I’m getting my genome sequenced and making it public information, I’ve been working through the study guide to formally give consent for this study at Harvard University. How risky are the privacy issues associated with this study? of course it depends on the individual, but for someone widely exposed like myself…how risky? I think that I need to know…and further, that transparency is the only way create the kinds of changes in the Political, Economic, Sociological, and Technological realities of today.

I thought you all might be interested in read this study exam or joining the project HERE.


Facebook Timeline and a Culture of Transparency

last week I switch to the Facebook Timeline feature and the first thing that I did was stop and gasp about what my life was like in 2005. I was in the second batch of facebook-ers after it initially left the Harvard-Yale scene. I was a recent graduate working in the real world to design vehicle interiors, but my life style was still very undergrad-centric…LOL…it was actually undergrad on steroids because my income changed drastically.

I think that the generations that were far past their undergraduate experience were received the social networking revolution differently than those of us who are 30 and under. Friends that I went to undergrad with who are in the 30-40 year old range continue (6 years later) to say that they are “too old” for Facebook, reluctant to use it as a tool.

But I see something much different when I talk to the second half of the millennials (people born between 1980 and 2000). In my experience they feel as though they should be able to post whatever they want on the web, to express their individual selves. Of course the adults of the world understanding the pending politics of elitism, pushing the inherited social normative, try our best to censor their individualistic virtues. As far as Integrationalism goes, I think that this type of self-actualization through the vetting of peers is healthy in forcing an identity on the individual that it recognized by the group (which is sometimes different than what the individual initially thinks of themselves).

A healthy argument could be made that we are all just Zombies giving Mark Zuckerberg enough information to enslave us, or that the establish social normative doesn’t break down in the virtual space, because those with information about the etiquette of modernity will conform and outcast the ignorant or unsavory. But I think that if we really want to see some potential of harmony in  human interactions, whether physical or virtual, we should make an effort to be more transparent with our individual lives. The emergence of Big Data as a tool that we can use to create knowledge of the vast amount of information that social networks and other virtual domain are generating is not something that should be taken lightly in from an ethical technological innovation standpoint. For the sake of avoiding being a hypocrite I’ve upgraded (yes, I consider it an upgrade) to Facebook’s Timeline. More to come…

A ‘World Without Secrets?’ from NPR

In the late 18th century, an English philosopher by the name of Jeremy Bentham suggested that prisons be modeled on what he called a panopticon — a type of building that allows an observer to view inmates without them knowing that they are being monitored.

This idea didn’t catch on widely. But Peter Singer says today we are living closer to the notion of the panopticon than Bentham could have ever imagined.

Singer points to the proliferation of surveillance cameras, webcams, technology that allows police to scan license plates and the collection of personal data by Google and banks, among other things.

Princeton bioethicist Peter Singer told Here & Now’s Robin Young that somewhat surprisingly, people don’t seem that bothered by being constantly monitored.

Singer says it’s even possible that constant surveillance could make us better people, that being watched could force people to be more “honest and transparent.”

Spy Glasses from Zion Eyez bring us closer to a Utopian Transparency

Thanks to our friends at the Singularity Hub for circulating this video earlier. Zion Eyez glasses will likely my next glasses purchase this year if they come out before any o the competitors that are supposedly unveiling a competitive product.  The wonders that these glasses will do for transparency is just unimaginable….VIVA total transparency…when everything is cliche, little will be judged…and regardless of 2Pac’s lyrics…LOL…everyone but God is judging us based on what their grandparents think is politically correct.

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