On the Pursuit of Happiness… and Privacy | Adam Thierer

Adam Thierer; On the Pursuit of Happiness… and Privacy; In His Blog; 2013-03-31.

Randomly Failed! The State of Randomness in Current Java Implementations | Michaelis, Meyer, Schwenk

Kai Michaelis, Christopher Meyer, and Jörg Schwenk; Randomly Failed! The State of Randomness in Current Java Implementations; In Some Conference, Surely; 2013-03-25; 16 pages.

Abstract

This paper investigates the Randomness of several Java Runtime Libraries by inspecting the integrated Pseudo Random Number Generators. Signifi cant weaknesses in different libraries including Android, are uncovered.

“Everybody Knows What You’re Doing”: A Critical Design Approach to Personal Informatics | Khovanskaya, Baumer, Cosley, Voida, Gay

Vera Khovanskaya, Eric P.S. Baumer, Dan Cosley, Stephen Voida, Geri Gay; “Everybody Knows What You’re Doing”: A Critical Design Approach to Personal Informatics; In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’13); 2013-04-27; 10 pages.

Abstract

We present an alternative approach to the design of personal informatics systems: instead of motivating people to examine their own behaviors, this approach promotes awareness of and reflection on the infrastructures behind personal informatics and the modes of engagement that they promote. Specifically, this paper presents an interface that displays personal web browsing data. The interface aims to reveal underlying infrastructure using several methods: drawing attention to the scope of mined data by displaying deliberately selected sensitive data, using purposeful malfunction as a way to encourage reverse engineering, and challenging normative expectations around data mining by displaying information in unconventional ways. Qualitative results from a two – week deployment show that these strategies can raise people’s awareness about data mining, promote efficacy and control over personal data, and inspire reflection on the goals and assumptions embedded in infrastructures for personal data analytics.