Unlikely Outcomes? A Distributed Discussion on The Prospects and Promise of Decentralized Personal Data Architectures | Barocas, Gürses, Narayanan, Toubiana

Solon Barocas, Seda Gürses, Arvind Narayanan, Vincent Toubiana; Unlikely Outcomes? A Distributed Discussion on The Prospects and Promise of Decentralized Personal Data Architectures; Unlike Us Reader; undated? maybe 2012-03; 17 pages.

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From Open Data to Information Justice | Jeffrey Johnson

Jeffrey Alan Johnson; From Open Data to Information Justice; In Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference; 2013-04-08; Version 1.1; 21 pages.

Abstract

This paper argues for subsuming the question of open data within a larger question of information justice. I show that there are several problems of justice that emerge as a consequence of opening data to full public accessibility, and are generally a consequence of the failure of the open data movement to understand the constructed nature of data. I examine three such problems: the embedding of social privilege in datasets as the data is constructed, the differential capabilities of data users (especially differences between citizens and “enterprise” users), and the norms that data systems impose through their function as disciplinary systems. In each case I show that open data has the quite real potential to exacerbate rather than alleviate injustices. This necessitates a theory of information justice. I briefly suggest two complementary directions in which such a theory might be developed: one leading toward moral principles that can be used to evaluate the justness of data practices, and another exploring the practices and structures that a social movement promoting information justice might pursue.

Project PM, Barrett Brown, Crikey (Media)

Something about surveillance & analytics on social media in the Arab-speaking world by the U.S.(Defense) interests.  Exposé style.

  • Bernard Keane; Cyberhysteria: Obama criminalises research project (and Crikey?); In Crikey; 2013-04-17.
    Mentions

    • Subpoena to Cloudflare to disclose participants in Project PM
    • Project PM served as a forum through which defendant Brown and other individuals sought to discuss their joint and separate activities and engage in, encourage, or facilitate the commission of criminal conduct online.”
    • Cites the earlier article
  • Barrett Brown; Revealed: US program to spy on Arab social media and mobile users; In Crikey; 2011-06-23.
    Mentions

    • Aaron Barr, CEO HBGary Federal
    • Project: Romas/COIN
    • Participants
      • TASC (PMO, creative services)
      • HB Gary (Strategy, planning, PMO)
      • Akamai (infrastructure)
      • Archimedes Global (Specialised linguistics, strategy, planning)
      • Acclaim Technical Services (specialised linguistics)
      • Mission Essential Personnel (linguistic services)
      • Cipher (strategy, planning operations)
      • PointAbout (rapid mobile application development, list of strategic partners)
      • Google (strategy, mobile application and platform development — long list of strategic partners)
      • Apple (mobile and desktop platform, application assistance — long list of strategic partners)

Interesting Letter about USC-Annenberg Innovation Lab Brand Sponsored Piracy Study to Internet Advertising Bureau from Reps. Goodlatte and Schiff and Senators Hatch and Whitehouse | Chris Castle

Chris Castle; Interesting Letter about USC-Annenberg Innovation Lab Brand Sponsored Piracy Study to Internet Advertising Bureau from Reps. Goodlatte and Schiff and Senators Hatch and Whitehouse; In _His Blog_; 2013-04-23

Representatives Bob Goodlatte, Adam B. Schiff and Senators Orrin Hatch, Sheldon Whitehouse; Letter to Randall Rothenberg; 2013-04-18.
References the IAB Quality Assurance Guidelines (QAG), asks for a response

Latanya Sweeney Re-Identifies Anonymous Volunteers In DNA Study | Forbes

Adam Tanner; Harvard Professor Re-Identifies Anonymous Volunteers In DNA Study; In Forbes; 2013-04-25.

Mentions

  • Latanya Sweeney, RA and 2 students.
  • Personal Genome Project; Data Privacy Lab; Harvard University.
  • <quote>a different study released earlier this year, researcher Yaniv Erlich at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was also able to re-identify almost 50 people participating in a different genomic study.</quote>