Top privacy, security and surveillance posts

Understanding how the Internet affects the balance between privacy and security isn’t just a matter of keeping safe and secure online: it’s fundamental to being an informed citizen of the Internet. Here are some of my top posts on the tough issues around online privacy, security and surveillance. For more on hacktivism in particular, you can also view a summary of my dissertation.

On the dangers of crowdsourced surveillance

On the dangers of crowdsourced surveillance

My blog post for Harvard Business today looks at the troubling online reaction to last night’s riots in Vancouver. Reflecting on the widespread enthusiasm for using social media to track down criminals, I wrote: I don’t think we want to live in a society...
Creative disobedience online, from DeCSS to tweettheresults

Creative disobedience online, from DeCSS to tweettheresults

Jon, a young Internet geek has information to share — interest that could be of interest to his friends across the country, or even around the world. He posts it online, where it comes to the attention of government authorities. These authorities inform him that...
Quiz: What level of online security is right for you?

Quiz: What level of online security is right for you?

Getting the inside scoop on Santa Claus. Finding out what really happened to your childhood pet when your parents took him to “the farm”. Realizing that your favorite TV show didn’t mention one car company four times in a single episode simply...