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05 July 2013

Very useful and alarming interactive resource showing the personal information we share via our phone.

 

Green party politician Malte Spitz sued to have German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom hand over six months of his phone data that he then made available to ZEIT ONLINE. We combined this geolocation data with information relating to his life as a politician, such as Twitter feeds, blog entries and websites, all of which is all freely available on the internet.

By pushing the play button, you will set off on a trip through Malte Spitz's life.

19 June 2013
01 May 2013

Privacy is dead, or so the saying goes. Thanks to constant tracking online, Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram, blogs, and all the rest, we have all killed, or helped murder, the concept of privacy in the digital era. Nothing is secret anymore, either because we don't want it to be, or just don't realize the consequences of living our lives through computer systems that can record our every move. Might as well just lay it all out there. After all, if you don't have anything to hide, you don't have anything to fear – right? Read the rest of the article

02 April 2013

Our phones have become an integral part of our lives, and have fundamentally changed the way we work, the way we navigate the world, and the way we communicate with friends and family.

But do smartphones with all their interactive, location, and connectivity features and apps compromise our privacy and information security?

Justin Cappos, an assistant professor at NYU-Poly, is an expert in the field of cyber security, and he does NOT own a cell phone.

He argues that the smartphone is the ultimate tracking device, and that pre-installed and cheaper applications may be aiming to monitor your mobile behavior rather than keep you entertained.

Watch below as Cappos and his colleague Prof. Nasir Memon debate whether the risks of having a smartphone hacked and infected with malware outweigh the technological benefits. Read the article and watch the video here.