It's Not Paranoia if Your Tech Really Is Out To Get You!

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Gdoc of presentation slides

Your tech is out to get you, in a lot of different ways - but you can mitigate the pain if you think critically before you adopt a new technology, and as you continue to use it!
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Some questions that I think are worth thinking critically about:
  • What are you going to do when your new tech breaks? When it changes? When it ceases to exist?
    It's going to happen.
    Appropriate paranoia:
      • Plan for failure
        • Keep your options open
        • Backup your backups
      • Take it personally
        • Own your own tech
  • How will you handle the unexpected?
    Unexpected behaviors on the part of the technology - and unexpected uses by people.
    Appropriate paranoia:
    • Look with fresh eyes - repeatedly

But the really key point is:

  • What are you getting? What are you giving up?
    Quality, preservation, access, accessibility, portability, convenience, environmental impact, social impacts...
    Appropriate paranoia:
    • Consider what you're purchasing... with what currency?
    • Be suspicious of free
      • If you're not paying for it, you're the product.
    • What are you getting out of the deal?
    • Read the terms of service. No, really, read the terms of service. No, no - really. READ THE TERMS OF SERVICE.

Related important questions and considerations

  • Your choices have major impacts on people other than you
    • Are you sharing info about other people? Are they okay with that?
    • Assume everything you post online is public.
  • Cost-benefit analyses should include non-monetary measures
    • Think long-term
    • Think about social/societal impacts
    • When you're done thinking about that, think about it all again, trying to put yourself in the shoes of PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT LIKE YOU.
  • Privacy is a social phenomenon
    • Individuals have social contexts - and they do matter
    • Technology often ignores them
    • When technology enables context-separations, it often only does so on some levels
    • Context-sensitivity is probably most important for people who have less social power, or who are in crisis or who have faced them in the past
      • But that's not who's making decisions about this
  • Every single one of these concerns is more important as a technology becomes the dominant, or even more so, the only option.
Ultimately,

If you are not sometimes choosing not to use a new tech, you are not thinking critically enough.

but...

"Just don't use it, then" is an insufficient response.


Badly organized and a little out of date links:

Anything danah boyd has ever written (http://www.zephoria.org)
“Why Parents Help Their Children Lie to Facebook About Age: Unintended Consequences of the ‘Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act’” by danah boyd, Eszter Hargittai, Jason Schultz, and John Palfrey, First Monday.

http://fasthorseinc.com/blog/2011/11/04/im-starting-to-wonder-about-the-google/

http://gizmodo.com/5496792/the-five-stages-of-data-loss-grief

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/11/gps-tracker-times-two/2/

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/11/geocities-lives-on-as-massive-torrent-download/

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2008/04/drm-sucks-redux-microsoft-to-nuke-msn-music-drm-keys.ars
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_PlaysForSure
http://www.techdirt.com/blog.php?tag=playsforsure&edition=techdirt

http://www.politicalremixvideo.com/2009/07/06/imeem-removes-all-fan-vids-along-with-all-other-ugv/

http://www.autoblog.com/2011/09/21/gms-onstar-now-spying-on-your-car-for-profit-even-after-you-uns/

http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2009/07/information_lea_1.html

http://xkcd.com/936/

http://www.securityfocus.com/brief/274
http://www.securityfocus.com/news/11497

Why 'Anonymous' Data Sometimes Isn't - http://www.wired.com/politics/security/commentary/securitymatters/2007/12/securitymatters_1213
Robust De-anonymization of Large Sparse Datasets - http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~shmat/shmat_oak08netflix.pdf


http://www.androidtapp.com/android-wallpaper-apps-falsely-accused-of-spyware-and-stealing-sensitive-user-data-fud/

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/10/google-data-requests/
http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/governmentrequests/map/
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2011/10/25/google-reports-surge-in-government-requests-for-user-data/

http://infotrope.net/2011/07/22/ive-been-suspended-from-google-plus/

http://chronicle.com/article/Why-Privacy-Matters-Even-if/127461/

http://fugitivus.wordpress.com/2010/02/11/fuck-you-google/

http://lagringasblogicito.blogspot.com/2011/10/my-ripples-will-continue.html

http://my.nameis.me/

http://chronicle.com/article/Why-Privacy-Matters-Even-if/127461/

http://www.sans.edu/research/leadership-laboratory/article/erosion-privacy
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