December 18, 2019 - Having the right data is crucial in running an online business. It supports decision-making with evidence. In my striving for privacy I've been exploring the idea of privacy as core part of online business models. We have data about privacy violations, from data breaches to unjustly collected data, but not on privacy-friendly practices. And that's an issue.
June 15, 2019 - What I remember most from my university graduation is the happiness of reaching a major milestone in life. Sharing it with my friends and family was an important part of that experience. It was posted to Facebook, I updated my LinkedIn profile, I got ready for my first job. What I didn't realise then was how marketeers would use that data to try and influence my life.
May 08, 2019 - This explainer was written to accompany my analysis of MEP voting data on digital rights. It goes over the data sources and the decisions made in analysing and visualising the data. It is more a technical document than a blog post, so be aware.
May 08, 2019 - With the European elections in two weeks, it's astounding how little the campaigns talk about digital rights. Just two months ago, thousands of people took to the street to protest Article 13. They were backed up by 5 million signatures on an online petition. They stood up for digital rights, only for our representative politicians to keep quiet. If they won't talk about them, we can at least look at how they acted: by analysing their voting history.
April 10, 2019 - Over 350.000 new malicious programs are detected every day, built to exploit your devices. Ransomware attacks cause hospitals to shut down and inflict hundreds of millions in damages. Whilst malware has become more sophisticated, so have our defenders. There is a whole community out there fighting to keep our networks and PCs safe. Join me and ransomware researcher Fabian Wosar for a look into the world of anti-malware.
March 05, 2019 - From silently pushed legislation to serious public critiques, the history of technology legislation has seen it all. The EU prepares to take it one step further by wanting platforms to use unproven technology to protect economic interests. Article 13 of the new Copyright Directive is setting up for disappointment.
January 30, 2019 - In the second part of this series, we take a look at technology legislation after 9/11 and the American response. All but one of the laws discussed were drafted before the full scope of US surveillance became known. Even so, the public began to speak up. Starting in the European Union, public action soon spread to the rest of the world. Before we knew it, there were massive worldwide protests.
October 17, 2018 - You are innocent until proven guilty, or until you decide to go online. The internet used to be a haven of free expression. Now it’s a place where every individual is suspected of being a terrorist or a pirate. Governments are caught up in an arms race of mass surveillance and hardly anyone appears to stop and think about the direction we’re heading in. It’s time to take a critical look at the technology legislation that undermines the core principles of a free society.
April 12, 2018 - Europe's new privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will become effective on 25 May 2018. It's a date a lot of organisations are dreading, as they need to get their IT systems in order. A less talked about subject is the impact of the law on users, who get additional rights. This article explores what it means for users and discusses the effects on your life.
March 22, 2018 - When you're online, you're being watched. Not just by the websites you visit, but also by advertisers and data brokers behind the scenes. Your behavioural patterns and interests are registered, turned into profit. Where do these companies get their data and what do they do with it?