Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Russian visitors to Closet to Cloud

In this era of fake news, lies, and innuendo, I've noticed in the past couple of months that the most frequent and consistent visitors from Russia have mysteriously disappeared.  Closet to Cloud has covered many topics, most of which have had some relationship to privacy, encryption, and issues like the US Fourth Amendment.

I may be stretching here, but could it be that the almost obsessive treatment of Russian hacking and cyber manipulation in the US Press has drive them away.  Or could it be that those issues are no longer important to Russian visitors.

At any rate, I'd love to hear a few opinions - or even facts (the truth maybe) about these things.

Thanks to our friends at Safejunction

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Is Privacy Dead or Alive - Chapter 3

The four corners of the Privacy conversation include:
Lower Right - Whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning
Upper Right - The Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution
Lower Left -  Legislative and regulatory issues like FCC and HIPAA
Upper Left - Big Data:  Big Business

So we track these topics with great interest.  In the past six months, the only significant news was the FCC's sweeping changes to the net neutrality rules, which loosen controls over the large Internet Service providers and leaves them free to police themselves.  Chelsea Manning is making more news with her transgender changes and recent release from prison than she did with her theft of classified information nearly 10 years ago.

So Chapter 3, like many middle chapters of books contains little remarkable changes to Privacy concerns, except that it reminds us of the laissez-faire attitude of most Americans, at least, regarding their Privacy on the Internet.

Instead, public transparency and the open sharing about the most sensitive details of many lives abounds the Internet, Social Media, and open content sharing media.

It appears, at least to this observer, that the gulf between traditional privacy (locks, doors, and gated communities) and online information sharing is widening, however gradually.

 Thanks to our friends at The Cloud is Huge and SafeJunction

Monday, May 22, 2017

What You Need To Know about Windows 10 Creators Update | The Cloud Is Huge 2.0

More changes from Microsoft for Windows 10.  And if you read between the lines, Microsoft continues to leverage its Surface platform (to compete head-on with Apples Mac graphics machines), its Mobile (see Nokia) smartphone platform, and more importantly its "Store" site for the acquisition of free apps (today) and future apps (for purchase).

The importance to Microsoft for monetizing future programs and features installed on its operating systems cannot be underestimated.  The big question is how will users work these expenses into their budgets. It would seem to imply that there is some magical added value to consumers over and above the "fun" that surrounds most device use today.  Hopefully (for Microsoft) larger numbers of users will be able to move from fun to productivity (maybe Privacy, identity, and security features).  So far the jury is out on these.

 What You Need To Know about Windows 10 Creators Update | The Cloud Is Huge 2.0

Thanks to TCIH and Sci-Tech

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Is Privacy Dead or Alive - Chapter 2

The privacy conversation continues as Congress in the US and the EU across the water legislates and avoids the issues.

Privacy is Alive and Well

The beat goes on . . .

Thanks to NPR

Monday, April 3, 2017

Is Privacy Dead or Alive in the US? Chapter One.

The privacy is dead conclusion has been drawn and continues still to be drawn as the Internet and its "providers" find more lucrative methods of monetizing their connectivity.  The US Congress and recently elected Trump administration believe that opening the Internet to user tracking will stimulate new business to "Make America Great Again".  The victims of such careless handling of individual privacy are you and I - users of "free" content, but funders of the connectivity provided our mobile devices, home broadband connections, and workplace Internet access.

Privacy aside, for the moment, the additional threat from cyber criminals to steal our identities on the "public" internet and to hack, phish, and ransom our accounts adds a second important factor in the current condition.

Homeland security notwithstanding, the ability of the US NSA to monitor our Internet activity, mobile telephone conversations and other online "shared" communication is the third leg of a crumbling privacy platform that was once protected by the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution.

All that may disappear if President Trump choses to veto rather than approve the current legislation to eliminate most regulations and safeguards that currently protect us from the ISPs who we pay for our services.

Stay Tuned for additional chapters in the continuing saga of Privacy is Dead.

Thanks to your privacy friends at SafeJunction