Sun Microsystems' CEO Scott McNealy famously quipped to reporters in 1999: "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it." Sun on Privacy: 'Get Over It', WIRED, Jan. 26, 1999, http://www.wired.com/politics/law/news/1999/01/17538. At the time, Sun Microsystems was a member of the Online Privacy Alliance, an industry coalition seeking to head off government regulation of online consumer privacy in favor of industry self regulation. Although McNealy was widely criticized for his views at the time, it is fair to say that much of the technology world agreed then, or agrees now with his remark. Have we gotten over it? Do we reside in a world in which individuals assign so little value to personal privacy that companies who collect, process, analyze, sell, and use personal data are free to do whatever they want?There are indications that if it ever were true that consumers did not value privacy, their interest in privacy is making a comeback. Where commercial enterprises do not align … [Read more...] about People Still Value Privacy. Get Over It. Online Privacy Alliance.
Following the fatal East River helicopter crash earlier this month, Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are calling for a federal investigation into how such flights ever got off the ground. The officials are requesting a probe into how “doors-off” flights — a popular sightseeing option during which a helicopter’s doors are removed, or opened, to allow for unobstructed photography — received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. Five passengers drowned on March 11 during a doors-off flight after the copter crashed into the East River. The flight’s pilot, Richard Vance, survived. “These ‘doors-off’ helicopter tours may have offered an Instagram-worthy experience but their harnesses appear to put passengers in insta-danger,” said Schumer in a statement Sunday. “While I applaud the FAA for quickly moving to halt these types of helicopter flights, I am demanding to know how they were allowed to take … [Read more...] about Helicopter flights without doors need thorough investigation and rules rewrite, say Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand
POLITICS 05/12/2018 07:00 am ET Erik's radicalization shows that the incel phenomenon has nothing to do with sex — duh — and everything with entitlement. By Michael Hobbes Last winter, Erik sent a message to 20 of his least favorite porn stars, YouTube celebrities and “Insta-gays.” “So are you like a real person or just another shallow empty fuckboy who works in an industry that props up unrealistic gay male beauty/sex standards and wouldn’t be caught dead with anyone below pornboy looks?” Erik isn’t his real name. He’s 28 years old, he works for the government, he lives in the Midwest and that’s as specific as I’m going to get. “Speaking objectively,” he says when I ask him to describe himself, “I’m pear-shaped. I’ve got a tummy, man-titties and a big squishy butt. I also have a nice haircut, a clean face and a nice smile.” I met Erik a few months ago, right around … [Read more...] about Want To Understand Straight Incels? Talk To This Gay One.
People have been taking holiday photos since cameras were small enough to pack in a suitcase. But never before have people been so self-conscious about the quality of their pictures. Millennials are more likely to say their holiday’s social media success is more important than authentic experience than previous generations, according to travel site Expedia. The rise of Instagram influencers, posting craftily-edited photos of poolside cocktails and days out in the sun, has contributed to this desire to broadcast a holiday among the young. It’s unfortunate, then, that millennials actually get the least vacation time of all ages, according to Expedia. They are also the most likely to shorten their trips due to impending workload compared to older holidaymakers. Still, they’re managing to squeeze some holiday time in—almost everyone with an Instagram account will tell you that #goals holiday pictures appear on their feeds with tiresome regularity. This mania for … [Read more...] about The World’s Most Instagrammed Tourist Attractions
Erin B. Logan, The Washington Post Published 7:28 pm PDT, Tuesday, July 24, 2018 It's a common college experience. You are randomly assigned a roommate, exchange pleasantries until you meet face to face and live together for at least one school year. In keeping with the tradition, a black student at Georgia Southern University introduced herself to her future roommate off-campus to initiate the process. "Hey!! Did you just call me," the future roommate responded. "So sorry lol my phone is on silent." "It was an accident!" the student replied. "Haha it's all good. I went to add you as a contact and I accidentally called you too," the future roommate wrote. The next message was not so pleasant. "Her insta looks pretty normal not too ni--ish," the future roommate allegedly said in a screenshot shared on social media earlier this week by Dajah Morrison, a friend of the black student, who declined to comment and wished to remain anonymous. "OMG I am so sorry! Holy crap," the … [Read more...] about She was eager to meet her college roommate