CIA Social Media Surveillance

The CIA is investing in several tech companies working on mining social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc., with the purpose of determining “networks of association, centers of influence and potential signs of radicalization.”

https://theintercept.com/2016/04/14/in-undisclosed-cia-investments-social-media-mining-looms-large/

Meet Brave, A Browser That Enforces Do Not Track Settings

Brendan Eich, inventor of Javascript and co-founder of Mozilla, is working on a new, open-source, experimental browser named Brave that enforces a model where third party ads must comply with a browser’s Do Not Track settings. If they do not, the browser replaces them with ads that do comply.

Link to a good write-up on Boing Boing about the issue.

Richard Stallman talks about EME/DRM in the HTML5 Standard

If you’ve got 90 minutes to spare, this looks like a great discussion with Richard Stallman of GNU and FSF fame about EME, also known as DRM in the HTML5 standard, and why such systems of software control leave us all worse off.

Link to a good write-up on Boing Boing about the issue.