How Britain exported next-generation sur­veil­lance:

Technology is a tool: it is a process by which polit­i­cal and human desires are instan­ti­ated in the world. What is sig­nif­i­cant about that instan­ti­a­tion is that it must take a vis­i­ble form. It may be a writ­ten, read­able code, or a phys­i­cal infra­struc­ture in the land­scape: servers in data cen­tres, cam­eras on poles by the road­side, rust­ing signs on fore­court walls declar­ing the owner’s intentions.

When there is pres­sure to obscure that infrastructure—camouflaging cam­eras, clos­ing down net­works, or block­ing free­dom of infor­ma­tion requests—a cor­re­spond­ing pres­sure is exerted on the very democ­racy it pur­ports to uphold.

Path uploads your entire iPhone address book to its servers. Shouldn’t this be the kind of shady behav­ior that an app store review process pre­vents? Would be fan­tas­tic to see answers to these 3 ques­tions.

Update: Path’s CEO answered those three ques­tions a minute after I posted this. His response to #2 is a cop out. “Industry best prac­tice” is just a way of avoid­ing blame. Protect your users data and do what’s right, not what’s typical.

The hypocrisy of the media attack on Wikileaks

Ian Dunt at The Guardian writes about the hypocrisy of the media attack on Wikileaks:

The only dif­fer­ence between Wikileaks and other news organ­i­sa­tions is that Wikileaks is doing its job prop­erly. This is not a symp­tom of its greater intel­li­gence, merely its abil­ity to com­pre­hend the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of new tech­nol­ogy. Wikileaks is like a sym­bol of globalisation.