Would you take $8 / month to expose yourself online?

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Startup Datacoup Will Pay You a Month If Your Feed It Data from Facebook, Twitter, and Your Credit Card | MIT Technology Review

We have seen interesting experiments and studies where researchers have looked at what people are willing to pay to protect their privacy.

This then would be the opposite experiment. A company called Datacoup is offering people per month to give them access to all of their social media accounts, and information on their credit and debit card transactions.

You certainly can’t fault them for being covert about their intentions. They are saying very directly what they want and offering a clear quid pro quo.

I don’t think I will be a customer, but it will be very interesting to see if they can find a meaningful number of people willing to make this deal.

Lance Cottrell is the Founder and Chief Scientist of Anonymizer. Follow me on Facebook and Google+.

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Freedom Of Speech supports the following candidates regardless of Party. Change is good, but as they say: if it isn’t broke don’t fix it.

County Council:

Barbara Sillings (D)
Tom Pickett (D)
Lana Abersold (R)
John Schellemberger (R)

County Sheriff:

Frank Loop (R)
Jeffrey Topping (D)

County Auditor

Mary Lou Byerly (D)

County Commissioner 1st District:

Mark Seabrook (R)

Clerk of the Circuit Court:

Darrell Mills (D)

State Senate, District 46:

Ron Grooms (R)

State Rep., District 72:

Ed Clere (R)

Judge Superior Court, No.2:

Richard Rush (D)

Judge Superior Court No. 3:

Maria Granger (D)

New Albany Township Board: (pick 3)

Carol Shope (D)

We ask our readers to support the following candidates in the 2014 Primary Election

Music: Yes We Can Regulate the Internet

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Don’t let the Administration / big government take us to the cleaners on Net Neutrality.  Listen and enjoy (if you can) to the Top 40 hit, Yes We Can Regulate the Internet.  Have a laugh, and then get active to stop this madness!

Media Freedom

Opinion at Seattle Times: Fitness gadgets raise privacy concerns under new health insurance rules

Brier Dudley, a technology columnist at the Seattle Times, discusses privacy concerns about fitness devices that gather data about individuals’ health: Outrage over NSA spying on Americans is nothing compared to how people may react to the upcoming collision with wearable computing, medical privacy and new insurance rules. You don’t need leaked documents to see [...]
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USA Today: How to stop ad trackers on your smartphones

In a column at USA Today, Kim Komando discusses privacy and marketers’ tracking of Internet users: Both Apple and Android have recently introduced new ways for advertisers to deliver targeted ads to us. This sounds like bad news, but the good part is that, given widespread consumer outrage on the issues, both companies have shown [...]
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Video: Seton Motley Says Net Neutrality Fight Far From Over

Though the DC Circuit recently outlawed core aspects of the FCC’s Net Neutrality rule, Less Government’s Seton Motley explains that 1930′s-styled telephone regulation for the Internet – imposed by the FCC – might be the cruel result of the Court’s ruling.

Net Neutrality Fight Far From Over, With Less Government’s Seton Motley from Mike Wendy on Vimeo.

Media Freedom

Timor-Leste’s media law ‘secrecy’ lifted, but draconian content revealed

East Timorese journalists at work … no more freelancers
under the draft media law? Photo: David Robie


THE PROPOSED Timor-Leste media law is a draconian mixed bag. And it is ironical that such a document with lofty claims of protecting the freedom of the press should be shrouded in secrecy for the past six months.

After being approved by the Council of Ministers last August
Café Pacific – David Robie | Media freedom and transparency

Report: Privacy Engineering: Proactively Embedding Privacy, by Design

A new paper, “Privacy Engineering: Proactively Embedding Privacy, by Design,” discusses the idea of ensuring privacy is a part of a system or technology from the beginning. The paper is by Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario, Canada; Stuart Shapiro, MITRE Corporation; and R. Jason Cronk, Enterprivacy Consulting Group. Here’s the introduction: Information management is [...]
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WHO’S – WHO IN 2013…..

Liar/ Phony of 2013 – Jeff Gahan

Biggest Bully of 2013 – Roger Baylor

Best School Board Member of 2013 – Rebecca Gardner

Biggest Gahan mistake made in 2013 – .6 million dollar bond backed up with our property taxes

Biggest Political Joke of 2013 – Coffey vs. Seabrook

Worse Council President 2013 – Pat McLaughlin

Flip-Flopper of 2013 – Dan Coffey

Man of the Year – John Schuellenberger – President of Floyd County Council

Women of the Year – Rebecca Gardenour NAFC School Board

2014 should be even more exciting…


Washington Post: New surveillance technology can track everyone in an area for several hours at a time

The Washington Post reports on a new type of surveillance technology that can track people across a widespread area: As Americans have grown increasingly comfortable with traditional surveillance cameras, a new, far more powerful generation is being quietly deployed that can track every vehicle and person across an area the size of a small city, for [...]
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