Ownership of Data is Not Privacy

PRIVACY is often mixed up with another issue of the digital world:


For example when you register to any social media platform like Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest…you agree that all the data you are sharing via these platforms are the property of the company running these platforms.

This is OWNERSHIP of DATA and not PRIVACY.
You have still the right, the ability, the freedom to share what you consider “public” data on these platforms.
For example: you are able to make a comment and avoid clicking on “like”… also when you are walking in town, you are not walking naked because you are in “public”. Same in Facebook despite all the rules about friendship, sharing and so on. Don’t forget you are walking in town…in Facebook! All you do there is PUBLIC, not private at all as the company can track all what you are doing on this platform.

The proper definition of ownership is: ownership of property may be private, collective, or common, and the property may be of objects, land/real estate, or intellectual property…The process and mechanics of ownership are fairly complex: one can gain, transfer, and loose ownership of property in a number of ways. (ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ownership)


The proper definition of privacy is: when something is private to a person, it usually means that something is inherently special or sensitive to them. The domain of privacy partially overlaps security, which can include the concepts of appropriate use, as well as protection of information. Privacy may also take the form of bodily integrity. (ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privacy)

So  ways we can think about privacy in the digital era are:

How can I keep my data “private”, “only mine”, if I am subject to loose the property in so many ways (including hack, fishering, leaking…) in the digital world?
That is the way companies are now re-thinking their security strategy. They define what data are the real treasure they have to defend and they concentrate all their efforts to protect this treasure and only it. They let it go for the rest of the data. For example: no more restrictive rules for employees. Big change indeed!
Another way to think about privacy is to think about “anonymous” status.
Can I act anonymously in this world? No tracking, no name, no address…? Lot of situations in life need anonymity, not only to hide bad things. For example health data, geolocalization data…
Finally on a personal point of view you can think about privacy as a mix of “anonymity-protection of my integrity”.
You want to control the use others can make of your data like for example remixing your pictures or your name for purposes you are not agreeing with. Here the situation is similar to “walking downtown”. Keep in mind : you are acting in public when you use devices connected to the net. Same for your children and you are responsible for what they do.

Let’s see also the positive aspect of the digital era.

Knowledge is everywhere, the digital world is invading all the sectors of our society.
So warm welcome to copyleft, remix, collaboration, open data!

  • Do you know that the fashion sector (shoes, dresses, shirts etc…) is doing very very well without any patent or copyright?
  • Do you know that all these data we are sending all over the web are computed and more often for the best than for the worst .
    For example: Health sector can use anonymous human data to amplify and improve research.
    For example: Algorithms analyse your data to help you to find what you are looking for desperately in real life or through the net.
    For example: Data of contamination in Japan after Fukushima disaster were collected by a citizen’s group called “Safecast”.

Still not easy to know what to do with all these magical/diabolical digital devices we use and abuse.

Some users and among them lot of States, governmental (and Non-Governmental) organizations are pissing our PRIVACY, making the most of these connected devices to Internet.

Are we definitively powerless?

On the contrary: we are, each of us and in community, lot more powerful thanks to Internet, thanks to social media platforms.

So are you ready to enter this wonderful, better world and fight for what matters:your PRIVACY.

Yes your privacy is what matters.

  • Since Edward Snowden revealed to world numerous global surveillance programs,
  • Since the decision of the European Court of Justice in October 2015 to invalidate the “Safe Harbour Decision” about the transfer of private data from Europe to US insufficiently protected personal and business environment,
  • Since the European States have promoted Security laws which enforce restrictions to citizens’ freedom (see http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/10/28/opinion/europe-is-spying-on-you-mass-surveillance.html):

    “Governments now argue that to guarantee our security we have to sacrifice some rights.”

    It is time now to individually take measures to protect our privacy.

    What measures can be taken? 3 measures could make the difference:

    1- Multiple passwords. Not simple ones, complex ones: mixing alphabetical letters and numbers, upper and lower case. Worried about how to remember these passwords? Open a spreadsheet on your desktop, not in the cloud. One line per website/password, copy this file on a pen-drive, update it once a week or better : each time you register to a new on line service!

    2- Be selective! Some pictures don’t need public audience. When you are sharing through Internet (yes: Whatsapp is also concerned) it is like walking in a small village where everybody knows who you are, what you are doing, who you are going to meet and what bier you will order…Share consciously things that are really “public domain” and will not arm anybody around you.

    3- Your email box is your weakest point! Select your contacts or open a new account for more private contacts. Select your “subject”, be equivocal…and ENCRYPT your more sensible messages (to Banks, accountants, lawyers, administrations, family…lovers). Lot of encryption tools these days: I recommend Virtru for dummy users because no need to move to a new mailbox provider and encryption-decryption is a breeze.



Design1o1, the MOOC that rocks!

Design1o1 is a MOOC about Design from the new german platform Iversity. But it is not a “classic” MOOC, just look:
* It has lasted 101 days, from November to February 5th: usually MOOC last 6-8 weeks, rarely 12 weeks
* 101 videos, 101 letters, 101 homeworks! Burst of applause!

* The italian team from Academia di Belli Arti di Catania (Stefano Mirti, Anne-Sophie Gauvin, Lucia Giuliano, Giovanni Pasca Raymondi, Giulia San Gregorio, Lola de la Arena, Graphics: Marco Agosta, Alica Horvathova, Andrea Molteni, Video: Pierluigi Anselmi, Carlo Altera Sound: Duccio Servi) has designed a very special way to deliver knowledge and know-how:
– an animated-stylish video of only 1:30 to 3:00 mn duration, just to deliver the daily idea-theme
– a dense letter full of links to multimedia online ressources, very rare links to books or pdf contents
– a large scope of cultural references, taking advantages of Internet to “drive” people beyond his/her physical or cultural borders (references from music to technology, from europe to asia, africa…)
Freedom and creativity in all parts to follow-up the students: NO excel spreadsheet or specific forums to manage groups of students. Students were invited to collaborate on whatever social platform they were comfortable with.
– Only one dead-line a week to answer an eccentric quiz
– Finally assignment: pictures, lot of pictures ranked by students, that’s it !

And at the end of the day guess what? A cheerful and helpful community of students, an amazing creativity, over 40,000 students enrolled at the beginning and still 8000 at the end of the course (2163 in the Facebook Arena).

The Ariane thread of the community was this quote put in practice : “I draw flowers every day and send them to my friends so they get fresh blooms every morning.”(David Hockney)

From Mu Um, one of the most active student

The students’ community was so enthousiastic with the course that they managed to make and deliver through the facebook group the last Sunday video-letter as a special gift to the teachers who delivered 101 videos and letters along the course. Here is the link to the students’ farewell video: Students’ farewell video

The “teachers” said:
:We will collectively explore the tools of today (facebook, twitter, instagram, the MOOC platform etc.) to step into a fantastic voyage through time and space, in which we are all absolute beginners!
and after 3 months we feel to be “eternal beginners” as we enjoyed so much the travel!

Next stop: Design 101 exhibition at designtransfer, Berlin university of the arts – Subject : #blaueblumen.
address :udk Berlin, einsteinufer 43 , on 25-26 april 2014

More videos in YouTube Channel:[http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu_Cu5Z4-rSCRwbx45QzdIw]

A tree trunk grown around an old bicycle

“The DNA of today’s corporate structures is a century old, by and large, and like a tree trunk grown around an old bicycle, company cultures have slowly assimilated external societal changes without really changing. Part of this is specifically about technology and its role in propping up old, cascading hierarchies and other artefacts of ‘traditional’ corporate life. Far from realising the hopes and dreams of cybernetics, the centralised, command-and-control approach taken by the majority of IT functions in large firms has, if anything, reinforced the impersonal, process- and politics-based culture of large firms. But partly, of course, this is just a matter of time and patience. Email has been around in companies for over 30 years, and yet so many people even today struggle to use it properly. Perhaps social tools need the same amount of time to become so normal that they are effectively invisible.”

“…I think we under-estimated the sheer level of inertia and resistance to change that exists in many companies. So much waste of human talent remains in the way that companies continue to operate, that we cannot claim to have succeeded.”

More here http://postshift.com/2013/07/12/after_the_shift/

Drones + Wine


Drones + Wine: how developers at 3D Robotics are working with farmers to harvest grapes

Developers at 3D Robotics went to Kunde Family Vineyards, a family-owned vineyard, to test a project that could revolutionize agriculture by providing farmers with on-demand aerial images of their land.



Full Story: SUAS News

How young is too young to begin coding?

“Children aged from 5-11 have so much potential for learning about algorithms and computation that it would be a shame to wait until they are teenagers before we teach them the foundations.” (source: http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/09/ap_code/)

This is true not only for coding. It is time to re-think education in a more personalized way: we now have the tools to follow-up the learning of each learner and adapt it to match the pace and interests of each one. Mass education is a waste of time and a loss of opportunities for everyone included the educators.

A sorting game devised by computer scientist J. Paul Gibson to teach the concept of algorithms to children.

At what age do you think children could experience coding?

Small cubes that self-assemble

Known as M-Blocks, the robots are cubes with no external moving parts. Nonetheless, they’re able to climb over and around one another, leap through the air, roll across the ground, and even move while suspended upside down from metallic surfaces.(MIT)

Facebook engineer/author Carlos Bueno gets kids to think

Facebook engineer/author Carlos Bueno gets kids to think

Explore fractals world with Fragmenterium

More in http://syntopia.github.io/Fragmentarium/

thx to @benbois

Flickr / philippe rivrain – via Iframely

Flickr / Sven Geier – via Iframely

Digital world is more welcoming and more sharing

Digital world is more welcoming and more sharing

“Building a culture of experimentation and creativity in the social media age”

Digital world is “more collaborative, more welcoming, and more sharing. It actually encouraged me to not be afraid of something new and to ask for help if I needed it, even though historically I was the person who other people came to for help.”

Google unleashes Coder for Raspberry Pi as kid-friendly tool

Google unleashes Coder for Raspberry Pi as kid-friendly tool

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