Doing ethical research with vulnerable users

(This post has been sitting in draft for a few months. Today I was tagged in a discussion about researching with vulnerable/distressed people and I just pressed publish. The post started out as an email I sent to the UK GDS User Research mailing list on the topic of doing user research with vulnerable people.) […]

Seen in India: Biometric staff tracking systems

While we were travelling around in India earlier this year, I saw lots of interesting, fascinating, curious, and worrying things. At the door of a hotel we were staying in in one city, I saw this biometric 1)Wikipedia article on Biometrics https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biometrics recognition system by a company called Kanoe Systems 2)Kanoe company website http://www.kanoe.com/time-attendance who […]

W3C public-privacy thread

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Concerns about Dept. of Education’s “Primary Online Database”

Digital Rights Ireland Simon McGarr speaks about the Dept. of Education Primary Online Database by Bernard Tyers on Mixcloud The recording can be downloaded for reference. Simon McGarr from Digital Rights Ireland speaks on Drive Time, Irish national radio, about the privacy, and misuse of data concerns with the Department of Educations’ proposed Primary Online […]

Digital Rights Ireland comment on Ireland’s state sanctioned phone and e-mail tapping laws

Digital Rights Ireland Simon McGarr speaks to Today FM about Ireland’s phone and e-mail tapping laws by Bernard Tyers on Mixcloud Digital Rights Ireland’s Simon McGarr has written a good post with thoughts on the FISA-style secret court hearings. It looks like the law falls short of covering “Information society services” such as Google, Facebook, […]

Mainstream Internet comes to Tor – who’s next?

A couple of years ago I started a list of organisations I thought should run Tor relays or exit nodes. I found it again this weekend. Organisations who should run Tor nodes (exit or relay): (ordered by likelihood of it happening) Mozilla EFF Amnesty International Privacy International Reuters (for their journalists and correspondents and for […]

Suggested (small) change for EFF’s HTTPS Everywhere UI

The EFF 1)Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Tor Project 4)Tor Project have developed a very useful add-on for web browsers, called HTTPS Everywhere 2)HTTPS Everywhere on eff.org. What is HTTPS Everywhere and what does it do? It is a web browser (Firefox, Chrome, and Opera) extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making […]

Textsecure: How to represent message transport in message flow?

Here are some thoughts from today about a discussion we had on Twitter about representing a message property in a messaging app UI. I’ve tried to make it as coherent as possible. I may have failed. Hopefully not. What is TextSecure? Textsecure is the excellent SMS and data messaging app 1)Textsecure on Wikipedia from WhisperSystems […]