Archives for January 2015 Sends Personal Data to Dozens of Tracking Websites

The Asso­ci­at­ed Press reports that–the flag­ship site of the Afford­able Care Act, where mil­lions of Amer­i­cans have signed up to receive health care–is qui­et­ly send­ing per­son­al health infor­ma­tion to a num­ber of third par­ty web­sites. The infor­ma­tion being sent includes one’s zip code, income lev­el, smok­ing sta­tus, preg­nan­cy sta­tus and more. EFF researchers have independently […]

Al Gore Wants to Ban Cars in Cities

If you live in a major city and own a car, you might not be able to keep your car in the city, or you might have to give up your car all togeth­er. You see, for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore and his cur­rent part­ner in crime, for­mer Mex­i­can Pres­i­dent Felipe Calderon, are look­ing to […]

(Missouri conference) What Is The Role Of Public Schools

After sev­er­al years look­ing at Com­mon Core; where it came from, who sup­ports it, how it is being imple­ment­ed, its impact on teachers/students/parents, and lis­ten­ing to the com­plaints of parents/the gen­er­al pub­lic about it, I view Com­mon Core as a symp­tom, not the cause of the pub­lic out­cry over edu­ca­tion. I believe the rea­son most […]

One Bay Area

FA Note: Grab your favorite cup of ______ and lis­ten to a very infor­ma­tive dis­cus­sion of One Bay Area. One Bay Area is America’s most exten­sive and expen­sive appli­ca­tion of Agen­da 21. Michael Shaw dis­cuss­es the One Bay Area Plan, ABAG, ICLEI, and COGs with host, KSCO San­ta Cruz sta­tion own­er, Michael Zwer­ling and var­i­ous callers. […]

What You Can Learn from Oakland’s Raw ALPR Data

Police cars mount­ed with auto­mat­ic license plate read­ers (ALPRs) wind their way through the streets of Oak­land like a “Snake” game on an old cell phone. Instead of eat­ing up pix­els of food, these cam­eras gob­ble down thou­sands of license plates each day. And instead of grow­ing a longer tail, ALPRs feed into a giant […]

Smartphones will begin categorizing users’ mental health; gun seizures will follow

The Dig­i­tal Age has pro­duced some remark­able tech­nol­o­gy and will con­tin­ue to do so, but as each new inno­va­tion springs forth, more of us are find­ing that we are not as com­fort­able with it as we once thought we might be. One of the lat­est exam­ples comes from a new iPhone app that appears capa­ble of […]

Secret TPP Negotiations—And Public Protests—To Be Held in New York City

The next round of secret Trans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship (TPP) nego­ti­a­tions begins this Mon­day, Jan­u­ary 26, and runs through the fol­low­ing week at the Sher­a­ton New York Time Square Hotel in down­town Man­hat­tan. As with many pre­vi­ous TPP meet­ings, the pub­lic will be shut out of talks as nego­tia­tors con­vene behind closed doors to decide bind­ing rules […]

Bill Gates Rules the World

Data­bank­ing Every­body Every­where From the arti­cle above, “Bill Gates: dig­i­tal learn­ing will rev­o­lu­tionise edu­ca­tion in glob­al south”, Cheap­er smart­phones and tablets, advances in soft­ware and bet­ter net­work cov­er­age will rev­o­lu­tionise the way chil­dren in devel­op­ing coun­tries learn over the next 15 years, accord­ing to the Microsoft co-founder and phil­an­thropist Bill Gates.… “The edu­ca­tion­al soft­ware is still […]