Altaweel et. al (2015) found found that if you visit the top 100 websites on the internet, you easily download over 6000 cookies to your computer. That research has some serious, and seriously scary, gems. It took me 30 minutes to implement several privacy measures and record them and write this post. Super quick, super simple. Like many of us, I don’t have the time right now to do learn how to use new software or figure out how to read code. Each of these tips takes a grand total of 2 minutes to implement. No excuses.Working on data issues, I’m concerned about online privacy. And not in the way that I have something to hide, but more that it pisses me off that I’m constantly being monitored so my data can be used to line someone else’s pockets. That’s the crux of it – a lot of the internet is now free because ad networks and others track you as your browse and collect your data to build up profiles, which can then be sold to better target ads to you. Your data is valuable, and you’re giving it away for free. To blatantly overgeneralise, this is what cookies do. They track you as your browse across the internet. Especially third-party cookies, and those are the ones you want to avoid. When cookies were invented, there was a significant lobby to avoid them being called ‘spybots’.
data justice, I am working through some literature reviews on big concepts to help frame the direction of work. The idea is to set a good base to stop that kind of thing from happening. If it can be useful for you, I share here a 4 page summary outline of Sen’s ‘The Idea of Justice’ , an important treatise on what justice is and how to acheive it.Do you ever do that thing where you cite a particular seminal work so frequently that you think you know it so well but you actually sort of forget the finer argument? It’s incredibly embarassing, not to mention counter-productive, if you get caught out. (!) As I am laying the foundations for my doctoral research on
Summary in 3 lines:
- A theory of justice needs to be useful in order to judge how to reduce injustice.
- Most theories of justice focus on what ‘the perfectly just world’ would look like, negating point #1. We need a comparative approach considering the lives people actually lead.
- Justice requires impartiality, which requires a certain objectivity and rationality, especially public rationale, therefore need public discussion and democracy as ‘government by discussion’.