Archive for October, 2010

The Four Most Fundamental Challenges to Privacy of 2010

Electronic Information Privacy Center

EPIC Privacy 2010 Election Campaign Comments
Wednesday October 13, 2010; 8:30 – 10:00 AM
The Mott House, 122 Maryland Avenue NE

Thank you for having me here today. My name is Aaron Titus. I am an attorney and the Privacy Director for the Liberty Coalition. The Liberty Coalition works with more than 80 partner organizations from across the political spectrum on transpartisan issues to preserve the Bill of Rights, personal autonomy and individual privacy. The Liberty Coalition works with, but does not speak on behalf of our partners.

We have heard about several substantial policy issues today. I would like to focus on some of the underlying reasons that Privacy has an uphill battle. The Four Most Fundamental Challenges to Privacy in 2010 are:

  1. The False Notion that one can “Own” Personal Information
  2. The Failed Notice and Consent Legal Regime
  3. Erosion of the Definition of Privacy
  4. The Two Mortal Enemies of Privacy: Convenience and Fear

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PHP Code to Select an Option After a Form Post

I have a couple of php pages with $_POST[] forms which I validate (using PHP). If the form fails validation (ie, the user fails to enter an email address), then the user is brought back to the same page, where he is asked to re-submit the missing or incorrect information. The form also has radio buttons and drop-down forms, and I don’t want to make the user re-select those radio buttons or drop-down entries. So this is my solution: Read the rest of this entry »

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General Conference Themes

I thought it would be interesting to do a series of Wordle tag clouds to analyze themes of the October 2010 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have posted word clouds here that will help visualize the major themes of each talk, session, and the conference as a whole: Read the rest of this entry »

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Visualization of the Relief Society General Meeting

Here are the Wordle visualizations of the October 2010 Relief Society General Meeting talks. Visit the overview for the entire October 2010 General Conference Visualization by session. Read the rest of this entry »

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NSTIC at a Crossroads

Updated January 11, 2011. After the January 7, 2011 NSTIC conference at Stanford, I revisited this blog, which originally posted after an October, 2010 conference call with representatives from the FTC, DHS and the White House cybersecurity staff. The topic was the emerging National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). They are a dedicated staff with a thankless job. My hat is off to them for reaching out to me and other privacy advocates.

NSTIC is a high-level national plan to in for trustworthy, virtual identities. The goals of NSTIC are ostensibly to:

  1. Secure online transactions.
  2. Provide high levels of identity assurance online
  3. Foster innovation and new services
  4. Improve Privacy

If done correctly, NSTIC could indeed improve privacy. If done incorrectly, NSTIC could have a devastating effect on privacy, create centralized Identity Reporting Agencies, analogous to today’s Credit Reporting Agencies, all without functionally improving security. Read the rest of this entry »