The Ultimate Telemarketing Database

Playing “My Country, ’Tis of Thee” on the piano for my evening relaxation and hearing my daughter sing about the "sweet land of liberty," I thought of the NSA's Prism surveillance system. The U.S. government should thank whistle-blower Edward Snowden for providing a way for them to reduce the U.S. budget deficit. Now that everyone knows that the U.S. government harvests data on every person on the planet not living in a cave, why doesn't the U.S. government mine the data -- after all, it has the most computing resources -- and sell the results to telemarketers?

One Step Closer to a Cashless Future

If you're wondering what our cash-free future may look like -- what will it do, e.g., to panhandling? -- consider a trip to Sweden. The Associated Press reports on that country's progress towards phasing out hard currency:

"In most Swedish cities, public buses don’t accept cash; tickets are prepaid or purchased with a cell phone text message.

Transparency vs. Responsible Journalism

Annie Duke, the professional poker player and Rock Paper Scissors tournament winner, has a new internet show. A recent episode included appearances by Rafe Furst and Jason Calcanis, discussing privacy and responsible journalism in the face of the recent WikiLeaks scandals.

Domino’s Delivers Online

Ever since I was a child I have dreaded interactions with sales people. I don’t even like to call in takeout orders. My wife Jeannette handles that duty in our family. This weekend, however, I was forced to do the ordering myself. I turned to the internet with the hope that I might be able […]

Besmirching Ourselves Online: A Q&A With the Author of The Future of Reputation

Daniel Solove is amazed by what people will divulge about themselves (and others) online — usually unaware of consequences which can range from stardom to job loss. But in his recent book The Future of Reputation, Solove, an associate professor of law at George Washington University, explains why even someone with virtually no online footprint […]

The FREAK-est Links

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The FREAK-est Links

A financial markets outlook for 2008. The newest trend in Romanian business: eBay scams. (Earlier) What would Earth look like to aliens? Want to keep your Web surfing, e-mail and IMs private? Here’s how.