In the Age of Big Data, Is Privacy No Big Deal?
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Recent revelations about government agencies getting access to personal data have confirmed what many Internet users say they already knew. Is it time for concern about privacy? Is it too late for the public debate that should have been held 10 years ago? Also, riot police push back against protestors in Istanbul, and endangered species and mistaken identities.
Banner image: An illustration picture shows the logo of the US National Security Agency on the display of an iPhone in Berlin, June 7, 2013. Photo: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters
Riot Police Push Back against Protestors in Istanbul ()
Turkish riot police have moved into Taksim Square in central Istanbul today. That's at the heart of ten days of anti-government protests. They're firing tear gas and water cannons at protestors armed with rocks and fireworks. Daniel Dombey is Turkey correspondent for the Financial Times.
In the Age of Big Data, Is Privacy No Big Deal? ()
Last year two US Senators who couldn't provide details said, "most Americans would be stunned" if they knew the extent of government surveillance. Now people know more, and a recent poll shows they're not "stunned" after all. Sixty percent are ready to sacrifice privacy in the interests of security. But others claim the government's gathering much more than it needs to know, accessing the Big Data of Internet giants like Google and Apple. As the companies make big money on what users give them for free, is the government amassing power that could weaken Democracy?
- Carroll Doherty: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, @CarrollDoherty
- Dieter Bohn: TheVerge.com, @backlon
- Jaron Lanier: computer scientist and author, @FakeJaronLanier
- Mike Driscoll: Metamarkets, @metamarkets
Wolves, Bears, Chimpanzees and the Endangered Species Act ()
Hunters who kill endangered wolves say they thought they were shooting coyotes or wild dogs. Endangered whooping cranes look like Sandhill cranes, which aren't even threatened. Under what's called the McKittrick policy, ignorance of the law can be an excuse after all. Now, environmental groups are taking the Justice Department to court because it has declined to prosecute a hunter who said, "I didn't know." That's according to Julie Cart, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Los Angeles Times.
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