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New sensors will scoop up ‘big data’ on Chicago By David Heinzmann, Tribune reporter, chicagotribune.com
The curled metal fix­tures set to go up on a hand­ful of Michi­gan Avenue light poles later this sum­mer may look like del­i­cate pieces of sculp­ture, but researchers say they’ll pro­vide a big step for­ward in the way Chica­go under­stands itsel…

Chicago’s new surveillance system was created to “understand cities better.” But what does it mean for privacy?
“There is this tension between collecting facts about our environment and building new services and theoretical models for research and using data that doesn’t compromise privacy,” CDT Chief Technologist, Joe Hall told Vice news. 

New sensors will scoop up ‘big data’ on Chicago
By David Heinzmann, Tribune reporter, chicagotribune.com

The curled metal fix­tures set to go up on a hand­ful of Michi­gan Avenue light poles later this sum­mer may look like del­i­cate pieces of sculp­ture, but researchers say they’ll pro­vide a big step for­ward in the way Chica­go under­stands itsel…

Chicago’s new surveillance system was created to “understand cities better.” But what does it mean for privacy?

“There is this tension between collecting facts about our environment and building new services and theoretical models for research and using data that doesn’t compromise privacy,” CDT Chief Technologist, Joe Hall told Vice news. 

thisistheverge
This was an accident. I didn’t want to make this public. I didn’t want to do anything bad.
Today’s TweetDeck collapse may have been triggered by an Austrian teen
Today’s TweetDeck vulnerability brought the entire service down for hours — but early accounts indicate it may have started with a simple accident. At 8:05 EDT, the account @FiroXL tweeted a simple test: some javascript tags along with a heart symbol and a German phrase that translates roughly to “I wonder if this will work…” It worked: the tags did their job and the heart symbol, which Twitter would normally mangle, came through TweetDeck just fine, indicating the service was executing Javascript commands from plaintext. (via thisistheverge)
Earlier this month Minnesota signed into law a bill in response to the epidemic of smartphone theft. While the law didn’t contain the concerning technology mandates CDT highlighted in a letter to the Minnesota Legislature, it did contain an even more alarming close that would essentially require some citizens to install cameras on private property and become the eyes of government surveillance.
Jake Lapperruque, CDT Fellow on Privacy, Surveillance, and Security
"Minnesota Law Makes Private Citizens the Eyes of Government Surveillance" 

Fictional demons aside, the Internet needs our help to make it stronger. However, it often takes the government a while to implement change.

At CDT, we want to write a set of security guidelines that everyone from technical decisionmakers to webmasters can use to make the Internet a more secure place, right now.

You can help us do this by showing support or offering feedback on our #newschallenge entry “Usable Security Guides for Strengthening the Internet.