Eikonal Blog

2011.04.08

Geolocation

  • “SimpleGeo Makes Location Data Free, Complicates Smartphone Tracking Worries” by Kit Eaton (Fast Company; 2011.04.22) – http://www.fastcompany.com/1749262/simplegeo-makes-location-data-free-complicates-smartphone-tracking-worries
  • “Involuntary Geolocation To Within One Kilometer” 9SlashDot; 2011.04.08) – http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/04/08/1245244/Involuntary-Geolocation-To-Within-One-Kilometer
      Schneier’s blog tips an article about research into geolocation that can track down a computer’s location from its IP address to within 690 meters on average without voluntary disclosure from the target. Quoting: “The first stage measures the time it takes to send a data packet to the target and converts it into a distance – a common geolocation technique that narrows the target’s possible location to a radius of around 200 kilometers. Wang and colleagues then send data packets to the known Google Maps landmark servers in this large area to find which routers they pass through. When a landmark machine and the target computer have shared a router, the researchers can compare how long a packet takes to reach each machine from the router; converted into an estimate of distance, this time difference narrows the search down further. ‘We shrink the size of the area where the target potentially is,’ explains Wang. Finally, they repeat the landmark search at this more fine-grained level: comparing delay times once more, they establish which landmark server is closest to the target.”
  • “Internet probe can track you down to within 690 metres” by Jacob Aron(NewScientist; 2011.04.05) – http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20336-internet-probe-can-track-you-down-to-within-690-metres.html
      Online adverts could soon start stalking you. A new way of working out where you are by looking at your internet connection could pin down your current location to within a few hundred metres.
  • “Pinpointing a Computer to Within 690 Meters” by Bruce Schneier (2011.04.08) – http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2011/04/pinpointing_a_c.html

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2011.01.13

Declawing Cookies


Disabling Flash cookies (LSOs)

2010.11.01

Privacy and digital liberties

Organizations and sites

Blogs


Related pages here: Privacy articles – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/privacy/ | Personal computer security – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/personal-computer-security/ | Online privacy tools – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2010/12/25/online-privacy-tools/ | Unending stream of Facebook privacy news – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/unending-stream-of-facebook-privacy-news/ | TSA folies – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/tsa-folies/

2010.09.27

Surveillance, wiretapping, tracking, etc.

There are (at least) 4 types of big brothers:

  • Type I: (True Big Brother) Governments and their services. They track population in order to prevent, detect, undercut and punish political dissent, frequently under pretense of enforcing various laws. They have full latitude to amend existing or generate the new laws (DMCA, ACTA, …) in order to legislate-out undesirable behaviors. Due to instrumentation of governments by certain well organized holders of the money (industry: e.g. RIAA, MPAA, etc), they frequently act as a suppressors of behaviors, groups and individuals that these branches of industry consider undesirable.
  • Type II: (Small Big Brother) Commercial industry. There are two main motivations here: 1) suppression of threats to their current business model, and 2) acquisition of consumer data with intent to somehow monetarize collected information (e.g. by cross-pollination with other databases, targeted advertising, profiling the households, etc).
  • Type III: (Wannabe Big Brother) Non-legal entities that look for (mainly) monetary gain by use of users data. This include various criminal groups, unaligned individuals, etc.
  • Type IV: (Not-really Big Brother) family members, stalkers, etc

Surveillance by Type I Big Brothers

USA:


Surveillance by Type II Big Brothers

DNA registry for whole population

Misc

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