3rd Life?

I had a tough day yesterday, so was delighted when I found on returning home that Matrix was on the TV…. cool….I don’t watch much TV, so a vegetable evening sounded good… although there was not much of that going on.. the film is quite thought provoking -even second time round, I saw the Matrix once before when it first came out.

Then I was thinking that if the Matrix is our 1st Life, and what we feel is our real life is really our 2nd Life, then this means that SL is really our 3rd Life …..lol 🙂

Privacy and law: 10 ways to win public trust in a surveillance society

This is a clear article on the conflict between the DPA and surveillance that is prevalent. The fact is that the Data Protection Act is not strong enough to protect privacy in today’s surveillance society. In this article Dr Chris Pounder proposes 10 universal standards to buttress the Act and create balance whenever there is interference in private and family life.

Privacy and Facebook

Chris Kelly, 36, is the vice president and chief privacy officer of Facebook, a popular social-networking Web site with 28 million active users. He recently answered some questions about security and privacy issues for users of the site. You may find them interesting to see how privacy within the context of social networking is becoming a subject matter in its own right.

Identity Linkage and Privacy – digital version online

My article that was originally published by ISSA (April 2007) and since reprinted by the Privacy Advisor (July 2007), the newsletter for IAPP -International Association of Privacy Professionals is now available online stored on one of the servers at a company called Hi Software. Not sure that this is a violation of copyright, anyhow whilst it is there, check it out on the above link if you are interested to read it!

UAVs being used for security & surveillance in the US

Remember the posting I made earlier this year -May 28- on how the UK are using ‘spy drones’ fitted with CCTV as surveillance mainly to deal with what is termed as ‘anti-social behaviour’. Well the US is at it too; with drone aircraft presently deployed in skies of Afghanistan and Iraq. They are referred to as ‘unmanned aerial vehicles’ (AEV) to compliment existing border and domestic security measures in place today.

“A House of Representatives panel on Wednesday heard testimony from police agencies that envision using UAVs for everything from border security to domestic surveillance high above American cities. Private companies also hope to use UAVs for tasks such as aerial photography and pipeline monitoring.” Read more here.

Second Life’s Real-World Problems

Read this article from Time magazine it is quite interesting and fun…an excerpt follows :o)

Reality is catching up with Second Life….The ballyhoo surrounding this online community has led multinational brands from Reebok to Toyota to establish beachheads on Second Life to interact with consumers and be a part of the next wave in social networking. In April market-research firm Gartner predicted that by the end of 2011, 80% of active Internet users will have some sort of presence in a virtual world, with Second Life currently one of the most populous…..

and looks like terrorists have come to SL too…..
Companies are drawn to these techno-savvy trendsetters who spent 22 million hours on the site last month. But some devotees are so upset by increasing commercialization that a group called the Second Life Liberation Army last year gunned down virtual shoppers at American Apparel…..