Tagged: privacy

How to protect your private data when you travel to the United States - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 07, 2017

By Paul Ralph, University of Auckland On January 30 – three days after US President Donald Trump signed an executive order restricting immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries – an American scientist employed by NASA was detained at the US border until he relinquished his phone and PIN to border agents. Travellers are also reporting … Read More

Govt requests NGO client data – Why do they need this? - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Mar 04, 2017

I’m a big fan of letting NGOs benchmark their effectiveness using government data. But I don’t quite get why the government needs NGOs to collect some of this information on their behalf. Here goes. The government holds a huge amount of linked administrative data on all of us in the Integrated Data Infrastructure. All kinds of stuff can be linked … Read More

Personalised medicine has obvious benefits but has anyone thought about the issues? - Guest Work

Guest Work Jun 17, 2016

By Nola Ries, University of Newcastle and Dianne Nicol, University of Tasmania US Vice President Joe Biden recently launched The Genomic Data Commons, an open-access database that contains genomic and clinical data of 12,000 patients. The aim is to allow researchers to better understand cancer’s development, which will help tailor treatments to individuals’ particular cancers. Read More

Online privacy – companies not government the biggest concern - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Apr 14, 2016

Despite the Edward Snowden revelations of mass online collection of meta data and some high profile data breaches at our own government departments, what Kiwis most fear is not snooping spies, but companies harvesting our Facebook likes and internet searches. The latest World Internet Project survey of nearly 1400 Kiwis included for the first time a set of questions about online privacy … Read More

My 10 Commandments of a Data Culture - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Aug 06, 2013

Thou shalt have no data but ethical data. Thou shalt protect the identity of thy subjects with all thy heart, soul, mind and body. Thou shalt back-up. Thou shalt honour thy data and tell its story, not thy own. Thou shalt always visualise thy data before testing. Thou shalt share thy results even if negative. … Continue reading » … Read More

The increasing value of privacy - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Apr 26, 2013

The motivation for this blog post is the acceptance of one of my papers at an international conference.  All was good until I hit the photography/video waiver.  A condition of attendance is that you can be photographed or videoed, and these images used by the scientific organisation for their purposes. I am very uncomfortable with this.  As a rule, I … Read More

Structured Procrastination, 17-Jan-2013 (Science should end, etc.) - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 18, 2013

(A handful of stories for readers to try.) Science should end. In a follow-on from #overlyhonestmethods (overly honest methods), there is Scientists conclude: ‘No further research is needed’. Teaser: ‘A new paper published in Science has concluded that no further research is needed. The announcement, made in the discussion section of the paper, comes as shock … Read More

Protecting your Web - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Feb 29, 2012

What a mad day.  I’ve been happily tweeting/Facebooking/Google Plussing these links today, and figured I should just get it over and point to them in a brief blog post. This post will cover protecting your web browsing habits, tracking who’s tracking you, and how to better encrypt your traffic. So, yes.  First things first. Your [...] … Read More