ThinkingShift Wiki Watch

August 8, 2007 at 3:00 am 2 comments

Seems to be a week for posts and resources on privacy and surveillance issues for me. Came across this wiki for those of us interested in privacy, identity, data protection, access to knowledge and copyright reform. The wiki is Orgwiki from the Open Rights Group, an NGO. Lots of interesting stuff and a wide coverage of topics. In a recent post, I talked about RFID technology – if you want to learn more about RFID and some of the implications around use, check this out.

And if you want to freak yourself out reading about how DNA could be misused in a national DNA database, then read this. I mentioned in a recent post that the NSW Cabinet has approved an expansion of police powers, which allows police to collect a DNA sample from anyone arrested for any offence.

On the issue of privacy, a humorous post from Boing Boing about Kevin Bankston, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s privacy lawyer. Seems Bankston might be more paranoid than me and locked his office to prevent any pranks from interns at EFF. But somehow they penetrated the security of his office and came up with a very funny LOLCats animation (and if you haven’t caught up with LOLCats, where have you been? check this out). Bankston was caught on Google StreetView recently and now it seems the LOLCats fun is somewhat ironic as Bankston’s cat has gone AWOL (and said cat is micro-chipped with RFID technology….mmmmm).

You can see the animation here and I’ve pinched the LOLCat image from Boing Boing.


Entry filed under: Privacy, Surveillance society, Useful resources, Wikis.

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