AWARENESS RAISING: “Henrik Kramshøj is a Whitehat-hacker with his own company, Gry Hasselbalch is active in Privacy and has previously worked for the Danish Media Council for Children and Young People and Alexander Mills is a High School student with a particular interest in safety in cyberspace. I november Aflyttets host Anders Kjærulff invited them to talk about…
AWARENESS RAISING: One of the greatest challenges today is the societal habitualization to the digital surveillance society. If surveillance and prediction is the norm, accepted as the natural state of affairs, people stops questioning it.
Study of Youth, Privacy and Social Media: Facebook is a precondition for social participation
PUBLICATIONS: In 2013 the think tank Digital Youth conducted a study among Danish youth in 11 focus groups to explore their strategies to control their privacy on social media.
The Global Privacy as Innovation Network
– by Gry Hasselbalch, September 2014 The Global Privacy as Innovation Network views privacy as an opportunity and an economic and social investment. That is; we see privacy as innovation. The network exchanges knowledge, ideas and information about new emerging services, networks and guidelines on privacy innovation that are being created worldwide right now. The…
Language, power and privacy
Talk at the Indie Tech Summit, Brighton, July 2014 This is the direct transcript of my talk (thank you to the Indie Tech team for doing all the work!) DONT WANT TO READ? SEE THE TALK HERE
Privacy as Innovation: Background paper, IGF 2014
Privacy is a key emerging issue in Internet Governance processes. Looked upon most often as an area of risk and protection, it is in this paper viewed as an area of opportunity and innovation. A paradigm shift is on its way. This entails a shift in focus where the legal protection of privacy rather than…
“The right to privacy online” (English translation of my op ed in the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende)
In 1992 the public gained access to the former Eastern Germany secret service Stasi archives. They consisted of 180 kilometers files and 35 million other documents, photos , audio, documents and taped phone conversations. The archives are evidence of a gigantic effort. Physical penetration into people’s homes, hours of interception and handling of information. Stasi…
Outline: Civil society, legal/interstate and technical community responses to the challenges to privacy (talk on “Privacy in the Age of Big Data” )
We have moved on to an important stage in the evolution of the internet characterized by an increasing demand from all sectors of society to regain control. This stage is comprised by legal/interstate responses to the challenges to privacy, technical community responses and civil society sentiments and actions.
“Tillid” har været år 2013’s buzz-word. Alle taler om ”tilliden til internettet”, som noget, der skal genskabes og genopbygges. Og den ”mistillid”, der er fulgt efter sidste års afsløringer om masseovervågning, præsenteres som et kerneproblem. Men måske vi skulle vente lidt med at genskabe tilliden til internettet. This post is in Danish, because it was written…
The internet is broken – but we are still asked to “trust” it?
– by Gry Hasselbalch “Trust ” was the word of the year. Everyone talks about “trust in the Internet ” as something that needs to be restored and rebuilt. And the mistrust in the internet that followed last year’s revelations about mass surveillance is presented as a core problem. But perhaps we shouldn’t aim to reestablish…
The Focus Group Survey 2013: Youth’s Public and Private Lives on Social Media
To assert control over the flow of images, personal content and social contexts is essential to young people when using social media. The Danish think tank Digital Youth published the report Youth’s Public and Private Lives on Social Media in November 2013. The report was based on interviews with young people about their strategies to preserve…
Privacy is the latest digital media business model (English translation of op ed in Politiken, August 2013)
– by Gry Hasselbalch If you mentioned privacy and data protection in a discussion about digital media business innovation, data portability and social sharing a few years ago, you would most certainly have been viewed as a spoilsport. But do the same today and you might actually assert yourself as a great innovator.
The Three Momentous Stages of Online Privacy
Part of my introduction to the Privacy as Innovation session at the Internet Governance Forum, Bali, 2013 with references
“Privacy and Innovation: Rethinking Privacy as an Area of Opportunity”, Internet Governance Forum 2013
(IGF) Workshop (308) Background Paper and video of workshop.
Privacy enhancing inventions – from the mobile bathing machine to the Anonymizer
“Privacy enhancing technology” is a new concept, but not a new invention. Throughout history conceptual, legal and societal challenges to the private sphere of people have always inspired innovative inventions.
Let’s start from the argument that the accumulation of data is an interference
With one eye on current global debates concerning state surveillance and specifically the NSA Prism scheme, my other eye squint with concern. The arguments put forward supporting schemes such as Prism emphasize the “safe guards” claimed to have been put in place by governments (they do not mention the “transparency” of such schemes, which is a key…
NSA revelations: A momentum for privacy as a business model
No hardcore privacy advocate could possibly have been surprised by the recent revelations that we can have absolutely no expectation of privacy in our communicative endeavours today. But the fact that the rest of the world actually seemed to have been taken by surprise (or at least acted like that) and was alarmed by this, might…
A Note on Algorithmic Storytelling
Humans make sense of reality through narratives. But today reality is taking its toll on the creative sense-making.
Multistakeholderism: Old Power Relations in a fancy new coat or something new to the table?
Make an attempt to attend an “internet governance” initiative without considering the concept multistakeholderism. It’s impossible. Tweets and updates from the recent Internet Governance Forum open consultations and the WSIS+10 event in February as well as the currently ongoing ICANN debates in Beijing illustrate the big buzz word value of the concept. You can’t avoid…
A shared set of Internet Governance Principles
“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” (Henri Bergson) These past years the creation of a shared set of global Internet Governance Principles have been a key topic of discussion at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Apparently there are twenty something different sets of “Internet Governance Principles”…
The 21%: Parents, youth and “surveillance”
The recent survey “Teens, Privacy and Social Media” is an interesting survey for many reasons. Here’s one more. Parents were asked if they had ever “surveilled” their children without their knowledge. 21% answered yes; a result, which enticed a heavy debate in Danish media about parents control of their children’s online life via e.g. their…
Privacy as innovation
“Privacy is an obstacle to innovation”. This is a common argument when policy debates on privacy protection in the digital age reach the negotiation tables. And it seems to be the main argument behind the heavy lobbying efforts invested by the industry in the discussions flourishing around the EU data protection reform. Thinking about the “Cloud” and “Big Data”,…
Sliding from self-regulation to self-policing: When internet intermediaries are asked to balance rights
EDRI’s recent report “The slide from self-regulation to corporate censorship” addresses one of today’s biggest challenges when it comes to the balancing of our digital rights.
Don’t get offended, get used to it: Wikileaks and the breaking down of authority in the network society
“…the more that is found out about what authorities do and know, the less they appear to deserve to be all-powerful authorities… high status is protected through special and exclusive access to information… heads of states who lose their control over information sometimes lose their heads as well” Meyrowitz, 1985, No Sense of Place –The Impact…
Privacy and Jurisdiction in the Network Society
In the network society, the right to privacy is challenged by new automated methods of collecting data and global information networks used to their full potential by both state actors and non-state actors. New technologies hold a potential for increasingly sophisticated methods of state’s intelligence gathering and police investigations. Moreover, with the introduction of the…
When Moblogger met Littlebrother – or how new communication technologies influence behaviour
New communication technologies provide people with the tools to be heard and to participate openly in society. They also influence the way we live our everyday lives and interact with each other. Could it be that our awareness of the communication technologies around us leads to a more self-conscious behaviour?