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Will Silicon Valley miss the privacy avalanche?

How central Silicon Valley is for new technology jumps out at you the most when you bump into tech entrepreneurs freshly arrived here from other parts of the globe. So excited they are, that they finally left behind the tech-know-nothings in their home towns and will now raise money and change the world, like all…

First MyData Silicon Valley event on Tuesday

We have been organizing a new regional hub in Silicon Valley for the MyData Global movement, and this coming Tuesday, July 16th, we will have our first public event in San Francisco. It’s open to the public and you are invited. Our goal is to create an ongoing in-person conversation about Ethics, Privacy and Personal…

“Your Lack of Privacy Is Someone Else’s Wealth”

Great quote from Jaron Lanier. It just about sums it up. Perhaps “… and/or Power” could be added. But then it’s less catchy. This is a great insight. Why do we instinctively feel uncomfortable with invasions of privacy? We often take that as a given, without thinking through what exactly it is that makes us…

Tech in 2020 is looking ever-darker

When I started this blog, I was a lot more excited about upcoming technology than I am now. Much more. Not that technology isn’t evolving the way I was expecting; that’s going just fine. It is the use of that technology by the Big Guys that worries me. Right now, I have to predict these…

Between US and European Privacy, I prefer the US one

It’s common for privacy advocates to claim that European privacy rules are better than US ones. There is some truth to it, but consider this recent experience from my recent trip to Germany, the country where I grew up. I went to the sauna. (First German sauna in 18 years!) So here I’m sweating my…