Time to Curb Creepy Ads
Legislation that papers over creepy online advertisements might make the problem less visible, but it won't make our privacy foundations solid.
This week's Privacy Bill of Rights hearing and headlines are proof that the time has finally come to address consumer privacy. Unfortunately, the action thus far is not nearly enough. It may be tempting to say that the devil is in the details of the various bills, but the problem here isn't even in the details: it is that regulators and others are focusing on the symptoms rather than the ultimate causes of our failing online privacy. Creepy behavioral advertising is the most visible symptom of our privacy-deficient society, but...the real problem is that there is such a marketplace in personal information at all.
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A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.
- Scientists find remains of a tardigrade and crustaceans in a deep, frozen Antarctic lake.
- The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
- Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
Eight-dimensional octonions may hold the clues to solve fundamental mysteries.
- Physicists discover complex numbers called octonions that work in 8 dimensions.
- The numbers have been found linked to fundamental forces of reality.
- Understanding octonions can lead to a new model of physics.
It's one factor that can help explain the religiosity gap.
- Sociologists have long observed a gap between the religiosity of men and women.
- A recent study used data from several national surveys to compare religiosity, risk-taking preferences and demographic information among more than 20,000 American adolescents.
- The results suggest that risk-taking preferences might partly explain the gender differences in religiosity.
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