MADHATTERS Weekly – Issue 17: 14 March 2017

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Tech News This Week 

Happy 28th Birthday, WWW…says its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee with this message about the three challenges the Web faces, including how we’ve lost control of our personal data, and how his Web Foundation will fight to protect the web for everyone. But we didn’t lose control; cyborg rights activist Aral Balkan insists that it was stolen from us by ‘people farmers’ in Silicon Valley. ‘Stolen’ is a pretty strong word…I mean no one tied our hands behind our back…Here at HAT HQ, we’ve learnt that very few people would be bothered about privacy; not because they don’t care, but because Internet services are too compelling and there isn’t a viable alternative to get the same service without losing privacy. This is why we built the HAT, so that you can get the services without losing privacy as a genuine alternative. So we think that the solution is really economic – give people a reason to care about privacy by giving them a choice between the same services that are private and those that are not, and control will return using the same markets through which they were lost. Tech isn’t the only answer.

Yet another reason to clamp down on fake news…particularly on social networks. Seems Internet-based misinformation can potentially distort individual and collective memories. Psychologists say that people within the same social groups tend to reinforce a memory by selectively repeating it. So is that why we recall stories of Aunt Sally passing out from too much drink 10 Christmases ago, even though she insists it didn’t happen…

You’re hired, and so are you, and you…Ahead of the GDPR coming into force in 2018, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office is looking to hire around 200 more staff to help it enforce the new data protection laws. Not to mention impose whopping fines of up to €20 million for any breaches. Right, no pressure then…

Be Cautious About…

What you need to know about that Vault 7 leak. Here’s what hackers can potentially do with the CIA’s arsenal of hacking tools…and how to protect yourself. Yes, including covering that webcam… 

Don’t click on that Facebook quiz link! Apparently, hackers are using them to extract your personal data and set you up for further traps. Heed these tips from a cybersecurity expert the next time those quizzes pop up on your news feed.

Impress Your Friends…

With your memory palace. Neuroscientists have discovered that we can all be like Sherlock if we trained our memories using techniques with mnemonic strategies. Imagine, no more awkward silences in trying to remember names…

Geek Out On…

Scotland, virtually. Trying to get the kids keen on that next holiday to Scotland? This ScotlandVR app gives them a taste of what to expect before they leave home. Also, they can’t blame you when they can’t find the Loch Ness monster…

And Finally…

Happy Pi Day! Celebrate by calculating it on a Raspberry Pi or taking the NASA Pi Day Challenge…

  

Leila Trilby, Editor-in-Chief 

 

 

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HAT News

Engineers, assemble. The HAT developers’ community on Slack is growing – we welcomed fullstack developers Justin and Emily from Waterloo, ON, as well as Reza, Terry, and Ed. Request an intro.

Be heard. HAT partner B.Heard just launched a “thought-provoking” billboard campaign written by Sir John Hegarty. Watch this space when BHeard starts provisioning their own private data microservice accounts – powered by the HAT!

Wolfson-HAT Symposium. Launching tomorrow (March 15) and running until April 5, the Annual Symposium on the Digital Person is taking place in Cambridge. Get your free tickets here. Wendy Moncur is helping to lead the first session – we’ve put out In sync? Online and Offline Personhood as a preview.

What has two thumbs and builds apps on ethically-gathered customer information? If it’s you, get in touch.

 

Jonathan Holtby, HAT Community Manager

 

 

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