Category Archives: Data Protection & Privacy

Security bug: MacOS root access!

In case you missed the news… Originally shared by +Vlad Markov If you have a High Sierra Mac OS, make sure to fix this bug, steps to fix, if you have administrator privileges:macbook:user1$ sudo passwd rootPassword: <your user1 password>Changing password for root.New password: <new password for root>Retype new password: <new password for root> Major macOS… Read More »

Should 'fake news' be a crime?

I stumbled across this article in my inbox this morning and it indirectly raises an interesting question: could / should fake news be a crime? In the wake of the last US presidential election, a substantial sum – about a quarter of a million dollars – was spent on Twitter advertisements by Russian-linked accounts. This… Read More »

What causes the backlash against big tech?

I agree with this author on one key point: The cause of the bad sentiment against technology platform giants is based on weaknesses in our legal system. Beyond that, our arguments diverge. See, our legal system is designed to protect consumer rights in a producer-consumer environment. And it has been adapted to protect communications intermediaries.… Read More »

Why begging Google to be more careful won't solve the "Ads on Hate Speech Video" issues

Perhaps you remember the waves of advertiser boycotts of YouTube for posting ads on videos with hate speech, followed by considerable online discussion on how big social media companies are evil and should be held liable somehow. The problem here is that YouTube's hands are bound: They are a content hosting platform, and as such,… Read More »