Posted: 8 June, 2018 · Tweet
Welcome to the first edition of 'Mojeek's Monthly Must Reads'. This will be a, you guessed it, monthly series, where we share some of the best stories we have recently read. They may be awe-inspiring, fascinating, silly, relevant or not-so-relevant. But basically, we have really enjoyed discovering these, and we think you will like them too. So go ahead and check them out. Enjoy!
Author: Gary Horcher (@GaryKIRO7) - Kiro7
Summary: A family contacted Amazon questioning why their private conversation was recorded by their Alexa device and then sent to a random person in their contact list.
Author: Tomislav Lombarovic - uptimechecker.io
Summary: Uptimechecker suffered a domain related incident which threatened their business. This article acts as a horror story but also a warning to other businesses.
Author: Rimma Kats (@RimmaKats) - eMarketer
Summary: The number one reason Facebook users in the US are sharing less content is due to having privacy concerns.
Author: Patricio Robles (@probles) - eConsultancy
Summary: Complaints, lawsuits, cutting of ads. After one week of GDPR passing, here's a round-up of how it has shaken the world.
Author: Christopher Jobson (@christopherjobs) - Colossal
Summary: A portfolio of photos showing Bruce Shapiro's take on Zen sand gardens. Designed by the Sisyphus Machine, it uses magnets to drag steel marbles through sand creating beautiful patterns.
Author: Anne Davies (@annefdavies) - The Guardian
Summary: Investigative reports on Google harvesting data from Android phones, including location information and indicating Australians are actually paying telco providers for this data being harvested.
Author: Mark Wycislik-Wilson (@MarkWilsonWords) - Tech Radar
Summary: A selection of free tools which don't compromise your privacy, from browsers to VPNs.
Author: Mathieu Passenaud (@mathieupassenau) - www.mathieupassenaud.fr
Summary: Developer Mathieu Pasesnaud designs in intricate and brilliantly unique 3 part LED clock from scratch.
Author: Alex Hern (@alexhern) - The Guardian
Summary: A frightening insight into how day-to-day devices in UK homes are vulnerable to data collection.
Author: Mohamed Elmaazi (@Melmaazi) - The Canary
Summary: Ranju Das displaying Amazon's facial recognition software. Adopting surveillance capitalist approaches of tracking people in real time with huge databases compiled of profiles on everyone.
Summary: With the implementation of GDPR, privacy activist, Max Schrems quickly filed complaints against Google, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, regarding the forcing of users to accept intrusive terms of service or losing access altogether.
Author: Lucas Matney (@lucasmtny) - Tech Crunch
Summary: Engineering and robotics designing company, Boston Dynamics unveil plans to sell the dog-like SpotMini Robot in 2019.
Summary: An eye-opening experiment investigating the seeking of personal information from companies, and how this differs from being the UK and being in the US.
Author: Bennett Cyphers - Electronic Frontier Foundation
Summary: The anti-tracking Privacy Badger extension has now become even more useful with this update, combating Facebook's link shimming technique.
Author: Avi Selk (@aviselk) - The Washington Post
Summary: Compiled mainly from research of Barbara Main and Leanda Mason, this article tells an intimate and sentimental story of the world's oldest known spider.
Author: Garrett Camp (@gc) - Medium
Summary: StumbleUpon, the discovery engine that recommends web content to users announces it will close after 16 years, with accounts having the option to migrate to Mix.
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