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How To Get Paid For Your Data

Many people are concerned, maybe even angry, about the way a few corporations harvest, analyze, and profit from our personal data. But have you ever wanted to just turn the tables on BigTech? How about if we got paid for handing over our data? This, and more, was...

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Idka at MyData 2019

It's Time. On September 25-27, in Helsinki, Idka joined nearly 1000 like-minded people from 40 countries, for MyData 2019, to discuss a new “human-centered data economy”.  Startups, privacy professionals, government representatives, investors, journalists and artists...

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Idka at the Nordic Privacy Arena 2019

Last week, Idka attended the Nordic Privacy Arena 2019 - the biggest data protection conference in the Nordics. With guests like the Swedish Minister of Digital Development, and the Global Privacy Counsel at Google, it was a must-see event. Idka was sponsoring the...

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A Fair Data Economy

What if you, as individuals, had a choice about how your data was used online? What if it wasn’t up to a few corporations to use your data for their own benefit? How do we go about making a Fair Data Economy real? To help tackle these questions we invited the leading...

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Best Tools for Business

Keep your information safe from the get-go Running a business can be stressful, and perhaps searching for the best platform is the last thing you have time to think about. Don’t worry - we’ve already done the research for you. In this post we list the best tools for...

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Is Facebook a State?

Privacypodden Meets Göran Wågström How can Facebook be seen as a state? The founder and CEO of Idka, Göran Wågström, recently sat down for a chat with Didrik Värmon of Privacypodden, a Swedish podcast covering topics such as social media, technology, and integrity...

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#PrivacyMatters – with Hanna Kjellman

Tips and Perspective From the Front Lines of Digital Privacy How can businesses respect user privacy and survive in the digital world? In the latest episode of the GoodTech vidcast, we had the pleasure of speaking with Hanna Kjellman - Privacy and Legal Officer at...

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Ethical Marketing 101: Humanization vs. Personalization

In the previous episode of the GoodTech vidcast, we had consumer historian and humanist marketing expert Jason T Voiovich talk about how our obsession with data is killing our marketing efforts (read the recap here). This time, Jason is back on the show to discuss how...

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Should You Care About Your Digital Privacy?

The ABCs of Data Collection and Misuse of Your Personal Information What is so bad about sharing your information publically online? Who cares if you post a few selfies on social media? Is this not a great time for information to flow freely, opening doors for people...

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Yes, There is Life After Facebook

My breaking point came over the summer of 2018. A series of events happened that made me realize I could not morally justify being on Facebook any longer: The Cambridge Analytica scandal and realizing Facebook’s role in eroding democracies.Learning that the massacre...

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Don’t Look for Another Facebook

Cloning what’s Broken Just Won’t Work A movement is underway in Cyberspace. People have grown tired of the antics of Big Tech Giants whose businesses are built on harvesting and selling users’ personal information. Many industry...

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A Few Words From Christopher Wylie

Months ago, the shocking news of how Facebook’s algorithms may have helped to send Trump to the Whitehouse, was broken by Cambridge Analytica’s own Chistopher Wylie. We recently attended an onstage interview at the Gather Festival here in Stockholm, Sweden, where...

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Why Another Facebook Won’t Work

It’s not that we don’t love to stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues, or that we don’t love to share a part of ourselves online. … Creatures of habit, mostly social by nature, we love the connection we feel with others, the community, and the sense of...

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A Journey Through Cyberspace

What Really Happens to the Information you put Online Let’s take, for example, a single photo of you. You’re on vacation and you want to share your travels with family and friends, so you take a selfie with the Eiffel Tower in the background and post it to Facebook,...

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A Chat with Alexander Hanff

On Privacy in Our Technical World   “It began back in the early 90s, when there was this wonderful thing called the Internet,” says Alexander Hanff. He was smitten from the get-go. Technology guru, and one of the world’s most vocal privacy advocates, Alexander became...

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Online Privacy: Keeping Your Children Safe

I recently met with a non-profit organization that brings technology education to rural communities in the US and abroad. Google supplied free Chromebooks for the organization to distribute to the children. That sounds very philanthropic of Google, but philanthropy is...

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Privacy: It’s the New Black

… Or is it? News over the past several months has indicated a greater global concern for digital privacy. Many, including former Facebook and Google employees and supporters, have come forward to challenge the way in which the tech giants collect, use, and sell our...

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How to Engage People on Idka

By now, you’ve probably invited your friends to join you on Idka. If you’re using a mobile device, you know you can choose to invite any or all of your address book contacts. … Perhaps you’ve started a group. Now, how do you get people to talk to each other? Things...

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What is Your Online Estate Worth?

A friend of mine recently created a trust as part of a plan to manage her estate. Determining what pieces of your life have value and to whom is complicated and often unpleasant work. A certain dish or picture may not be valuable to someone outside the family, but can...

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​Time for a Code of Ethics for the Technology Industry

Many professions are driven by a code of conduct or a code of ethics. The Medical industry is a great example, with the golden rule being “First, do no harm.” Medical ethics guide regulation and policy that govern how innovation is implemented. Ethics boards are there...

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How to Move from Facebook to Idka in Ten Easy Steps

After learning that Facebook had mishandled millions of users’ personal data, Hosfelt Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in San Francisco, decided they needed to take a stand against Facebook’s unchecked gathering and dissemination of people’s personal information...

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​Privacy is a Human Right; So is Digital Privacy

In most countries, people have an expectation of reasonable privacy. But that privacy is being eroded daily by technology. Facebook and Google record your every activity online. New Internet of Things devices such as Alexa track your voice and feed that data back to...

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Idka In the News

Amidst the daily news on the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica saga, one wonders about alternative platforms. What competition is out there? Are there safe alternative in social media? Barron's Jon Swartz has this story:...

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Facebook needs to kill its new chat app for kids

After heated criticism of Facebook's role in disseminating fake news, Mark Zuckerberg has declared that he wants to make the social media company "good for people's well-being". It's the height of hypocrisy, then, that the company has launched Messenger Kids, its...

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Algorithms – the scary truth about code

Algorithms influence more and bigger parts of our lives every day and they are seen as flawless mathematical formulas. The truth is scary. Joy Buolamwini, a black female engineer from Mississippi, early in her career, encountered a robot with AI, artificial...

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Do you know that advertising signs may read you?

In May of 2017 an IT engineer (Jeff Newman) wanted to have a pizza. He went to a restaurant of the most popular pizza chain in Norway, at the Oslo central train station. Due to a glitch in the software, the display of an electronic advertising sign outside the...

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A Time For Idka

by Elizabeth Perry Recently, I spoke to Bjørn Stormorken and Göran Wågstrom, the founders of Idka - a new kind of social platform that does something unheard of: It lets you connect, share, and collaborate with colleagues and friends, while keeping your data private....

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Facebook’s New Changes – A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

Facebook will change its algorithms in order to “make users happier.” But, not surprising, these changes are designed to make us share even more information about ourselves. Facebook has announced that it is changing its algorithms. Professionally created material...

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An ad-free social platform that does not collect your data

For years we have traded who we are for free services online. Now the countermovement is here. Most users are unaware of how extensive Facebooks’ data collecting is. An example: You go to a site. It has a Facebook like button. You look around, but don’t press the...

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The (partial) death of filter bubbles

Code decides what information you see and what will never reach you. Here is why that should change. And how. It has been said that the internet used to be an ocean connecting everyone, but that has now turned into isolated islands drifting further and further apart...

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Behind dull term hides industry disturber

How the GDPR will affect – and disrupt – online businesses. And why Idka has nothing to fear. A major shift will take place in May next year when the General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR, is being implemented in Europe. Behind the dull name hides the most...

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Why many businesses are falling behind

Social collaboration tools are becoming unavoidable when you want to stay relevant as a business. Read this before you make your choice of which one to use. Social media has grown to be more than just Facebook and Instagram. The move from our personal sphere and into...

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Your secrets are for sale – they don’t have to be

A society where economically driven entities own your secrets is a dangerous society. It sounds like a dystopia but it is the reality we now live in. Fortunately there are choices. Most of us have felt it. That creepy notion that somebody is watching. It can happen...

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Lee Harvey Oswald, where are you now that we need you?

Unlawful? Hate speech? Bad taste? Funny satire? I don't understand...? In 2004 the UK newspaper the Guardian famously wrote: “John Wilkes-Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr, where are you now that we need you?” following the election of George W Bush. Naming...

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Is your private life deviant?

Are you a deviant person? According to Eric Schmidt (Chairman of Google), you have no private life, so if your life style or thinking is deviant, you should stop it! The problem is: what is deviant is fluid and relative, all at the same time. Consider this quote from...

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Do privacy conscious people have an option?

Take a moment to consider this quote from Techcrunch (posted Dec 25, 2016 by Gry Hasselbalch): “With the current digital infrastructure, we are heading in the wrong direction: Individuals are becoming more and more transparent, open to different types of control,...

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Our privacy is at serious stake

Since a very long time people around the world have fought for human rights, freedom of speech and the right to privacy. We have seen great development around the world. But since the last few years all this is at serious stake. There are many...

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