Blog Post
July 3, 2018
As a parent, your children's safety is critical - both offline and online. While big companies' access to private information is on the rise, so are our concerns for our privacy as individuals. Children can be particularly vulnerable, as their information is collected and potentially used later in life.
Blog Post
June 5, 2018
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 data – especially personal and sensitive information. ... Still, our likes-addicted culture continues to thrive.
Blog Post
May 24, 2018
Moving to Idka from Facebook requires a change in behavior, but it’s well worth the productivity gains, peace of mind, troll-free conversations and a clean news feed with no fake news.
Blog Post
May 18, 2018
Your online estate is being built on the foundation of your personal data. We don’t think of our online assets in "estate" terms, but trust me, Google and Facebook and many other tech companies do. So, what is your online estate worth? Your personal information and online activity is so valuable, there are entire businesses whose sole purpose is to harvest that information.
Blog Post
May 8, 2018
Many professions follow a code of conduct or code of ethics. The technology industry has no such code of ethics. We believe the time has come for industry leaders to step up.
Blog Post
April 17, 2018
After learning that Facebook had mishandled users’ personal data, Hosfelt Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in San Francisco, decided to make the move to Idka. Here’s how they were able to do so in 10 easy steps.
Blog Post
April 13, 2018
The sentiment among most people is if you’re not doing anything wrong, why worry about privacy? People have a right to privacy, but it’s slowly being taken from us without our full consent and without a full understanding of the long-term risks and consequences.
Blog Post
April 3, 2018
It's all in the news: Apple CEO, Tim Cook, supports a subscription-based model like Idka’s, while Mark Zuckerberg, displaying a total lack of comprehension, uses the ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ to explain why he does not. Who would you side with? Here in Stockholm, we know that the Stockholm Syndrome is about people being captive, not free. So, who is captive inside the walled garden?
Blog Post
March 29, 2018
Amidst the daily news on the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica saga, one wonders about alternative platforms. What competition is out there? Are there safe alternatives to social media? Barron's Jon Swartz has this story:
Blog Post
March 26, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg says that Facebook is going to investigate other app makers to see if anyone else was selling data they collected but did not mention that their entire business model is based on collecting this information and selling it to third parties.
Blog Post
March 21, 2018
When the co-founder of WhatsApp, now a Facebook company, says it’s time to "DeleteFacebook," maybe it’s time to listen. More and more ex-Facebookers are speaking out! Read more here: fortune.com/2018/03/21/delete-facebook-cambridge-analytica-whatsapp-brian-acton
Blog Post
March 19, 2018
The New York Times and The Guardian revealed that the data analysis company Cambridge Analytica - who handled Donald Trump’s digital election campaign - used unauthorized collection of personal data to reach over 50 million Americans om Facebook. The analyst came over the data by allowing users to participate in personality tests via an app. Donald Trump paid over 50 million for the services.
Blog Post
March 13, 2018
Un investigators claim hatred against Rohingya stirred online through social media: ”Social media has substantively contributed to the level of acrimony and dissension and conflict, if you will, within the public…hate speech is certainly of course a part of that”
Blog Post
March 5, 2018
​Facebook asks users: should we allow men to ask children for sexual images? Facebook’s vice president of product, Guy Rosen, said the surveys were “a mistake”.
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March 2, 2018
“Our descendants will frown at us for many things, and I think that our lack of attention to Facebook and Google’s tracking of our lives from cradle to grave might be something they care about much more – or at least want to make an informed choice about participating in. When my daughter is 20, she may well be irritated at me for threatening the privacy of her early life.”
Blog Post
February 23, 2018
It's the height of hypocrisy, then, that the company has launched Messenger Kids, its first-ever app for children under the age of 13.
Blog Post
February 21, 2018
We live in an era of choices. Especially in the developed world. Endless choices. From what movie we want to see tonight to what education to get. From what type of food to eat for lunch to where to settle down and live our lives.
Blog Post
February 20, 2018
The privacy lawsuit dates back to 2015 when the Belgium privacy watchdog brought a civil suit against Facebook for its near invisible tracking of non-users via social plug-ins and the like. This followed an investigation by the agency that culminated in a highly critical report touching on many areas of Facebook’s data handling practices.
Blog Post
February 15, 2018
Algorithms influence more and bigger parts of our lives every day and they are seen as flawless mathematical formulas. The truth is scary.
Blog Post
February 13, 2018
AI is the Holy Grail on everyone’s lips and in everybody’s laboratory – yes, some AI is also out in the wild. But going from algorithms to AI, while, as ever, developed and deployed for the good, brings new, acute and serious threats to your and my personal privacy and our possibility to live free lives.
Blog Post
February 12, 2018
Comedian Jim Carrey is dumping his Facebook stock and deleting his page because Facebook profited from Russian interference in the US elections and they’re still not doing enough to stop it. He encourage all other investors who care about the future to do the same. #unfriendfacebook
Blog Post
February 8, 2018
In May of 2017, an IT engineer (Jeff Newman) wanted to have a pizza. Due to a software error, he understood that the electronic ad sign outside the restaurant filmed his face and made a profile of him. Had the sign operated normally, he would not have noticed, but the sign would have displayed an ad target at his ‘demography’ to influence him without his knowledge.
Blog Post
February 6, 2018
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.
Blog Post
February 2, 2018
Here's an interesting bit of news: Facebook lost 1 million users in the US and Canada in Q4 2017! That means it's down to 184 million in total. While a teeny tiny dip in the grand scheme of things, could this mean the start of a movement? A grand exodus? ... And, if so, where are they going?
Blog Post
January 31, 2018
The Internet has been called a democratic tool - a place where our voices can be heard. But can it also threaten our democratic way of life?
Blog Post
January 24, 2018
​Facebook is changing their algorithms supposedly to make “users happier”. It is not a coincidence that the changes are designed to make people share more information about themselves. Suggested alternative: 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.
Blog Post
January 17, 2018
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 button. Your action is still registered by FB and added to all the information collected in your FB account. While you are logged onto FB the site pretty much registers every other site you visit. Would you like to escape?
Blog Post
January 10, 2018
Code decides what information you see and what will never reach you. Here is why that should change. And how.
Blog Post
December 21, 2017
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 important and revolutionizing privacy regulation in decades. It will have a severe impact on the tech world.
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December 13, 2017
Are you familiar with Tim Berners-Lee? He’s a knight (knighted by Queen Elisabeth of Great Britain in 2004) and a professor of computer sciences at Oxford University. He is also the inventor of the Internet. The creator of the World Wide Web to be precise. Do you know how he feels today? He is worried.
Blog Post
December 6, 2017
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.
Blog Post
December 1, 2017
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.
Blog Post
November 21, 2017
Companies, hackers and malware are making money with your information. The problem today is not only digital thieves stealing information but also sneaky actors getting to know you and archiving your habits through completely legal ways.
Blog Post
February 16, 2017
If it becomes a requirement to provide full information on all your social media accounts to enter the US, privacy is effectively dead - globally, because other governments will follow. The implications are vast, serious and dangerous.
Blog Post
February 9, 2017
Social media (incl. FB, Google, Amazon, etc) is based on revenue generated by advertising. Directed and tailor made advertising is vastly more valuable than general adverting. This model drives social media players to build profiles and shadow profiles on its users, that is so advanced that no spy agency ever in history dreamed about having such capabilities. Ethically sound business? Maybe not...
Blog Post
February 7, 2017
Social media is milking you every day, every hour. Even those who do not have accounts with them. The milk is information about your identity, your socioeconomic status and purchasing power, your health condition, interest and political leaning, your friends, etc. and the list goes on. This milk is more valuable that dairy milk, it is flowing more steadily and without much production cost.
Blog Post
February 1, 2017
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. Unlawful? Hate speech? Bad taste? Funny satire? It all depends on the context.
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January 24, 2017
According to Eric Schmidt (Chairman of Google), you have no private life, so if your life style or thinking is deviant, you should stop being deviant! Mark Zuckerberg (Founder of FB) famously said he did not believe in privacy. This thinking is necessary for social media to be able to sell private and sensitive information about you to advertisers, otherwise their business model have big problem.
Blog Post
January 16, 2017
“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, manipulation and discrimination, while the powerful — government, industry and organizations — are more and more closed off.” (Gry Hasselbalch). There are alternatives to counter these trends.
Blog Post
December 23, 2016
If you think you have nothing to hide, it because you do not know it yet. In the future, a visa application or a job application, there may be things you do today, you may not want to shine light on. The right to privacy and be forgotten is under attack!