Data fairtrade as a sustainable competitive advantage

What do personal data have in common with coffee? Nothing at first glance. But if we look behind the scenes of the production of the black elixir of life, we will find what we are looking for. At least when we look at fair trade data and fair produced coffee. Just as Fairtrade strengthens coffee producers and promotes fair trade, BitsaboutMe strengthens Internet users to benefit from the value of their personal data.

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EU tourists to US may get asked to hand in passwords or be denied entry

The Trump administration’s plans for “extreme vetting” put a new spotlight on how we manage our sensitive personal data, as the Guardian describes in today’s article.

Using secure cloud services like BitsaboutMe is part of a mitigation strategy, if this law becomes reality. In any case it is a firm reminder that we must start to take control over our personal data and manage it much more proactively.

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Will Democracy Survive Big Data and Artificial Intelligence?

In a comprehensive Scientific America article (first published in German in  Spektrum der Wissenschaften) an number of leading European data and privacy researchers make a strong case that with the digital revolution in full swing Western societies are at a crossroads and need to act and put a normative framework in place to avoid an “automated society with totalitarian features. In the worst case, a centralized artificial intelligence [that] would control what we know, what we think and how we act.”

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Windows 10 Remains A Privacy Nightmare

With the introduction of Windows 10 Microsoft has changed it path towards a much more data driven business model. The software collects large amounts of user data and shares them with Microsoft. Officially to manage security and to improve the application but very likely also to enable new data driven business models, i.e. targeted advertising.

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