Today at Firecat Coworking, we discussed implications of privacy and transparency. I did some research on recent privacy legislation and made this presentation.
Randy Bear (@RBearSAT) covered:
- The Apple iPhone "Location Hack" - why it was so easy, and why we shouldn't worry that much about it.
- Geolocation fears in general. You checking in somewhere with Foursquare may make it slightly easier for would-be burglars to know you're away from home than driving around looking for no cars in the driveway, but we've all got bigger security holes to worry about.
- GeoFencing technology. Marketers are getting hip to geoloc's potential, and the technology exists to "fence off" a certain location (think 2D polygons on a map) so that offers are sent only within a certain area.
Randy advised us how to identify a trusted news source, and to vet a news source ourselves. I'll summarize: drill, drill, drill until you find a first person account. Great advice - a bit time-consuming. If you, like me, are too lazy to source all your news in this manner, know that the sources cited in Randy Bear's blog - Concerned In SA - are vetted carefully and thoroughly.
Firecat First Friday - Co-Pooling June 3, 2011
June = school's out - even for those of us for whom school is a pretty distant memory! We're gathering at @Epodcaster's pool to relax, hang out, and have a GAMERFEST. Register early, space is limited!
Bring your swimsuit, your dancing shoes for Kinect DanceCentral, your Guitar Heroism or Rock Band Mojo.
Oh and - we don't CARE about your size, fat rolls, love handles, freckles or fishbelly whiteness - we're geeks, remember? Jen's pool awaits. Put in your reservation, we'll provide the food and drink, though you're welcome to bring something to share.