Facebook created order out of chaos," Bader said in an interview with us. "But that order was very constricting. It trained us to share in a certain way, to curate our identities, to put forward things we wouldn’t be judged for. … It can be stressful after a while.

Shh, it’s a Secret: The allure of the anonymous internet

The records we received show that the face recognition component of NGI may include as many as 52 million face images by 2015. By 2012, NGI already contained 13.6 million images representing between 7 and 8 million individuals, and by the middle of 2013, the size of the database increased to 16 million images. The new records reveal that the database will be capable of processing 55,000 direct photo enrollments daily and of conducting tens of thousands of searches every day.

FBI Plans to Have 52 Million Photos in its NGI Face Recognition Database by Next Year | Electronic Frontier Foundation

“Plaintiff has shown that the geolocation software can provide a location for an infringing IP address; however, Plaintiff has not shown how this geolocation software can establish the identity of the Defendant,” Ungaro wrote in an order last week. “There is nothing that links the IP address location to the identity of the person actually downloading and viewing Plaintiff’s videos, and establishing whether that person lives in this district,” she adds.

Judge: IP-Address Is Not a Person and Can’t Identify a BitTorrent Pirate | TorrentFreak

Ten years ago, I would have judged people over the course of several conversations. Now I evaluate them based on a few snippets of their social media presence. Whether you portray yourself as a professional sex symbol or a morally upstanding member of the PTA, we all do this kind of self-branding now.

Can We Learn About Privacy From Porn Stars? - NYTimes.com (via thisistheverge)

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A federal judge in Washington has issued a key order in one of the many ongoing mass-BitTorrent piracy lawsuits in the United States. The judge ruled that a complaint from the “Elf-Man” movie studio is insufficient because the IP address evidence does not prove that an account holder is guilty of copyright infringement.

Judge: IP-Address Does Not Prove Copyright Infringement | TorrentFreak

And in the digital era, the teen bedroom has glass walls. Everyone can weigh in. “When your picture is ‘liked’ and commented on, it is a great boost of self-confidence and brings along much gratification,” writes one 16-year-old explaining the appeal of Instagram on a parenting website. The fact that these sites are social means you know whether people are paying attention to the aesthetic identity you’re working so hard to craft. I can only imagine the power that the like button would have held over me during my tween years. Modern adults aren’t immune, either. A survey of American mothers earlier this year found that 42 percent suffered from “Pinterest stress — the worry that they’re not crafty or creative enough.”

Our Tumblrs, Our Teenage Selves - The Cut

I do think this is one of the blessings and curses of social media. To fit in, you have to sound like a person, not an institution. And people can be so much more annoying than institutions. And also so much more interesting. I think that’s the trade-off.

Upworthy co-founder Eli Pariser in conversation with TLDR’s PJ Vogt (via wnyc)

Major social networks now require users to supply real names or risk having their accounts deleted. To reign in trolls, popular sites have vowed to verify the identities of registered users. As online services incorporate facial recognition and other biometric technologies to identify users, the notion of participating online using a name not found on your government-issued ID may become a quaint relic of the early Internet. Pseudonymity, part of Net culture since its early beginnings, is under siege.

Real names, real problems: Pseudonymity under siege | ITworld

According to the proposed policies, Facebook will be able to analyze your profile photo and use it to suggest “tags” of you in other photographs. It’s a change from the current implementation, in which Facebook’s tagging suggestions only can use other photographs in which you’re already tagged — now, it’ll proactively be analyzing your profile picture to help make better suggestions. It’s not a surprising addition, as Facebook has been interested in facial-recognition technology for some time, but we imagine there will be a subset of users who’ll turn this “feature” off immediately.

Facebook privacy update lets the social network analyze your profile picture | The Verge

Changing IP address to access public website ruled violation of US law

Changing your IP address or using proxy servers to access public websites you’ve been forbidden to visit is a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), a judge ruled Friday in a case involving Craigslist and 3taps.

The legal issue is similar to one in the Aaron Swartz case, in which there was debate over whether Swartz “had committed an unauthorized access under the CFAA when he changed his IP address to circumvent IP address blocking imposed by system administrators trying to keep Swartz off the network,” law professor Orin Kerr wrote yesterday on the Volokh Conspiracy blog.

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