Late last week I spoke at a conference in New Zealand which had an unusual audience. It was made up of deep thinkers who deal regularly with ambiguity at the sharp end of policy. The Q&A session was fascinating, and a lot of attendees asked for more information. With this in mind, here’s a few bullet points that provide more context on some of the topics:
Practical Tips for Online Privacy
- never connect to a public wifi, even in hotels – they’re magnets for hackers and stealing your data is literally child’s play.
- when going online away from work or home, either use your mobile phone as a hotspot, or purchase a virtual private network service. It increases security and makes it harder to steal your data when online. I use this service.
- cover the front facing camera on your laptop – it’s relatively easy for hackers to access the camera even when it looks like it’s not turned on
- when you’re browsing online, it’s very easy for advertisers to track you and show ads targeted at you across different websites. It’s a significant privacy intrusion that you can combat with this tool.
- Here’s a link to the comments from Mikhail Gorbachev about the world preparing for war
- I forgot to mention that Sweden has recently re-introduced compulsory military service
- Young people today don’t have the same faith in democracy as their parents.
- Here’s an interactive map that shows the different effects of sea level rise and lets you see how it will affect cities around the world, including in New Zealand
- the jury is out on artificial intelligence – here’s the view of an academic who looks very deeply at the issue.
- A short video on the Cynefin framework for complexity
- an interview that explains more about software biases with Cathy O’Neil – author of the book Weapons of Math Destruction
- a sobering view of the future is painted in the book Homo Deus. Here’s a review of the book in The Guardian