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Protecting data when going abroad

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According to a report prepared by the American Civil Liberties Union, travellers must be aware that laptop and other electronic device can be subject to seizure without a legal warrant when crossing into the USA. The devices seized and searched includes laptops, cell phones, cameras, hard drives, flash drives, and even DVDs. Border officials may copy all data from any device, or even confiscate the device.


Sightings: Reports on my 2003 TIS paper

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I like to keep track of online references to my 2003 paper on technology diffusion: The Internet as Hyperbole. This blog entry is simply to record links to the latest mentions of the paper.

The so far latest appearance was an article in the Wall Street Journal in April 2015.


Ruter og grensesnittdesign

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Å benytte Ruters reisekort er en prøvelse. I dag toppet det seg, når jeg forhåndsbetalte reisepenger på Internett og forsøkte å få disse overført til mitt reisekort på Ruters hentepunkt i Forskningsparken (Blindern). Når det gjelder brukeropplevelse (UX) er det Ruters grensesnitt tilbyr under enhver kritikk.


Cheating on consumer surveys

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Users with a single face, but multiple names.
“Tony Biskup” alias “Karl Svendsen” tells you how to cheat. Should you trust him.

Facebook og personvernet

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Det er tilsynelatende en tvist mellom Facebook og undertegnede om hvordan Facebook forvalter sine brukeres personverninnstillinger. Min påstand er kort og godt at Facebook hele tiden, og helt vanemessig, gjør små endringer i personvernet som åpner opp for mer eksponering og deling av personopplysninger. Og så må du selv gå inn og tette igjen hullene. Facebook påstår at så ikke er tilfelle. Nettstedet Journalisten.no har forsøkt å opptre som dommer i denne tvisten.

What is the best ebook library manager?

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Lately, I've become addicted to ebooks. While I must admit that the typography in some of the Kindle and ePub editions is ghastly compared to the real thing, I've been won over by instant download of new titles on the day they're published, having my entire (ebook) library on various portable devices, the ability to search, and the ease of adding highlights and annotations that automatically update between devices. I also think Amazon's effort to make reading social – “Popular Highlights” – is a great idea, but that the implementation stinks.


Free culture licenses

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The nice thing about free culture public licenses is that there are so many of them to choose from. This statement is of course ironic. The really nice things about free culture public licenses is that they make it much more easy to adapt and to build on material, allowing creators to create new cultural works from old, such as remixes and mashups. Incompatible licenses creates cultural silos of incompatibilty. Here is a list of those free culture licenses I am aware of.

Effekten av å blokkere et nettsted

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I og med at det er så lett å omgå DNS-blokkering, er det mange tviler på at det vil ha noen signaleffekt å blokkere tilgangen til nettsteder der det i stort omfang gjøres tilgjengelig materiale som åpenbart krenker opphavsrett. Erfaringer fra UK viser imidlertid at slik blokkering virker.

I følge Nielsen Net Ratings, som blant annet måler trafikken mellom UK og The Pirate Bay førte en blokkering av TPB i april 2012 med et målbart fall i trafikken til nettstedet.


Google settles dispute with French newspapers

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Google has agreed to set up EURO 60 million “Digital Publishing Innovation Fund”, and give French news publishers access to Google's advertising platforms at a reduced rate.

The fund seems to constitute a one time payment, and displaces an ongoing license fee (as originally demanded by French news publishers).