transparency

  • Apple Should Be More Transparent About Security

    Apple Should Be More Transparent About Security

    It seems that Apple has gotten embroiled in a security scandal of one sort or another every few months. It dodged Heartbleed but was hit by the very embarrassing ‘goto fail’ bug. It was called out for not adequately documenting the uses of diagnostic tools that could have been used to collect data from user devices. Late last year researchers showed off a method for… Read More

  • Google Sees Government Requests For Information Balloon 120% Over Four Years

    Google Sees Government Requests For Information Balloon 120% Over Four Years

    Google has seen a tremendous increase in requests for information made by the government, the company revealed in an update to its Transparency Report today. The updated report includes the number of requests made during the second half of 2013, and Google notes in its blog post announcing the news that total requests are up 120 percent since Google first began publishing these… Read More

  • Cory Booker Opens Stop-And-Frisk Data To The Public. Here’s Why It Might Help.

    Cory Booker Opens Stop-And-Frisk Data To The Public. Here’s Why It Might Help.

    Newark Mayor and Senate candidate Cory Booker has just begun testing an innovative solution to the racial problems plaguing law enforcement’s use of stop-and-frisk: hold officers accountable by making details of every stop accessible to the public. The controversial practice of “stop-and-frisk” allows police officers to pat down any citizens for looking mildly suspicious… Read More

  • Is Facebook Finally Going To Do Something Interesting?

    Is Facebook Finally Going To Do Something Interesting?

    I can think of few subjects less interesting than Facebook’s forthcoming IPO. There, I said it. I honestly don’t get what the big deal is. So a few thousand people will finally liquidize their locked-up wealth, and the hoi polloi will at last be able to buy Facebook shares. Stop the presses! (It won’t meaningfully affect their ability to buy other companies; they already have… Read More