Post Stuff to Websites While Keeping Your Rights (and lifehacking: electromagnetic pink noise)

I keep talking about how we need to design for privacy. Here’s one example: a startup that lets you post text|photos|videos to random websites, while:
– keeping your post safe from face recognition robots & data-slurping megadatabases – restricting access to people you know
– or just deleting it all together when your local news outlet learns about your non-OSHA-compliant hobbies

* and I mean this in the best possible way

And in other news, Ontario (Canada)’s Privacy Commissioner is thinking in pretty much the right direction in promoting ‘Privacy by Design.’

Lifehacking: The DIY quiet bubble for your brain works! And I have a better idea of what it does (killing low level stress/anxiety*)

(* fnord)

The electromagnetic pink noise generator (pink noise generator feeding an audio amp feeding a six-turn ~4 ohm loop of cable on the floor around wherever I’m working) has now passed >3 improvised placebo tests. In other words, a technical failure occurred (dead batteries, mostly) where the first I knew of it was ‘hmm, that effect I attributed to it isn’t present anymore, is it still working?’

While the reverse has happend — ‘is it still working? the scope says so’ — those cases all clustered to within the first half hour to an hour after turning it on. This suggests that effects have something of a delayed onset. (These cases also occurred much more early on, before I had a sense of what precisely the expected effect was.)

The whole thing’s been less clear than the micropower TMS because the e/m pink noise generator doesn’t have any noticeable positive effect. The micropower TMS is obvious — all of a sudden I’m getting lots and feeling focused. The e/m pink noise generator seems to just quiet things down and give more room to think. (I haven’t been able to test whether it can jam a remote EEG, as I haven’t built [or, indeed, invented] one of those.)

“The system, known as “Privly,” enables application developers to embed Privacy by Design (PbD) by foregoing the collection of personal communications. Instead, the application collects links to content, which can then be injected into the application without granting anyone besides the end users access.”

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