Why 2015 is the year of encryption

During a visit to Silicon Valley earlier this month, President Obama described himself as “a strong believer in strong encryption.” Some have…

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Privacy vs personalization: The risks and rewards of engineered serendipity

When companies successfully design for online discovery, people are delivered the information they need before they realize they need it. But as Facebook’s newsfeed experiment reminded us, the challenge is to engineer a sense of serendipity without invading users' privacy. Jay Patani, an analyst at EC1 Capital, imagines a path forward.…

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NSA surveillance blowback could hit marketers

The revelation that the NSA piggybacks on commercial cookies to track individuals' web habits could spread the economic fallout from the spying disclosures much more widely, by drawing attention to the very thin and fuzzy line separating commercial and government surveillance.…

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