Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

Privacy alert: Twitter disclosed email addresses when people sent DMs (UPDATED)

Friday, June 19th, 2009

UPDATE, 3 p.m. Pacific time: Twitter appears to have fixed the bug, and DMs from before June 11 do not appear to be affected.  But anybody you sent a DM to between June 11 and June 18 now has the email address you’re using on your Twitter account.

FYI – when you send a DM, the receiver CAN SEE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS from the DM sent via email. BE AWARE!!! @twitter #security #fail

– ChicagoBungalow about 18 hours ago on Twitter

For those who aren’t on Twitter, a DM is a “direct message”, twitterspeak for a private message between two people.  When you receive a DM, Twitter notifies you via email.  And sure enough, just as ChicagoBungalow said, if I send you a DM, if you look at the email header information, you’ll see that the “Sender” field has an address like

twitter-dm-jon_pincus=yahoo.com@postmaster.twitter.com

This field is hidden by default — in gmail, you need to select “Show original” to see it — but once you find it, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what yahoo.com account name I used to sign up on Twitter.

If I want somebody to have my email address, I’ll send it to them.  I don’t want Twitter giving it out for me. And most especially, I don’t want Twitter doing it behind my back.

jon

PS: I updated this post several times to clarify the description; thanks to all for the feedback, and @NiteStar for the gmail instructions.

Iran: routing around censorship, blogging anonymously, and following the coverage online

Monday, June 15th, 2009

persiankiwi: Internet very slow ...

from Twitter

The events in Iran the last several days illustrate a theme repeatedly at this year’s CFP in the panels on Internet censorship, China, anonymity, and social network activism: governments will routinely block access to the internet and SMS to prevent organizing.  Or at least they’ll try to …

As the video of CFP08’s panel on Breaking the Silence: Iranians Find a Voice on the Internet discusses, activists in Iran have plenty of practice in getting around their government’s technical and legal restrictions.   And so, despite horrendously slow internet speeds in Iran and multiple reports that the government is blocking SMS and Facebook, there continue to be viable communication channels in cyberspace:

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“CFP moments”

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Every Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference has some magic moments that capture the essence of CFP.  For example, when I think of 2005 in Seattle, I remember the grainy surveillance camera and eyecam footage projected in parallel with the opening “panopticon” knot of people surrounding Undersecretary of State Frank Moss after the ACLU’s RFID demonstration, and the four local teens on danah body’s panel explaining their use of technology to astonished oldsters like me.

What about 2009?

For me, magic happened a coupel of times on Thursday:

  • the panelists on the Internet and social change in China panel using Twitter and their cellphones to track reports of the demonstrations in Hong Kong and the mass censorship of the Chinese internet
  • at the closing Panopticon panel, where speakers like Anne Roth and Steven Hatfill talked about how their lives had been turned upside down by total government surveillance — at the same time as tweets about the unexpected success of the Chaffetz amendment limiting whole-body imaging (aka “digital strip search”) showed the potential for privacy advocates using social network activism

What are the other “CFP moments” you particularly remember, from CFP 2009 or past years?

jon

Panel, June 4: the Internet and social change in China

CFP Opening Sessions: Twitter & Conference Dialogue

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

I’m Emily Jacobi, co-director of the nonprofit Digital Democracy, and a guest blogger for the conference.

I just posted reflections on my personal blog from Tuesday’s opening Keynote and panel discussions. I’m impressed by the conference organizers’ incorporation of Twitter, and optimistic about the opportunities for dialogue that this will enable.

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Above is a screenshot of my Twitter client, Tweetdeck … concurrent searches of the conference hashtag #cfp09 as well as my curiousity about who might be writing what about #freedom.

How to follow CFP 2009 online

Monday, June 1st, 2009

With luck, CFP this year will feature live video streaming and a Twitter backchannel. Along with this blog, the CFP Wetpaint Wiki, and Ask your lawmaker about computers, freedom, and privacy,* we hope this marks a significant step to increasing the visibility of privacy and onine civil liberties issues — during the conference, and throughout the rest of the year too.

The best ways to follow what’s happening:

And please, don’t just follow along — get involved! Join in the conversations on the blog and on Twitter. When you see articles, videos, blog posts, and discussions about CFP-related issues, tweet them and include the #cfp09 hashtag. And stay tuned for more about Ask your lawmaker about computers, freedom, and privacy, a joint project with Capitol News Connection, focused on getting answers and coverage on key legislative issues.

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Twittering in the Trenches: Monday’s Social Networking Workshop

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

The Twittering in the Trenches Workshop is Monday, June 1, 9am-5pm (eastern). Please join us online or in person

In 1995 I went to my first Computers, Freedom, and Privacy (CFP) conference. I was completely boggled: every issue that was discussed had at least three compelling sides to it. I was also inspired because I could really see how the Net could be great for building communities.  Even back then it seemed that the Net was about building bridges and communities.

I remember David Brin speaking about surveillance cameras (no cell phone cameras yet), how ubiquitous they were going to become, and how we had to turn them to our advantage. I remember very smart, tech-savvy, civil libertarians like John Gilmore and Mike Godwin on panels with representatives from the White House and the FBI debating the use of cryptography, free-speech, and privacy issues. The techies stated that the Net was going to be a place where we would have the ability to share knowledge widely, without regard to geographical location, and where we would have more freedom to discus topics than in traditional media.  We could reshape our reality; old-fashioned laws wouldn’t hinder us, technology would finally give power to ordinary people.  It was exciting stuff.

I also remember the White House representative responding, almost in angry frustration, that we may have won the first round of the crypto wars, but that they’d be back and he Net wouldn’t be a “lawless” place — meaning that the status quo would be regained.

Of course, he was right. Now we have CALEA, the Patriot Act, Carnivore and its successors, draconian copyright laws, and a host of other privacy-invading tools that governments can use against people.

So here we are again in 2009.  The same kind of power is there on social network sites – on Facebook, MySpace, Tribe, Second Life, Free-Association, LiveJournal, and all the rest. Unlike Usenet and other ways of communicating on the Net a la 1995, social networks now are quite usable for us non-technical people, and the interfaces are pretty and inviting.  It’s never been easier to communicate with friends, family, and colleagues online.
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Computers, Freedom, Privacy, and NEWS! A weekly news roundup.

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The efforts of Internet organizers being met with both opposition and success around the world.  In Iran, access to Facebook was blocked by the government in order to curb their opposition’s organizing efforts during presidential elections.  And in Maryland, grassroots organizes have also tapped Facebook in their efforts to stop a new speeding camera law about to go into effect.  An all day CFP tutorial Twittering in the Trenches will focus on technology, policy, and privacy, and there will be an online component as well for those who can’t attend in person.

A new study by Cambridge law Professor Pratricia Akester looks at the effects of Digital Rights Management on Freedom of Expression.   Apparently, it turns us all into pirates.

With Obama about to announce a new Cybersecurity Czar with a “Broad Mandate,” folks are weighing in on what path the senior White House official should (or shouldn’t) take.  A CFP Panel on Cybersecurity and the New Administration, featuring congressmen Alan M. Grayson (D-FL) ask what is the best way to improve the security of the nation’s cyber infrastructure.

As Proposition 8 was upheld on Tuesday, activists from across the country turned to Join the Impact as they organized demonstrations.  Michael Bolognino of JTI will join us at CFP to discuss net-roots organizing on the Wednesday’s Online Activism Around the World panel.

 

We’d love to hear about the news related to CFP topics that you’re interested in!  Please share your links and ideas in the comments!