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First POST: Records

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, December 2 2014


  • A person who had a job interview in Uber's Washington office in 2013 was given access to the company's "God view" tool for entire day, reports Craig Timberg for the Washington Post. "He happily crawled through the database looking up the records of people he knew – including a family member of a prominent politician," Timberg says.

  • The New York Times' Mike Isaac sums up Uber's current efforts to manage its privacy debacle, reporting that in response to Senator Al Franken's detailed inquiries, the company has hired Hogan Lovells, a Washington law firm, "to conduct an audit of its privacy practices and recommend any changes."

  • PandoDaily's Mark Ames has written damning story about the troubled relationship between eBay and Craigslist, a battle between "monetization" and non-monetization, that focuses on Pierre Omidyar's role as eBay's wolf in sheep's clothing. The two companies are still locked in litigation years after eBay took and then lost a minority stake in Craigslist.

  • The rumor that Tumblr is censoring posts tagged with #Ferguson is not true, though it took on life this past weekend, reports Gavia Baker-Whitelaw for The Daily Dot.

  • In response to the ongoing Ferguson furor, President Obama is seeking $75 million in new funding to help local police departments buy up to 50,000 body cameras for officers, reports Dylan Scott for TalkingPointsMemo.

  • Police in the UK have been secretly accessing the phone records of journalists at a frenetic pace, leading Roy Greenslade of the Guardian to write that they "appear to have declared war on journalists."

  • The shifting fortunes of the founder of Russia's Facebook equivalent VKontakte, Pavel Durov, who now lives in exile, are a metaphor for "the changing nature of the Internet in Russia," writes Danny Hakim for the New York Times.

  • Estonia, which is already one of the most digitally advanced countries in the world, has embarked on a new experiment, enabling non-residents to become "e-residents" with a digital ID allowing them to use the country's digital services online from around the world, reports Silver Tambur for

  • This is cool:, which just launched this morning, shows real-time data about the global Twitter conversation about the UN climate talks starting this week in Peru. It uses a taxonomy built by UN Global Pulse, and lets you zero in on the conversation of different participant sub-groups (negotiators, media, civil society orgs, etc) as well as the larger global conversation. (h/t Darren Barefoot).