Squids on the Economist Cover
Four squids on the cover of this week’s Economist represent the four massive (and intrusive) data-driven Internet giants: Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon.
Interestingly, these are the same four companies I’ve been listing as the new corporate threat to the Internet.
The first of three pillars propping up this outside threat are big data collectors, which in addition to Apple and Google, Schneier identified as Amazon and Facebook. (Notice Microsoft didn’t make the cut.) The goal of their data collection is for marketers to be able to make snap decisions about the product tastes, credit worthiness, and employment suitability of millions of people. Often, this information is fed into systems maintained by governments.
Notice that Microsoft didn’t make the Economist’s cut either.
I gave that talk at the RSA Conference in February of this year. The link in the article is from another conference the week before, where I test-drove the talk.
As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered.