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  • Wired
  • 2019
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Inside China’s Vast New Experiment In Social Ranking

In China, “supercompanies” such as WeChat or Alipay aggregate massive amounts of varied data on users. The Zhima Credit score system directly influences the agency of users by limiting their options in acting in their environment, or determining with whom they interact. The Chinese government interests itself with allying with large tech companies to incorporate a social ranking system which can be used to control and suppress citizens. Although the United States does not have “supercompanies” like those mentioned from China, the large companies that collect user data in the US certainly have the same potential to limit human agency.

  • Wired
  • 2019
  • 5 min
  • The New York Times
  • 2019
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Hackers Holding Baltimore Hostage

As the case study of Baltimore demonstrates, cyber crime against governments for ransom of digital cash is not an uncommon practice.

  • The New York Times
  • 2019
  • 15 min
  • n/a
  • 2017
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Public by Default: The Tales of Venmo

An exploration of Venmo transactions for five different randomly selected users. On Venmo, all transactions are public by default, and users can take certain steps to make this information private.

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  • 2017
  • 15 min
  • ARS Technica
  • 2019
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There’s a big problem with Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency

Facebook’s cryptocurrency, Libra, is facing problems and will take a long time to develop. While it is attempting to mirror the bitcoin blockchain network in its ideology and functionality, there are significant barriers to reaching this vision, the most prominent of which being that its existence as a subsidy of Facebook means there cannot be decentralized control or accountability.

  • ARS Technica
  • 2019