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What’s Mine Is Mine
- Now this is rich. From the Village Voice:
“Barely a year after their reporters won a Pulitzer prize for exposing data mining of ordinary citizens by a government spy agency, New York Times officials had some exciting news for stockholders last week: The Times company plans to do its own data mining of ordinary citizens, in the name of online profits.
The news didn’t make everyone all googly-eyed. In fact, some people at the paper’s annual stockholders meeting in the New Amsterdam Theatre exchanged confused looks when Janet Robinson, the company’s president and CEO, uttered the phrase “data mining. . . .
Robinson was talking about money this time. Data mining, she told the crowd, would be used “to determine hidden patterns of uses to our website.”
- A few weeks ago we attended an Intelligence Squared debate (PDF) on civil liberties vs. national security. Debater Andrew McCarthy noted that “visitors to the ACLU’s New York office are confronted when they come in with big signs on the wall that say, ‘Your bags are subject to search.’ “
The ACLU’s Nadine Strossen, on the other side of the debate, replied that this practice was imposed by the landlord over the ACLU’s objections. We wonder if the Times has a similar excuse.
It’s no good exposing this crap if nobody has the spine to hold them accountable!