March 13, 2012 |
Kathryn Segesser says she believes the current thinking about eating disorders may be wrong. Segesser suspects that for centuries, anorexia and bulimia have afflicted both men and women. She would like to challenge the popular theory that blames modern cultural pressures and unrealistic images of beauty projected by lollipop-thin models. "I'm trying to see if, in the 18th century, people understood that there was some psychological reason that people decided not to eat," Segesser said.
March 11, 2012 |
March 8, 2012 |
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - "Yes," Dharun Ravi said in a videotaped police interview played for jurors Wednesday, he violated his Rutgers University roommate's privacy by viewing him in an intimate moment with another man. But, he said, he didn't mean any harm: "I didn't realize it was something so private," Ravi said. "It was my room, too. " The recorded interview was the first time jurors have heard Ravi's voice in his trial, which has lasted nine days. Ravi faces 15 criminal charges, including invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, and tampering with evidence and a witness.
March 5, 2012
February 4, 2012 |
January 12, 2012 |
What would the Founding Fathers think of Facebook? Great question. We keep referring almost everything back to the Fathers - so it makes sense to wonder what they'd think of social media. You can just see it: (Madison: "Well, there goes the right to privacy. " Jefferson: "This is so cool !") This question - which opens into a bigger one, about the fate of personal privacy in the communications age - is the topic Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the National Constitution Center.
January 5, 2012 |
As I'm reminded whenever I travel, the era of smartphones, websites, and cloud computing has brought wondrous advances to my life. If I get lost, I can create an instant map, activate a GPS app on my iPhone, or call the person or business I'm trying to find. I can access my e-mail constantly - OK, not every advance is so wondrous. And I can get my personal data wherever I roam, whether around town, across the country, or overseas. Is there any danger to all that access? Yes, according to Digital Due Process, a broad coalition of technology firms, privacy experts, and advocacy groups focusing on a problem most of us would likely rather ignore: the fact that if you and I can get all that information anywhere and anytime, so can the most intrusive government investigators.
November 20, 2011 |
I am locked in a battle with Google for control of my cellphone, and Google is winning. If you have an Android device (Google's smartphone), it may recently have installed a new app from Google called "Latitude. " It was part of a system update, so I didn't pay any attention when it showed up. But one night, I got an e-mail from Google saying that Latitude was running and reporting my location. The notification was written to be ignored: E-mail from Google usually says it's from Google.
October 20, 2011 |
Facebook knows your likes and dislikes, not to mention who your friends are. Amazon knows your taste in books and anything else you shop for at its online superstore. Google knows what you research or wonder about. And other websites - including this one, if you're reading at Philly.com - can track your browsing and clicking habits as you navigate from site to site in the same ad networks. But what does your wireless carrier or Internet provider know about you? Potentially, all those same things and much, much more - which is why changes in Verizon and Verizon Wireless' data policies are stirring concern among privacy advocates and members of Congress.