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Lauren Weinstein

Lauren Weinstein Verified in Google 

Technology Systems & Policy Analysis: Internet, Privacy, plus Other Sundry Topics. I've consulted to Google - my opinions are mine alone.

Location: Los Angeles

Followers: 380,259

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Lauren Weinstein380,259*Hangout On Air to discuss the EU "Right To Be Forgotten" (RTBF).* // Good? Bad? Savior? Slippery slope toward disaster? A tool for individual fairness? A path toward dictatorial control over Internet content? Should it be applied globally? How would Vladimir Putin use such a tool? Or Chinese leaders? Or rulers in other countries where speaking out against political leaders is a crime? Can RTBF be constrained without exploding into a nightmare? // This HOA is currently scheduled for noon PDT on Friday 15 May. It is subject to rescheduling or cancellation as necessary. *Please indicate if you are potentially interested in participating or viewing as soon as possible.* Thanks!Discussing the EU "Right To Be Forgotten" (RTBF)2015-05-15 21:00:001  
Lauren Weinstein380,259*Hangout On Air to discuss the EU "Right To Be Forgotten" (RTBF).* // Good? Bad? Savior? Slippery slope toward disaster? A tool for individual fairness? A path toward dictatorial control over Internet content? Should it be applied globally? How would Vladimir Putin use such a tool? Or Chinese leaders? Or rulers in other countries where speaking out against political leaders is a crime? Can RTBF be constrained without exploding into a nightmare? // This HOA is currently scheduled for noon PDT on Friday 15 May. It is subject to rescheduling or cancellation as necessary. *Please indicate if you are potentially interested in participating or viewing as soon as possible.* Thanks!Discussing the EU "Right To Be Forgotten" (RTBF)2015-05-15 21:00:008  
Google+13,205,594The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033617  
Lauren Weinstein380,259*Hangout On Air: Discussing Congress Without Obscenities* - As of 1 PM PDT, the U.S. Senate leadership has supposedly reached a very short term deal to end the federal government shutdown and temporarily raise the debt ceiling. The fate of this package in the House is still decidedly unclear. Regardless of what Congress does right now, we're going to be in the same mess again likely in a matter of weeks or months. Let's _Discuss Congress Without Obscenities_ this evening. What's _really_ going on?  Is the GOP still even really a _political party_ any more? If not, _what are they?_  And _can we even discuss this without the constant use of invectives?_  Let's at least try. This HOA is currently scheduled for 7:30 PM PDT this evening. It is subject to change or cancellation as events warrant.  Thanks!Hangout On Air: Discussing Congress Without Obscenities2013-10-17 04:30:0012  
Lauren Weinstein380,259*Discussion of controversy surrounding new +1 automatic "highlighted posting" sharing on Google+.* Positives, negatives, benefits, problems, suggestions. Specific use case examples encouraged. Rescheduled to earlier in day per requests. Now scheduled for 1 PM PDT. Subject to change or cancellation if necessary. Thanks. - LaurenDiscuss Issues re New +1 Automatic Sharing on Google+ (Hangout On Air)2013-07-12 22:00:0011  
Google AdSense1,949,871Join the live Hangout on Air with Susan Wojcicki, SVP of Advertising and Commerce, and three AdSense publishers to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We'll share stories from the early days and discuss the future for publishers and online advertising. We'll add the Hangout On Air link to this event page when the session begins on June 18th at 10am PDT (5pm GMT). Hope to see you there!  Submit a live question about AdSense to Susan using the hashtag #adsense10onair. Please note that she won't be able to address individual account questions.Celebrate AdSense 10 with Susan Wojcicki2013-06-18 19:00:005035  
Lauren Weinstein380,259*Hangout On Air* - Rational discussion of the NSA/PRISM story: Likely realities vs. fantasies, etc. By popular demand, expanded to discussion of today's leak regarding administration cyberwar planning. [Subject to change or cancellation.]NSA Surveillance and PRISM (and today's Cyberwar leak)2013-06-08 05:30:0013  

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Most comments: 19

2016-08-29 01:45:30 (19 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

What is your preferred window focus mechanism?

Most reshares: 5

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2016-08-29 19:43:28 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Gene Wilder dead at 83. I don't even know where to start regarding his incredible career. Peace.

Most plusones: 33

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2016-08-29 19:43:28 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Gene Wilder dead at 83. I don't even know where to start regarding his incredible career. Peace.

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2016-08-29 21:13:23 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

I am sadly unsurprised when many easily exploited vulnerabilities are exploited.

+Dan Wallach​

I am sadly unsurprised when many easily exploited vulnerabilities are exploited.

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2016-08-29 21:03:16 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-29 20:56:30 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

I'm a fan of T-Mobile, but this is getting ridiculous, and increasingly net-neutrality-antagonistic. 

I'm a fan of T-Mobile, but this is getting ridiculous, and increasingly net-neutrality-antagonistic. ___

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2016-08-29 20:53:35 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-29 20:52:51 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-29 20:40:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

// The company, however, could still face a fine from the Federal Communications Commission regarding the slowdowns, also called "data throttling." //

// The company, however, could still face a fine from the Federal Communications Commission regarding the slowdowns, also called "data throttling." //___

2016-08-29 20:10:01 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-29 20:05:05 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Gene Wilder has died at 83. This iconic scene from 1971's classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is said to be entirely of Gene's creation, which he demanded be included in the script -- or else he'd refuse to participate. The scene was critical, he has said, because from that point onward you'd never be certain if Wonka was telling the truth or not. Peace.

Gene Wilder has died at 83. This iconic scene from 1971's classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is said to be entirely of Gene's creation, which he demanded be included in the script -- or else he'd refuse to participate. The scene was critical, he has said, because from that point onward you'd never be certain if Wonka was telling the truth or not. Peace.___

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2016-08-29 19:55:32 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Gene Wilder has died at 83. Peace.

Gene Wilder has died at 83. Peace.___

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2016-08-29 19:52:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Gene Wilder dead at 83. Peace.

Gene Wilder dead at 83. Peace.___

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2016-08-29 19:50:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Gene Wilder has died at 83. Peace.

Gene Wilder has died at 83. Peace.___

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2016-08-29 19:43:28 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Gene Wilder dead at 83. I don't even know where to start regarding his incredible career. Peace.

Gene Wilder dead at 83. I don't even know where to start regarding his incredible career. Peace.___

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2016-08-29 19:26:53 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-29 19:22:42 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-29 18:50:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

A potential Google Voice privacy issue: This isn't really a "bug" per se, vis-a-vis a design decision. But it is apparently a potentially significant privacy problem, especially since it can be unexpected. I've routed the vast majority of my inbound and outbound calls through Google Voice for years, for call cost and spam control reasons, among its many other features. All of my physical phone lines have permanent (per line) caller ID block turned on. This means that when I place an outgoing call through GV via an outgoing call from those lines -- unless I take manual steps to toggle the setting -- my number will normally show as "private" or "unknown" to the party called -- what I usually want.

However. If you place an outgoing call directly from your GV/Google account -- e.g. via Gmail, or via a GV "call back" link (either via your computer... more »

A potential Google Voice privacy issue: This isn't really a "bug" per se, vis-a-vis a design decision. But it is apparently a potentially significant privacy problem, especially since it can be unexpected. I've routed the vast majority of my inbound and outbound calls through Google Voice for years, for call cost and spam control reasons, among its many other features. All of my physical phone lines have permanent (per line) caller ID block turned on. This means that when I place an outgoing call through GV via an outgoing call from those lines -- unless I take manual steps to toggle the setting -- my number will normally show as "private" or "unknown" to the party called -- what I usually want.

However. If you place an outgoing call directly from your GV/Google account -- e.g. via Gmail, or via a GV "call back" link (either via your computer or with GV calling your phone first and then the other party's phone) -- your GV number is revealed to the called party.

As far as I can determine, there is no practical mechanism to suppress this, either on a per-call or "permanent" basis. At least in the context of conventional phone services -- how these might or might not apply to GV is not immediately clear to me -- I believe that FCC regs require at least the provision of per-call caller ID blocking options. And I believe that here in California, CPUC regs also require the provision of "permanent" (per-line) caller ID block options.

The unexpected revelation of phone numbers to called parties can be more than an inconvenience. For some persons in some professions, it can trigger life-critical situations.

I urge that caller ID block options be added to Google Voice as soon as possible.

-- Lauren --

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2016-08-29 18:23:48 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-29 18:15:04 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

That's peak speeds. Sometimes. When your local tower isn't loaded. And the moon is full.

That's peak speeds. Sometimes. When your local tower isn't loaded. And the moon is full.___

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2016-08-29 18:14:09 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-29 16:11:03 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Not Onion.

Not Onion.___

2016-08-29 15:53:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-29 15:51:05 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-29 15:43:47 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' site.

Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' site.___

2016-08-29 15:28:18 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Faster than a worm! Speedier than a snail! It's T-Mobile tethering to the rescue!

Faster than a worm! Speedier than a snail! It's T-Mobile tethering to the rescue!___

2016-08-29 15:19:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-29 15:15:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

// As The Daily Mail noted, this occurred two days after Facebook let go of its “Trending News” staffers in order to replace their news circulation mechanism with an algorithm based on shares and postings. Editors will still run oversight, but the trending topics will no longer have summaries to accompany them, and their respective pages will focus on comments and excerpts from individual news pieces. //

// As The Daily Mail noted, this occurred two days after Facebook let go of its “Trending News” staffers in order to replace their news circulation mechanism with an algorithm based on shares and postings. Editors will still run oversight, but the trending topics will no longer have summaries to accompany them, and their respective pages will focus on comments and excerpts from individual news pieces. //___

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2016-08-29 15:03:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-29 04:14:13 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-29 01:45:30 (19 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

What is your preferred window focus mechanism?

What is your preferred window focus mechanism?___

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2016-08-29 01:33:16 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-29 01:26:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

// Mr. Trump’s unpopularity, which has already undermined the party’s grip on the Senate, now threatens to imperil Republican lawmakers even in traditionally conservative districts, according to strategists and officials in both parties involved in the fight for control of the House. //

// Mr. Trump’s unpopularity, which has already undermined the party’s grip on the Senate, now threatens to imperil Republican lawmakers even in traditionally conservative districts, according to strategists and officials in both parties involved in the fight for control of the House. //___

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2016-08-29 00:20:46 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

// This summer’s protests in the part of Kashmir controlled by India, the most sustained and violent since 2010, caught the authorities in New Delhi unaware. The stone-throwing crowds have no political leaders, put forward no specific demands and metastasized with alarming speed. Around 60 civilians and two members of the security forces have been killed; on each side, thousands have been wounded. But 2016 will almost certainly be remembered as the year of dead eyes. The eye injuries have become such a focus of public anger that last week, in a conciliatory gesture, India’s home minister, Rajnath Singh, promised that the pellet guns, as they are known here, would be replaced by another type of nonlethal weapon in the coming days. //

// This summer’s protests in the part of Kashmir controlled by India, the most sustained and violent since 2010, caught the authorities in New Delhi unaware. The stone-throwing crowds have no political leaders, put forward no specific demands and metastasized with alarming speed. Around 60 civilians and two members of the security forces have been killed; on each side, thousands have been wounded. But 2016 will almost certainly be remembered as the year of dead eyes. The eye injuries have become such a focus of public anger that last week, in a conciliatory gesture, India’s home minister, Rajnath Singh, promised that the pellet guns, as they are known here, would be replaced by another type of nonlethal weapon in the coming days. //___

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2016-08-29 00:19:56 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Serious sicko.

Serious sicko.___

2016-08-28 22:20:09 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

// If you come across any racial and gay slur and just about anything that sounds like hate speech on Xbox Live, you can directly report the incident to Microsoft. The tech titan has launched a dedicated website where you can report hate speech not just on Live, but also on Docs.com, OneDrive, Outlook, Skype and Sway. This new website is similar to the portal the company built to report terrorist posts, except this one focuses on content "that advocates violence or promotes hatred" based on age, disability, gender, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation or gender identity. Microsoft signed up for the European Commission's campaign against online harassment, along with Facebook, Twitter and Youtube ... However, since the portal can be abused, and Microsoft could delete legit, polite posts that aren't really hurtful, the company also built another website where you... more »

// If you come across any racial and gay slur and just about anything that sounds like hate speech on Xbox Live, you can directly report the incident to Microsoft. The tech titan has launched a dedicated website where you can report hate speech not just on Live, but also on Docs.com, OneDrive, Outlook, Skype and Sway. This new website is similar to the portal the company built to report terrorist posts, except this one focuses on content "that advocates violence or promotes hatred" based on age, disability, gender, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation or gender identity. Microsoft signed up for the European Commission's campaign against online harassment, along with Facebook, Twitter and Youtube ... However, since the portal can be abused, and Microsoft could delete legit, polite posts that aren't really hurtful, the company also built another website where you can submit requests to reinstate disabled content. // ___

2016-08-28 22:11:03 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Credit where credit is due department: I decided I wanted to change the URL format on my blog to include yr/mo/day instead of just yr/mo, but I was concerned about what would happen to existing links. Would Wordpress only use the new format for links going forward? Tried the change, and saw that the existing posts also changed to that format. Uh oh. But testing revealed that Wordpress automatically redirects the original URL to the new format version. No broken links. Excellent.

Credit where credit is due department: I decided I wanted to change the URL format on my blog to include yr/mo/day instead of just yr/mo, but I was concerned about what would happen to existing links. Would Wordpress only use the new format for links going forward? Tried the change, and saw that the existing posts also changed to that format. Uh oh. But testing revealed that Wordpress automatically redirects the original URL to the new format version. No broken links. Excellent.___

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2016-08-28 21:56:10 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

// With a vigorous national debate underway on whether Sweden should enter a military partnership with NATO, officials in Stockholm suddenly encountered an unsettling problem: a flood of distorted and outright false information on social media, confusing public perceptions of the issue.

The claims were alarming: If Sweden, a non-NATO member, signed the deal, the alliance would stockpile secret nuclear weapons on Swedish soil; NATO could attack Russia from Sweden without government approval; NATO soldiers, immune from prosecution, could rape Swedish women without fear of criminal charges.

They were all false, but the disinformation had begun spilling into the traditional news media, and as the defense minister, Peter Hultqvist, traveled the country to promote the pact in speeches and town hall meetings, he was repeatedly grilled about the bogus stories. //

// With a vigorous national debate underway on whether Sweden should enter a military partnership with NATO, officials in Stockholm suddenly encountered an unsettling problem: a flood of distorted and outright false information on social media, confusing public perceptions of the issue.

The claims were alarming: If Sweden, a non-NATO member, signed the deal, the alliance would stockpile secret nuclear weapons on Swedish soil; NATO could attack Russia from Sweden without government approval; NATO soldiers, immune from prosecution, could rape Swedish women without fear of criminal charges.

They were all false, but the disinformation had begun spilling into the traditional news media, and as the defense minister, Peter Hultqvist, traveled the country to promote the pact in speeches and town hall meetings, he was repeatedly grilled about the bogus stories. //___

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2016-08-28 21:53:09 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-28 21:18:29 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Streaming fails classical (and jazz, BTW). Not a surprise. Metadata is hard, and labels don't help with their many, confusing (re)issues.

Streaming fails classical (and jazz, BTW). Not a surprise. Metadata is hard, and labels don't help with their many, confusing (re)issues.___

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2016-08-28 19:43:52 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

From the Trump family archive.

From the Trump family archive.___

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2016-08-28 19:21:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Circa mid-60s. It won't come as a big surprise to learn that this character was originally created for a number of Post cereal commercials, then spun-off into his own Post-sponsored series. Did I mention Post? Yeah. You'll see.

Circa mid-60s. It won't come as a big surprise to learn that this character was originally created for a number of Post cereal commercials, then spun-off into his own Post-sponsored series. Did I mention Post? Yeah. You'll see.___

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2016-08-28 19:09:33 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Publicly discussing your delusions doesn't help your case, Gary.

Publicly discussing your delusions doesn't help your case, Gary.___

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2016-08-28 19:05:43 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-28 19:04:41 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-28 19:03:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

If you're interested in this, do read the entire article.

If you're interested in this, do read the entire article.___

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2016-08-28 18:55:41 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Lock her up before she hurts somebody. I can think of several charges that would put her away for quite awhile.

Lock her up before she hurts somebody. I can think of several charges that would put her away for quite awhile.___

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2016-08-28 18:54:11 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-28 17:53:22 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

"Confirmations" notwithstanding, I remain skeptical of these kinds of numbers.

"Confirmations" notwithstanding, I remain skeptical of these kinds of numbers.___

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2016-08-28 17:50:33 (14 comments; 2 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Too punny!!! +Ariel Pena​

Too punny!!! +Ariel Pena​___

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2016-08-28 17:41:49 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

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