Today investigative reporter Julia Angwin speaks to Fresh Air about her extreme efforts to erase her digital footprint. Part of that work involved developing a better understanding of what kind of data is out there and where it comes from. Here she explains data brokers:
"Data brokers began by compiling very simple information from the Yellow Pages, the White Pages and government directories. The property records in your state are publicly on file somewhere, the data brokers will go buy it and put it in their dossier. At the same time, your address is usually on-file [in] many places with magazines or newspapers you subscribe to. … Also the post office sells access to its change of address list.
What’s happening now in the digital era is that they’re adding to their files with all sorts of digital information, so they can find out about you, what you’re doing online, what you’re buying online. … So now these records that they have are getting much more precise. They’re no longer just being used to send you junk mail that you can throw away. Now they’re being used online as well to help places figure out who you are as soon as you arrive at their website. They can make an instant assessment by matching your online stuff to some of the online data…
I found out there are a lot of data brokers out there. It took me almost a month to compile a list, because there’s no real list of who are they all, and I was able to identify about 200 or so of them. Of those, very few were willing to let me see my data. It was about a dozen that would let me see my data: some of the bigger brokers, LexisNexis, Axium, and some very small outfits.
… What was shocking about it was that it ranged from incredibly precise — every single address I’d ever lived at including the number on my dorm room in college, which I couldn’t even remember … to very imprecise, inaccurate things … that were not at all true — that I was a single mother … with no college education living in a place I didn’t live.”
Angwin’s book is called Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance
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I’m working with an editor of Black Girl Dangerous and an ogranizer of the International Trans Women of Color Gathering to get sponsorships for trans women of color to attend this event who can’t afford a ticket! I’d really like to get the word out not only to people who potentially want to sponsor a ticket but also to TWOC in the Bay who want to go to this but can’t afford it.
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im presenting & showing excerpts of my work at nyu march 12th at 6:30pm.
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Institute of African American AffairsNew York UniversitypresentsBrother to Brother, Sister to Sister A series celebrating the works of LGBT artists Spring 2014
c. riley snorton
james earl hardy
Moderated by Angelique V. Nixon
Space is limited. RSVP for March 12 program at 212-998-IAAA (4222)
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Brother to Brother, Sister to Sister: A series celebrating the works
of LGBT artists
ABOUT THE SERIES
IAAA-NYU presents a semester-long series of lectures, poetry readings,
and film screenings with key figures, as well as emerging stars, of
the LGBT intelligentsia. At a time when LGBT issues are openly being
considered in mainstream consciousness, it prompts us to rethink the
boundaries and conceptual paradigms surrounding the production of
cultural knowledge from the perspectives of LGBT artists, scholars and
activists. These conversations will be an exploration into the many
LGBT narratives that examine and reveal perceptions, attitudes,
continuous negotiations or renegotiations, and creative systems of
if your in london come out to and support trans* lives of color. Trans Lives Matter! Justice for Islan Nettles will be screened Mar 26, 2014 6:10 PM as part of Lives and Loves shorts An eclectic selection of shorts looking at trans and genderqueer lives and loves. purchase tickets below. https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/flare/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=livesandloves
Free and open to the public!
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Uganda’s infamous anti-gay bill has been signed into law by President Museveni. Our friends in Uganda are calling for the whole world to make noise and not let this awful law go unnoticed, so share the facts.
And as Ugandan LGBT groups challenge this bill in court, sign to tell global leaders to speak out too: www.allout.org/kill-the-bill
Trans Lives Matter! Justice for Islan Nettles a documentary short that was started during the BDC and Citylore’s 2013 Summer workshop is an official selection at the BFI London Lesbian & Gay film festival! Stay tuned for details on the 2014 workshop scheduled for this August.
Filmmaker, Seyi Adebanjo, will present the short at NYU, March 12, at 6pm as part of the Brother to Brother, Sister to Sister: A series celebrating the works of LGBT artists.
Photo © Seyi Adebanjo
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