Wall Street Journal Hosts a Free Hackathon
The Wall Street Journal is hosting a weekend long "hackathon" where invited developers will work fantastic security and privacy researchers and developers to create free tools to promote data transparency and privacy. The event is called the "Data Transparency Weekend" and is hosted by Julia Angwin, who directs the Journal’s “What They Know” team. Alessandro Acquisti, professor of information technology and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University and author of one of the first papers on the privacy implications of Facebook will be one of the many session leaders.
The Wall Street Journal has focused on surveillance technology and data gathering through it's "What They Know" series, which covered the global market for surveillance technology and what technology is available to government for surveillance to the latest Google surveillance problems.
One of the fastest-growing businesses in the world is the use of your data. When you browse the Internet, your movements are recorded by hundreds of tracking companies. When you walk down the street, your cellphone is transmitting your location. Items you post on Facebook and Twitter are being monitored by employers, insurers and others.
Hopefully we will see some great tools come from this event.