Newswise: ‘Throwaway’ social profiles may have a place on some platforms, with some topics

Newswise: ‘Throwaway’ social profiles may have a place on some platforms, with some topics. “We’ve heard of them in the world of online dating, with teens trying to avoid the watchful eyes of mom and dad, and with scammers and foreign accounts trying to cheat us or convince us of a lie to gain profit or our vote. Social media companies have promised to crack down when they are able to identify these temporary accounts. Now, new research from the University of Michigan shows that so-called throwaway profiles on some platforms can be good for adults who need to open up and test the waters on subjects that might cause them shame or pain if they were to share as themselves.”

MakeUseOf: How to Quickly Create Temporary Email Addresses With YOPmail

MakeUseOf: How to Quickly Create Temporary Email Addresses With YOPmail. “When you want to safeguard your privacy online a good place to start is by using a disposable email address. It allows you to sign up to services or send messages anonymously, or just cut down on the amount of spam your real email address receives. One of the best options for creating temporary email addresses is YOPmail. Let’s take a look at how to use it.”

Online anonymity is a lie: Research challenges privacy protection frameworks (BetaNews)

BetaNews: Online anonymity is a lie: Research challenges privacy protection frameworks. “The research, recently published in Nature Communications, has demonstrated that it is possible to reconstruct the real identities of individuals from sampled and anonymized information in datasets. using a combination of only fifteen basic demographic attributes such as age, ethnicity, marital status, number of children etc.”

SwissInfo: Study finds Big Data eliminates confidentiality in court judgements

SwissInfo: Study finds Big Data eliminates confidentiality in court judgements. “Swiss researchers have found that algorithms that mine large swaths of data can eliminate anonymity in federal court rulings. This could have major ramifications for transparency and privacy protection.”

Exclusive: Messaging app Telegram moves to protect identity of Hong Kong protesters (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Messaging app Telegram moves to protect identity of Hong Kong protesters. “The update to Telegram, planned for release over the next few days, will allow protesters to prevent mainland Chinese and Hong Kong authorities from discovering their identities in the app’s large group chats.”

Ars Technica: Anonymous “Anonymous Cowards” are, for now, not welcome on Slashdot

Ars Technica: Anonymous “Anonymous Cowards” are, for now, not welcome on Slashdot . “On August 9, tech news aggregator Slashdot quietly removed one of its earliest features, which had been available to all visitors since its founding in 1997: the ability to post comments as an ‘Anonymous Coward.’ And while the feature returned within five days, it returned in a largely nerfed format.”