Read on for other factors that may influence your thinking about identity.
Martyn Williams: Seven ways DARPA is trying to kill the password A lot of the best technology of today exploits biometric factors such as retina patterns, fingerprints and voice analysis, but beyond that a number of researchers are looking to tap into the way we think, walk and breathe to differentiate between us and an intruder. Helping to lead the research is DARPA, the U.S. military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Its active authentication project is funding research at a number of institutions working on desktop and mobile technologies that work not just for the initial login but continuously while the user is accessing a device. The array of sensors already found in mobile phones makes some of the ideas particularly interesting.
Richard Byrne Reilly: White-hat hackers lifted 560,000 corporate passwords in 31 days. We're all screwed The password you use to log into your company network likely sucks. That's the maybe-not-so-astonishing revelation from a group white-hat hackers who probe for vulnerabilities in corporate networks for a living. Over the course of a year, the hackers at Trustwave attacked more than 626,000 accounts throughout corporate America and were able to successfully crack more than 560,000 of them in less than 31 days. This sad state of affairs directly contributes to successful network penetration. These findings are more than a nightmare for system administrators tasked with monitoring company systems in a bid to keep them safe.
Bernard Marr: Big Data and Biometrics: Why Your Face Matters More than Ever That simple scenario that most of us have encountered is a pretty good illustration of both the benefits and drawbacks of the convergence of biometrics and big data. The face recognition software that makes those Facebook tagging suggestions possible is part of a larger discipline called biometrics that includes fingerprints, retinal scans, and gait recognition, and the field is advancing fast. Combining those capabilities with big data analytics tools allows us to understand who you are simply by looking at you--whether you're in a photo on Facebook, a video clip, or merely walking around in the world.
Aimee Chanthadavong: Execs showing interest in bring your own identity: Ponemon New research by Ponemon Institute and CA Technologies has shown there is a high level of interest among businesses and IT departments, particularly in Australia, in bring your own identity (BYOID) initiatives where social networking or digital identities are used for application login. The Identity Imperative for the Open Enterprise 2014 report, shows while BYOID deployment using social IDs is still in its infancy, 74 percent of Australian businesses have expressed high or very high interest in using social IDs such as Facebook, LinkedIn, or even Yahoo for mobile and web customer populations. This is in comparison to business users globally, where only 63 percent expressed a high or very high interest.
Leo Kelion: Michael J Fox Foundation tests sensors to track Parkinson's The Michael J Fox Foundation is attempting to use wearable sensors to monitor the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. The charity has teamed up with Intel to equip patients with smartwatches made by the tech firm's Basis division. The organisations carried out tests earlier in the year and now plan to release an app to help doctors study the effects of different medications. The effort has been given a cautious welcome by other researchers.
Dave Birch: Top gear: contactless payments weaving into fashion? When I was down in Australia recently, I noticed a rather fun development in the world of contactless fashion, a world close to my heart as you might imagine. Menswear label M.J. Bale, Heritage Bank and Visa have teamed up to create a suit with a payment chip and antenna woven into the sleeve.
Lauren Orsini: GitHub May Actually Be Dragging Government Into The 21st Century Ben Balter wants to get all up in the U.S. government's code, and he thinks you should be able to as well. Balter, a Washington, D.C.-based lawyer, is GitHub's official Government Evangelist. His purpose: to educate government agencies about adopting open-source software. Balter's battle is an uphill one, but it's finally beginning to pay off. GitHub, the nation's most popular Web-based hosting service for mostly open-source coding projects, has just surpassed 10,000 active users within federal, state, and local governments--a number that's roughly two and a half times larger than it was at this time last year.
Paul Bernal: Google, Facebook and Surveillance When I began the research that led to my book, Internet Privacy Rights: Rights to Protect Autonomy, internet privacy was an obscure subject at best, and incidents concerning it were of interest only to geeks or nerds, hidden in small print in the middle pages of newspapers. Now they regularly make the front page - and the pace at which they appear is accelerating. In the few short months since Internet Privacy Rights was published, we've had a whole slew.
Rawlson King: Boston spied, used facial recognition on concertgoers Recent news reports claim that the City of Boston tested an IBM video mass surveillance system at the Boston Calling Music Festival last year. According to a local blog, Dig Boston, a new, sophisticated event monitoring platform was deployed and evaluated which gave authorities "a live and detailed birdseye view of concertgoers, pedestrians and vehicles in the vicinity" of the event. The comprehensive resources provided to the city for evaluation by IBM also was designed to analyze body and facial patterns, gauge panic levels and crowd sentiment, and to scan social media. Though evidence point to police testing of the system, the Boston Police deny that they were involved in the system's evaluation.