No double entendre name today – just straight up ideas of accountability in a cyber world full of zigs and zags. Google’s stripes again confronted, “Oath:” Advertising techniques against the grain of industry and sworn ethical standards, unaccounted robocalls (for, no one seems to have funded them!) and a couple other items off the news roll that insist we’re all after the head honcho. When things go wrong, where do the people go? Where’s the…

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The news roll was hefty with privacy talk both for and against us. It’s a busy world right now and where privacy doesn’t exist the way it should, defenders are vigilant. And then there’s the privacy some wish they had, presidentially. Not something we’ll dwell on – there’s lots to pick up on and the time is right to know what’s happening all around our heads, behind our backs and what tools are adapting to be at our disposal.

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He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind… Free Speech. Today, everyone it seems is judging others to have failed the acid test of free speech online, in person, at rallies and in life. Vitriol – we’ve mentioned that before at the cafe, but it seems increasingly so to be in more and more places around the United States. We have a piety problem; unthinking conventional reverence that we and like-minded brothers and sisters are in the right. And it’s all going wrong very quickly.

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How can we not talk a little and guess a little about the biggest story in tech? Google always managed to grab headlines from making ‘search engine’ a household word, to the evening news coverage of Google’s font change. It’s always been such a pal. Then, the mission to not be evil disappeared; then the defense contracts, then the location tracking, now, getting a job with China. With so much being decided in private, it’s an episode and topic ripe for chatter and guesswork. Even with best sympathies though, we have to ask, Is Google still a pal?

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The unshakable news story of China killing American spies and informants filled the Cafe with a steady buzz today. Though there is no written rule, the acts, spread over two years some eight years ago, seem to spill into the digital domain by way of precedent; as though they break a ‘gentleman’s’ pact that, once discovered, spies and informants are turned or deceived or made obsolete but not eliminated. We’re being spied on all the time; we spy in ways too. Is there a Rules of Engagement?

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