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Friday Highlights: Digital Trust, Data Security, and Internet Security News

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By Phil Keys

 Intertrust’s Friday Highlights provides a weekly review and analysis of a variety of articles that highlight trends in digital trust, Internet security, and Internet privacy. Here are the top OTT, privacy, and security stories from last week.

OTT TV Shift HBO Version

It’s here. The much lauded US cable network and content producer HBO finally announced that it will launch an OTT TV (over the top or broadband TV) service in its largest market, the US (it already offers this type of service in the Nordic countries). Intertrust and others have long championed the advantages of OTT TV. HBO’s announcement, however, could represent the point where the proverbial logjam is broken and the general public begins to prefer viewing OTT TV content.

HBO to Offer Stand-Alone Web Subscription in U.S. Next Year

Whether or not CBS’ announcement of an OTT TV service took place shortly after HBO’s announcement was a coincidence or not is a matter open for debate. The important thing is that it happened. In the OTT TV age, the brand value of broadcast networks has been questioned. This seems like an attempt by CBS to shore up its position in the new world.

CBS Offers Web Service as TV Unbundles Itself

However, it’s important to remember that there are many unanswered questions about the HBO announcement.

Nine Thoughts On An Unbundled HBO

Of course, OTT TV is thriving in markets outside the US as well. One major Chinese OTT TV player is telling Chinese broadcasters to pack it up and just focus on content creation.

MIPCOM: Chinese Online Video Pioneer Charles Zhang Tells TV Broadcasters to Quit


While Privacy and Security Concerns Continue, Help May Be on the Way

This past week, the dangers to privacy and security in our modern connected world continue to be a matter of great concern, particularly in the data broker market. Advances in big data analysis techniques also hold the potential to further aggravate the potential dangers of this business model, an issue that already has received attention from the White House.

The Dark Market for Personal Data

A chilling tale around unexpected implications of information design.


With the continuing drumbeat about privacy and security concerns, it’s good to be able to point to some potential help on the way. First is a fascinating technical advancement with a great deal of potential.

Who’s using your data? New Web technology would let you track how your private data is used online.

This past week, Smart Grid related technologies have also helped advance renewable sources of energy and increase energy efficiency. The same can be said about the potential the Smart Grid for violating electricity customers’ (i.e. most everyone’s) privacy. It’s good to see that privacy is getting attention from a major group working on Smart Grid standards.

Smart Grid, V2.0: Now With More Privacy

The Bright Side of Decreasing Sensor Costs

Here’s a great example of how water sensor costs are dropping and could end up helping to clean up rivers.

River Sensors to Clean Up Waterways

Friday Fun

Art can always help people make sense of the world in ways other mediums can’t. Codame is a San Francisco based group focused on the intersection between art and technology. For a really scary Halloween, on October 31st,  Codame is sponsoring an event on privacy and security. Here is an example of the fun that attendees can expect that evening.

Jasper Paterson