Aug 6, 2014

Metadata and content: a distinction without difference

Anyone still pushing the angle that stuff called "metadata" is less revealing than stuff called "content" is either a fool or a liar, writes Stilgherrian.

Stilgherrian ā€” Technology writer and broadcaster


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5 thoughts on “Metadata and content: a distinction without difference

  1. Yclept

    Yet again Tony displays that he doesn’t have a clue.

    Maybe it’s time to go off the grid.

  2. klewso

    Abbott was never much for detail – he was always more into his “friendly’s” briefs.
    Costello said as much, about his “slow eye” for (economic?) detail.
    He admitted as much on The 7:30 Report (O’Brien) when asked for details about an issue (“technology”?) some years ago – something along the lines of “I haven’t read it but I have spoken to someone/people who have”?

  3. Dogs breakfast

    Noted network architect Tony Abbott disagrees.

    Worth the price of admission. šŸ™‚

    Hard to argue with Tony.

  4. The Old Bill

    Tony might ask God to put all this data on a little cloud for him for free. That way there won’t be a great, pause, big, long pause, tax on internet use for the opposition to hound him with. (With ideas like this I am hoping to become a Liberal Party adviser.)

  5. Stuart Coyle

    So, two years of internet access data kept by a ramshackle mob of ISPs and Telcos, and we are to trust that it won’t get leaked to third parties, used for marketing, used for profiling the political views of individuals, used for blackmail, used for suppressing dissent, used for targeting minor offenders, used by corrupt developers and their political cronies or used by criminals for identity theft or other nefarious purposes.

    At least it will stop all the terrorism that we have been seeing lately in this country…

    Of course the real terrorists already use TOR, VPNs, encryped email, throwaway mobile phones. The obvious next step is to make all these things illegal. We have a country rapidly approaching that perfect state where what is not illegal is mandatory.

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