Why Facebook and Twitter Can’t Be Trusted to Police Themselves

  • November 9, 2017
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Renee Diresta and Tristan Harris PoliticoMagazine Google, Facebook and Twitter took a beating on Wednesday testifying in front of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees about their role enabling Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. “You bear this responsibility,” California’s Senator Dianne Feinstein lectured the three company lawyers in one heated exchange. “You’ve created these […]

Exploiting Social Media and Manipulating the News

  • November 9, 2017
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Nicholas Evangelista ProjectVeritas.com American Pravda, NYT Part II: Exploiting Social Media and Manipulating the News Nick Dudich, Audience Strategy Editor for NYT Video, Admits to Manipulating Social Media to Make Editorial Decisions Uses his Power as a Gatekeeper to Influence the News, “I can choose what goes out and what doesn’t go out.” Dudich Uses […]

The Problem with algorithmic personalization

  • November 2, 2017
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From facebook.tracking.exposed The design of personalization algorithms is not just a technical matter, but a political one. We do not claim that personalization algorithms are bad; we claim that bad personalization algorithms are bad. Facebook filtering occurs in silence, with the filtering occurring before the user interact with the information. The user has no active […]

European Parliament on the verge of creating a privacy underclass

  • October 30, 2017
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From PrivacyNews.net For the past 18 months Europe have been reviewing rules on the confidentiality of electronic communications as well as how they might be lawfully processed. These rules impact whether or not companies can cold call you for sales (nuisance calls or “telemarketing”), send you spam, spy on your online behaviour and various other […]

IoT: Is privacy a priority or an afterthought?

  • October 29, 2017
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Electronic Weekly.com From EW Staff  Securing the hardware is essential if we are to secure the whole IoT, writes Majid Bemanian of Imagination Technologies. Security and privacy are two critical concerns in the IoT. Most people assume that their devices are safe and their privacy protected – on PCs and mobile devices there is a major […]

The impact of cyber dating abuse on self-esteem: The mediating role of emotional distress

  • October 24, 2017
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Kaitlin Hancock, Haley Keast, & Wendy From EllisCyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace This study examined how emotional distress mediated the relationship between cyber dating abuse and self-esteem. Participants were 155 undergraduate students (105 females; 50 males) ranging from 17 to 25 years old (M = 19.38, SD = 1.65) with dating experience and […]

The Facebook Experiment: Quitting Facebook Leads to Higher Levels of Well-Being

  • October 24, 2017
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Morten Tromholt, MSc from Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen K, Denmark. Most people use Facebook on a daily basis; few are aware of the consequences. Based on a 1-week experiment with 1,095 participants in late 2015 in Denmark, this study provides causal evidence that Facebook use affects our well-being negatively. By comparing the […]

The Future Of Artificial Intelligence (According To Pop Culture)

  • September 23, 2017
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Jeff Desjardins From  Visual Capitalist The unpredictable nature of super-intelligent, self-improving machines lends itself quite nicely to the dramatic storylines of movies and books. It’s a science fiction writer’s dream – as Visual Capitalist’s Jeff Desjardins warns: if AI becomes smart enough to create more advanced versions of itself, pretty much every outcome is on […]

That AI study which claims to guess whether you’re gay or straight is flawed and dangerous

  • September 17, 2017
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Gianluca Mezzofiore From Mashable UK Advancements in artificial intelligence can be extremely worrying, especially when there are some pretty serious intimate and privacy issues at stake. Image: Shutterstock / Anton Watman A study from Stanford University, first reported in the Economist, has raised a controversy after claiming AI can deduce whether people are gay or […]

Facial recognition is here. The iPhone X is just the beginning

  • September 17, 2017
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Claire Garvie From the guardian Apple’s new smartphone will unlock using face recognition, thanks to infrared and 3D sensors. This technology is spreading – and complacency is not an option. I have a confession to make. I’m a privacy lawyer who researches the risks of face recognition technology – and I will be buying the […]

Case Study: Connected Cars and the Future of Car Travel in the Digital Age

  • September 3, 2017
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From Privacy International As society heads toward an ever more connected world, the ability for individuals to protect and manage the invisible data that companies and third parties hold about them, becomes increasingly difficult. This is further complicated by events like data breaches, hacks, and covert information gathering techniques, which are hard, if not impossible, […]

Online Social Networking and Addiction – A Review of the Psychological Literature

  • September 2, 2017
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Daria J. Kuss and Mark D. Griffiths From PMC – US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) Abstract Social Networking Sites (SNSs) are virtual communities where users can create individual public profiles, interact with real-life friends, and meet other people based on shared interests. They are seen as a […]

Indian court rules privacy a ‘fundamental right’ in battle over national ID cards

  • August 29, 2017
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Michael Safi From The Guardian Landmark decision follows criticism that Aadhaar identity card reveals profile of a person’s spending habits, friends and property An Aadhaar biometric identity card. The system has been criticised for invading privacy. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images India’s top court has unanimously declared that privacy is a fundamental right, in a […]

Palantir: the ‘special ops’ tech giant that wields as much real-world power as Google

  • August 29, 2017
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Jacques Peretti From the guardian Peter Thiel’s CIA-backed, data-mining firm honed its ‘crime predicting’ techniques against insurgents in Iraq. The same methods are now being sold to police departments. Will they inflame already tense relations between the public and the police? In Minority Report, the 2002 movie adaptation of the Philip K Dick novel, Tom […]

Why Google Fired James Damore

  • August 22, 2017
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Stephen Lendman From the SleuthJournal Google fired senior software engineer Damore for posting a 10-page critique of company policies on an internal discussion board, examining “cultural taboos, including bias toward women,” he argued. CEO Sundar Pichai circulated a company-wide memo, saying he violated Google’s code of conduct by “advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.” […]

One Statistics Professor Was Just Banned By Google: Here Is His Story

  • August 22, 2017
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Tyler Durden From ZeroHedge Statistics professor Salil Mehta, adjunct professor at Columbia and Georgetown who teaches probability and data science and whose work has appeared on this website on numerous prior occasions, was banned by Google on Friday. What did Salil do to provoke Google? It is not entirely clear, however what is clear is […]

Who Has Your Back? Government Data Requests 2017

  • August 14, 2017
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Rainey Reitman Form Electronic Frontier Foundation via Samuel Gibbs Form the guardian Amazon and WhatsApp have been scolded by the privacy campaigning group the Electronic Frontier Foundation over their “disappointing” privacy practices, and told that they can and should be doing better in its yearly review. The seventh annual Who Has Your Back privacy report […]

Digital Charter 2017

  • August 15, 2017
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Open Right Group WIKI From Open Right Group Queen’s Speech “A new law will ensure that the United Kingdom retains its world-class regime protecting personal data, and proposals for a new digital charter will be brought forward to ensure that the United Kingdom is the safest place to be online….[1] Commons library The 2017 Conservative […]

Why Privacy Matters In An Age Of Tech Totalitarianism

  • August 15, 2017
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Tyler Durden From ZeroHedge How “Nothing To Hide” Leads To “Nowhere To Hide” – Why Privacy Matters In An Age Of Tech Totalitarianism Via The Daily Bell Would you allow a government official into your bedroom on your honeymoon? Or let your mother-in-law hear and record every conversation that takes place in your home or […]

The Pregnancy Panopticon

  • August 14, 2017
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Cooper Quintin From Electronic Frontier Foundation Women’s health is big business. There are a staggering number of applications for Android and iOS which claim to help people keep track of their monthly cycle, know when they may be fertile, or track the status of their pregnancy. These apps entice the user to input the most […]

If Zuckerberg wants to rule the world, does he even need to be president?

  • August 8, 2017
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Alex Hern From The Guardian The Facebook CEO’s 5,700 word post advocated a strong civil society and ended quoting Lincoln. Is he pitching for office, or already an unofficial Potus? It is not normal for a technology chief executive to announce a new product roadmap in the form of a 5,700 word blogpost that begins […]

Vault 7: Projects

  • August 8, 2017
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WikiLeaks From WikiLeaks 23 March 2017 Dark Matter Today, March 23rd 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 “Dark Matter”, which contains documentation for several CIA projects that infect Apple Mac firmware (meaning the infection persists even if the operating system is re-installed) developed by the CIA’s Embedded Development Branch (EDB). These documents explain the techniques used […]

Privacy: A Failed Experiment?

  • August 8, 2017
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Victor Dorff From Huffington Post As Americans look north and observe Canada’s latest kerfuffle over privacy this week, it has been like looking at ourselves in the mirror – everything is on the opposite side. Court documents released last week in Quebec revealed that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police can unlock the encryption on any […]