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Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify the Internet | The New Yorker
"Is it possible to facilitate a space for open dialogue without also facilitating hoaxes, harassment, and threats of violence? Where is the line between authenticity and toxicity? What if, after technology allows us to reveal our inner voices, what we learn is that many of us are authentically toxic?"
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‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower
Christopher Wylie goes on the record to discuss his role in hijacking the profiles of millions of Facebook users in order to target the US electorate
politics  security 
53 minutes ago by macdrifter
The ills of Latin American democracy - Bello
Political decay is as big a threat as authoritarianism
politics  latin  america  decay  authoritartianism 
1 hour ago by soobrosa
Decades of optimism about China’s rise have been discarded - How the West got China wrong
Clear thinking and a united front are needed, but they may not be forthcoming
china  politics  economy  world 
1 hour ago by soobrosa
The middle-class wild card in Latin America’s elections - Bello
Newly prosperous voters can promote stability—but not always
middle  class  politics  latin  america 
1 hour ago by soobrosa
‘I created Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower
> Wylie holds a British Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa – a UK work visa given to just 200 people a year. He was working inside government (with the Lib Dems) as a political strategist with advanced data science skills. But no one, least of all him, could have predicted what came next. When he turned up at SCL’s offices in Mayfair, he had no clue that he was walking into the middle of a nexus of defence and intelligence projects, private contractors and cutting-edge cyberweaponry... It was Bannon’s interest in culture as war that ignited Wylie’s intellectual concept. But it was Robert Mercer’s millions that created a firestorm. Kogan was able to throw money at the hard problem of acquiring personal data: he advertised for people who were willing to be paid to take a personality quiz on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and Qualtrics. At the end of which Kogan’s app, called thisismydigitallife, gave him permission to access their Facebook profiles. And not just theirs, but their friends’ too. On average, each “seeder” – the people who had taken the personality test, around 320,000 in total – unwittingly gave access to at least 160 other people’s profiles, none of whom would have known or had reason to suspect... Russia, Facebook, Trump, Mercer, Bannon, Brexit. Every one of these threads runs through Cambridge Analytica. Even in the past few weeks, it seems as if the understanding of Facebook’s role has broadened and deepened. The Mueller indictments were part of that, but Paul-Olivier Dehaye – a data expert and academic based in Switzerland, who published some of the first research into Cambridge Analytica’s processes – says it’s become increasingly apparent that Facebook is “abusive by design”. If there is evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, it will be in the platform’s data flows, he says. And Wylie’s revelations only move it on again.
facebook  data  politics  cambridgeAnalytica  informationOperations 
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