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How Cambridge Analytica turned Facebook ‘likes’ into a lucrative political tool
Play Video 13:04 Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: 'We spent $1m harvesting millions of Facebook profiles' – video T he algorithm at the heart of the Facebook…
cyber_privacy  Facebook  social_media  Trump-Russia  elections-2016  from instapaper
march 2018 by dunnettreader
Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach
Play Video 13:04 Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: 'We spent $1m harvesting millions of Facebook profiles' – video The data analytics firm that worked with…
elections-2016  cyber_privacy  Facebook  social_media  Trump-Russia  from instapaper
march 2018 by dunnettreader
Say goodbye to the information age: it’s all about reputation now – Gloria Origgi | Aeon Ideas
Not faking it. From the Apollo 15 mission. Photo NASA There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a pivotal role in our advanced…
epistemology-social  social_media  fake_news  from instapaper
march 2018 by dunnettreader
Retweets Are Trash
Acouple of months ago, I made a small tweak to my Twitter account that has changed my experience of the platform. It’s calmer. It’s slower. It’s less…
social_media  from instapaper
march 2018 by dunnettreader
“Trump, Twitter, and the Russians: The Growing Obsolescence of Federal Campaign Finance Law” | Election Law Blog
Tony Gaughan has posted this draft on SSRN (forthcoming, Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal) . Here is the abstract: Since the 1970s, federal…
elections  campaign_finance  Trump-Russia  social_media  from instapaper
november 2017 by dunnettreader
The Crypto-Keepers | Yasha Levine
It’s 7:30 p.m. on a Monday in June at an undisclosed location somewhere in northern Europe. I’m sitting in a private dining room in an upscale hotel, talking to…
Evernote  military-intel-industrial_complex  democracy_promotion  State_Dept  intelligence_agencies  social_media  cybersecurity  privacy  investment-government  R&D  propaganda  cryptography  free_speech  leaks  from instapaper
september 2017 by dunnettreader
Open Thread: Lost (of Their Own Volition) in A Mirror-Maze | Balloon Juice - Oct 15 2016
Clinton: "This election is incredibly painful." Via pooler @thomaskaplan pic.twitter.com/B1V4L0MeMs — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) October 15, 2016 Yeah, it’s…
elections-2016  Trump  Clinton_Hillary  social_media  from instapaper
october 2016 by dunnettreader
M Starnini, M Frasca & A Baronchelli - Emergence of metapopulations and echo chambers in mobile agent - Scientific Reports (2016) - nature.com
Michele Starnini, Mattia Frasca & Andrea Baronchelli -- Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 31834 (2016), doi:10.1038/srep31834
Multi-agent models often describe populations segregated either in the physical space, i.e. subdivided in metapopulations, or in the ecology of opinions, i.e. partitioned in echo chambers. Here we show how both kinds of segregation can emerge from the interplay between homophily and social influence in a simple model of mobile agents endowed with a continuous opinion variable. In the model, physical proximity determines a progressive convergence of opinions but differing opinions result in agents moving away from each others. This feedback between mobility and social dynamics determines the onset of a stable dynamical metapopulation scenario where physically separated groups of like-minded individuals interact with each other through the exchange of agents. The further introduction of confirmation bias in social interactions, defined as the tendency of an individual to favor opinions that match his own, leads to the emergence of echo chambers where different opinions coexist also within the same group. We believe that the model may be of interest to researchers investigating the origin of segregation in the offline and online world. -- Downloaded to Tab S2
article  downloaded  systems-complex_adaptive  social_process  dynamic_attractors  segregation  epistemic_closure  public_opinion  social_media  multi-agent_models  agent-based_models  agency-structure  emergence 
august 2016 by dunnettreader
Noah Millnan - Fighting Outrage Porn Addiction | The American Conservative - September 2015
Before writing this post, I took a scroll down my Facebook feed, to see what news stories my friends are linking to. Here are the first four stories I…
Instapaper  US_politics  US_society  social_media  social_psychology  partisanship  tribalism  bad_journalism  empathy  norms  emotions-manipulation  public_opinion  from instapaper
september 2015 by dunnettreader
Noah McCormack - Friends without Benefits | Blog | The Baffler
Zappos has apparently decided it is no longer good enough to be a qualified hire who is interested in the job. An interested applicant must also spend unremunerated time pretending to engage in virtual social relationships with existing employees. The American economy has become so warped that it now appears reasonable to a subsidiary of a leading public company to require people who may never be hired to spent large amounts of time pretending to be friends with people with whom they may never work. This represents the convergence of at least three disturbing trends in the current American economy: the long-term unemployment of large numbers of people and the consequent power given to any company which is hiring; the technology industry’s revival of old prejudices under catchy new names; and the way that technology increasingly erodes any sense that our work selves are merely a component of our lives, rather than the entirety of our existence.
US_society  unemployment  Labor_markets  social_media  employers  power  labor  inequality  markets_in_everything  discrimination  work  work-life_balance 
june 2014 by dunnettreader
Izabella Kaminska - The Bitcoin personality cult lives on | FT Alphaville Feb 2014
Izzy being brilliant as usual -- In our minds, no product is more important than ourselves. And that’s because the ultimate reward of propaganda, if used wisely, is the sort of hierarchal positioning that was previously only ever associated with dictator-level personality cults.-- As Caesar and Augustus knew only too well, a personality cult will never successfully penetrate public minds if it is too focused on itself. Conversely it needs to be masterfully disassociated from self promotion, and re-associated with altruistic value, humour, or benevolence. In Caesar and Augustus’ case it was only through publicly rejecting kingly power, that they were able to create a much more powerful empirical office to replace it. A masterful slight of hand and example of misdirection. -- The distribution of highly doctored selfies eventually begins to nauseate. No-one likes a narcissist or a megalomaniac. Meanwhile, too much association with high-end products or exclusivity meanwhile backfires with the “Rich Kids of Instagram” effect. Today’s most effective propaganda consequently is the sort that inspires people to care about things other than themselves. It’s not aspirational as much as experience or ideology based.
consumerism  consumers  Internet  social_media  propaganda  rhetoric  ideology  libertarianism  self-regulation  Augustan_Rome  status  self-love  EF-add 
march 2014 by dunnettreader
Doug Hill: The Question Concerning Technology | In Defense of Disengagement July 2013
An intriguing essay appeared on Atlantic.com last week. It ran under the headline, "'Camp Grounded,' 'Digital Detox,' and the Age of Techno-Anxiety." The subhead was "What to Make of the New Naturalism."The piece was a reflection by the Atlantic's technology editor, Alexis Madrigal, on Camp Grounded, a three-day retreat that offered 300 or so people in California an opportunity to disconnect completely from their technologies.

Techno anxiety has been a fixture of the American experience from the beginning. To be sure, the shouts of the enthusiasts have always been louder, but they've always been accompanied by an undercurrent of doubt. As Harvard historian Perry Miller put it some fifty years ago, as a nation we leapt eagerly into the technological torrent, only to find ourselves "bobbing like corks in the flood, unable to get our heads high enough above the waves to tell whether there any longer solid banks on either side or whether we have been carried irretrievably into a pitiless sea, there to be swamped and drowned."

By ending his essay with a series of questions Madrigal implies that if we just get serious and put our heads together, answers will be found. It's possible to endorse the effort while pointing out that it's easier said than done. I've studied the history and philosophy of technology for more than twenty years, and every one of the thinkers in those fields I admire most—Jacques Ellul, Marshall McLuhan, Lewis Mumford, Neal Postman, Stephen Talbott—at one time or another explicitly declined to offer prescriptions for taming technology's excesses. They recognized that the scope and depth of the problems don't lend themselves to programmatic solutions, and also that any proposal radical enough to make a substantial difference doesn’t stand the slightest chance of being adopted.
20thC  21stC  US_history  1960s  intellectual_history  cultural_history  technology  Internet  media  social_media  EF-add 
august 2013 by dunnettreader

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