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The Centennial Society's business reply pamphlet | Stop Junk Mail
The classic "office riot" pamphlet...

'The Centennial Society, a radical anti-consumerist movement, has come up with a more arty way of returning junk mail. Pre-paid envelopes can be used to send people working in the junk mail industry information about how to break free. No junk mailer really likes his job; wasting tonnes and tonnes of paper on useless advertisements makes few people feel good about themselves. The Business Reply Pamphlet shows them the way to freedom.'
riot  offices  junk-mail  funny  art  centennial-society  ads  trash-the-gaff 
april 2017 by jm
What Vizio was doing behind the TV screen | Federal Trade Commission
This is awful:
Starting in 2014, Vizio made TVs that automatically tracked what consumers were watching and transmitted that data back to its servers. Vizio even retrofitted older models by installing its tracking software remotely. All of this, the FTC and AG allege, was done without clearly telling consumers or getting their consent.

What did Vizio know about what was going on in the privacy of consumers’ homes? On a second-by-second basis, Vizio collected a selection of pixels on the screen that it matched to a database of TV, movie, and commercial content. What’s more, Vizio identified viewing data from cable or broadband service providers, set-top boxes, streaming devices, DVD players, and over-the-air broadcasts. Add it all up and Vizio captured as many as 100 billion data points each day from millions of TVs.

Vizio then turned that mountain of data into cash by selling consumers’ viewing histories to advertisers and others. And let’s be clear: We’re not talking about summary information about national viewing trends. According to the complaint, Vizio got personal. The company provided consumers’ IP addresses to data aggregators, who then matched the address with an individual consumer or household. Vizio’s contracts with third parties prohibited the re-identification of consumers and households by name, but allowed a host of other personal details – for example, sex, age, income, marital status, household size, education, and home ownership.  And Vizio permitted these companies to track and target its consumers across devices.

That’s what Vizio was up to behind the screen, but what was the company telling consumers? Not much, according to the complaint.

Vizio put its tracking functionality behind a setting called “Smart Interactivity.”  But the FTC and New Jersey AG say that the generic way the company described that feature – for example, “enables program offers and suggestions” – didn’t give consumers the necessary heads-up to know that Vizio was tracking their TV’s every flicker. (Oh, and the “Smart Interactivity” feature didn’t even provide the promised “program offers and suggestions.”)
privacy  ftc  surveillance  tv  vizio  ads  advertising  smart-tvs 
february 2017 by jm
NetGuard
Excellent network monitor app for Android, comes recommended by @redacted in the ITC Slack. Inserts itself as a VPN to capture traffic, and looks like it should work well. Supports ad blocking using a hosts file.
android  ad-blocking  ads  netguard  apps 
january 2017 by jm
Anti-Choice Groups Use Smartphone Surveillance to Target 'Abortion-Minded Women' During Clinic Visits - Rewire
Geofencing used for evil:
What Flynn realized is that he could use [ad targeting] to infer that a woman might be seeking an abortion, and to target her for ads from anti-choice groups [using geofenced advertising].

“We can reach every Planned Parenthood in the U.S.,” he wrote in a PowerPoint display sent to potential clients in February. The Powerpoint included a slide titled “Targets for Pro-Life,” in which Flynn said he could also reach abortion clinics, hospitals, doctors’ offices, colleges, and high schools in the United States and Canada, and then “[d]rill down to age and sex.” “We can gather a tremendous amount of information from the [smartphone] ID,” he wrote. “Some of the break outs include: Gender, age, race, pet owners, Honda owners, online purchases and much more.”

Flynn explained that he would then use that data to send anti-choice ads to women “while they’re at the clinic.”
geofencing  grim-meathook-future  abortion  phones  smartphones  pro-choice  ads 
may 2016 by jm
Koyaanisqatsi trailer recreated using stock footage
'Koyannistocksi is a shot-by-shot remake of the trailer for Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi using only stock footage. A testament to Reggio's influence on contemporary motion photography, and the appropriation of his aesthetic by others for commercial means.'

Nailed it. This is why I find it hard to watch Koyaanisqatsi nowadays -- its imagery and style have been stolen by so many other filmmakers.
godfrey-reggio  koyaanisqatsi  ads  remakes  film  stock-footage 
april 2016 by jm
What Happens Next Will Amaze You
Maciej Ceglowski's latest talk, on ads, the web, Silicon Valley and government:
'I went to school with Bill. He's a nice guy. But making him immortal is not going to make life better for anyone in my city. It will just exacerbate the rent crisis.'
talks  slides  funny  ads  advertising  internet  web  privacy  surveillance  maciej  silicon-valley 
september 2015 by jm
Family in No poster Says YES to Marriage Equality | Amnesty International
Beyond the politics, the risks of stock photo usage are pretty evident too:
"In 2014, as a young family, we did a photo shoot with a photographer friend to get some nice shots for the family album. No money was exchanged – we got nice photos for free, they got nice images for their portfolio. As part of this agreement, we agreed to let them upload them to a stock photo album. We knew that these were available for purchase and we gave permission. Perhaps, naïvely, we imagined that on the off chance that any was ever selected, it might be for a small magazine or website. To confirm, we have not received any money for the photo – then or now, and nor do we expect any.

We were surprised and upset to see that the photo was being used as part of a campaign with which we do not agree. We completely support same-sex marriage, and we believe that same-sex couples’ should of course be able to adopt, as we believe that they are equally able to provide children with much-needed love and care. To suggest otherwise is offensive to us, and to many others."
ssm  ireland  politics  amnesty  stock-photos  ip  rights  photos  campaigns  ads 
may 2015 by jm
5% of Google visitors have ad-injecting malware installed
Ad injectors were detected on all operating systems (Mac and Windows), and web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE) that were included in our test. More than 5% of people visiting Google sites have at least one ad injector installed. Within that group, half have at least two injectors installed and nearly one-third have at least four installed.


via Nelson.
via:nelson  ads  google  chrome  ad-injectors  malware  scummy 
april 2015 by jm
Tim Bray on one year as an xoogler
Seems pretty insightful; particularly "I do think the In­ter­net econ­o­my would be bet­ter and more hu­mane if it didn’t have a sin­gle white-hot highly-overprivileged cen­ter. Al­so, soon­er or lat­er that’ll stop scal­ing. Can’t hap­pen too soon."
google  tim-bray  via:nelson  xoogler  funding  tech  privacy  ads  internet 
march 2015 by jm
Epsilon Interactive breach the Fukushima of the Email Industry (CAUCE)
Upon gaining access to an ESP, the criminals then steal subscriber data (PII such as names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses, and in one case, Vehicle Identification Numbers). They then use ESPs’ mailing facility to send spam; to monetize their illicit acquisition, the criminals have spammed ads for fake Adobe Acrobat and Skype software.

On March 30, the Epsilon Interactive division of Alliance Data Marketing (ADS on NASDAQ) suffered a massive breach that upped the ante, substantially.  Email lists of at least eight financial institutions were stolen. 

Thus far, puzzlingly, Epsilon has refused to release the names  of compromised clients. [...] The obvious issue at hand is the ability of the thieves to now undertake targeted spear-phishing problem as critically serious as it could possibly be.
cauce  epsilon-interactive  esp  email  pii  data-protection  spear-phishing  phishing  identity-theft  security  ads 
march 2015 by jm
Superfish: A History Of Malware Complaints And International Surveillance - Forbes
Superfish, founded and led by former Intel employee and ex-surveillance boffin Adi Pinhas, has been criticised by users the world over since its inception in 2006.
superfish  lenovo  privacy  surveillance  ads  java  windows  mac  firefox  pups  ssl  tls  ad-injection  komodia 
february 2015 by jm
Samsung's smart TVs are inserting unwanted ads into users' own movies
Amazingly shitty. Never buying a Samsung TV if this is what they think is acceptable
advertising  tv  samsung  smart-tvs  iot  horrible  ads 
february 2015 by jm
Comcast Wi-Fi serving self-promotional ads via JavaScript injection | Ars Technica
Comcast is adding data into the broadband packet stream. In 2007, it was packets serving up disconnection commands. Today, Comcast is inserting JavaScript that is serving up advertisements, according to [Robb] Topolski, who reviewed Singel's data. "It's the duty of the service provider to pull packets without treating them or modifying them or injecting stuff or forging packets. None of that should be in the province of the service provider," he said. "Imagine every Web page with a Comcast bug in the lower righthand corner. It's the antithesis of what a service provider is supposed to do. We want Internet access, not another version of cable TV."


The company appears to be called Front Porch: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/09/meet-the-tech-company-performing-ad-injections-for-big-cable/
comcast  ads  injection  security  javascript  http  network-neutrality  isps 
september 2014 by jm
The Internet's Original Sin - The Atlantic
Ethan Zuckerberg: 'It's not too late to ditch the ad-based business model and build a better web.'
advertising  business  internet  ads  business-models  the-atlantic  ethan-zuckerberg  via:anildash  web  privacy  surveillance  google 
august 2014 by jm
Real time analytics with Netty, Storm, Kafka
Arch of a fairly typical Kafka/Storm realtime ad-tracking setup, from eClick/mc2ads, via Trustin Lee
via:trustinlee  kafka  storm  netty  architecture  ad-tracking  ads  realtime 
august 2014 by jm
Jesse Willms, the Dark Lord of the Internet - Taylor Clark - The Atlantic
“It was an out-and-out hijacking,” LeFevre told me. “They counterfeited our product, they pirated our Web site, and they basically directed all of their customer service to us.” At the peak of Willms’s sales, LeFevre says, dazzlesmile was receiving 1,000 calls a day from customers trying to cancel orders for a product it didn’t even sell. When irate consumers made the name dazzlesmile synonymous with online scamming, LeFevre’s sales effectively dropped to zero. Dazzlesmile sued Willms in November 2009; he later paid a settlement.
scams  hijacking  ads  affiliate  one-wierd-trick  health  dieting  crime 
december 2013 by jm
BBC News - How one man turns annoying cold calls into cash
This is hilarious. Quid pro quo!
Once he had set up the 0871 line, every time a bank, gas or electricity supplier asked him for his details online, he submitted it as his contact number. He added he was "very honest" and the companies did ask why he had a premium number. He told the programme he replied: "Because I'm getting annoyed with PPI phone calls when I'm trying to watch Coronation Street so I'd rather make 10p a minute." He said almost all of the companies he dealt with were happy to use it and if they refused he asked them to email.
spam  cold-calls  phone  ads  uk  funny  0871  premium-rate  ppi 
august 2013 by jm
Let Me Explain Why Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance Was Our Top Story This Morning | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
Absolute genius from The Onion.
Those of us watching on Google Analytics saw the number of homepage visits skyrocket the second we put up that salacious image of Miley Cyrus dancing half nude on the VMA stage. But here’s where it gets great: We don’t just do a top story on the VMA performance and call it a day. No, no. We also throw in a slideshow called “Evolution of Miley,” which, for those of you who don’t know, is just a way for you to mindlessly click through 13 more photos of Miley Cyrus. And if we get 500,000 of you to do that, well, 500,000 multiplied by 13 means we can get 6.5 million page views on that slideshow alone. Throw in another slideshow titled “6 ‘don’t miss’ VMA moments,” and it’s starting to look like a pretty goddamned good Monday, numbers-wise. Also, there are two videos -- one of the event and then some bullshit two-minute clip featuring our “entertainment experts” talking about the performance. Side note: Advertisers, along with you idiots, love videos. Another side note: The Miley Cyrus story was in the same top spot we used for our 9/11 coverage.
humor  journalism  cnn  miley-cyrus  vma  news  funny  advertising  ads 
august 2013 by jm
Tracking the Trackers: To Catch a History Thief | Stanford Center for Internet and Society
jaysus. the Epic Marketplace online ad network performs a history stealing attack to determine if the viewer has recently visited 'pages about getting pregnant and fertility, including at the Mayo Clinic'. very very scummy -- massive privacy violation (via Adam Shostack)
privacy  history  browsers  history-stealing  css  attacks  security  via:adamshostack  epic-marketplace  nai  ads 
july 2011 by jm
Network Advertising Initiative: Opt-Out of Behavioural Advertising
'developed for the express purpose of allowing consumers to "opt out" of the behavioral advertising delivered by our member companies' -- opt out of the top 50 or so ad programs with a couple of clicks, via Jordan Sissel. great stuff
ads  advertising  browser  cookies  via:jordansissel  google  marketing  opt-out  privacy  tracking  web  behavioral  from delicious
june 2010 by jm
John Graham-Cumming: What's wrong with Flash Cookies?
Macromedia created a "parallel" cookie infrastructure, which is not cleared/controlled by browser cookie controls. Heinous! I had no idea. Checking mine, it was full of ad-tracking crap
cookies  flash  privacy  crapware  ads  from delicious
june 2010 by jm
ALT/1977: WE ARE NOT TIME TRAVELERS on the Behance Network
'What would you do if you could travel back in time? Assassinate Marilyn Monroe? Go on a date with Hitler? Obviously. But here's what I'd do after that: grab all the modern technology I could find, take it to the late 70's, superficially redesign it all to blend in, start a consumer electronics company to unleash it upon the world, then sit back as I rake in billions, trillions, or even millions of dollars.' Beautifully done
ads  1970s  retro  technology  funny  via:fp  from delicious
june 2010 by jm
In Which She's Every Woman
what it's like to have your photo used for stock images
stock-photos  yvonne-georgina-puig  photos  pictures  licensing  ads 
august 2009 by jm

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