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Wanted: The ‘perfect babysitter.’ Must pass AI scan for respect and attitude. - The Washington Post
Some AI experts believe that systems like these have the potential to supercharge the biases of age or racial profiling, including flagging words or images from certain groups more often than others. They also worry that Predictim could coerce young babysitters into handing over intimate data just to get a job.
ai  bias  children  profiling  surveillancecapitalism  indie  radar 
7 weeks ago by laurakalbag
LinkedIn processed 18 million email addresses of non-users for targeted advertising
Social media network LinkedIn processed the email addresses of 18 million non-members and targeted them with advertising on Facebook without permission, an audit by the Data Protection Commissioner has found.
linkedin  ireland  gdpr  dataprotection  commissioner  emailaddress  targetedads  facebook  consent  permission  indie  radar 
8 weeks ago by laurakalbag
How a small French privacy ruling could remake adtech for good | TechCrunch
this is being interpreted by data experts as the regulator stating that consent to processing personal data cannot be gained through a framework arrangement which bundles a number of uses behind a single “I agree” button that, when clicked, passes consent to partners via a contractual relationship.
cnil  france  privacy  regulator  adtech  consent  gdpr  indie  radar 
8 weeks ago by laurakalbag
Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis - The New York Times
But as evidence accumulated that Facebook’s power could also be exploited to disrupt elections, broadcast viral propaganda and inspire deadly campaigns of hate around the globe, Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg stumbled. Bent on growth, the pair ignored warning signs and then sought to conceal them from public view. At critical moments over the last three years, they were distracted by personal projects, and passed off security and policy decisions to subordinates, according to current and former executives.
facebook  blame  politics  google  apple  lobbying  indie  radar 
9 weeks ago by laurakalbag
We posed as 100 senators to run ads on Facebook. Facebook approved all of them. – VICE News
“these tests show that compliance with the feature is entirely voluntary, meaning a tool that Facebook introduced to increase trust in advertising can also be used as a vector for misinformation, and another way bad actors can game Facebook’s platform.”
facebook  ads  compliance  misinformation  fakenews  propaganda  political  indie  radar 
11 weeks ago by laurakalbag
This Thermometer Tells Your Temperature, Then Tells Firms Where to Advertise - The New York Times
“Kinsa sells its data to other companies under the name Kinsa Insights. While Mr. Singh declined to share the names of other customers, citing confidentiality agreements, he said other companies had used the data to target advertising.”
“I can just think of how cigarette and alcohol companies could use strategies like this, or other industries that could really have more harmful effects on people,” [Christine Bannan, the consumer protection counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center] said.
iot  ads  advertising  privacy  tracking  profiling  internetofthings  indie  radar  thermometer 
12 weeks ago by laurakalbag
Facebook Isn’t Sorry — It Just Wants Your Data
“To observers, these might seem like easily avoidable errors, but to Facebook, whose very identity and foundational mandate is the instinctual drive to amass personal data, they make perfect sense.”
facebook  data  privacy  tracking  profiling  apologies  indie  radar 
october 2018 by laurakalbag
Just Don’t Call It Privacy - The New York Times
“What is at stake here isn’t privacy, the right not to be observed. It’s how companies can use our data to invisibly shunt us in directions that may benefit them more than us.”
facebook  google  amazon  privacy  surveillancecapitalism  tracking  profiling  us  usgov  indie  radar 
october 2018 by laurakalbag
Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information
“Facebook is not content to use the contact information you willingly put into your Facebook profile for advertising. It is also using contact information you handed over for security purposes and contact information you didn’t hand over at all, but that was collected from other people’s contact books, a hidden layer of details Facebook has about you that I’ve come to call “shadow contact information.”
facebook  shadow  profiling  tracking  ads  advertising  contact  indie  radar 
september 2018 by laurakalbag
Apple and Mozilla move to thwart Facebook tracking
Notably, these protections won't do privacy-conscious consumers any good while they're logged into Facebook, but it will help to protect them from the social network's ever-expanding grasp while they're logged out. 
safari  apple  facebook  tracking  privacy  surveillancecapitalism  ios  ios12  indie  radar 
september 2018 by laurakalbag
Press release: Campaigners win vital battle against UK mass surveillance at European Court of Human Rights | Privacy International
Caroline Wilson Palow, General Counsel at Privacy International, said:

“Today’s judgment rightly criticises the UK’s bulk interception regime for giving far too much leeway to the intelligence agencies to choose who to spy on and when. It confirms that just because it is technically feasible to intercept all of our personal communications, it does not mean that it is lawful to do so.

The judgment also rightly recognises that collecting communications data - the who, what, and where of our communications - is as intrusive as collecting the content. This is a significant and important enhancement of our privacy protections.”
privacyinternational  privacyint  bulk  interception  privacy  uk  governmentsurveillance  indie  radar 
september 2018 by laurakalbag
How to fix the Copyright Directive lobbying disaster – Connected Rights
TODAY’S EU COPYRIGHT VOTE WENT ABOUT AS BADLY as could be feared: MEPs approved articles 11 and 13, meaning that unless member states push back (and good luck with that), it will likely become illegal to link to an article using the headline for that article, and all but the smallest websites will need to install upload filters to weed out copyright-protected content.
eu  copyright  article11  article13  upload  filter  indie  radar 
september 2018 by laurakalbag
Google and Mastercard Cut a Secret Ad Deal to Track Retail Sales - Bloomberg
“the deal, which has not been previously reported, could raise broader privacy concerns about how much consumer data technology companies like Google quietly absorb.”
advertising  data  google  privacy  mastercard  retail  indie  radar 
september 2018 by laurakalbag
GDPR cuts tracking cookies in Europe | ZDNet
“This does not prove that GDPR caused the decline, but it may have prompted websites to look at the cookies they were using, and for which they now had to obtain consent…

However, American technology companies generally evaded the cull. Most sites retained cookies from Google (96 percent), Facebook (70 percent), and Amazon (57 percent).”
gdpr  trackers  tracking  cookies  europe  us  privacy  consent  indie  radar 
august 2018 by laurakalbag
Clashes Over Ethics At Major Tech Companies Are Causing Problems For Recruiters
“The actions of a handful of individuals are unlikely to steer corporate policy, but the trend could signal a looming recruiting pipeline problem if the companies don’t change tack.”
indie  radar  ethics  tech  corps  recruitment 
august 2018 by laurakalbag
Google data collection research - Digital Content Next
Google has the ability to associate anonymous data collected through passive means with the personal information of the user. Google makes this association largely through advertising technologies, many of which Google controls.
google  data  surveillance  surveillancecapitalism  privacy  indie  radar 
august 2018 by laurakalbag
Google Plans to Launch Censored Search Engine in China, Leaked Documents Reveal
‘Google Plans to Launch Censored Search Engine in China, Leaked Documents Reveal’

“The Chinese government blocks information on the internet about political opponents, free speech, sex, news, and academic studies…”
google  censorship  china  search  indie  radar 
august 2018 by laurakalbag
Channel 4 finds Facebook not deleting images of child abuse and racism - Business Insider
Channel 4 spoke with Roger McNamee, an early Facebook investor who has become a critic of the company over issues including the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. He said Facebook stood to benefit from extreme content.

"It's the really extreme, really dangerous form of content that attracts the most highly engaged people on the platform," he said. "Facebook understood that it was desirable to have people spend more time on site if you're going to have an advertising-based business."
facebook  content  censorship  extreme  indie  radar 
july 2018 by laurakalbag
Drug giant Glaxo teams up with DNA testing company 23andMe
Do you want your gene sequence in the hands of any private corporation? Sounds like the beginning of a sci-fi horror…
23andme  gsk  glaxo  dna  gene  privacy  indie  radar 
july 2018 by laurakalbag
Amazon, Microsoft, and Uber are paying big money to kill a California privacy initiative - The Verge
The campaign to pass the California Consumer Privacy Act is almost wholly funded by Bay Area real estate developer Alastair Mactaggart. To date, Mactaggart has spent more than $3 million on the campaign. He argues that, in the personal data industry, “there’s so much money, and there are very powerful corporations that really have an immense interest in keeping business as usual going and having no regulations.” He started working on the initiative about four years ago, after hearing a Google engineer say the public would be frightened to learn how much data the company holds on consumers.
californiaprivacyinitiative  privacy  california  gdpr  mactaggart  amazon  microsoft  uber  indie  radar 
june 2018 by laurakalbag
How do data companies get our data? | Privacy International
Data companies – a catch all term for data brokers, advertisers, marketers, web trackers, and more – facilitate a hidden data ecosystem that collects, generates and supplies data to wide variety of beneficiaries. The beneficiaries of the ecosystem can include other advertisers, social media sites, credit agencies, insurers, law enforcement, and more. But what is rarely talked about, is from where these data companies obtain the data, how further data is generated and how the data is swapped, sold, and shared within the ecosystem.
privacyinternational  private  data  databroker  ads  advertising  tracking  indie  radar 
may 2018 by laurakalbag
Privacy is power – POLITICO
“Privacy was once misconstrued as being about hiding and secrecy. Now it’s understood to be something much more pressing: power dynamics between the individual, the state and the market.”
privacy  secrecy  power  indie  radar 
may 2018 by laurakalbag
The many deceptions of Mark Zuckerberg | Creative Good
With 2 billion users and counting, Facebook is unavoidable, and it's growing more influential by the day. It's vital that we understand what Zuck is actually up to, especially since he didn't reveal it in his testimony. A number of media sources have helpfully corrected his inaccurate claims.
zuckerberg  facebook  privacy  data  consent  permission  indie  radar 
april 2018 by laurakalbag
Stephen Hawking's final words to the internet: robots aren't the problem, capitalism is / Boing Boing
If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality.
stephenhawking  ama  tech  socialism  robots  machines  wealth  politics  redistribution  indie  radar 
march 2018 by laurakalbag
There Are No Guardrails on Our Privacy Dystopia - Motherboard
If tech is going to infiltrate, influence, and shape all of society, it is unacceptable for tech alone, or tech alone using pure market forces, to decide what tools are or are not acceptable.

(Cites Time Well Spent as a good thing, so not put on radar)
privacy  dystopia  gdpr  politics  surveillancecapitalism  notincluded  indie  radar 
march 2018 by laurakalbag
Be Wary of Silicon Valley’s Guilty Conscience: on The Center for Humane Technology | LibrarianShipwreck
“The CHT senses that there is anger in the air towards the big tech companies, and it pulls a clever bait and switch by acknowledging that there is a problem but then insisting that the people who caused the problem can be trusted to fix it.”
centerforhumantechnology  timewellspent  tech  consumer  surveillancecapitalism  indie  radar  shipwreck  librarian  shipwrecklibrarian 
march 2018 by laurakalbag
Google Is Quietly Providing AI Technology for Drone Strike Targeting Project
Google, which has made strides in applying its proprietary deep learning tools to improve language translation, and vision recognition, has a cross-team collaboration within the company to work on the AI drone project.
google  ai  deeplearning  drones  military  recognition  indie  radar 
march 2018 by laurakalbag
Good for Facebook, maybe, but not for the rest of us - The Boston Globe
Equal access to jobs is not the only reason that lawmakers should reconsider Section 230. Extending blanket protection to enterprises that act like Gilded Age plutocrats cannot help but stifle the innovators and startups of the future. All in all, that would be bad for people’s well-being, and for society.
facebook  us  jobs  discrimination  indie  radar 
february 2018 by laurakalbag
How Did the Internet Lose Its Noble Purpose and Turn Bad?
“Instead of addressing the very real impact that the high-tech economy was having on middle-class jobs, communities of color, and unions, progressive leaders chose instead to organize big-dollar parties with tech firm money for thought leaders to project solidarity on the right causes, without making actual commitments on the real issues.”
progressive  intersectionality  internet  regulation  monpolies  netneutrality  surveillance  indie  radar 
january 2018 by laurakalbag
Facebook And Google's Surveillance Capitalism Model Is In Trouble | HuffPost
Most people associate Facebook with cute family photos and think of Google like a semi-reliable encyclopedia. But these services have only a tangential relationship to the way either company actually makes money. The twin Silicon Valley titans rely on two closely intertwined technologies, customer surveillance and advertising, to maximize shareholder profits.
facebook  google  advertising  history  ads  popups  indie  radar  surveillancecapitalism 
january 2018 by laurakalbag
Facebook Knows How to Track You Using the Dust on Your Camera Lens
It might assume two people knew each other if the images they uploaded looked like they were titled in the same series of photos—IMG_4605739.jpg and IMG_4605742, for example—or if lens scratches or dust were detectable in the same spots on the photos, revealing the photos were taken by the same camera.
facebook  tracking  camera  lens  privacy  dust  patents  patent  indie  radar 
january 2018 by laurakalbag
What's Slack Doing With Your Data?
“Slack could have built this system in a way that no one within the company had access into user data,” said Cardozo, referencing zero-knowledge encryption, an end-to-end encryption method. “What it comes down to is, ‘trust us,’” Cardozo said. “That’s the same thing that Uber said and then they were caught with their pants down with God mode,” a widely available internal tool that allowed Uber staffers to spy on both drivers and passengers.
slack  data  zerotrust  trust  eff  privacy  corporatesurveillance  governmentsurveillance  indie  radar 
january 2018 by laurakalbag
No tracking, no revenue: Apple's privacy feature costs ad companies millions | Technology | The Guardian
Ad tracking technology has become so pervasive that it is possible for ad tracking companies to recreate the majority of a person’s web browsing history. This information is collected without permission and is used for ad re-targeting, which is how ads follow people around the internet.
ads  advertising  itp  apple  privacy  cookies  tracking  surveillancecapitalism  safari  chrome  indie  radar 
january 2018 by laurakalbag
“Black Mirror” Reveals Our Fear of Robots and Algorithms We Can’t Control
“It’d be nice to imagine a future in which robots like the SpotMini are used to help us around the house, rather than hunt down and kill our fellow humans as they flee in terror. If the nightmare future depicted in shows like “Black Mirror” can be avoided, it will only come by asserting public oversight of the Silicon Valley companies whose policies are dictating the future shape of our societies — as well as our personal lives.”
indie  radar  blackmirror  technology  regulation  robots  robodog  bostondynamics 
january 2018 by laurakalbag
Let’s take back control of our data – it’s too precious to leave to the tech giants | Ravi Naik | Opinion | The Guardian
Almost everything we do – keeping in touch, online shopping, watching television – leaves a data trail. The resulting data-sets feed the opaque algorithms that shape the cyber world we see and interact with. Yet that data concerns our personal information – the most basic tenets of who we are.
gdpr  data  regulation  policy  privacy  surveillancecapitalism  indie  radar 
november 2017 by laurakalbag
What We Learned from Staring at Social Media Data for a Year - Features - Source: An OpenNews project
We are the product, hence our data is not ours: Our data is what makes Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms valuable. Every click and like, even our searches and posts, contribute to a massive corpus of data that is more valuable than any marketing research could ever be. It’s longitudinal data about our behavior and, more importantly, indicators of how we feel about issues, people, and—dare I say it—products. By using social platforms, we opt into giving them power over our data, and they decide how much access we get to it. In many cases that’s very little.
journalism  buzzfeed  facebook  twitter  social  socialdata  surveillancecapitalism  indie  radar 
october 2017 by laurakalbag
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