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Artificial Intelligence is Ripe for Abuse, Tech Researcher Warns: 'A Fascist's Dream'
In her SXSW session, titled Dark Days: AI and the Rise of Fascism, Crawford, who studies the social impact of machine learning and large-scale data systems, explained ways that automated systems and their encoded biases can be misused, particularly when they fall into the wrong hands.

“Just as we are seeing a step function increase in the spread of AI, something else is happening: the rise of ultra-nationalism, rightwing authoritarianism and fascism,” she said.

All of these movements have shared characteristics, including the desire to centralize power, track populations, demonize outsiders and claim authority and neutrality without being accountable. Machine intelligence can be a powerful part of the power playbook, she said.
ai  machinelearning  fascism  donaldtrump  faceception  facebook  sxsw  2017 
april 2017 by Frontrunner
Why Dark Patterns Won't Go Away
Since October of last year, Microsoft has been sending customers of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 desktop pop-ups, asking them to update to Windows 10 for free. About a month ago, users who had resisted the Windows 10 siren call suddenly found themselves being tricked into updating, when Microsoft made clicking the pop-up's bright red "Close" button actually initiate the update instead.

This is a dark pattern: a misleading or otherwise deceptive UI/UX decision that tries to exploit human psychology to get users to do things they don't really want to do. Dark patterns are pretty much as old as the web. The classic pop-up ad, saying you've won a random sweepstakes, is a less sophisticated version of the bait and switch Microsoft pulled. Users hate them. Experts say they're bad for business. So why do they persist? The answer suggests that design is not as prevalent at a strategic level as many companies would have you believe.
software  design  darkpattern  microsoft  facebook  skype  linkedin  ticketmaster  livenation  amazon  adobe  wired  bostonglobe  deception  misleading  psychology  ux  usability  2016 
october 2016 by Frontrunner
Privacy and Control Need to be Put Back into the Hands of the Individual
Corruption and oppression go hand in hand. Nothing exemplifies this more than the recent news from China that their corrupt and oppressive government has recently shut down several online news operations. These include political and social news sites together with social network accounts. The harsh rhetoric used by the Department of Mind Control shows how much the Chinese government despises those entities and individuals whose only goal is to distribute news and information and give all people a voice. State controlled media is the name of the game in China and the single-party state is not content to just ban Facebook and Twitter but it is going after homegrown networks also.

We see this trend worldwide where governments want to stifle dissent in order to stay in power and, in the worst of cases, wanting to cover up human rights abuses.
privacy  mindcontrol  government  china  germany  france  venezuela  facebook  twitter  whatsapp  vpn  bitcoin  visa  mastercard  gold  encryption  cryptowars  2016 
september 2016 by Frontrunner
Teens Who Say No to Social Media
Some teenagers are opting out of the relentless pursuit of ‘likes’ on Facebook and Instagram—and they don’t feel like they’re missing out.
socialmedia  teenagers  culture  society  rejection  instagram  facebook  snapchat  2016 
september 2016 by Frontrunner
Reasons Not to Use Facebook
Why you should not "use" (i.e., be used by) Facebook.
facebook  spying  privacy  socialmedia  richardstallman 
june 2016 by Frontrunner
Mark Zuckerberg Covers His Laptop Camera. You Should Consider It, Too.
Mark Zuckerberg is one of the most powerful men in the world because billions of people give Facebook, which he founded, free access to their personal data. In return, users receive carefully curated snapshots of his life: baby photos, mundane office tours and the occasional 5K.

On Tuesday, observers were reminded that Mr. Zuckerberg, 32, is not just a normal guy who enjoys running and quiet dinners with friends. In a photo posted to his Facebook account, he celebrated the growing user base of Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. An eagle-eyed Twitter user named Chris Olson noticed that in the image’s background, his laptop camera and microphone jack appeared to be covered with tape.
markzuckerberg  facebook  privacy  cameras  microphones  2016 
june 2016 by Frontrunner
Mark Zuckerberg is a Hypocrite - Facebook has Destroyed the Open Web
Mark Zuckerberg appeared presidential last month. In a speech he gave at an annual Facebook event, he said travelling around the world has worried him: "I am starting to see people and nations turning inward — against this idea of a connected world and a global community."

He showed dismay for "fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as 'others.'" Then, like a powerful world leader, he called on everyone: "Instead of building walls, we can help people build bridges. And instead of dividing people, we can help bring people together."

That is all quite ironic to me, and I'll tell you why. In 2014, I was pardoned and released from a prison in Tehran where I spent six years over my web activism. Before I was imprisoned in 2008, all the hype and rage on the internet was found on blogs.
facebook  markzuckerberg  openweb  internet  web  closedgarden  2016 
may 2016 by Frontrunner
Why I Deleted My Social Media Accounts
I just deleted several more of my social media accounts, as a birthday present to myself, something I really didn’t think much about, but seeing as yesterday was my birthday the resulting “panic” of me NOT being on Facebook led to a few rather strange conversations filled with both light shock and bewilderment. “Oh my God, I searched for you on Facebook and you were GONE, something must have happened, what happened?” “Did they delete your account?” “Was it accidental?” “How are you going to start over again?”
socialmedia  facebook  instagram  googleplus  youtube  tumblr  pinterest  timesuck  addiction  2016 
may 2016 by Frontrunner
1 Million People Use Facebook Over Tor
People who choose to communicate over Tor do so for a variety of reasons related to privacy, security and safety. As we've written previously it's important to us to provide methods for people to use our services securely – particularly if they lack reliable methods to do so.
This is why in the last two years we built the Facebook onion site and onion-mobile, helped standardise the ".onion" domain name, and implemented Tor connectivity for our Android mobile app by enabling connections through Orbot.
facebook  tor  privacy  security  android  2016 
april 2016 by Frontrunner
Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft Salaries
For this first pass, we focused on engineering compensation at Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft because there were more data points to work with. We standardized the engineering levels to the best of our abilities to compare compensation across companies for each level.

We found that Total Annual Compensation is the highest at Google, mostly due to their cash+stock bonus. For Levels 1 and 2, base salaries are comparable across the four companies. At Levels 3 and 4, Google and Facebook offer the highest salaries. Google’s cash+stock bonus value trumps all others, especially at more senior levels.
technology  salaries  google  facebook  amazon  microsoft  2016 
april 2016 by Frontrunner
The Digital Gilded Age: DC Faces Silicon Valley's Riches – And Ever-growing Power
The late 19th century was a period known as “the Gilded Age” in America. As the railroads, mining industries and factories boomed, millions of workers were inspired to migrate from Europe, yet the wealth became concentrated among a small set of industrialists such as Andrew Carnegie, a steel magnate, and the oil baron John D Rockefeller. These men wielded massive power through business, political efforts and philanthropy.
siliconvalley  rich  politics  influential  andrewcarnegie  johndrockefeller  markzuckerberg  timcook  seanparker  facebook  apple  ceos  lobbying  2016 
april 2016 by Frontrunner
DLD15 - The Four Horsemen: Amazon/Apple/Facebook & Google--Who Wins/Loses (Scott Galloway)
Many factors come into play when you want to win a horse race. Next to the fastest horse, there’s a need for the best team, perfect daily condition, an extraordinary rider and sometimes also a big bunch of luck. Passionate trademark analyst and L2 founder Scott Galloway will calling out for us the rates of Amazon, Apple, Facebook & Google.

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digital  brands  growth  loss  amazon  apple  facebook  google  2015 
may 2015 by Frontrunner
Get your loved ones off Facebook.
A long article on why you shouldn't be on Facebook.
facebook  privacy  social  surveillance  tracking 
february 2015 by Frontrunner
A Teenager’s View on Social Media — Backchannel — Medium
I read technology articles quite often and see plenty of authors attempt to dissect or describe the teenage audience, especially in regards to social media. However, I have yet to see a teenager contribute their voice to this discussion. This is where I would like to provide my own humble opinion.
social  teen  culture  generation  facebook  twitter  millennials 
january 2015 by Frontrunner
Facebook is the new AOL
The 90s are back.

They’re back in fashion, they’re back in music, and they are most certainly back in technology.
technology  google  apple  yahoo  facebook  dominance 
january 2015 by Frontrunner

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