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Closed colleges are using online proctoring services to monitor students during exams - The Washington Post
Colleges are racing to sign deals with ‘online proctor’ companies that watch students through their webcams while they take exams. Education advocates say the surveillance software forces students to choose between privacy and their grades.
students  AlgoReport  surveillance  surveillancecapitalism  privacy  edtech 
3 days ago by barbarafister
The surveillance profiteers of COVID-19 are here | Engadget
The pandemic has us all in vulnerable positions, and some tech companies are just ethics-free enough to step in and take advantage of entire populations being held hostage by COVID-19. They see us as profitable, captive data generators while their PR departments act like they did something virtuous for the greater good. Like Zoom.
surveillance  surveillancecapitalism  tech&society  radlib  AlgoReport  privacy 
7 days ago by barbarafister
Smart cities will always have a data privacy problem — Quartz
How can cities around the world benefit from data-enabled technologies without sacrificing privacy?
AlgoReport  IoT  surveillance  smartcities  bigdata  privacy  surveillancecapitalism 
7 days ago by barbarafister
It's Not Just the Content, It's the Business Model: Democracy’s Online Speech Challenge
This report, the first in a two-part series, articulates the connection between surveillance-based business models and the health of democracy. Drawing from Ranking Digital Rights’s extensive research on corporate policies and digital rights, we examine two overarching types of algorithms, give examples of how these technologies are used both to propagate and prohibit different forms of online speech (including targeted ads), and show how they can cause or catalyze social harm, particularly in the context of the 2020 U.S. election. We also highlight what we don’t know about these systems, and call on companies to be much more transparent about how they work.
freespeech  democracy  surveillancecapitalism  politics  AlgoReport 
16 days ago by barbarafister
The age of data privacy: personalization's existential crisis? | Marketing Dive
How much do the latest data privacy regulations limit customer journey data that powers personalized online experiences? Brands and technology companies that engage in personalization, which is at the sharp end of data processing, have to be much more aware of what data is being collected and used, and where the uncrossable "creep line" is. Is it possible the demands of the latest data privacy regulations equate to an existential crisis for the personalization market?
surveillance  personalization  privacy  surveillancecapitalism  AlgoReport  marketing  adtech 
23 days ago by barbarafister
How ‘Smart Tech’ Masks an Emerging Era of Corporate Control
‘Smart tech’ is a buzzword that’s been applied to everything from toothbrushes to TVs — and the cute marketing helps hide what’s really going on
IoT  tec&society  surveillancecapitalism  AlgoReport 
24 days ago by barbarafister
FCC proposes $208M in fines for wireless carriers that sold your location for years | TechCrunch
The FCC has officially and finally determined that the major wireless carriers in the U.S. broke the law by secretly selling subscribers’ location data for years with almost no constraints or disclosure. But its Commissioners decry the $208 million penalty proposed to be paid by these enormously rich corporations, calling it “not properly proportioned to the consumer harms suffered.”
geolocation  telecoms  privacy  surveillance  surveillancecapitalism  AlgoReport 
4 weeks ago by barbarafister
Google’s G Suite tools for education have a privacy problem — and New Mexico is suing over it - Vox
New Mexico is suing Google for allegedly invading children’s privacy through educational products it provides to the state’s schools, claiming it tracks students’ activities on their personal devices outside the classroom. The suit calls into question what a major for-profit player in the nonprofit educational space — which counts millions of children among its users — is doing with whatever data it collects from them.
Google  education  edtech  K12  privacy  surveillance  surveillancecapitalism  AlgoReport 
5 weeks ago by barbarafister
Many Tech Experts Say Digital Disruption Will Hurt Democracy | Pew Research Center
About half predict that humans’ use of technology will weaken democracy between now and 2030 due to the speed and scope of reality distortion, the decline of journalism and the impact of surveillance capitalism. A third expect technology to strengthen democracy as reformers find ways to fight back against info-warriors and chaos
democracy  tech&society  politics  surveillancecapitalism  AlgoReport 
6 weeks ago by barbarafister
Ring and Nest helped normalize American surveillance and turned us into a nation of voyeurs - The Washington Post
For all the worries about hacking, owners of Internet-connected cameras say they love watching people silently from afar — often their own family members
privacy  AlgoReport  surveillance  radlib  surveillancecapitalism  tech&society 
6 weeks ago by barbarafister
Amazon: How Bezos built his data machine
Amazon “happen to sell products, but they are a data company,” says James Thomson, one of the former executives interviewed.

“Each opportunity to interact with a customer is another opportunity to collect data.”
AlgoReport  tech&society  privacy  bigdata  surveillancecapitalism  Amazon 
6 weeks ago by barbarafister
How Big Companies Spy on Your Emails - VICE
Multiple confidential documents obtained by Motherboard show the sort of companies that want to buy data derived from scraping the contents of your email inbox.
privacy  AlgoReport  surveillance  surveillancecapitalism  email 
7 weeks ago by barbarafister
Do You Care About Privacy as Much as Your Customers Do?
The notion that significant numbers of privacy actives even exist should raise antennae at all companies. By understanding this unique group of individuals, whose feelings about privacy are multifaceted and complex, companies can shape their own data and customer privacy practices and better engage, retain, and work with these customers. This will take some effort.
adtech  privacy  AlgoReport  surveys  surveillancecapitalism 
9 weeks ago by barbarafister
New ’Off-Facebook Activity’ tool shows exactly how much the social network tracks your life - The Washington Post
The new ‘Off-Facebook Activity’ tool reminds us we’re living in a reality TV program where the cameras are always on. Here are the privacy settings to change right now.
AlgoReport  tech&society  facebook  surveillancecapitalism  bigdata  privacy  surveillance 
9 weeks ago by barbarafister
Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data - VICE
An Avast antivirus subsidiary sells 'Every search. Every click. Every buy. On every site.' Its clients have included Home Depot, Google, Microsoft, Pepsi, and McKinsey.
surveillance  privacy  surveillancecapitalism  AlgoReport 
9 weeks ago by barbarafister
Opinion | You Are Now Remotely Controlled - The New York Times
Our digital century was to have been democracy’s Golden Age. Instead, we enter its third decade marked by a stark new form of social inequality best understood as “epistemic inequality.” It recalls a pre-Gutenberg era of extreme asymmetries of knowledge and the power that accrues to such knowledge, as the tech giants seize control of information and learning itself. [Shoshana Zuboff]
privacy  surveillance  surveillancecapitalism  AlgoReport  tech&society 
10 weeks ago by barbarafister
The Big Business of Ad Tech - The Privacy Issue
The amount of data we generate as we browse the Internet is so vast that it’s hard to wrap our heads around it. From the billions of Google searches per day to the never-ending torrent of emails, Instagram posts, Facebook updates, tweets, YouTube videos, Skype calls, WhatsApp messages – the list goes on and on. Our online activity collectively fuels the industry of behavioral advertising based on big data, which has surpassed the value of oil, and is predicted to grow to $274.3 billion by 2022. The resource feeding this incredibly-lucrative industry is information about our personal lives.
adtech  surveillance  privacy  surveillancecapitalism  AlgoReport 
10 weeks ago by barbarafister
All the Ways Facebook Tracks You—and How to Limit It | WIRED
It won't come as much of a surprise that Facebook tracks you on its platform—that's why it can resurface your birthday photos from five years ago—but you might not yet realize the scope and the depth of its tracking all across the internet. Facebook's tentacles stretch out across other websites and services, into the various apps you're using on your phone, and to the places you physically visit in the real world—especially if you decide to check in on Facebook while you're there.
facebook  privacy  surveillancecapitalism  AlgoReport 
11 weeks ago by barbarafister
Our collective privacy problem is not your fault
Blame the tech and telecom companies that have been warned over and over that their collection practices are coercive and socially damaging, whose product decisions have a ripple effect throughout the ecosystem, and whose lobbying has prevented meaningful privacy protections from being enacted at both state and federal levels. Blame the small and medium-sized companies that eagerly follow in those companies’ footsteps, and which violate people’s privacy just like the behemoths do. Blame the policymakers and regulators who have actively sought to create and preserve legal impunity for companies that surveil us. But don’t blame people who, in a big, confusing, panopticon-like world, are simply doing the best they can.
privacy  surveillance  surveillancecapitalism  radlib  AlgoReport 
january 2020 by barbarafister

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