phnk + web:social-networks   27

LSE Thinks | If previously in force, would GDPR have prevented the use of Facebook data? - YouTube
The key GDPR thing *is* the possibility of class action-style litigating. Completely missed by e.g. Mozilla [1], even though any real change from GDPR is more likely to come from human-rights groups -- e.g. [2,3] -- than from individuals.


web:social-networks  web:privacy 
may 2018 by phnk
How to Survive a Laptop Fire
"Everything on my local hard-disk is disposable." -- I get the idea, but one consequence is that everything you own is "double-owned" -- some corporation also owns your stuff online. If that corporation goes dark, you lose your stuff; if that corporation backdoors your stuff, you share it forcibly.

Is that problematic? Yes, in both scenarios, because it damages your sense of ownership and your sense of privacy, two things that we actually need to function properly. Without ownership, we become addicted to the networks that replace possession -- and that's definitely not as desirable as a sense of private property, which is, to some extent, a component of privacy. (Not everything about private property is right, but some of it is.)

The loss of privacy is largely a side-effect of the point above, and the combination of both is terrible -- the mental equation is just toxic, unlike sharing some things voluntarily (see creation of public goods like F/LOSS, commons etc.).
mac:backup  web:social-networks 
may 2018 by phnk
Inside Facebook's Hellish Two Years—and Mark Zuckerberg's Struggle to Fix it All | WIRED
Interesting read, except for the conclusive words indirectly suggesting that publishers like Murdoch care for the truth. Anyone who was ever exposed to British tabloids (or Cold War kompromat, I guess) has known fake news for decades.

Also, quite significant that Facebook and the like are called 'social media' instead of 'social networks' (which was the case in the first few years, and is still the case in many languages like French).
web:facebook  journalism  web:social-networks 
april 2018 by phnk
Manipulation of Public Opinion – Amnesty Insights – Medium
By Claudio Guarnieri (nex). "This text is adapted from my speech at re:publica 2017 in conversation with Garry Kasparov."
polisci:elections  web:social-networks 
april 2018 by phnk
@20 (
"With every flap of their terrible fins they [Big Tech] squash another good idea in the interest of consolidating pablum into a single database, the better to jam it down our mental baby duck feeding tubes in order to make even more of the cognitive paté that Silicon Valley is at pains to proclaim a delicacy. Social media is veal calves being served tasty veal. In the spirit of this thing I won't be editing this paragraph."
web:social-networks  web:blogging 
november 2017 by phnk
LOL Nothing Matters: A defense of the internet’s absence of meaning | New Republic
"The most meaningful experiences I have, the experiences that give me the greatest insight into the operation of culture over time—something over which historians used to hold a monopoly—are the results of database queries."
history  web:social-networks  web:architecture  at_a_loss_for_tags 
october 2017 by phnk
Facebook Doesn't Understand Itself - The Atlantic
"Here, we’re talking about a platform, not a government. Facebook is unconstrained by centuries of interpretations of constitutions and legal precedents. It could do whatever it wanted."
web:social-networks  web:facebook  polisci:state 
may 2017 by phnk
Seven secrets of dating from the experts at OkCupid | Life and style | The Guardian
"The sharp increase at the right smashes down the rest of the curve, so its true nature is a bit obscured, but from the lowest percentile up, this is roughly an exponential function. That is, it obeys the same maths seismologists use to measure the energy released by earthquakes: beauty operates on a Richter scale."

~ hmm… we'd need the data to make sure it's a exponential function, right?
web:social-networks  data 
september 2014 by phnk
Online and social media data as a flawed continuous panel survey - Microsoft Research
"There is a large body of research on utilizing online activity to predict various real world outcomes, ranging from outbreaks of influenza to outcomes of elections. There is considerably less work, however, on using this data to understand topic-specific interest and opinion amongst the general population and specific demographic subgroups, as currently measured by relatively expensive surveys. Here we investigate this possibility by studying a full census of all Twitter activity during the 2012 election cycle along with comprehensive search history of a large panel of internet users during the same period, highlighting the challenges in interpreting online and social media activity as the results of a survey. As noted in existing work, the online population is a non-representative sample of the offline world (e.g., the U.S. voting population). We extend this work to show how demographic skew and user participation is non-stationary and unpredictable over time. In addition, the nature of user contributions varies wildly around important events. Finally, we note subtle problems in mapping what people are sharing or consuming online to specific sentiment or opinion measures around a particular topic. These issues must be addressed before meaningful insight about public interest and opinion can be reliably extracted from online and social media data."
web:social-networks  stats:surveys  web:twitter 
june 2014 by phnk

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