I Got My File From Clearview AI, and It Freaked Me Out. Facebook may have experimented with controlling your emotions without telling you. By David FergusonSaturday, June 28, 2014 11:32 EDT Researchers at Facebook ran an experiment on nearly 700,000 randomly chosen users to see if their overall emotional state could be manipulated by the types of posts they see in their feeds.
Think Progress reported on a scientific paper published on Friday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) entitled “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks” in which the researchers concluded that it is not just possible but very easy to drive emotional responses in users by controlling the content that they see. GCHQ has tools to manipulate online information, leaked documents show. The Logic of Surveillance Capitalism. This post was originally published on Philosophical Disquisitions.
You have probably noticed it already. There is a strange logic at the heart of the modern tech industry. The goal of many new tech startups is not to produce products or services for which consumers are willing to pay. How your phone tracks your every move. Updated Introduction As we move through the modern world many of our actions leave behind an electronic footprint; who collects that data and what they do with it have become critical questions for modern society.
Privacy Advocates Warn of Potential Surveillance Through Listening Devices Like Amazon Echo, Google Home. This is a rush transcript.
Copy may not be in its final form. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: If you received one of those home digital assistants, like Amazon Echo or Google Home, over the holidays, you might want to listen closely. Privacy experts are keeping a close watch on the case of a Bentonville, Arkansas, man who was charged with murder after prosecutors obtained a warrant to receive data from his Amazon Echo, a voice-activated device that’s always listening and often recording.
Your mobile phone can give away your location, even if you tell it not to. U.S. military officials were recently caught off guard by revelations that servicemembers’ digital fitness trackers were storing the locations of their workouts – including at or near military bases and clandestine sites around the world.
But this threat is not limited to Fitbits and similar devices. My group’s recent research has shown how mobile phones can also track their users through stores and cities and around the world – even when users turn off their phones’ location-tracking services. The vulnerability comes from the wide range of sensors phones are equipped with – not just GPS and communications interfaces, but gyroscopes and accelerometers that can tell whether a phone is being held upright or on its side and can measure other movements too. Apps on the phone can use those sensors to perform tasks users aren’t expecting – like following a user’s movements turn by turn along city streets. Making assumptions about attacks Monitoring on the go Identifying a location.
Trump-linked firm Cambridge Analytica collected personal information from 50 million Facebook users without permission. Cambridge Analytica Is Far Bigger Than Trump - The New Bombshell Report, Explained. Channel 4 is a publicly owned broadcast network in the United Kingdom, and they produced an astonishing investigation into the shadows of Cambridge Analytica (henceforth known as “CA”)—a large data firm that helped the Trump campaign and others across the globe win elections using a strategy tailor-made for the digital age.
This story is partially about Trump, but it’s far bigger than one president in one country. Ted Cruz was the first Republican to hire CA, and the firm shifted their allegiance to Trump once Cruz dropped out of the GOP primary. They represent a small sliver of CA’s clients. The Channel 4 investigation is being released in three parts. The first hit last Friday, the second dropped yesterday, and a third will be coming later today (we will update this post when it gets released). Part One It seemingly began with a whistleblower named Chris Wylie, who was the former Research Director at CA.
Wylie replied, “he wanted weapons for his culture war. Propaganda Machine: The military roots of Cambridge Analytica’s psychological manipulation of voters. Surveillance capitalism. The connection and monitoring of online social spaces captured and exploited by corporate actors for profit Surveillance capitalism has a number of meanings around the commodification of personal information.
Since 2014, social psychologist Shoshana Zuboff has used and popularized the term. Background Economic pressures of capitalism are driving the intensification of connection and monitoring online with spaces of social life becoming open to saturation by corporate actors, directed at the making of profit and/or the regulation of action. Relevantly, Turow writes that "centrality of corporate power is a direct reality at the very heart of the digital age".:17 Capitalism has become focused on expanding the proportion of social life that is open to data collection and data processing. This may come with significant implications for vulnerability and control of society as well as for privacy.
Theory Shoshana Zuboff Key features Analysis The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff review – we are the pawns. The alarm beside your bed rings, triggered by an event in your calendar.
The smart thermostat in your bedroom, sensing your motion, turns on the hot water and reports your movements to a central database. News updates ping your phone, with your daily decision whether to click on them or not carefully monitored, and parameters adjusted accordingly. SurveillanceCapitalism – Digital Manipulation is Fracturing Democracy. Ten weird tricks for resisting surveillance capitalism in and through the classroom . . . next term! – erin rose glass. (Cross-posted on HASTAC) Greetings, educators!
Are you watching in sheer terror as BigTech’s four horsemen Surveillance, Exploitation, Manipulation, and Cataclysmic Hubris gallop wildly down the information superhighway, downloading their user-friendly death and destruction as far as the eye can see?