What is this?
I was maintaining a section at scoop.it, on the topic of criticism of big data, facebook, google, amazon, microsoft, apple (etc. etc.), absurd disparity in these fields and abuse of resources and human rights in this field. I will close that scoop.it down and over vthe next months transfer all links to this blog section/page here.
What exactly is going on in the controversy with Facebook?
Hey – let me try to catch you up! It’s about the way the company handles/protects people’s personal data, including all your activity on Facebook, your pictures/location tags, all that stuff. In my view, people are waking up to what they should have known for years: that your data on social media sites really isn’t being protected. As the saying goes, if you’re being offered a service for free, you’re probably paying for it in some other way. So, the news that began all this was that a political consulting firm called Cambridge Analytica gained access to the personal data of ~50 million Facebook users (Zuckerberg now says it could be more like 87 million). The vast, vast majority of these people did not consent to their data being shared with the firm. And the story is driving headlines for days on end because Cambridge Analytica worked with the Trump campaign, so it’s big politics news as well. In all likelihood, CA is far from the only firm that harvested people’s data. For years, it appears that Facebook allowed third-party firms to “scrape” massive amounts of user data to use for their own purposes. Again, I don’t think people should be as surprised as they are, but this is the “dark underbelly” of our tech-enabled life. Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, etc have massive amounts of data on our lives, and they each use that data in various ways to profit. There are very few restrictions on what they can do with it, who they can sell it to, etc. Contrast with Europe, which has much stricter laws on this stuff. Zuckerberg has come out and said his company has made “mistakes” in not addressing privacy/security of user data, but I think the reality is they just didn’t see it as a problem for a long time. He’s going to testify before Congress about all of this stuff pretty soon.
So I think moving forward we’re going to see more stories about private companies scraping huge amounts of user data and using them for various purposes, and we’re gonna see more commitments by Facebook to secure user data — because otherwise the whole #DeleteFacebook thing will just grow, I think.
‘No Company Is So Important Its Existence Justifies Setting Up a Police State’
Over the last few months, Select All has interviewed more than a dozen prominent technology figures about what has gone wrong with the contemporary internet for a project called “The Internet Apologizes.” We’re now publishing lengthier transcripts of each individual interview. This interview features Richard Stallman, an activist and legendary programmer who developed the foundational and widely used software Emacs and GNU. He is a recipient of the MacArthur “genius” grant and is currently president of the Free Software Foundation.
SAN FRANCISCO — Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told USA TODAY he’s leaving Facebook out of growing concern for the carelessness with which Facebook and other Internet companies treat the private information of users. “Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and … Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this,” he said in an email to USA TODAY. “The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back.”
Adam Schrader arrived for his secret job at Facebook one Friday morning in late August 2016 without realizing that his hours there were numbered. After taking the elevator to the seventh floor of the social media giant’s gleaming office in lower Manhattan, the former Dallas Morning News community publication editor strode by inspirational posters, white desks and then by TVs that blared the latest news from the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Samantha Bee finds Facebook’s privacy policies disgusting. On Thursday’s Full Frontal, the host compared Mark Zuckerberg’s company to a flesh-eating monster. While it’s capable of “amazing things,” she said, “you can’t be surprised when a human skin-eating robot starts skinning people. That’s what you built it to do!” Bee summarized Facebook’s recent controversy regarding privacy breaches that Zuckerberg to testified on before the Senate last month. “It reads Facebook messages; if you have an Android, it can save your call and text data,” she said. “Even if you’ve never used Facebook, you may still have a ‘shadow profile’ that they created based on information your friends unknowingly shared. ‘Shadow Profile’ is also the name of my tasteful independent Cinemax movie.”
EVEN your selfies and brunch photos aren’t safe from the long arm of Facebook, it was revealed overnight, as the tech giant admitted it had taken billions of photos from Instagram accounts around the world to boost its own research. More than 3.5 billion photographs were harvested from the photo-sharing platform without users’ knowledge, chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer told the audience at the company’s annual developers’ conference F8, revealing they had been used to enhance the company’s artificial intelligence technology.
Facebook is facing a class action lawsuit over the revelations that it logged text messages and phone calls via its smartphone apps. In the lawsuit filed in Facebook’s home of the northern district of California, the primary plaintiff, John Condelles III, states that the social network’s actions “presents several wrongs, including a consumer bait-and-switch, an invasion of privacy, wrongful monitoring of minors and potential attacks on privileged communications” such as those between doctor and patient. Facebook collected the logs of text messages and calls, including the recipients and duration of the communications, through its apps for Android including Messenger when users opted into being able to send SMS from the app or give access to their contact lists.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has slapped down a union-backed activist group’s call for a felony prosecution of Amazon over the company’s threat to dial back job expansion in Seattle amid the city’s debate over a head tax on large businesses. Working Washington, a Seattle-based activist group, had publicly asked Ferguson in an open letter to charge Amazon with the crime of “intimidating a public servant” – a class B felony under state law. The group is supporting the head-tax plan backed by five City Council members to raise an estimated $75 million a year for housing and services aimed at the homelessness crisis.
From microchip implants to wristband trackers and sensors that can detect fatigue and depression, new technology is enabling employers to watch staff in more and more intrusive ways. How worried should we be?
Facebook has been taking a lot of flak of late, with the revelations that Russian entities used the social media platform to sow discord and spread misinformation. But it turns out that’s not the only way Mark Zuckerberg’s ubiquitous creation may be harming our democracy. A new study reports the more time people spend reading and sharing news items on Facebook, the poorer they did on a simple test of foundational facts about our system of government and its key players.
Facebook has started asking European and Canadian users to let it use facial recognition technology to identify them in photos and videos. Facebook originally began face-matching users outside Canada in 2011, but stopped doing so for EU citizens the following year after protests from regulators and privacy campaigners. The new request is one of several opt-in permissions being rolled out in advance of a new data privacy law. The move is likely to be controversial. The company is currently embroiled in a privacy scandal related to the use of its members’ personal information by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.
* The author who found that Amazon warehouse staff members were peeing in bottles for fear of punishment for missing productivity targets says the working culture there was like a “prison.”
* James Bloodworth worked undercover in 2016 at an Amazon warehouse in the UK to do research for a book on low-paying jobs in Britain.
* He described to Business Insider how he had been collecting items as a “picker” when he came across a bottle of urine on the shelf.
* Bloodworth also said workers didn’t have enough time for a proper lunch break and were often penalized for taking sick days.
* Amazon pushed back on Bloodworth’s descriptions, saying that workers could use the toilet whenever they needed and that they were not monitored.
There’s no way to sugarcoat this message: Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg believes North America users of his platform deserve a lower data protection standard than people everywhere else in the world. In a phone interview with Reuters yesterday Mark Zuckerberg declined to commit to universally implementing changes to the platform that are necessary to comply with the European Union’s incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Rather, he said the company was working on a version of the law that would bring some European privacy guarantees worldwide — declining to specify to the reporter which parts of the law would not extend worldwide.
Facebook is suspending a data analytics firm called CubeYou from the platform after CNBC notified the company that CubeYou was collecting information about users through quizzes. Facebook told CNBC that one earlier CubeYou app was approved for academic research only, and is investigating whether the company improperly misused information from this app for marketing purposes. The scenario is eerily similar to how Cambridge Analytica received unauthorized access to data from as many as 87 million Facebook user accounts to target political marketing. CubeYou has denied the apps were mislabeled or misused, and is seeking to be reinstated.
2nd Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says apps and quizzes like ‘Sex Compass’ gathered data from way more than 87 million Facebook users
The data from as many as 87 million Facebook accounts obtained by Cambridge Analytica in a massive data breach was probably just the tip of the iceberg. That’s according to the written testimony that Brittany Kaiser, Cambridge Analytica’s former business development director, gave on Tuesday to the UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee. She told British lawmakers conducting an inquiry into fake news and the Facebook data scandal that Cambridge Analytica used numerous Facebook-linked questionnaires to gather data.
Last week, Senator Dick Durbin asked: “Mr Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?” – The Facebook CEO froze and then answered: “No.” – “If you’ve messaged anyone this week, would you share with us the names of the people you’ve messaged?” – Zuckerberg responded in the negative. The questioning drives home the alarming truth about Facebook and other tech giant’s surveillance of billions globally. – Facebook tracks us, and not just the things we’ve shared with our friends. If we use Facebook’s Messenger service, we may have allowed it to access all our contacts, including the names and phone numbers of our doctors, children, favorite pizza delivery services, clients, and . It tracks all of the dates, times, devices, IP addresses, and browser information from every time we’ve visited Facebook; a history of the conversations we’ve had on Facebook Chat and messages in our private inboxes; and of course, every ad we’ve clicked or article we’ve viewed.
If you thought Cambridge Analytica was something, wait till you see what Facebook did concerning millions of Americans’ information with regards to the Oregon protest which was a consequence of the attacks by the federal government on the Hammond ranching family and the Bundy Ranch standoff.
Facebook has been making a profit by selling ads on pages that are operated by illegal wildlife traffickers. The pages sell the body parts of endangered animals, according to a complaint filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). That’s right, Facebook has allegedly been making money off of the sellers of items like elephant ivory, rhino horns and tiger teeth — in fact, an Associated Press article included a screen grab of a Facebook group page displaying buckets full of the teeth.
Fifteen years ago, Harvard’s Ad Board faced a bright kid who seemed well-meaning despite a serious fuck-up. Today, Congress faces a billionaire corporate titan whose recklessness has dire consequences for the lives of millions of people around the world. It’s time for real responsibility.
Anil Dash’s “The Missing Building Blocks of the Web” is an excellent article about the web as it was supposed to be, using technologies that exist but have been neglected or abandoned. It’s not his first take on the technologies the web has lost, or on the possibility of rebuilding the web, and I hope it’s not his last. And we have to ask ourselves what would happen if we brought back those technologies: would we have a web that’s more humane and better suited to the future we want to build?
* An undercover author told The Sun that workers at an Amazon warehouse in the UK “peed in bottles” because they were scared walking to a bathroom would cause them to miss targets.
The author, James Bloodworth, found that staff members feared being disciplined for “idle time.”
* A separate survey of Amazon workers released Monday found that some workers who reported feeling sick – even through pregnancy – said they were penalized for not turning up or taking breaks.
* Amazon said it didn’t recognize the allegations as an accurate portrayal of its warehouse working conditions.
* The company disputed the survey findings and said it didn’t time toilet breaks.
Jeff Bezors, yet another psychopath corporate slumdog.
Instagram is the worst social media site in terms of its impact on the mental health of young people, a report has suggested. The #StatusofMind survey found the photo-sharing app negatively impacted on people’s body image, sleep and fear of missing out.
Facebook’s Tracking Of Non-Users Sparks Broader Privacy Concerns
This guy is a psychopath. SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Concern about Facebook Inc’s respect for data privacy is widening to include the information it collects about non-users, after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the world’s largest social network tracks people whether they have accounts or not. Privacy concerns have swamped Facebook since it acknowledged last month that information about millions of users wrongly ended up in the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, a firm that has counted U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 electoral campaign among its clients. Zuckerberg said on Wednesday under questioning by U.S. Representative Ben Luján that, for security reasons, Facebook also collects “data of people who have not signed up for Facebook.” Lawmakers and privacy advocates immediately protested the practice, with many saying Facebook needed to develop a way for non-users to find out what the company knows about them.
As the final weeks of the 2016 elections ticked down, voters in swing states like Nevada and North Carolina began seeing eerie promotional travel ads as they scrolled through their Facebook feeds or clicked through Google sites. In one, a woman with a French accent cheerfully welcomes visitors to the “Islamic State of France,” where “under Sharia law, you can enjoy everything the Islamic State of France has to offer, as long as you follow the rules.” The video has a Man in the High Tower feel. Iconic French tourist sites are both familiar and transformed — the Eiffel Tower is capped with a star and crescent and the spires of the Notre Dame are replaced with the domed qubba of a mosque.
Facebook asked hospitals to share patient data (5 april 2018)
Under the category – WHAT THE FLYING FUCK????
Revelations last month that Google was designing software for the US military’s illegal drone warfare program have sparked outrage among employees. More than 3,000 Google workers have signed a letter to executives demanding that it end its involvement with the Pentagon. The program, known as “Project Maven,” involves the use of artificial intelligence systems to analyze drone footage, potentially assisting the Pentagon in identifying targets for drone assassinations, which have led to the deaths of tens of thousands of people, most of them bystanders, across the Middle East and North Africa. Google’s involvement in the program was reported by Gizmodo last month.
Hundreds more accounts purged on the social network.
“The good news is that Facebook is gaining more and better detection of Russian influence operations,” said Clint Watts, a disinformation expert and senior fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University. “The bad news is this shows that Russia is still conducting influence operations on social media, hurting their platforms. It will be a persistent problem now and in the future, not one limited to the presidential election of 2016.”
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office is investigating 30 organisations, including Facebook, as part of its inquiry into the use of personal data and analytics for political purposes. The information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, said: “As part of my investigation into the use of personal data and analytics by political campaigns, parties, social media companies and other commercial actors, the ICO is investigating 30 organisations, including Facebook. “The ICO is looking at how data was collected from a third-party app on Facebook and shared with Cambridge Analytica. We are also conducting a broader investigation into how social media platforms were used in political campaigning.”
Did you ever record a video on Facebook to post directly to your friend’s wall, only to discard the take and film a new version? You may have thought those embarrassing draft versions were deleted, but Facebook kept a copy. The company is blaming it on a “bug” and swears that it’s going to delete those discarded videos now. They pinkie promise this time. Yeah right.