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■ Enough! We Should Nationalize Big Data Now

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.
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Ref: Reddit
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.
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‘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.

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2018/04/08/apple-co-founder-steve-wozniak-says-hes-leaving-facebook/497392002/
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http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43797128
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The undercover author who discovered Amazon warehouse workers were peeing in bottles tells us the culture was like a prison


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Facebook to exclude North American users from some privacy enhancements


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https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/08/cubeyou-cambridge-like-app-collected-data-on-millions-from-facebook.html
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https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-employees-quitting-whatsapp-instagram-cambridge-analytica-report-2018-4?r=US&IR=T
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https://www.primonutmeg.com/single-post/2018/04/08/Facebook-has-violated-our-community-standards
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https://nypost.com/2018/04/16/facebook-must-face-class-action-over-facial-recognition-judge/
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https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/04/facebook-most-people-could-have-had-their-public-profile-scraped.html
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https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/apr/09/youtube-illegally-collects-data-on-children-say-child-protection-groups
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2nd Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says apps and quizzes like ‘Sex Compass’ gathered data from way more than 87 million Facebook users


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Facebook is a tyranny – and our government isn’t built to stop it

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.

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Bigger Than Cambridge Analytica? Court Documents: Facebook Turned Over Bulk Data On Possibly Millions Of Americans To US Government Without A Warrant

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.

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Facebook Is Profiting From Illegal Wildlife Traffickers

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.

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https://www.vox.com/2018/4/10/17220290/mark-zuckerberg-facemash-testimony

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.

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It’s time to rebuild the web

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?

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Undercover author finds Amazon warehouse workers in UK ‘peed in bottles’ over fears of being punished for taking a break

* 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.

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Instagram ranked worst social network for young people’s mental health

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.

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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.

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EXCLUSIVE: Robert Mercer backed a secretive group that worked with Facebook, Google to target anti-Muslim ads at swing voters

Recommended!

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.

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Facebook asked hospitals to share patient data (5 april 2018)

Under the category – WHAT THE FLYING FUCK????

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Google workers demand end to company’s involvement in drone murder

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.

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Facebook’s Russia problem won’t go away.

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.”

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Facebook among 30 organisations in UK political data inquiry

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.”

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Facebook Blames a ‘Bug’ for Not Deleting Your Seemingly Deleted Videos

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.

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