Google employees signed on to an “open letter” demanding the company cease work on a project called Dragonfly, which they say is a search engine that will incorporate Chinese government censorship in its results and provide data to the government that may lead to greater oppression and human rights abuses. Ars Technica reports. Google shut […]
Privacy and Transparency
Internet speeds, quality of jobs and schools, and pet ownership are among the things at risk if residents don’t keep up a good “social credit” score. Plans were announced in 2014 to implement a nationwide system by 2020, but such an ambitious program largely does not exist at present. Beijing will however become the largest […]
That data your doctor uses to see how your sleep apnea machine is helping you? The same data might be shared with your insurance company, and if you’re not using the device as directed, they might refuse to pay for it.
Social media activity is a bellwether for mobilization before an anti-government protest, and U.S. Army-funded research explores how to use real-time social media monitoring to predict future protest activity, according to a paper reviewed by Motherboard. The publication also reviewed official documents and patent applications to paint a broad picture of the effort to predict […]
A secretive scheme that proposes to (literally) codify credibility within a society that inherently lacks any is more likely to undermine public trust that instill it. Few would knowingly risk signing up for such a scheme; unfortunately, by 2020, no one living in the People’s Republic of China—foreign or Chinese—will have a choice.
Mark Zuckerberg’s former personal pollster is out with new numbers showing that around 54 million Americans believe Facebook has a negative impact on society. They rank it slightly better than Marlboro cigarettes, but worse than McDonald’s fast food. Recode has the story: “In the U.S. obviously we’re very focused on election interference, and in the […]
The “terms and conditions” reckoning is coming, Bloomberg Business reports. New European Union privacy rules go into effect in May. They require among other things much less opaque end user agreements. This combined with the backlash against Facebook for the misuse of data by Cambridge Analytica and some recent, specific actions by companies like Paypal […]
Your cell phone provider is probably selling access to your real-time location, Fast Company reports. That’s the takeaway from a still-developing story that all started when a former police sheriff used a cellphone-locating service meant to track prisoners to find people who aren’t inmates—according to a chilling report in the New York Times. His alleged targets included a […]
In Fight the Future, the book, a character’s precise location at a precise moment in time can be discerned from a social media post. This happens fourteen years in the future, but it doesn’t have to. Lifehacker reports: By uploading a photo to Facebook, you’re sharing where and when you took the photo, what kind […]