Corporate data abuse is being tempered by new European laws. Lobbying in the US prevented similar privacy protections.
Internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T and companies that use their connections, like Facebook and Google, lobbied members of Congress. Congress passed a law this year, signed by President Trump, that not only repealed the protections but also prohibited the F.C.C. from ever again imposing such safeguards. The same coalition of corporate interests succeeded in discouraging California from passing a state privacy law similar to the 2016 F.C.C. requirements.Can Europe Lead on Privacy?
The United States government has a lot of explaining to do. Why is it that American internet companies such as Facebook and Google are required to provide privacy protections when doing business with European consumers but are free to not provide such protections for Americans? Why is it that Americans’ best privacy hope is the secondary effect of interconnected networks rather than privacy protections designed for Americans? Why shouldn’t Americans also be given meaningful tools to protect their privacy?
Techmology ain’t your friend. We need more vigilance over what our lovely new tech toys are doing to us.
There must be better ways to design the tools we need and use. Perhaps the Center for Humane Technology has some ideas.
Silicon Valley is reckoning with having had a bad philosophical operating system. People in tech will say, “You told me, when I asked you what you wanted, that you wanted to go to the gym. That’s what you said. But then I handed you a box of doughnuts and you went for the doughnuts, so that must be what you really wanted.” The Facebook folks, that’s literally what they think. We offer people this other stuff, but then they always go for the outrage, or the autoplaying video, and that must be people’s most true preference.
I think the [traffic] metrics have created this whole illusion that what people are doing is what people want, when it’s really just what works in the moment, in that situation.
Ted Chiang makes an impressive case for AI being an example of runaway capitalism which is the greater threat to humanity.
when Silicon Valley tries to imagine superintelligence, what it comes up with is no-holds-barred capitalism.
we are already surrounded by machines that demonstrate a complete lack of insight, we just call them corporations.
There’s a saying,popularized by Fredric Jameson, that it’s easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism.
Credit agencies created the dangerous data model which regularly hurts consumers. It’s time for them to go. Credit reporting is done successfully in many other countries by a central bank. We need to move to that model.
Credit bureaus have proved to be complete failures at safeguarding the public. Let’s demand we get our data back.
In at least 40 other countries — including Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Spain — credit reporting can be done by a public credit registry. It is usually operated by a central bank that already oversees the financial institutions that feed information into the reports. These reports tend to be more accurate because the operators have a legal right to demand data from banks as well as a mandate to ensure it’s correct and that errors are fixed. Data on late payments and defaults are erased once a consumer has settled up.
Many of these public registries leave out things like medical debt, tax information and personal details like marital status, focusing only on loan amounts. Only about 40 percent of registries collect consumers’ addresses, and two-thirds collect taxpayer IDs — the kind of information leaked in the Equifax breach.
Get Rid of Equifax https://nyti.ms/2jK5SAF
You saw this one coming right?
The Amazon Echo is a perfect way for the government to spy on citizens. Sure, Amazon rejects requests for the data but that doesn’t obviate the two big issues here.
The first is that the audio and data are recorded and kept. If it’s stored, even briefly, then hackers can get it. Especially state actors. The courts may yet force companies to give it up.
The second and larger issue is that we don’t have laws protecting the privacy of our data. We need regulations that keep up with changing technology. We need rules that favor citizens, not companies, and certainly not governements.
Bid for Access to Amazon Echo Audio in Murder Case Raises Privacy Concerns http://nyti.ms/2huPxwl
Whether it’s fake or false or even just a misleading headline, Facebook and other social media are bad news sources for people. Good for profit, but bad for people.
Facebook-as-news-source is inherently broken
Algorithms which select news you will ‘like’ are not the best sources for news.
If you are the kind of person who is inclined to like Donald Trump but also who is inclined to like the pope, the stories that you need to see are the psychologically difficult ones that pick at the tension between your identity as a Republican partisan and your identity as a Catholic.
A news diet overwhelmingly driven by shareability and algorithmic targeting is going to be profoundly misleading whether or not it contains fake news.
Facebook’s fake news problem is way bigger than fake news
The media problem is bigger than just fake news. ‘News’ is no longer always subject to journalistic standards, especially when breaking news spreads through social media. Without journalistic rigor info becomes news and the info may not be correct. Once it’s out there circulating and recirculating the typical reader/viewer’s ability to discern truth from falsehood plummets. Under these circumstances it doesn’t matter if the info was incorrect or if it was intentionally falsified.
At some point in the telephone chain, the story goes from accurate to inaccurate. And the method is the same as the fake news method — maximum outrage, maximum engagement, minimum concern for context and accuracy.
Facebook’s fake news problem is way bigger than fake news