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‘How the internet controls you’

“The online world is populated by several billion mostly passive addicts of devices, apps and services created by a handful of corporate giants. Prying governments and giant companies have acquired the capacity to surveil our every move, both on the internet and, now that so many devices have built-in GPS, in the real world too.”

prospectmagazine.co.uk/science

On our radar: forum.ind.ie/t/how-the-interne

‘It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech’

“By this point, we’ve already seen enough to recognize that the core business model underlying the Big Tech platforms—harvesting attention with a massive surveillance infrastructure to allow for targeted, mostly automated advertising at very large scale—is far too compatible with authoritarianism, propaganda, misinformation, and polarization.”

wired.com/story/free-speech-is

On our radar: forum.ind.ie/t/its-the-democra

‘Don’t Fuck Anybody Who Wants to Get Your Consent Uploaded to the Blockchain’

A good explanation of what blockchain is, and why (obviously!) obtaining consent via an app and recording it via blockchain is an awful idea.

motherboard.vice.com/en_us/art

On our radar: forum.ind.ie/t/don-t-have-sex-

‘Amazon turns over record amount of customer data to US authorities’

“The company's transparency reports do not take into account any other data-related business units, such as if authorities have obtained data wiretapped or submitted through its Amazon's Echo products.”

zdnet.com/article/amazon-turns

On our radar: forum.ind.ie/t/amazon-turns-ov

‘“Black Mirror” Reveals Our Fear of Robots and Algorithms We Can’t Control’

“If the nightmare future depicted in shows like “Black Mirror” can be avoided, it will only come by asserting public oversight of the Silicon Valley companies whose policies are dictating the future shape of our societies — as well as our personal lives.”

theintercept.com/2018/01/07/bl

On our radar: forum.ind.ie/t/black-mirror-re

‘Personal data of a billion Indians sold online for £6, report claims’

“The reported breach is the latest in a series of alleged leaks from the Aadhaar database, which has been collecting the photographs, thumbprints, retina scans and other identifying details of every Indian citizen.”

theguardian.com/world/2018/jan

Our radar: forum.ind.ie/t/personal-data-o

‘“Meltdown” and “Spectre”: Every modern processor has unfixable security flaws’

“Windows, Linux, and macOS have all received security patches that significantly alter how the operating systems handle virtual memory in order to protect against a hitherto undisclosed flaw.”

arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/0

Comment on our radar: forum.ind.ie/t/meltdown-and-sp

‘Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments’

“Just as governments will, these companies will use their censorship power to serve, not to undermine, the world’s most powerful factions.”

theintercept.com/2017/12/30/fa

Comment on our radar: forum.ind.ie/t/facebook-says-i

Hat-tip to JCZ

‘The internet is broken… but the web’s top minds have a plan to fix it’

“Imagine a world where every citizen owns and controls their own place on the internet. This is a space where both your public and your private information is kept.” —Aral Balkan, activist

wired.co.uk/article/is-the-int

Comment on our radar: forum.ind.ie/t/the-internet-is

‘Net neutrality is dead. It’s time to fear Mickey Mouse’

“Net neutrality regulations kept ISPs from the worst possible discriminatory behaviors, including paid prioritization, throttling traffic, and blocking websites or services completely.”

Comment on our radar: forum.ind.ie/t/net-neutrality-

theverge.com/2017/12/14/167762

‘Former Facebook Exec: ‘You Don’t Realize It But You Are Being Programmed’’

“I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.”

“Unintentional.” 👀

gizmodo.com/former-facebook-ex

On our radar: forum.ind.ie/t/former-facebook

‘Google’s true origin partly lies in CIA and NSA research grants for mass surveillance’

“By working with emerging commercial-data companies, their intent was to track like-minded groups of people across the internet and identify them from the digital fingerprints they left behind”

qz.com/1145669/googles-true-or

Comment on our radar: forum.ind.ie/t/google-s-true-o

‘The Blue-Collar Hellscape of the Startup Industry’

“The news of rancorous working conditions for Tesla employees is merely the latest in a series. Vaughn’s case signals the broader social and physical perils of couching traditional factory models within the frenzied, breakneck tech-startup framework of high demand, long hours and antipathy toward regulation.”

inthesetimes.com/working/entry

Comment on our radar: forum.ind.ie/t/the-blue-collar

‘The digital hippies want to integrate life and work – but not in a good way’

“In WeWork’s future, the hastily privatised public space is returned to citizens. However, it comes back as a commercial service provided by a lavishly funded data company, not as a right.”

theguardian.com/commentisfree/

On our radar: forum.ind.ie/t/the-digital-hip

‘When Our Thoughts Are No Longer Our Own’

“Privacy is more than solitude; it’s not simply visual. We sweep through the world trailing clouds of metadata, and, with new and inexpensive tools to store and process it, pictures of our intimacies are being drawn that are not only descriptive, but actually predictive, of how we will behave, given certain inputs.”

nytimes.com/2017/12/04/opinion

Comment on our radar: forum.ind.ie/t/when-our-though

‘We still need human intelligence’

“Imagine a dystopian world where everyone is considered a potential entrepreneur competing to pitch the next disruptive idea in order to survive beyond the subsistence level of a basic income.”

mondediplo.com/outsidein/we-st

Also on our radar: forum.ind.ie/t/we-still-need-h

‘We Can’t Trust Facebook to Regulate Itself’

“I led Facebook’s efforts to fix privacy problems on its developer platform in advance of its 2012 initial public offering. What I saw from the inside was a company that prioritized data collection from its users over protecting them from abuse.”

nytimes.com/2017/11/19/opinion

On our radar: forum.ind.ie/t/we-can-t-trust-

‘Let’s take back control of our data – it’s too precious to leave to the tech giants’

“Almost everything we do – keeping in touch, online shopping, watching television – leaves a data trail. The resulting data-sets feed the opaque algorithms that shape the cyber world we see and interact with. Yet that data concerns our personal information – the most basic tenets of who we are.”

theguardian.com/commentisfree/

Also on our radar: forum.ind.ie/t/let-s-take-back

‘What We Learned from Staring at Social Media Data for a Year’

“Every click and like, even our searches and posts, contribute to a massive corpus of data”

source.opennews.org/articles/w

Comment on our radar: forum.ind.ie/t/what-we-learned

🇪🇺 ‘Good news on the privacy front: no more EU demands for crypto backdoors’

“It was widely feared that protection against backdoors would be dropped in the committee’s vote, but instead it was passed.”

privateinternetaccess.com/blog

On our radar: forum.ind.ie/t/good-news-on-th