"Only" 270k people participated in a #Facebook survey, but since it also provided access to friends, Cambridge Analytica ended up with 50 million raw profiles.
FB then decides to do something about it... a good few years after the damage is done.
Buuut they do it while threatening to sue The Guardian for calling it a breach. One can only assume it was working as intended.
Elaborating: I expect @Mastodon is going to raise the barrier of entry for astroturfing beyond what's practical and economically viable.
Where do you go to pretend "you're one of the gang" when the gang doesn't gather in one place?
How do you game the promotional algorithms when there is no algorithm there for you to game, no "trending tag" to piggyback on?
Astroturfing will soon go the way of the soap-sponsored variety show.
The future is communities and soon enough you won't be able to astroturf that.
Anybody knows how to turn it off? I have location history off, but can't find the setting for Location Reporting mentioned here:
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There were a a few dozen startups there. The vast majority were consumer apps, teams saying they were going to build a consumer app, or (guess?) companies offering to build apps for you.
The low hanging fruit's gone. You should be focusing on tech, plumbing, the hard to replicate things.
Interviewer: “Are you familiar with cryptokitties, Ed?”
Snowden, after a pause, drawls out a deadpan: “... yeah”
Hardball questions, y’all.
Some personal thoughts from the #Blockstack event follow.
First, the internet doesn’t strip us of #privacy. It only makes it easy for you to broadcast your naked self, without any second thought, to be globally mirrored to CDNs for all eternity.
If we want more privacy, we need to make it easier for people to be translucent than transparent, make what we think is right the trivial option.
Dissecting the hypermodern entities of our economically fluid times, where you can just cobble together a "supply cloud" and brandswarm people on Instagram: