The surveillance economy has 67 days to disarm before Trump is sworn in
by: CORY DOCTOROW
The Obama administration asserted the power to raid the massive databases of peoples’ private, sensitive information that ad-based tech companies have assembled; the Trump administration has promised to use Obama’s powers to effect the surveillance and deportation of 11 millions undocumented migrants, and the ongoing, continuous surveillance of people of Muslim heritage.
Companies like Google and Facebook have 67 days to minimize their data collection and retention before Trump is sworn in. That’s 67 days during which they can take a hard, close look at how much of their data they actually need to do their jobs, and how much they’re storing because hard drives are cheap and someone might have a cool idea down the line somewhere.
63 days and counting…
’Facebook fires trending team, and algorithm without humans goes crazy’ – The Guardian
Just months after the discovery that Facebook’s “trending” news module was curated and tweaked by human beings, the company has eliminated its editors and left the algorithm to do its job. The results, so far, are a disaster.
Over the weekend, the fully automated Facebook trending module pushed out a false story about Fox News host Megyn Kelly, a controversial piece about a comedian’s four-letter word attack on rightwing pundit Ann Coulter, and links to an article about a video of a man masturbating with a McDonald’s chicken sandwich.
The dismissal of the trending module team appears to have been a long-term plan at Facebook. A source told the Guardian the trending module was meant to have “learned” from the human editors’ curation decisions and was always meant to eventually reach full automation.
The algorithm knows our true desires.
Teens have a smart reason for abandoning Facebook and Twitter
Just the way this article starts off says it all:
…they’re catching up on the news of the day by checking out their friends’ Stories on Snapchat, chatting in Facebook Messenger or checking in with their friends in a group text. If the time drags, they might switch to Instagram to see what the brands they love are posting, or check in with Twitter for a laugh at some celebrity tweets.
Friends in private spaces, brands on Instagram, celebrities broadcasting (in the all too public) Twitter.
The piece talks about, but probably underestimates personal brand curation, though. Facebook is a big deal, but overemphasized by Olds too much as a personal brand space. Brands, actual corporations, diversify, why can’t users?