Tag: data

The Messy Reality of Algorithmic Culture

danah boyd argues that we need to develop more sophisticated ways of thinking about technology before jumping to hype and fear. Data-driven and algorithmic systems increasingly underpin many decision-making systems, shaping where law enforcement are stationed and what news you are shown on social media. The design of these systems is inscribed with organizational and…

Think You’re Discreet Online? Think Again

Zeynep Tufekci talking about the digital residue we leave behind as we use digital tools and spaces. There is the narrative that “as long as you’re careful online” you’ll be okay. As Tufekci indicates, there is no longer any chance of “opting out” of challenges in these spaces. Because of technological advances and the sheer…

Facebook sucks for privacy, but how good are advertisers at targeting me?

A lot has been recently said about Facebook’s disregard for user’s data privacy. This is as stories are routinely coming out about their business model of collecting user information, and selling this off to advertisers and worse. To test out the value of this collected information, Preetish Panda gathered his dataset from Facebook, and analyzed using…

Want to own your data? Start by owning your identity

The map of our identity is often linked to physical and digital artifacts. We not only have birth certificates, and ID cards…we also have digital proof of identity. In digital spaces, we often have multiple identities that we need to create, and attend to. Since the advent of the internet, the need to create identities has…

A visual story behind words on the web

A visual story behind words on the web (Rajeev Dixit – Hackernoon – Medium)

The steps and data visualization that may be used to analyze and make sense of the data available online.

Every day a large amount of content is being generated continuously on the internet. There are numerous blog posts, social media posts, reviews, ratings, comments, websites, images and videos about people, products, companies, regions, countries etc. This large content generated, targeted and consumed every day, affects public perception. In turn, it can strongly influence entities…

Hey mom, did you see this? Camps are using facial recognition, latest use of controversial tech

Hey mom, did you see this? Camps are using facial recognition, latest use of controversial tech (USA TODAY)

More than 100 summer camps have added a high-tech solution feature are using facial recognition technology to help parents catch a glimpse of their kids when they’re away at camp, a convenience that also raises privacy concerns over the increasing reach of surveillance in society.

More than 100 summer camps are using facial recognition technology to help parents catch a glimpse of their kids when they’re away at camp, a convenience that also raises privacy concerns over the increasing reach of surveillance in society. I first encountered this technology at a recent road race. I’ll have a post on my questions/concerns soon. Venture…

The History of the Secret NSA-AT&T Buildings Across the Country

The History of the Secret NSA-AT&T Buildings Across the Country (Observer)

NSA’s partnership with AT&T is perfectly normal and legal.

From The Observer: Yesterday’s alleged bombshell, “The Wiretap Rooms: The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities,” was trademark. Based on top-secret documents stolen by Snowden when he worked as an IT contractor for the agency, this incredibly verbose exposé reveals that NSA has partnered with private telecommunications firms for decades to accomplish its mission: the…

The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities

The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities (The Intercept)

These fortress-like AT&T buildings are central to a secret NSA program that has monitored billions of communications, documents and sources reveal.

From The Intercept: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. In each of these cities, The Intercept has identified an AT&T facility containing networking equipment that transports large quantities of internet traffic across the United States and the world. A body of evidence – including classified NSA documents,…

Why We Need the #IndieWeb: A Short History

Why We Need the #IndieWeb: A Short History (Desert of My Real Life)

Back in 1993, as a young computer science graduate student, I created my first web page. To do so, I had to learn a new language, HyperText Markup Language (html), which was pretty easy for me as someone who had been programming in Cobol, PL/I, C, Basic, and so on, since high school. My web pages co…

Great post from Cathie LeBlanc on her IndieWeb journey. We build professional networks of people we’ve never met in real life entirely through our and their use of these social media platforms. We talk about managing our digital identity even when that identity exists exclusively on these sites that are owned by large corporations like…

Mark Zuckerberg Has a Message: Facebook Cares About Your Privacy. Really.

Mark Zuckerberg Has a Message: Facebook Cares About Your Privacy. Really. by Sheera Frenkel (nytimes.com)

Before the start of Facebook’s annual developer conference, the company’s chief executive unveiled a new privacy control that lets people clear their history on the social network.

Facebook released a blog post today to announce their new plans to give you greater control over your privacy. The company has been emphasizing the importance of people’s privacy on the social network for the past several weeks, since an uproar erupted in March over how the consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly harvested the information of…