Archive for the ‘Big Brother’ Category

Zuckerberg Promises Privacy. Don’t Be Fooled.

2019/03/08

(The Intercept) – Sam Biddle:

Facebook inhabits a world in which it is constantly screamed at, with good reason, for being a contributor to the world’s worsening state. Writing a vague blog post, however, is far easier than completely restructuring the way your enormous corporation does business and reckoning with the damage it’s caused.

It doesn’t help that Zuckerberg’s post is completely absent of details beyond a plan to implement these encryption changes “over the next few years” — which is particularly silly considering Facebook has yet to implement privacy features promised in the wake of its previous mega-scandals. …

theintercept 2019/03/06 facebook

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Shoshana Zuboff on Parasitic Surveillance Capitalism

2019/02/03

(The Intercept) – Sam Biddle:

Tech’s privacy scandals, which seem to appear with increasing frequency both in private industry and in government, aren’t isolated incidents, but rather brief glimpses at an economic and social logic that’s overtaken the planet while we were enjoying Gmail and Instagram. The cliched refrain that if you’re “not paying for a product, you are the product”? Too weak, says Shoshana Zuboff. You’re not technically the product, she explains over the course of several hundred tense pages, because you’re something even more degrading: an input for the real product, predictions about your future sold to the highest bidder so that this future can be altered. “Digital connection is now a means to others’ commercial ends,” writes Zuboff. “At its core, surveillance capitalism is parasitic and self-referential. It revives Karl Marx’s old image of capitalism as a vampire that feeds on labor, but with an unexpected turn. Instead of labor, surveillance capitalism feeds on every aspect of every human’s experience.” …

theintercept 2019/02/02 surveillance-capitalism

Shoshana Zuboff: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

Surveillance Capitalism

2019/01/21

(Guardian Tech) – John Naughton:

Shoshana Zuboff’s new book is a chilling exposé of the business model that underpins the digital world. Observer tech columnist John Naughton explains the importance of Zuboff’s work and asks the author 10 key questions. …

theguardian 2019/jan/20 surveillance-capitalism

Shoshana Zuboff: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

Users Don’t Know How Facebook Works

2019/01/17

(Atlantic Tech) – Alexis C. Madrigal:

Pew researchers called up Americans and asked them if they knew about the list of “traits and interests” that Facebook keeps for almost all active users. The company provides users easy access to it—you can see your own list here—yet 74 percent of respondents to the survey said they did not know about the list’s existence.

Facebook has 242 million North American users, and if 50 percent of them would feel uncomfortable with Facebook’s core business practice, then that’s a lot of potentially angry people.

And if that’s the case, just wait until they find out how location data is used or how custom audiences work, or that any company that has lured you to its website or collected your email somehow can retarget you with ads. …

theatlantic 2019/01 facebook-users

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Facebook: Delay, Deny and Deflect

2018/11/27

(NYTimes Tech) – Sheera Frenkel e.a.:

Facebook has gone on the attack as one scandal after another — Russian meddling, data sharing, hate speech — has led to a congressional and consumer backlash. …

nytimes 2018/11/14 facebook

Facebook over Capitol

Hacking and Propaganda

2018/10/08

(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

Your computer is a free-fire zone. It has been since the mid 1990s, when the NSA was told “no” on the Clipper chip and decided to come up with its own Plan B, C, D, and E. Then, the CIA came up with theirs. Etc. There are probably so many backdoors in our systems that it’s a miracle it works at all.

With backdoors in the BIOS, backdoors on the CPU, and wireless cellular-spectrum backdoors, there are probably backdoors in the GPUs and the physical network controllers, as well. Maybe the backdoors in the GPU come from the GRU and maybe the backdoors in the hard drives come from NSA, but who cares? The upshot is that all of our systems are so heinously compromised that they can only be considered marginally reliable. It is, literally, not your computer: it’s theirs. …

stderr 2018/10/06 hacking-and-propaganda

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Some Thoughts on #Blackkklansman

2018/09/04

(Twitter @BootsRiley) – Boots Riley:

First, Blackkklansman is not a true story. It’s a made up story in which the false parts of it try to make a cop the protagonist in the fight against racist oppression. …

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Boots Riley: Some Thoughts on #Blackkklansman

Unlocking Encrypted Phones

2018/04/29

(ZDNet) – Zack Whittaker:

It’s 2018, and we’re still talking about cryptographic backdoors. It’s the bad idea that just won’t die.

But don’t worry: Ray Ozzie, a former Microsoft executive thinks he can beat a dead horse with a not-so-new idea that took about a day for everyone else to rip apart. …

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Henri Vidal: Caïn (Facepalm)

All the Data Facebook And Google Have On You

2018/03/29

(Guardian Comments) – Dylan Curran:

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look. …

theguardian 2018/mar/28 all-the-data

Facebook data on Dylan Curran

The Facebook Grand Illusion

2018/03/27

(Guardian Tech) – Olivia Solon:

Dumb fucks.” That’s how Mark Zuckerberg described users of Facebook for trusting him with their personal data back in 2004. If the last week is anything to go by, he was right.

Since the Observer reported that the personal data of about 50 million Americans had been harvested from Facebook and improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, it has become increasingly apparent that the social network has been far more lax with its data sharing practices than many users realised. …

theguardian 2018/mar/24 cambridge-analytica

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