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Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution For the Web | WebKit
A typical website is made of numerous components coming from a wide variety of sources. Many of the sources that make up a website are opaque to the user, and some third-party resources are designed to identify and track users as they browse the web, often in order to retarget ads and measure ad campaign effectiveness.

The combination of third-party web tracking and ad campaign measurement has led many to conflate web privacy with a web free of advertisements. We think that’s a misunderstanding. Online ads and measurement of their effectiveness do not require Site A, where you clicked an ad, to learn that you purchased something on Site B. The only data needed for measurement is that someone who clicked an ad on Site A made a purchase on Site B.

Today we are presenting a new technology to allow attribution of ad clicks on the web while preserving user privacy.
webkit  privacy  adtech  security 
yesterday by Hwinkler
What happened when I met my Islamophobic troll | News | The Guardian
Mike’s explanation for this was that people were coming to YouTube to find out “the truth” about immigration and Islam in their country. “You can listen to a video when you’re at work, on your way home, you don’t have to read anything – that’s one reason we are more effective at spreading our message than lefty newspapers,” Mike explained. He also argued that YouTube was more transparent than other forms of media, because “you can’t lie when you’re making a video”. Mike did admit tha...
press_column  adtech  islam  race/immigrants 
yesterday by seatrout
Far-right Facebook groups 'spreading hate to millions in Europe' | World news | The Guardian
the group reported more than 500 suspect groups and Facebook pages operating across France, Germany, Italy, the UK, Poland and Spain. Most were either spreading fake news or using false pages and profiles to artificially boost the content of parties or sites they supported, in violation of Facebook’s rules.

The networks were far more popular than the official pages of far-right and anti-EU populist groups in those countries. The pages taken down by Facebook so far had been viewed half a billion times, Avaaz estimated.

culture_of_online_life  adtech  politics  neofash 
3 days ago by seatrout
What Game of Thrones can teach us about technology: It's changing the game that matters, not picking the winner - - Mail
There were at least 20 trackers on the New York Times website where my op-ed lamenting the lack of options to escape ubiquitous surveillance in our world was published. What more is there to say?

By all means, let’s recycle and bike or walk to work (if that’s an option for you) and all that. But this is not a game we can win, and that’s what I had found striking in the beginning about the Game of Thrones. There is no winning that game, either. The only hope is to change the whole board, not just argue over which character should sit at the throne. And that's the story we need to understand, and unlike a TV show where we can only gripe about from our
adtech  surveillance 
5 days ago by seatrout
In gang-ravaged Brazil, evangelical pastors save lives and souls with YouTube conversions - The Washington Post
As gang wars drive Brazil’s homicide rate to historic highs, evangelical pastors — long revered in the nation’s slums and prisons — have come up with a new way to protect members looking for a way out.

Gang leaders say the only way to leave the business alive is to convert to Christianity. So Barros, a televangelist popular here in western Brazil, memorializes a gang member’s embrace of the ancient articles of faith using the most modern of tools: He records the conversion on his smartphone and posts the videos on YouTube, Facebook and WhatsApp. The converts gain immunity against retribution by rival gangs and their own.

For years, Brazilian gangs have posted cellphone videos on social media to keep members in line, intimidate rivals and orchestrate attacks. As the violence has intensified, the videos have become increasingly gruesome. In 2016, a gang posted footage of the live decapitation of two men from a rival gang. By 2018, members were extracting the hearts of their decapitated rivals and waving them in front of the camera.

Barros, pastor of Rio Branco’s Igreja Geração Eleita — the Elected Generation Church — saw these videos circulating on his feeds and decided to co-opt the approach. The social-media-savvy televangelist began to film gang members’ conversions and post them online to declare that the new converts were off-
culture_of_online_life  adtech  Press_Column  Evangelicals 
7 days ago by seatrout
How Europe’s ‘Identitarians’ are mainstreaming racism - The Washington Post
Nevertheless, the movement’s ideas have crept into the Freedom Party’s official language. Pay attention when you hear the phrase “Great Replacement,” which Strache has used in Facebook posts: This is a secret plot, believed to be orchestrated by Jews, to replace white Europeans with Muslims, and it is the central Identitarian myth. Also pay attention when you hear talk of “defending Europe” from “invasion,” and of the need for “remigration” (or, less politely, ethnic cleansing). These are Identitarian ideas, too, and they are spreading quickly. The Institute for Strategic Dialogue in London has tracked online references to the “Great Replacement” and discovered some 1.5 million on Twitter alone. The institute has also tracked the term “remigration,” which began spreading in Germany following meetings between the Identitarians and the Alternative for Germany (AfD), the far-right party that is now the third-largest group in the German parliament.

Not all of this is new: Jacob Davey, the author of a forthcoming Institute for Strategic Dialogue paper on this subject, told me that fears of “white genocide” date back decades. But
Press_Column  Islam  religion  Race/Immigrants  culture_of_online_life  adtech  neofash 
7 days ago by seatrout
Prayer-Bots and Religious Worship on Twitter: A Call for a Wider Research Agenda | SpringerLink
Believers in Islam may phrase their own personal supplications, but there is also an array of examples in the Quran to choose from. Based on these examples, the apps enable the user to post automatically their supplications on social networking sites, like Twitter and Facebook. is a typical example: the site’s landing page (see Fig. 1) features some Quranic quotes and popular prayers, and a sidebar encourages visitors to share the site on different social networks, like Facebook and Pinterest, claiming that 26 million visitors have done so already. But the most salient feature is perhaps the button prompting visitors to subscribe to the service. Upon doing so, visitors are redirected to Twitter, where they are asked to authorize the application to use their account and post on their behalf. After a few hours, Du3a begins to post a > 140 character supplication from the user’s account every second hour, alongside a site URL (and until recently a “recycling” emoji).
culture_of_online_life  adtech  Islam  Press_Column 
9 days ago by seatrout
In India election, a $14 software tool helps overcome WhatsApp controls - Reuters
Reuters found WhatsApp was misused in at least three ways in India for political campaigning: free clone apps available online were used by some BJP and Congress workers to manually forward messages on a mass basis; software tools which allow users to automate delivery of WhatsApp messages; and some firms offering political workers the chance to go onto a website and send bulk WhatsApp messages from anonymous numbers.

At least three software tools were available on’s India website. When purchased by a Reuters reporter, they arrived as compact discs tucked inside thin cardboard casings, with no company branding.
adtech  politics  Leaders 
9 days ago by seatrout
White House will not sign on to Christchurch call to stamp out online extremism amid free speech concerns - The Washington Post
The White House will not sign an international call to combat online extremism brokered between French and New Zealand officials and top social media companies, amid U.S. concerns that it clashes with constitutional protections for free speech.

The decision comes as world leaders prepare to announce the so-called “Christchurch call to action” on Wednesday, an effort named after the New Zealand city where a shooter attacked two mosques in an attack inspired by online hate and broadcast on social-media sites. The document calls on governments and tech giants to improve their efforts to study and stop the spread of harmful content.

culture_of_online_life  adtech  security  neofash 
10 days ago by seatrout
Angry Birds, Candy Crush, and a history of mobile game data collection - Vox
Seemingly simple mobile games made us all way too comfortable with giving away our personal information.
adtech  games  PrivacyHistory  PrivacyCommunications  PrivacyKitForBusiness 
10 days ago by loughlin

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