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6 days ago by tjep
Our privacy regime is broken. Congress needs to create new norms for a digital age. - The Washington Post
Important WaPo editorial
The line from many privacy advocates, which tech companies now also endorse, is that Congress must order firms to provide more information and require more approval from users. But this will not solve our problem. Yes, companies should do everything in their power to ensure users are aware of the specific purposes for which specific categories of their information will be processed. But that is not enough.

The free and informed consent that today’s privacy regime imagines simply cannot be achieved. Collection and processing practices are too complicated. No company can reasonably tell a consumer what is really happening to his or her data. No consumer can reasonably understand it. And if companies can continue to have their way with user data as long as they tell users first, consumers will continue to accept the unacceptable: If they want to reap the benefits of these products, this is the price they will have to pay.
privacy  adtech  security  might_write 
13 days ago by seatrout
In Screening for Suicide Risk, Facebook Takes On Tricky Public Health Role - The New York Times
Facebook has computer algorithms that scan the posts, comments and videos of users in the United States and other countries for indications of immediate suicide risk. When a post is flagged, by the technology or a concerned user, it moves to human reviewers at the company, who are empowered to call local law enforcement.

“In the last year, we’ve helped first responders quickly reach around 3,500 people globally who needed help,” Mr. Zuckerberg wrote in a November post about the efforts.

But other mental health experts said Facebook’s calls to the police could also cause harm — such as unintentionally precipitating suicide, compelling nonsuicidal people to undergo psychiatric evaluations, or prompting arrests or shootings.
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And, they said, it is unclear whether the company’s approach is accurate, effective or safe. Facebook said that, for privacy reasons, it did not track the outcomes of its calls to the police. And it has not disclosed exactly how its reviewers decide whether to call emergency responders. Facebook, critics said, has assumed the authority of a public health agency while protecting its process as if it were a corporate secret.
Press_Column  AI  Journalism  adtech  security  privacy 
16 days ago by seatrout
2018 was the year of online hate. Meet the people whose lives it changed. - The Washington Post
Cameron Kasky is resigned to online hate.

“People are addicted to being awful, and there’s nothing we can do about it,” says Kasky, who has become a leading voice for gun control after February’s fatal shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

When he began organizing the March for Our Lives protest, insults and intimidation flooded in through Facebook comments, tweets and posts on the website 4chan — at a rate of one every few minutes.

“I’ve got a developmentally disabled little brother, and people would tell me that they were going to ‘cut up my retard brother and put him in a gas chamber’ — which doesn’t even make any sense if they already cut him up.”
culture_of_online_life  adtech 
20 days ago by seatrout
Who owns our data when a company dies?
Normally, when a company goes bust, the administrators are obliged to sell its assets at the best possible price in order to compensate the group’s creditors. But what happens when those assets include user information that is protected by privacy laws?

Prof Carroll argues that the data originally held by Cambridge Analytica actually belongs to the users and should be returned to them, despite the insolvency. “I am a data creditor — just like the financial creditors,” he says. “There are outstanding obligations to me.”
adtech  privacy 
29 days ago by seatrout
Dirty dealing in the $175 billion Amazon Marketplace - The Verge
At the perfect intersection of artificial intelligence and human stupidity
It was the way Amazon kept responding with the same request for more information whenever he appealed. “I was caught in some kind of AI gear,” he says.

In reality, there were likely humans reading Harmon’s appeal, but they’re part of a highly automated bureaucracy, according to former Amazon employees. An algorithm flags sellers based on a range of metrics — customer complaints, number of returns, certain keywords used in reviews, and other, more mysterious variables — and passes them to Performance workers based in India, Costa Rica, and other locations. These workers choose between several prewritten blurbs to send to sellers. They may see what the actual problem is or the key item missing from an appeal, but they can’t be more specific than the forms allow, according to Rachel Greer, who worked as a fraud investigator at Amazon before becoming a seller consultant. “It feels like it’s a bot, but it’s actually a human who is very frustrated about the fact that they have to work like that,” she says.
ai  adtech  amazon  culture_of_online_life 
4 weeks ago by seatrout
Kevin Systrom is on a mission to rid Instagram of its troll problem | WIRED UK
But machines are only as good as the rules built into them. Earlier this year Rob Speer, the chief scientist of text-analytics company Luminoso, built an algorithm based on word embeddings to try to understand the sentiment of text posts. He applied the algorithm to restaurant reviews and found, oddly, that Mexican restaurants seemed to do poorly. Stumped, he dug into the data. Ultimately, he found the culprit: "The system had learned the word 'Mexican' from reading the web," he wrote. And on the internet, the word "Mexican" is often associated with the word "illegal", which, to the algorithm, meant something bad.
AI  machinelearning  adtech 
4 weeks ago by seatrout
Tech Companies Dragged Feet on Russian Interference Data, Reports Say
The reports noted how the incomplete information had caused problems. Because Google did not provide any data on how many times Russian-created videos were watched or shared on YouTube, researchers were forced to search for the videos through alternative websites to re-create how widely the propaganda had been shared.
Google’s data from 2014 to 2018 was “remarkably scarce,” the report from researchers at Oxford and Graphika said.
Facebook’s failure to provide comments that users made about divisive Russian-created posts also made it difficult to gauge how the propaganda was received, the reports said. The company also had once said it received just “a few hundred thousand dollars of ads” from Russian actors, which the reports said was too dismissive. In fact, Russian agents spent “far more than the only $100,000 of Facebook ads,” said one report, and their impact was far greater.
culture_of_online_life  Adtech  video  usa  politics 
4 weeks ago by seatrout

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