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Palantir: the ‘special ops’ tech giant that wields as much real-world power as Google | World news | The Guardian
Data merely becomes a new way of reinforcing old prejudices. Critics of these analytics argue that from the moment a police officer with the pre-crime mindset that you are a criminal steps out of their patrol car to confront you, your fate has been sealed.
palantir  surveillance  bigdata  algorithms  analytics  indie  radar 
july 2017 by laurakalbag
Twitter Ends its Partnership with DataSift – Firehose Access Expires on August 13, 2015 | Datasift Blog
Our first and foremost concern upon receiving the news from Twitter about suspending our months-long negotiations and no further interest in being involved in PYLON, our new privacy-first technology, was to inform our customers and explain the situation. However, based on your feedback and what we’ve been reading in the press, I believe that more explanation is needed.

Thank you for all the words of support, but in case it hasn’t come across clearly enough – we’re fine. Our business model has never relied on access to Twitter data. We’ve built a robust big data processing platform, which is data source-agnostic, capable of dealing with billions of interactions a day from 20 other social and news networks we’re working with. And if you’ve heard any rumors about us extending our reach into business-owned data, well, they’re true.

This is also the very reason, we are now working with Facebook, the undisputed largest source of social data on earth, on providing the ecosystem with Facebook topic data. You will hear about topic data more in coming months. This data has never been available before and use cases for its application are practically limitless. It’s also a stepping stone for us in providing unprecedented access to social data, only possible now, because it’s delivered in a privacy-first model with aggregated and anonymized results.
twitter  datasift  bigdata  firehose  indie  indieroundup  notincluded  facebook  privacy  data  corporatesurveillance 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Twitter Cuts Off DataSift To Step Up Its Own Big Data Business | TechCrunch
In the push for more revenue growth, Twitter has been building up its business in areas like advertising and commerce, but a move made late Friday night points to another area where the company is setting its sights: big data analytics.
twitter  datasift  corporatesurveillance  tracking  bigdata  indie  indieroundup  17apr15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Bring Antitrust Action Against Google and Other Big Data Platforms
“There is a strong argument that federal regulators should be looking at how to structure data platform sectors to both promote more competition and encourage more consumer power within those sectors. Given the near-monopoly of certain platforms in search advertising and social networking, European regulators are already looking closely at the connection between industry concentration and the loss of consumer privacy.” Data Justice Policy Campaign
bigdata  antitrust  google  monopoly  eu  regulation  policy  indie  indieroundup  20mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Data Justice - Challenging Rising Exploitation and Economic Inequality from Big Data
“This steady loss of data by individuals into the hands of increasingly centralized corporate hands is helping to drive a large portion of the economic inequality that has becoming central to political debate in our nation,” said Data Justice Director Nathan Newman, the report’s author.
bigdata  equality  exploitation  corporatesurveillance  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Welcome to the Brave New World of Persuasion Profiling
“If persuasion profiling makes it possible for a coaching device to shout “You can do it” to people who like positive reinforcement, in theory it could also enable politicians to make personalized appeals based on each voter’s particular fears.” By Eli Pariser on Wired
persuasionprofiling  manipulation  corporatesurveillance  tracking  data  bigdata  surveillance  advertising  indie  indieroundup  20mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Computer-based personality judgments are more accurate than those made by humans
“This study compares the accuracy of personality judgment—a ubiquitous and important social-cognitive activity—between computer models and humans. Using several criteria, we show that computers’ judgments of people’s personalities based on their digital footprints are more accurate and valid than judgments made by their close others or acquaintances (friends, family, spouse, colleagues, etc.). Our findings highlight that people’s personalities can be predicted automatically and without involving human social-cognitive skills.” Scientific study
study  algorithms  facebook  likes  bigdata  indie  corporatesurveillance 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Facebook knows you better than your members of your own family
“Cambridge University researchers have developed software based on Facebook 'likes' which can predict human personality types better than close family members” By Sarah Knapton on The Telegraph
study  facebook  likes  bigdata  algorithms  indie  corporatesurveillance 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Your Facebook ‘Likes’ May Be More Revealing Than You Think
“A study shows that what you 'like' on Facebook can predict, with remarkable accuracy, everything from your race to your sexual orientation, political affiliation and personality type.” By Maia Szalavitz on
indie  algorithms  bigdata  corporatesurveillance  tracking  facebook  likes 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Facebook Likes help algorithms get to know you like family
“Switch over to present day reality, where a new study published today in the journal PNAS, reveals that by mining Facebook Likes, computers can suss out your personality traits better than your nearest and dearest. Not quite an operating systems love story, but surreal enough.” By Emiko Jozuka on Wired UK
algorithms  facebook  bigdata  corporatesurveillance  tracking  indie 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Pregnant? Big data is watching you › Dr Karl's Great Moments In Science
“Wherever we travel in our brave new digital world, we leave behind a rich and fertile trail of breadcrumbs of data. Our mobile phones continually tell the phone company where we are, our credit cards reveal how much we spent, and where, and on what — and so on.” By Karl Kruszelnicki on ABC Science
bigdata  tracking  corporatesurveillance  indie 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
How algorithms shape our world
“We live in a world run by algorithms, computer programs that make decisions or solve problems for us. In this riveting, funny talk, Kevin Slavin shows how modern algorithms determine stock prices, espionage tactics, even the movies you watch. But, he asks: If we depend on complex algorithms to manage our daily decisions — when do we start to lose control?” TED Talk by Kevin Slavin
data  bigdata  algorithms  indie  indieroundup  20mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Is Differential Privacy practical?
“Energy data might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of privacy concerns. Yet, it is well understood that smart meter data can be highly revealing. There is a large body of research devoted to drawing inferences from smart meter readings.” By Moritz Hardt on Moody Rd
privacy  bigdata  data  indie  indieroundup  13mar15  algorithms  statistics 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
How big data is unfair
“I don’t mean to suggest that machine learning is inevitably unfair, but rather that there are powerful forces that can render decision making that depends on learning algorithms unfair.” By Moritz Hardt on Medium
bigdata  data  algorithms  diversity  indie  indieroundup  13mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag

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