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Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis - The New York Times
But as evidence accumulated that Facebook’s power could also be exploited to disrupt elections, broadcast viral propaganda and inspire deadly campaigns of hate around the globe, Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg stumbled. Bent on growth, the pair ignored warning signs and then sought to conceal them from public view. At critical moments over the last three years, they were distracted by personal projects, and passed off security and policy decisions to subordinates, according to current and former executives.
facebook  blame  politics  google  apple  lobbying  indie  radar 
november 2018 by laurakalbag
Happy 21st Century! - Charlie's Diary
Shorter version is: there will be much dying: even more so than during the worst conflicts of the 20th century. But rather than conventional wars ("nation vs nation") it'll be "us vs them", where "us" and "them" will be defined by whichever dehumanized enemy your network filter bubble points you at—Orwell was ahead of the game with the Two Minute Hate, something with which all of us who use social media are now uncomfortably, intimately, familiar.
future  dystopia  algorithms  ai  politics 
june 2018 by laurakalbag
Stephen Hawking's final words to the internet: robots aren't the problem, capitalism is / Boing Boing
If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality.
stephenhawking  ama  tech  socialism  robots  machines  wealth  politics  redistribution  indie  radar 
march 2018 by laurakalbag
There Are No Guardrails on Our Privacy Dystopia - Motherboard
If tech is going to infiltrate, influence, and shape all of society, it is unacceptable for tech alone, or tech alone using pure market forces, to decide what tools are or are not acceptable.

(Cites Time Well Spent as a good thing, so not put on radar)
privacy  dystopia  gdpr  politics  surveillancecapitalism  notincluded  indie  radar 
march 2018 by laurakalbag
Facebook Won’t Be Sent To The Gulag Over Russian Ads | Fast Company
“The problem with political ads on Facebook has nothing to do with the law. It has to do with how Facebook works . . . The Russians used Facebook because Facebook works really well. It is the best system anyone has invented to advertise anything to anyone, and it is by far the best system ever invented to distribute political propaganda and hate speech.”
politics  facebook  propaganda  ads  advertising  regulation  US 
october 2017 by laurakalbag
The "dark ads" election: How are political parties targeting you on Facebook? — The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Facebook can provide data on different users’ ethnicities and occupations and what issues they care about, allowing campaign teams to target specific voters with specific messages. That means that unlike billboards or newspaper ads which everyone sees, the world of targeted advertising is extremely hard to track.
dark  ads  targeting  politics  uk  election  facebook 
may 2017 by laurakalbag
The sharing economy is bullsh!t. Here’s how we can take it back
“‘Sharing’ has been appropriated and stripped of all meaning by people trying to sell you things, much like sustainability was. Once “green” became hip and important about a decade ago, corporate bigwigs started preaching about sustainable profits and misleading eco-labels got slapped on single-use disposable plastic water bottles. These days, share-washing is the new greenwashing.” By Sam Bliss on Grist
sharing  ethics  equality  politics  economy  indie  indieroundup  sustainability  20mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
The Politics of Trending
“Through this lens, trending is merely visibility granted by the algorithms of a closed, private corporation… Indeed, Twitter is not designed as public even as it fundamentally derives from public input and data, and parades as common grounds.” By Eunsong Kim on Model View Culture
trending  trends  algorithms  politics  privatisation  publicspaces  indie  indieroundup  20mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag

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