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Mark Zuckerberg Announces All Of Facebook’s Future Decisions Will Be Made By The Cube Of Justice - The Onion, Oct 2019
In an effort to put to rest concerns about the direction of the social media giant, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Friday that all of the company’s future decisions would be made by the Cube Of Justice, which reportedly cannot be questioned nor misled by any mortal means.
TheOnion  Facebook  satire  AI  mythology 
yesterday by pierredv
movie clip of a Tai Chi Push Hands competition from a movie from China called "Pushing Hands" - Facebook
Here is a movie clip of a Tai Chi Push Hands competition from a movie from China called "Pushing Hands"
tai-chi  Facebook  video  push-hands 
4 weeks ago by pierredv
FACT CHECK: Did Facebook Shut Down an AI Experiment Because Chatbots Developed Their Own Language?, Aug 2017
"Facebook's artificial intelligence scientists were purportedly dismayed when the bots they created began conversing in their own private language."

Snopes  Facebook  AI  language  bots 
12 weeks ago by pierredv
The Ruin of the Digital Town Square - The New Atlantis - Spring 2019
"Across the political spectrum, a consensus has arisen that Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other digital platforms are laying ruin to public discourse. They trade on snarkiness, trolling, outrage, and conspiracy theories, and encourage tribalism, information bubbles, and social discord. How did we get here, and how can we get out? The essays in this symposium seek answers to the crisis of “digital discourse” beyond privacy policies, corporate exposés, and smarter algorithms."
TheNewAtlantis  internet  socialmedia  politics  Facebook  culture 
may 2019 by pierredv
How Tech Utopia Fostered Tyranny - The New Atlantis -Winter 2019
"Authoritarians’ love for digital technology is no fluke — it’s a product of Silicon Valley’s “smart” paternalism"

"ools based on the premise that access to information will only enlighten us and social connectivity will only make us more humane have instead fanned conspiracy theories, information bubbles, and social fracture. A tech movement spurred by visions of libertarian empowerment and progressive uplift has instead fanned a global resurgence of populism and authoritarianism."

"But what we are searching for — what we desire — is often shaped by what we are exposed to and what we believe others desire. And so predicting what is useful, however value-neutral this may sound, can shade into deciding what is useful, both to individual users and to groups, and thereby shaping what kinds of people we become, for both better and worse."

"As long as our desires are unsettled and malleable — as long as we are human — the engineering choices of Google and the rest must be as much acts of persuasion as of prediction."

"Each company was founded on a variation of the premise that providing more people with more information and better tools, and helping them connect with each other, would help them lead better, freer, richer lives."

"Moreover, because algorithms are subject to strategic manipulation and because they are attempting to provide results unique to you, the choices shaping these powerful defaults are necessarily hidden away by platforms demanding you simply trust them"

"We can see the shift from “access to tools” to algorithmic utopianism in the unheralded, inexorable replacement of the “page” by the “feed.” "

"By consuming what the algorithm says I want, I trust the algorithm to make me ever more who it thinks I already am."

"What’s shocking isn’t that technological development is a two-edged sword. It’s that the power of these technologies is paired with a stunning apathy among their creators about who might use them and how. Google employees have recently declared that helping the Pentagon with a military AI program is a bridge too far, convincing the company to cancel a $10 billion contract. But at the same time, Google, Apple, and Microsoft, committed to the ideals of open-source software and collaboration toward technological progress, have published machine-learning tools for anyone to use, including agents provocateur and revenge pornographers."

"They and their successors, based on optimistic assumptions about human nature, built machines to maximize those naturally good human desires. But, to use a line from Bruno Latour, “technology is society made durable.” That is, to extend Latour’s point, technology stabilizes in concrete form what societies already find desirable."
politics  surveillance  technology  TheNewAtlantis  Google  Facebook  AI  prediction  ethics  morality  search  trust  behavior 
april 2019 by pierredv
133 | Talking Politics guide to ... Facebook — Talking Politics, Dec 2018
How did Facebook get to be so powerful and what, if anything, can we do to take some of that power back? David talks to John Naughton about the rise and possible fall of Mark Zuckerberg’s social media monolith.
politics  Facebook  TalkingPolitics 
january 2019 by pierredv
Facebook’s ex-security chief is starting an institute to tackle tech’s biggest threats - The Verge Oct 2018
Alex Stamos, Facebook’s ex-chief security officer, ... is launching a new institute he’s calling the Stanford Internet Observatory.
TheVerge  Facebook  cybersecurity  Stanford 
october 2018 by pierredv
How Facebook Was Hacked And Why It's A Disaster For Internet Security, Forbes Sep 2018
What’s most worrying of all, though, is what the hack has proven: that a company with the resources and power of Facebook can be robbed of keys that allow access to millions of accounts across the web. Given the keys allowed the hacker to take over any account using a Facebook login, the real number of affected individuals is likely far higher than 50 million.
Forbes  Facebook  cybersecurity  hacking 
september 2018 by pierredv
Facebook ends ambitious Aquila program, will pursue partnerships instead | FierceWireless June 2018
"Facebook is getting out of the drone-building business, shuttering its facility in Bridgwater, U.K., and focusing on partnerships instead."

“Going forward, we'll continue to work with partners like Airbus on HAPS connectivity generally, and on the other technologies needed to make this system work, like flight control computers and high-density batteries,” said Yael Maguire, VP of connectivity at Facebook, in a blog post.

"Facebook said it will be working on a proposal for the 2019 World Radio Conference to get more spectrum for high altitude platform station (HAPS) systems"
FierceWireless  Facebook  Aquila  Airbus  HAPS  WRC-19 
june 2018 by pierredv
Facebook May Have Secret Plans to Build a Satellite-Based Internet - IEEE Spectrum May 2018
"In early 2019, PointView’s Athena will also head out to LEO, on an Arianespace Vega rocket. Athena is about the same size and weight (150 kg) as SpaceX and OneWeb’s satellites, but Athena will use high-frequency millimeter-wave radio signals that promise much faster data rates. The company estimates its E-band system will deliver up to 10 gigabits per second."

"Athena will be built by satellite company SSL, based on its SSL-100 design"
IEEE-Spectrum  Facebook  satellite  E-band  light-licensing 
may 2018 by pierredv
Tech & Security Companies Sign Cybersecurity Tech Accord | Covington Global Policy Watch, Apr 2018
"Today, 34 global technology and security companies announced that they have signed a Cybersecurity Tech Accord, which publicly commits them “to protect and empower civilians online and to improve the security, stability and resilience of cyberspace.”  The signatories include Cisco, Dell, Facebook, HP, Intuit, and Microsoft.The text of the Accord references recent events that have put online security at risk, and sets forth four principles"
Covington  cybersecurity  Facebook  Microsoft 
april 2018 by pierredv
Editor’s Corner—Facebook-led TIP proves 60 GHz isn’t just for backhaul anymore | FierceWireless Mar 2018
“At this point, I think we feel very confident, oxygen is not an issue,” Maguire said. “As long as you’re willing to accept that these nodes have to be a certain distance apart, fantastic. What we do spend more time being concerned about are things like snow accumulation on the external boxes and foliage and things like that, and that’s why we set up such a large network and why we’re really excited about DT setting up their own community labs in Berlin and hopefully other places in the world over time.”
60GHz  Facebook  DT  DeutscheTelekom 
march 2018 by pierredv
Who can you trust? How tech is reshaping what we believe | New Scientist
"The more trust in a society, the better it fares. Put another way: without trust, society would collapse. But something strange is happening. Public trust in our institutions has plummeted in the past decade. Nearly half of people in the US mistrust lawmakers, according to a poll carried out in June. In the UK, fewer than 1 in 4 people trust the press. And yet we are putting more trust than ever before in people we meet on the internet."

“Trust is the bridge between the known and the unknown,” says Rachel Botsman at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School.

"Of course distrust in big institutions predates the internet, but technology has made it an international sport. It is easier than ever before for leaks to become common knowledge. And there are many more sources now. Opinion is no longer shaped only by journalists, experts or state authorities. With constant access to a deluge of information, rather than putting our trust in the institutions our peers also trust, as we once did, we’re now trusting our peers instead of those institutions."

"In fact, many of these companies have come to realise that trust itself is their product.

"Hawking trust between individuals requires some sleight of hand: we are more likely to trust people at a distance when they are backed up by trustworthy organisations. We trust strangers on Airbnb far more than strangers on a marketplace such as Craigslist, for instance."

"A major concern is that we will become overly dependent on digital platforms to manage trust for us. “People trust people, not institutions,” Zuckerberg recently said. That is misleading. We trust people online because of the institutions – Facebook included – that make it possible."
quotes  NewScientist  trust  psychology  Facebook  TaskRabbit  Airbnb  business 
december 2017 by pierredv
Facebook gaining operator traction with TIP, just not U.S. operators so much | FierceWireless Nov 2017
"Facebook is very pleased with the amount of interest that it’s seen from the operators in the Telecom Infra Project (TIP). In fact, it recently added some new board members from BT, Telefonica and Vodafone, joining existing board members from Deutsche Telekom, Nokia, Intel and Facebook.
In terms of the U.S. operators, however, they continue to be a no-show, at least for now. "

"Millimeter wave is in the mix as well. Facebook is continuing to work in the 60 GHz band, among others, and it has a 60 GHz test bed in San Jose. Terragraph is a 60 GHz system focused on bringing high-speed internet connectivity to dense urban areas; it implements a phase array antenna to retain the highly directional signal required for 60 GHz, but makes it steerable to communicate over a wide area."
FierceWireless  Facebook  broadband  mmWave 
november 2017 by pierredv
André Staltz - The Web began dying in 2014, here's how
Via Phil Weiser

"These are no longer the same companies as 4 years ago. GOOG is not anymore an internet company, it’s the knowledge internet company. FB is not an internet company, it’s the social internet company. They used to attempt to compete, and this competition kept the internet market diverse. Today, however, they seem mostly satisfied with their orthogonal dominance of parts of the Web, and we are losing diversity of choices. Which leads us to another part of the internet: e-commerce and AMZN."

"GOOG, MSFT, FB, and AMZN are mimicking AAPL’s strategy of building brand loyalty around high-end devices. "

"The internet will survive longer than the Web will. ... [but] it wouldn’t conceptually be anymore a “network of networks”, but just a “network of three networks”, the Trinet, if you will."
Facebook  Google 
november 2017 by pierredv
Facebook Groups vs Google Groups
via Fernando Laguarda, Sep 2017

"In this post I’ll be going through what Facebook Groups and Google Groups have to offer, while diving into some examples on how companies are utilizing them to their advantage in achieving and maximizing their social productivity."
Facebook  Google  socialmedia 
september 2017 by pierredv
Should the Leading Online Tech Companies Be Regulated as Public Utilities? - Lawfare
"Should the leading online tech companies be regulated as public utilities?  Maybe so, according to White House advisor Steve Bannon. His basic argument, according to The Intercept, “is that Facebook and Google have become effectively a necessity in contemporary life.” Thus far, the tech sector and Washington think-tank crowd have not grappled with that possibility in much depth, if at all. This post will provide a look at some reasons that leading tech companies today resemble sectors traditionally subjected to public utility regulation, and then consider some strong critiques of such a regulatory approach."
law  competition  Peter-Swire  Google  Facebook  Lawfare 
august 2017 by pierredv
Do Large Unmanned Aircraft Have A Commercial Market? | Technology content from Aviation Week
"Where is the commercial market for large unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)? When the aviation community began thinking about how to open the skies to unmanned aircraft, it was assumed they would be large, long-endurance machines sharing controlled airspace with manned aircraft.

But the market went in a different direction. Small UAS, or drones, weighing less than 55 lb.—many much less—became the name of the game. Instead of a handful of established aircraft manufacturers, startups by the score emerged to push regulators to open up access to uncontrolled airspace below 400 ft."

"The presenters were from AeroVironment, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Northrop Grumman and NASA­—all of which were once on the government-backed Access 5 project that aimed to enable safe and routine access to the U.S. national airspace system (NAS) for high-altitude, long-endurance UAS. Although Access 5 ended in 2006 after two of a planned five years, government-supported research on airspace access for UAS has until recently tended to focus on larger, higher-flying aircraft. NASA’s UAS in the NAS project is centered on the command-and-control (C2) and detect-and-avoid (DAA) systems needed for UAS to operate in controlled airspace. Although not explicitly linked to large UAS, these systems are not designed for small drones."

“Low-altitude UAS are coming up in capability, and large aircraft are miniaturizing,” says UAS in the NAS Deputy Program Manager Davis Hackenberg.

"AeroVironment is still pushing its SkyTower concept of persistent solar-powered UAS flying at 60,000-80,000 ft. to provide communications services (see photo). Facebook’s Aquila is a similar concept, as is Airbus’s Zephyr, but while these machines are large, they are not heavy. "

"Missions could include communications relay, long linear inspections of rail, power and pipelines, border security and fisheries protection. Other missions for more specialized large UAS could include crop spraying and cargo carrying. “Freight is where I see the industry going,” says McNall. But for now, he admits, “We are not seeing a market pull to large UAS.” "
AviationWeek  UAS  AeroVironment  NASA  DAA  RTCA  Facebook  Airbus 
may 2017 by pierredv
Facebook to enlist E-band spectrum for enormous flying drone Aquila | FierceWireless
"Information about airborne tests conducted by Facebook drone subsidiary FCL Tech involves multiple applications for air-to-ground communications in the E-band."
FierceWireless  Facebook  Aquila 
may 2017 by pierredv
Facebook demonstrates record-breaking data rate using millimeter-wave technology | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code
"Ultimately, the point-to-point MMW radio link is expected to serve as the connection between a ground station and Aquila, our solar powered UAV."

"Our goal is for Aquila-to-ground links to support capacities in excess of 30 Gbps over 30-50 km."
Facebook  Aquila  mmWave 
may 2017 by pierredv
Facebook to enlist E-band spectrum for enormous flying drone Aquila - FierceWirelessTech
"Facebook's (NASDAQ: FB) Connectivity Lab announced a big milestone toward its goal of providing internet to the unconnected: The first full-scale test flight of Aquila, its high-altitude unmanned aircraft.

The solar-powered airplane, which has the wingspan of a Boeing 737 but weighs hundreds of times less, underwent its first flight at dawn on June 28, 2016, at the Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was there, along with a slew of engineers. Aquila was built by a team comprised of aerospace, software, operator and other experts with experience at NASA, Boeing, DARPA, Northrup Grumman and the British Royal Air Force, among others."
Facebook  FierceWireless  Aquila  drones 
july 2016 by pierredv
Introducing OpenCellular: An open source wireless access platform | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code
"Today we're announcing that Facebook has designed and tested an open source and cost-effective, software-defined wireless access platform aimed to improve connectivity in remote areas of the world."
Facebook  SDR  cellular 
july 2016 by pierredv
Facebook Timeline Cleaner
"Facebook Timeline Cleaner works such that a user logs in to the Facebook Timeline, and navigates over the TimeLine to the 'Activity Log' section."
Facebook  Greasyfork  scripts  Firefox  privacy 
may 2016 by pierredv
Facebook has another hidden inbox you probably didn't realise was there - Guardian Apr 2016
"The simplest way to access the inbox is to navigate to on the desktop."
facebook  Grauniad 
april 2016 by pierredv
facebook/augmented-traffic-control · GitHub
via Andreas Achtzehn, March 2013: "Facebook has today open-sourced a tool they use to simulate different mobile network connections, e.g. EDGE or congested 3G, to test user experience of their apps. Very interesting, could also be useful for future Wi-Fi congestion research, e.g. by allowing mapping user experience metrics to controlled network inhibitions. The tool runs on a standard Linux router, very nice."
github  networking  modeling  Facebook 
march 2015 by pierredv
A Teenager’s View on Social Media — Backchannel — Medium
"I read technology articles quite often and see plenty of authors attempt to dissect or describe the teenage audience, especially in regards to social media. However, I have yet to see a teenager contribute their voice to this discussion. This is where I would like to provide my own humble opinion."
socialmedia  teens  Facebook  Instagram  Twitter  Snapchat  tumblr  YikYak  Medium 
january 2015 by pierredv
Social Network Importer for NodeXL - Download: SocialNetImporter(v.1.9.4)
SocialNetImporter(v.1.9.4) application, 341K, uploaded Tue Oct 7, 2014 This new version includes: - Refined Facebook fan page importer - Refined Facebook group importer - Display more data for users (nr of likes, comments, posts etc) - Bug fix
NodeXL  facebook 
october 2014 by pierredv
Facebook cleansing: How to delete all of your account activity -- Slate
Facebook Timeline Cleaner seems defunct, last updated 2016

F___book Post Manager, which runs in Chrome, is now (2019) "Social Book Post Manager"
facebook  privacy  *  howto  tools 
august 2014 by pierredv
Social Network Importer for NodeXL
"The Social Network Importer for NodeXL is a new graph data provider for NodeXL which allow users to directly download and import different Facebook networks. It is developed in C#."
codeplex  nodexl  socialmedia  socialnetworks  Facebook 
july 2014 by pierredv
Corrupt Personalization | Social Media Collective
"In my last two posts I’ve been writing about my attempt to convince a group of sophomores with no background in my field that there has been a shift to the algorithmic allocation of attention – and that this is important. In this post I’ll respond to a student question. My favorite: “Sandvig says that algorithms are dangerous, but what are the the most serious repercussions that he envisions?” What is the coming social media apocalypse we should be worried about?"
Christian  Sandvig  personalization  privacy  Facebook  algorithms 
june 2014 by pierredv
Fake Facebook girlfriends: what's not to like? | Technology | The Guardian
"A fake Facebook girlfriend will flirt harmlessly online and make other women jealous… so what's the catch?
services  facebook  Grauniad  relationships 
april 2013 by pierredv
Why Google+ Doesn’t Care If You Never Come Back | TechCrunch
"Google scrambled to build Google+ because it watched Facebook and saw users were willing to volunteer biographical data to their social network, and that data is crucial to serving accurate ads users want to click"
Google  Facebook  socialmedia  TechCrunch 
march 2012 by pierredv
Literally Unbelievable
Stories from The Onion as interpreted by Facebook
satire  facebook  theonion 
february 2012 by pierredv
Facebook and You (JPG)
"If you're not the customer, you're the product being sold"
cartoon  facebook  privacy  humor  socialmedia  via:kevinschofield 
september 2011 by pierredv
Jesus Daily Keeps Leading Facebook Page Engagement
Jesus Daily holds on tightly as Facebook's unrelenting interactive leader.
trends  religion  via:gmsv  facebook  *  socialmedia  statistics 
september 2011 by pierredv
Cooks Source: US copyright complaint sparks Twitter and Facebook storm | Media |
"Web users take up case of blogger whose work was allegedly lifted by magazine – which then told her she should be grateful"
copyright  twitter  facebook  plagiarism 
november 2010 by pierredv
Facebook privacy settings: Who cares? by danah boyd and Eszter Hargittai
followed young users from 2009 to 2010; they do care about privacy, and have changed settings
facebook  privacy  x:firstmonday 
july 2010 by pierredv
Openbook - Connect and share whether you want to or not
potentially regrettable posts viewable by all, via GMSV
facebook  privacy  via:gmsv  hacking 
may 2010 by pierredv | Facebook Privacy Scanner
latest news on Facebook privacy policies (up May 2010) plus " independent and open tool for scanning your Facebook privacy settings. "
privacy  facebook  tool 
may 2010 by pierredv
Facebook's Eroding Privacy Policy: A Timeline | Electronic Frontier Foundation
One way of interpreting the story: an implicit negotiation between FB and its users over the value of personal information (call it P, for short) vs. the value of the service FB provides (call it S).
In the early days, P >> S
As the network effect kicked in, S grew; around 2009, P = S
Now it’s clear Facebook is saying P < S
One take-away is that other services cannot assume that Facebook’s defaults are industry standard, and adopt them; they can only stick because FB has become so valuable
(via Peter Cullen)
privacy  facebook  x:eff 
may 2010 by pierredv
How Tracked the iPhone Finder
How found Brian Hogan, the iphone finder. As he was erasing his trail, e.g. facebook profile, they were turning up new leads
journalism  privacy  facebook  iphone 
may 2010 by pierredv
Technology Review: The Changing Nature of Privacy on Facebook
Interview with danah boyd
"People started out with a sense that this is just for you and people in your college. Since then, it's become just for you and all your friends. It slowly opened up and in the process people lost a lot of awareness of what was happening with their data. This is one of the things that frightens me. I started asking all of these nontechnological people about their Facebook privacy settings, and consistently found that their mental model of their privacy settings and what they saw in their data did not match."
privacy  facebook  danahboyd  socialmedia 
may 2010 by pierredv
What does Facebook publish about you and your friends?
"Any information you see below is visible to anyone on the Internet through normal use of the Facebook Graph API. "
via twitter top tweets
facebook  privacy  tools 
april 2010 by pierredv
East Stroudsburg U. Suspends Professor for Facebook Posts - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Ms. Gadsden said the Facebook comments were a way of venting to family members and friends, who she mistakenly believed were the only ones who could view the postings."
via:twitter  race  facebook  privacy  socialmedia 
february 2010 by pierredv
A Facebook lesson for churches |
"More young people are going online to grieve in the company of friends"
grief  culture  online  facebook  csmonitor 
december 2009 by pierredv
Some thoughts on Twitter vs. Facebook Status Updates - apophenia: danah boyd
"In short, the difference between the two has to do with the brokering of status. With Facebook, the dominant norm is about people at a similar level of status interacting"
twitter  facebook  socialmedia  socialnetworks 
october 2009 by pierredv
Gaydar: Facebook friendships expose sexual orientation = Jernigan
abstract: Public information about one’s coworkers, friends, family, and acquaintances, as well as one’s associations with them, implicitly reveals private information. . . Network data shifts the locus of information control away from individuals, as the individual’s traditional and absolute discretion is replaced by that of his social network. Our research demonstrates a method for accurately predicting the sexual orientation of Facebook users by analyzing friendship associations.
facebook  socialnetworking  privacy 
october 2009 by pierredv
Facebook violates Canadian privacy law: watchdog - Winnipeg Free Press
According to Privacy Commissioner, quote: Facebook breaches federal privacy law by keeping users' personal information indefinitely - even after members close their accounts.

She also raised concerns about the sharing of users' files with the almost one million third-party developers scattered across the globe who create Facebook applications such as games and quizzes.
privacy  facebook 
july 2009 by pierredv
The size of social networks | Primates on Facebook | The Economist 28 feb 2009
includes discussion of dunbar number, extension to online social networks, incl. work commissioned by Economist of Facebook nets
socialnetworks  facebook  economist 
april 2009 by pierredv Brings Facial Recognition To Facebook Photos (We Have Invites)
"How many photos of you are there on Facebook that you’re completely unaware of? Israeli-based will help you find them with ‘Photo Finder,’ a Facebook app that uses facial recognition to help members locate untagged photos of themselves and their friends"
photography  surveillance  facebook  via:fb 
march 2009 by pierredv
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