Private totalitarianism

The Libra is currency of the day, yet is profoundly lacks balance…

I worked at Facebook from 2005 to 2010 in a series of roles culminating in a position as Zuckerberg’s speechwriter, and had an opportunity to observe the development of Facebook both as a social media platform and as what it increasingly aims to become: a global leader on par with nations. “Companies over countries,” Zuckerberg often said in meetings. “If you want to change the world, the best thing to do is start a company.” Thinking about it, I could see how this could work out: companies have potentially more money and fewer structuring rules than countries, while countries remain a respected model of social organization to which citizens feel loyalty. This latter connotation accounts for why Facebook often describes itself in national terms with phrasing like “Facebook nation” and user figures announced in relation to countries’ populations. In some ways, Facebook wants to be a company and a country, commanding the best powers of both.

Kate Losse – Feminism’s Tipping Point: Who Wins from Leaning in? (Dissent)

The panopticon is leaking

Because of course it has to.. Malicious cyber attack’ exposes travelers’ photos, says US customs agency – The Guardian Should We Be Worried About Computerized Facial Recognition? – The New Yorker “A number of years from now, we will have a difficult decision to make,” he continued. “All the core competencies we’ve built up on […]


The Platform Challenge

Alex Stamos on The Platform Challenge: Balancing Safety, Privacy and Freedom


The blue App

Nick Thompson is not mincing words 15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook – WIRED


Is that what we want?

Normally we wouldn’t share a TED talk, but this is so good. Carole Cadwalladr – Facebook’s role in Brexit and the threat to democracy


Sexual reeling

Who thought sharing sensitive data about sexual orientation could be an issue? Grindr’s Chinese owner forced to sell service over US security concerns, says report – The Verge Would one be so out of touch to draw a parallel line to the Breed Ready Rewards Status? An exposed database tracked whether 1.8 million Chinese women […]


Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence

I recall reading this some time ago: Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claims that algorithms, which are driven by math, are racist pic.twitter.com/X2veVvAU1H— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 22, 2019 People took pains to educate him, to no avail. Though it spurred an interesting conversation from scholars But I didn’t expect this: Stanford just launched their […]


Surveillance capitalism

The book “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism” by Shoshana Zuboff is out. Don’t miss it.


Logic

The Logic magazine (logicmag.io) turns two, with their unique take on tech. They’re celebrating two years at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco on March 5th, 2019, with a great roaster of speakers: Alexis Madrigal (The Atlantic) Julie Carrie Wong (The Guardian) Megan Rose Dickey (Tech Crunch) Fred Turner (Stanford) Logic turns two


Zucked

In 2014, the company set out to learn whether it could make its users sad and angry on purpose. It learned it could. When this astonishing breach of user trust became public, the company claimed it wasn’t a big deal, that many companies did similar things. It was, and they don’t. An Anti-Facebook Manifesto, by […]