Social media platforms like Facebook are increasingly betting their futures on AI-powered moderation, but could those tools actually be making things worse? Read The Full Article.
Vox's Alvin Chang explores how the networks have been covering the Stormy Daniels story. Read The Full Article.
GDPR's rollout is not only rolling back the prior protections its citizens enjoyed, but is firmly entrenching, under legal protection, all of the most privacy invasive elements of our modern digital surveillance society, including helping to roll out mass social media facial recognition. The article was later cited in an El Pais article. Read The […]
Last year Facebook tried reframing facial recognition from a privacy debate into a major security tool that would stop fraudulent impersonation accounts, but it turns out the tool’s design appears to limit it to being PR theatrics rather than an actual safety feature. Read The Full Article.
Even as Cambridge University's ethics panel rejected Kogan’s Facebook research for lacking informed consent, the academic community condemns Facebook’s new privacy policies that prioritize user safety and make the mass harvesting of private information that is at the heart of their work harder. Read The Full Article.
The story of a Facebook security engineer fired for allegedly stalking women online and potentially exploiting his privileged access to private user data reminds us that companies need to foster a culture of treating private data misuse as seriously as they treat media leaks. Read The Full Article.
As AI becomes the go-to tool of the online world, companies are reporting only their successes, while the public and government regulators are kept in the dark as to how often these algorithms make mistakes and, most importantly, if they are right more often than they are wrong. Read The Full Article.
Facebook quietly announced this week that its secret news outlet ranking is now live and being actively used to “boost” and “suppress” news but refuses to permit inspection of the list or how it is constructed. Read The Full Article.
Axios' Caitlin Owens uses the Television Explorer to chart how much attention Stormy Daniels got compared with health care reform and tax reform. Read The Full Article.
The New York Times' Jim Tankersley and Karl Russel used the Television Explorer to chart news coverage of "tax" versus "trade" on the major networks. Read The Full Article.
It was bad enough being Facebook’s lab rats, but now all two billion of us will be lab rats for hire for academics all over the world, while those same researchers will be granted open season to manipulate our elections and digital lives all in the name of science. Read The Full Article.
Vox's Alvin Chang explores how the networks covered the Cohen raid. Read The Full Article.
Would an "ad-free" Facebook really mean "surveillance free," does it really matter when the data brokers will continue buying and selling our data and will privacy belong only to the rich – no matter what, it is clear Facebook won’t give up its users’ data without a fight. Read The Full Article.
The Washington Post's Philip Bump reports on how the major networks covered the Cohen raid. Read The Full Article.
The U.S. House Of Representatives Committee On Energy And Commerce's April 9, 2018 memo titled "Hearing on “Facebook: Transparency and Use of Consumer Data.”" cited Kalev's Forbes article "Why Are We Only Now Talking About Facebook And Elections?" for background on the Obama campaign's use of Facebook harvesting. Read The Full Memo.
Kalev's piece introducing the new RealClearPolitics Fact Check Review and surveying some of its first findings. Read The Full Article.
The new RealClearPolitics Fact Check Review officially launched this morning. See The Fact Check Review. Learn About It.
Howard Kurtz previewed the new Real Clear Politics Fact Check Review on his show today. See The Video.
The OECD's Latin American Economic Outlook 2018 report includes a chart of global trade support created by BBVA using GDELT. Learn More. Read The Full Report.
Estonia's model of innovation, proactive legislation facilitating public discourse and absolute enshrinement of personal control, consent and transparency over data reminds us what we could learn from the pioneer of e-government and what a bright future in a digital-first society can look like. The story was widely tweeted, including by former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik […]
Perhaps in a world where social media platforms actually listened to the voices they were designed to empower, they could bring the planet’s seven and a half billion citizens together to build a shared, democratic, bright digital future filled with hope. Read The Full Article.
Zuckerberg is secretly airbrushing away his past, silently reaching into other peoples' private Messenger inboxes to selectively delete any imperfect traces of his past into the digital memory hole – even Orwell couldn't have imagined it better. Read The Full Article.
Kalev was interviewed this morning on South Korea's tbs eFM This Morning about the Facebook story. Listen to The Show. ("0405 News Focus 1 with Noam Cohen, Kalev Leetaru : Facebook scandal and user data security")
To Facebook we are all just data points to be secretly exploited, rather than human individuals whose informed consent must be gained – let's hope the future of data-driven medicine is more like Estonia's in which individuals have absolute ownership and control of their information. Read The Full Article.