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Wow, this poor guy. He was in part arrested because Google location data suggested he was at the scene of the murder after police requested a dragnet (geofencing) from Google about people who devices were located in the area at the time of the murder. However, this article shows how that data is not reliable. Even when the police were faced with a rock solid alibi for his whereabouts, they kept him in a high security jail for another 3 days! This episode cost him his job, his car and now he can't get work! ...Read More
Will techlash continue to grow? Will it result in more socially responsible and moral companies, or will the lure of prestige and high salarys continue to draw in the brightest and best? "“Working at Google or Facebook seemed like the coolest thing ever my freshman year, because you’d get paid a ton of money but it was socially responsible,” said Chand Rajendra-Nicolucci, 21, a senior at the University of Michigan. “It was like a utopian workplace.” ...Read More
"Tech giants can access all of your personal medical details under existing health privacy laws. The question is how else that data might get used."
”This is the first time ever that I’ve seen emails, names and numbers linked with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Github profiles all in one spot,” said Troia, who describes himself as a cybercrime hunter. “There are no passwords related to this data, but having a new, fresh set of passwords ...Read More
WOW! “Neither patients nor doctors have been notified. At least 150 Google employees already have access to much of the data on tens of millions of patients, according to a person familiar with the matter and the documents.”
Such a quality article with strong, clear ideas. This part really struck me: “Decomputerization doesn’t mean no computers. It means that not all spheres of life should be rendered into data and computed upon. Ubiquitous “smartness” largely serves to enrich and empower the few at the expense of the many, while inflicting ecological harm that will threaten the survival and flourishing of billions ...Read More
In a larger sense, Google found itself and its culture deeply maladapted to a new set of political, social, and business imperatives. To invent products like Gmail, Earth, and Translate, you need coddled geniuses free to let their minds run wild. But to lock down lucrative government contracts or expand ...Read More
The company’s “innovative” plan for Toronto’s waterfront puts radical spatial practice, participatory ideals, and romanticism to work for a regressive marketization scheme.
Four of the seven Google employees who organized a 20,000-person walkout in November have resigned from the company, including two women who claimed Google retaliated against them for their internal activism. Whittaker claimed Google had retaliated against her for her role in the walkout and her advocacy work on AI ethics through AI Now, a research institute she co-founded that has received funding from Google. She had already been told her AI ethics work was no longer a fit for Google’s ...Read More
“It isn’t inherently awful that YouTube uses AI to recommend video for you, because if the AI is well tuned it can help you get what you want. This would be amazing,..But the problem is that the AI isn’t built to help you get what you want — it’s built ...Read More
Android isn’t as open source as it seems... “While Android — the stripped down, open-source operating system — may be available to everyone, all of the Google pieces that make most Android phones worthwhile are locked behind a partner program. Google might let almost everyone into its exclusive club, but it reserves the right to kick them out.”
"The potential disparity between the value of personal data and what users receive in return creates space for governments to seek reimbursement on society’s behalf." -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg, "This Is the Best Way to Tax Google and Facebook"
"I’m told that to remain at the company I will have to abandon my work on AI ethics and the AI Now Institute." "My manager started ignoring me, my work was given to other people, and I was told to go on medical leave, even though I’m not sick." ...Read More
According to a Twitter poll I ran, 21% of my crypto audience respondents think Elizabeth Warren’s plan is “on-mission”.