Facebook will be better at privacy for Europeans, but Americans, Asians, Africans and the rest of FB users are out of luck

“Just as Standard Oil once cornered 85% of the refined oil market, today Google drives 89% of internet searches, 95% of young adults on the internet use a Facebook product, Amazon accounts for 75% of ebook sales, while Google and Apple combined provide 99% of mobile operating systems” Vince Cable calls for break-up of Google, Facebook and Amazon: Recent scandals have changed …

Agreeing on a democratic alternative, participatory planning and a democratic economy

A decentralized-planned economy or decentrally-planned economy (occasionally horizontally-planned economy) is a type of economic system based on decentralized economic planning, in which decision-making is distributed amongst various economic agents or localized within production units. Decentralized planning is held in contrast to centralized planning where economic information is aggregated and used to formulate a plan for production, investment and resource allocation by a central authority. Decentralised planning can take shape both in …

Customers are the product: At Facebook, the private data of 87 million people have been used without authorization by the micro-target marketing company Cambridge Analytica, used to target 100s of millions more ads

Excerpt from: https://www.theguardian.com/media/media-blog/2018/apr/15/why-the-politicians-must-set-their-sights-on-facebook The private data of 87 million people have been used without authorisation by the marketing company Cambridge Analytica and used to target ads to still more tens and hundreds of millions.   Cambridge Analytica, the micro-targeting firm – partly owned by the rightwing billionaire Robert Mercer and used by the Trump campaign in the 2016 election – uses psychometric data to …

Another reason for local public internet provision

Very few of us are privileged enough to #DeleteTheInternet.  Thanks to Trump and the Republicans, providers are allowed to monitor customers’ behaviour and, without their permission, sell that data for targeted ads Among the Obama administration’s last major policy reforms was implementing Federal Communications Commission rules limiting how internet providers use and sell customer data, and giving customers more control …

5 ways blockchain can upgrade existing energy systems and open renewable energy access

By Douglas Miller, EnergyWeb.org, March 2018 Renewable energy and carbon market industry leaders gathered in Amsterdam on March 13–14 for the annual REC Market Meeting. At this global expert meeting focused on energy attribute tracking systems, representatives from 200+ organizations rallied around the notion of collaborative competition: the idea that all market participants, even industry competitors, stand to benefit from improvements …

12 Things Everyone Should Understand About Tech

Published on March 16, 2018 by Anil Dash CEO of Fog Creek Software Tech is more important than ever, deeply affecting culture, politics and society. Given all the time we spend with our gadgets and apps, it’s essential to understand the principles that determine how tech affects our lives. Technology isn’t an industry, it’s a method of transforming the culture and economics of existing …

AI And Open Data Show Just How Often Cars Block Bus And Bike Lanes: Bike lanes have obstacles 40% of the time in NYC study

Fast Company, 03.21.18, AI And Open Data Show Just How Often Cars Block Bus And Bike Lanes: Using publicly available camera footage and a machine-learning algorithm, we can now say that the lanes are blocked almost always. BY EILLIE ANZILOTTI Alex Bell, a cyclist, programmer, and lifelong New Yorker, is fed up with vehicles drifting into lanes that are not meant for them. …

Imagine you were developing a model to reach vulnerable US voters, that you could tailor based on data from 87 million users…

Facebook Says Data on 87 Million Users May Have Been Improperly Shared: Facebook’s Zuckerberg to testify before House Committee on April 11 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to go before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee for questioning on digital privacy. PHOTO: STEVEN SENNE/ASSOCIATED PRESS By John D. McKinnon and Georgia Wells. WSJ.com 4 Apr 2018 WASHINGTON— Facebook Inc. said it believes that information on …

How Facebook Helps Shady Advertisers Pollute the Internet

By Zeke Faux, Bloomberg, March 27, 2018 It was a Davos for digital hucksters. One day last June, scammers from around the world gathered for a conference at a renovated 19th century train station in Berlin. All the most popular hustles were there: miracle diet pills, instant muscle builders, brain boosters, male enhancers. The “You Won an iPhone” companies had display …

The Risks and Rewards of Municipal Broadband: Broadband is the most important infrastructure investment a community can make, especially as a new generation of connection is upon us: ultra-broadband

A smart city is really about the application of data, the acquisition of data and how do we apply the data analytics to make better decisions. For me and the way I look at how we gauge smart cities, it’s about making better decisions with better data. In many cases, automating decisions that can be automated frees us up to …