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Offline F eq ma

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Interesting article on advertising vs privacy
« on: Wed, 19 January 2022, 22:23:41 »
Found the following an interesting read.   Thought I would share.

Made me recall when people would add keywords to emails to disrupt searching algorithms.   Could a browser flood random advertising bits to disrupt the data collection?   Could the public hijack the system to make tracking impossible.  I suspect not.   It is a whack a mole with advertising having deep pockets always winning.   In a way, the same dynamic is with hacker groups.  We can react, but always in the defense.

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Re: Interesting article on advertising vs privacy
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 21 January 2022, 03:48:13 »
That is really awesome.

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Re: Interesting article on advertising vs privacy
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 23 January 2022, 23:13:07 »
Found the following an interesting read.   Thought I would share.

It is a worthwhile article (the "signal loss" euphemism was of particular interest for students of doubletalk like myself).  However, to my mind this quote places it in, "believe it when you see it, not before" territory:

In this article I’ll discuss some indications that Facebook is beginning to adjust its advertising-tracking model so they can make money without invading your privacy quite as much.

I am unclear as to why they would want to change their multi billion-dollar making ways when their proven and lucrative business model is entirely predicated on violating the privacy of its users. 

The author of the article seems willing to put his faith into Facebook changing its ways, but the vague "indications" he describes are not, to my mind, very convincing.  From a cost/benefit perspective, I should think it far cheaper for Zuckerbook to simply buy off irksome politicians as needed and continue to keep doing what they have always done: contrive new and interesting ways to violate the privacy of their users.

Having said that, I do find MPC an interesting concept and I thank you for bringing it to my attention; it sounds like a collaborative tool with great potential.  And whilst I am sceptical that Zuckerbook has any incentive to pay it more than token attention, I am always delighted to be pleasantly surprised.

Some years ago, a chap at IBM came up with a superb chart to show Zuckerbook users what the platform was doing to them:

It would be wonderful if the *book people would change their ways to the point where an updated chart would show user privacy expanding rather than contracting.

(I'll believe it when I see it.)

« Last Edit: Sun, 23 January 2022, 23:23:25 by Stupidface »

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Re: Interesting article on advertising vs privacy
« Reply #4 on: Mon, 24 January 2022, 08:49:35 »

buy off irksome politicians as needed

The story of the downfall of US society in 6 words.

An excellent book that places these problems in historical context:
The radical right has been going through a period of post-Jan 6 retrenchment and reorganization that has the surface appearance of a decline: A recent study of political violence in the U.S. finds that it declined sharply, numerically speaking, in 2021.But just as the decline in the total numbers of hate groups over the same period disguised a shift on the ground in which fewer people signaled their radicalization with membership in hate groups, while certain groups also significantly increased in recruitment and in violent activity, the researchers at the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) who compiled the data warn that the underlying conditions around the decline indicate it is far more likely to be a period of calm before the storm.
“While the total number of political violence events in the United States declined in 2021 after far-right groups stormed the Capitol at the start of the year, trends since then reflect an ongoing evolution in anti-democratic mobilization on the right,” the report warns. “Many of the same far-right groups and networks involved in the Capitol attack have adapted their activity to fit the new environment."