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FTC votes along party lines to fine repeat-offender Facebook $5B for the #CambridgeAnalytica mass data abuse scandal. Additional restrictions that may be imposed have not yet been reported. #TheGreatHack cnbc.com/2019/07/12/ftc…
$FB stock surges on the news. Guess even $5B is nowhere close to an effective punishment in the eyes of investors. Just the cost of doing business. #SurveillanceCapitalism
@ceciliakang reports that FB may accept some new oversight but no restrictions on data collection and sharing, partly why the two Dem commissioners voted against the settlement. It’s weak sauce. nytimes.com/2019/07/12/tec…
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1/ #Facebook released their #Libra #cryptocurrency whitepaper today. This is a stable coin governed by a Foundation that is comprised of a handful of the world’s largest corporations
2/ The currency will run on the Libra #blockchain and coins will be backed by assets consisting of bank deposits and government securities that will be issued by the Libra Reserve whose members each invested a minimum of $10M to run a validator node
3/ This pseudo #decentralization is not being brought into the world to ‘empower billions of people’ or ‘help people everywhere live better lives’ as Facebook suggest
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Watching International Grand Committee hearing in Ottawa, platform session. Zuckerberg and Sandberg ignored subpoena and may now be voted on for parliamentary contempt. Chairs learned they were rebuffed via @donie’s reporting, not FB. #ETHI #IGC parlvu.parl.gc.ca/xrender/en/Pow…
The expert panels were so much more interesting. Stunning contrast. Platform spokespeople are paid to make this stuff sound as boring as possible.
FB’s Chan and Potts claim not to have reviewed public record on @CommonsCMS investigation into Cambridge Analytica, especially remarks made by FB to DCMS in public. Still not answering Q about when Zuck knew what when about Cambridge Analytica. #ETHI #IGC
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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power - Shoshana #Zuboff

#amreading

Get ready to get super angry at the tech giants
The Definition: Surveillance Capitalism, n. #Zuboff
The oldest questions have come roaring back with a vengeance. The digital realm is overtaking and redefining everything familiar even before we have had a chance to ponder and decide. #Zuboff
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Ad targeting has horrific externalities on society in the name of eliminating perceived waste in ad spending. Since the market has been captured by a ruthless duopoly, it’s time to tax the true cost of “free” services. #SurveillanceCapitalism
Google and Facebook captured 77% of advertising revenue from local newspapers. These communities are being robbed of their civic vitality to make rich tech robber barons richer. It’s time to give back. wsj.com/graphics/local…
Sheryl Sandberg insists to Congress that TV advertising is too expensive for small business so that’s why the duopoly needs to enjoy free reign to capture the ad market. But my cable provider runs ads telling local businesses they can sell ads for the cost of search and digital.
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You couldn’t pay me to install an Alexa in my home. Ok maybe a million dollars. bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Also: AI is still bullshit. It’s made of people.
Why a million dollars? Well, when I first requested my Cambridge Analytica data it cost £10. Then British lawyers came out of the woodwork to represent my data quest to fully excercise my data rights. Then its value inflated beyond a million dollars in legal fees on contingency.
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#SurveillanceCapitalism from @shoshanazuboff is a MUST read. But at over 700 pages, it’s a beast, so in the thread below I’ve outlined some key ideas. Zuboff introduces a new language to help define an emerging system of power. Also see @susskind_TBA @MazzucatoM @profgalloway
1/ Surveillance capitalism (S.C.) is “a new economic order that claims human experience as free material for hidden commercial practices of extraction, prediction and sales”.
2/ S.C. introduces a new form of power called “Instrumentarianism”. Instrumentarian power “knows and shapes human behavior towards others ends. Instead of armaments and armies, it works its will through the automated medium of an increasingly ubiquitous computational architecture
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Tweeting Shoshana Zuboff lecture at @UCBerkeley Privacy Must Fall: The World According to #SurveillanceCapitalism
Title homage to Wm Morris, a Romantic. Had a yearning nostalgia in face of Industrialism, but focused on beauty in textiles and buildings. Sought self-regulation, made moralistic appeals
But then read Marx's Capital. Was riveted, and became a disciplined thinker. Destruction of beauty not an unfortunate byproduct but a necessary consequence of industrial logic. New situation: "a river of fire", alive and devouring. The river of fire not industrialism
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Fortunately, many nationwide are waking up to the Cover-Ops the corrupt #FBI is running as it targets stand-out Americans of integrity and lies to their neighbors and families about their supposed culpability in some vague "investigation" which will run for yrs, decades. #FBILies
#DisclosureOnTargeting In fact, I have come to understand, if you are the target today of an FBI Smear Campaign in yr neighborhood, what it really means is you are someone of enormous spiritual power and potential they are deadly afraid of and wish to shut down. You stand w. MLK.
It is time to start exposing all of these Covert-Ops running agencies for the corrupt criminal behavior they are flaunting, by daring to label people of integrity "terrorists" "suspected terrorists," submitting them to neverending investigations, smear campaigns, Stealth NLWs.
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"Protecting your online privacy is tough—but here's a start" - nice explanation of the problem with #SurveillanceCapitalism by @szymielewicz. The conclusion is missing important historical context though: we know from tabac companies, petrol, etc that... qz.com/1525661/your-d…
@szymielewicz ... without potent legislation and will/mean to enforce it, capitalistic companies will exploit any loophole, any grey - even if dark, dark grey - zones. They will buy scientist and expert to claim false reports (scientificamerican.com/article/exxon-… and all cancer related studies fir ex)...
@szymielewicz ... and of course they will try to influence/bribe governments to let exploit people and make money (see for ex tabac industry in Germany, still able to do a lot more things than elsewhere in Europe, and all the they give to politician parties). And of course, it's even worst...
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"If you have nothing to hide you are worthless" Shoshana Zuboff #CPDP2019
Should we not gather in resistance against surveillance capitalism which has come to destroy human nature as industrial capitalism did to nature?
@murakamiwood digital is another special fix of capitalism to commodify aspects of human experience until now uncommodified.
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Ok, I’m usually fairly cheerful, or at least practical action oriented on here, but I gotta say..
In 2003, the arctic ice sheet cracked in two, monsoons didn’t come to India, and it hailed in LA in the summer, and those are just the few highlights I remember.

2003.
2001 is when we really needed all the people out in the streets
(we still need that today of course #FamiliesBelongTogether)

2001 is when we lost the democracy we’d squandered for years.

Florida. Supreme Court. Nepotism. Don’t @ me.

2001.
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