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1/ thread on excellent new episode of @reveal on #geneticgenealogy, the use of #DNA profiling to target criminal suspects, which features many of my "favorite" themes revealnews.org/episodes/catch… #consumergenetics #geneticdata
2/ theme: researchers who can't burn down the world fast enough, here in the form of one of the top genetic genealogists in the world (whose name is in the transcript), who sounds completely uninterested in the obvious perils of this tech, so pushes on regardless
3/ theme: "crowdforcing," when the data someone else shares inherently shares information about you and other people who have in no way consented to their data being shared at all (comments toward end by Maryland law prof Natalie Ram) uncomputing.org/?p=1658
4/ theme: emergence of genealogy and ancestry technology in evangelical mission of Mormon church, something I've talked with @kinlane, @Tim_Duffy_PhD & others for a while (intvw with Michael Usry) & intersects with work of people like @C_Stroop; hope to do more
5/ dystopia denialism & special pleading by those with vested $ interests in tech, here offered by CEO of Parabon NanoLabs (episode does not mention that scientist interviewed is also lead geneticist for that company)
6/ theme: special pleading via "completely different & exactly the same," when CEO claims #geneticgenealogy is exactly the same as police using #Facebook to track contacts (which is already a problem, but...) but also very different = why we need it uncomputing.org/?p=221
7/ theme: nodding at TOS as if folks have any idea what they are really consenting to when they upload their data; all over #CambridgeAnalytica, #Facebook, #Google & other highly abusive corporations' practices
8/ theme: dystopia denialism, when both scientist and CEO completely brush off any concerns about where this might be leading, despite how clear & obvious they are
9/ theme: very blurry lines between public & private use of invasive data. in #geneticgenealogy, whole point is for police to use private company data, & both scientist & CEO & clearly frustrated by consumers & advocates resisting this, a theme @hypervisible & I talk about a lot
10/ theme: hope, in the form of the Maryland law prof Natalie Ram, Maryland legislator Charles Sydnor, & @reveal producers themselves, who clearly articulate many of the reasons this whole area of tech needs to be reigned in
11/end. Key quote from Natalie Ram, whose reasoning would sound sane outside of Silicon Valley: "law enforcement could solve lots more crimes if they were able to enter anyone's home at any time just because they wanted to. We don't allow that."
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