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NYT, Guardian – How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions

During the election cycle in 2016, my FB page was routinely slammed with hateful and biased ads. This made no sense at the time, as I was not affiliated with any groups online, I did not opine about the candidates, and I did not “like” or “share” posts. Although I repeatedly adjusted my settings to increase the site’s purported privacy and security settings, the content continued to appear. I limited my use of FB as I was unable to ignore the insufferable bombardment of content that was in no small way disgusting and intolerable. But still the spamming continued – and it escalated into a crescendo of vile propaganda that continued after the election. It abated, and then, seemed to have ended. Is this coincidence or is there a relationship to the issues with FB that have surfaced with growing media coverage, Congressional hearings, and escalating user push-back. The New York Times, the Guardian and the Observer provide investigative reporting, and it adds up to a monumental issue for FB, for social media, for Americans, the global community, and for democracy.

  • Data Leak Puts Facebook Under Intensifying Scrutiny on Two Continents – “Lawmakers in the United States and Britain demanded on Sunday that Facebook explain how a political data firm with links to President Trump’s 2016 campaign was able to harvest private data from more than 50 million Facebook profiles without the social network alerting those whose information was taken. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, a Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, went so far as to demand that Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, appear before her panel to explain “what Facebook knew about misusing data from 50 million Americans in order to target political advertising and manipulate voters.” The calls followed reports on Saturday in The New York Times and The Observer of London that Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm founded by Stephen K. Bannon and Robert Mercer, the wealthy Republican donor, had used the Facebook data to develop methods that it claimed could identify the personalities of individual American voters and influence their behavior. The firm’s so-called psychographic modeling underpinned its work for the Trump campaign in 2016, though many have questioned the effectiveness of its techniques…”
  • The Guardian – How Cambridge Analytica turned Facebook ‘likes’ into a lucrative political tool – Cambridge Analytica: how 50m Facebook records were hijacked “The algorithm used in the Facebook data breach trawled though personal data for information on sexual orientation, race, gender – and even intelligence and childhood trauma…five years ago psychology researchers showed that far more complex traits could be deduced from patterns invisible to a human observer scanning through profiles. Just a few apparently random “likes” could form the basis for disturbingly complex character assessments…”
  • Whistleblower Christoper Wylie interview with The Guardian:
  • Whistleblower Christopher Wylie interview with Channel 4 News:
  • Christopher Wylie Suspended by . For blowing the whistle. On something they have known privately for 2 years.”
  • How to Make a Clean Break With the Clingiest Social Networks – “…the biggest networks have made it overly complicated to delete your account. But if you are set on getting rid of them, here’s what you’ll have to do.”
  • The Atlantic – What Took Facebook So Long? “Scholars have been sounding the alarm about data-harvesting firms for nearly a decade. The latest Cambridge Analytica scandal shows it may be too late to stop them.”

Ongoing series of nonverbal algorithm assembly instructions based on IKEA methodology

“IDEA is a series of nonverbal algorithm assembly instructions by Sándor P. Fekete, Sebastian Morr, and Sebastian Stiller. They were originally created for Sándor’s algorithms and datastructures lecture at TU Braunschweig, but we hope they will be useful in all sorts of context. We publish them here so that they can be used by teachers,… Continue Reading

Inside the Comics Collection of the World’s Largest Medical Library

Hyperallergic – “In 2016, the National Library of Medicine started collecting “graphic medicine” — materials that use comics to teach the public about illness and health. Millions of books, journals, manuscripts, and images fill the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library, on the grounds of the National Institutes of Health. The documents cover the long… Continue Reading

Preaching to the choir – Why Reading Books Should be Your Priority, According to Science

Inc., Christina DesMarais: “More than a quarter–26 percent–of American adults admit to not having read even part of a book within the last year. That’s according to statistics coming out of the Pew Research Center. If you’re part of this group, know that science supports the idea that reading is good for you on several… Continue Reading

Why do people go to Wikipedia? A survey suggests it’s their desire to go down that random rabbithole

NeimanLab: “What’s motivated people to visit the Wikipedia pages they’re reading? Wikipedia recently tried to answer that question at scale by asking a sample of Wikipedia readers last June, “Why are you reading this article today?” It seems a lot of people go to Wikipedia for earnest, serious, information-seeking reasons. The study collected 215,000 responses… Continue Reading

Research – Published Versions Of Papers In Costly Academic Titles Add Almost Nothing The Freely-Available Preprints They Are Based On

Tech Dirt: “The open access movement believes that academic publications should be freely available to all, not least because most of the research is paid for by the public purse. Open access supporters see the high cost of many academic journals, whose subscriptions often run into thousands of dollars per year, as unsustainable for cash-strapped… Continue Reading

Facebook Quietly Hid Webpages Bragging of Ability to Influence Elections

The Intercept: “When Mark Zuckerber  was asked if Facebook had influenced the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, the founder and CEO dismissed the notion that the site even had such power as “crazy.” It was a disingenuous remark. Facebook’s website had an entire section devoted to touting the “success stories” of political campaigns that used the social network to… Continue Reading

Legal tech is opening the system to those who need legal representation the most

TechCrunch: “…Emerging startups like and legal tech products like LegalZoom and DocuSign have lowered the barrier to entry for legal protection that was previously confined to law offices. Now anyone can write their will or incorporate a company without having to seek legal counsel. The dissolution of the traditional legal business model is good… Continue Reading

Paper – Visualizing the Academic Discipline of Knowledge Management

Visualizing the Academic Discipline of Knowledge Management, Peng Wang, Fang-Wei Zhu, Hao-Yang Song, Jian-Hua Hou and Jin-Lan Zhang. Sustainability 2018, 10(3), 682; doi:10.3390/su10030682. Received: 29 December 2017 / Accepted: 2 March 2018 / Published: 24 February 2018. “The aim of this paper was to evaluate the research status of knowledge management (KM) and identify the… Continue Reading

The Quest for a Universal Translator for Old, Obsolete Computer Files

Atlas Obscura – To save bygone software, files, and more, researchers are working to emulate decades-old technology in the cloud. “…The digital world continues to expand and mutate in all sorts of ways that will orphan and otherwise impair file formats and programs—from ones long forgotten to ones that work just fine today but carry… Continue Reading

Commentary – how do we fix life online without limiting free speech

New Yorker – Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify the Internet How do we fix life online without limiting free speech? “Which Web sites get the most traffic? According to the ranking service Alexa, the top three sites in the United States, as of this writing, are Google, YouTube, and Facebook. (Porn, somewhat hearteningly, doesn’t… Continue Reading

10 Ways To Explore The Internet Archive For Free

Internet Archive Blogs: “The Internet Archive is a treasure trove of fascinating media, texts, and ephemera. Items that if they didn’t exist here, would be lost forever. Yet so many of our community members have difficulty describing what exactly it is…that we do here. Most people know us for the Wayback Machine, but we are… Continue Reading