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UK, Australia investigating Facebook amid Cambridge Analytica data scandal

ABC News: “Both the United Kingdom and Australia said Thursday that they have opened formal investigations into Facebook amid allegations that their citizens’ data was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. The Information Commissioner’s Office in the U.K. is “looking at how data was collected from a third party app on Facebook and shared with Cambridge… Continue Reading

Why RSS Still Beats Facebook and Twitter for Tracking News

Gizmodo: “You’d be forgiven for thinking RSS died off with the passing of Google Reader, but our old friend Really Simple Syndication (or Rich Site Summary) still has a role to play on the web of 2017. It’s faster, more efficient, and you won’t have to worry as much about accidentally leaking your news reading… Continue Reading

‘Malicious actors’ collected data on 2 billion Facebook users worldwide

It is not surprising to now today from Facebook that the debacle of Cambridge Analytica harvesting data on 87 million people has escalated monumentally to the level of 2 billion users worldwide per the Washington Post: “Facebook said Wednesday that “malicious actors” took advantage of search tools on its platform, making it possible for them… Continue Reading

Variety – Facebook Under Fire: How Privacy Crisis Could Change Big Data Forever

Variety: “…The scandal in a nutshell: Cambridge Analytica, a U.K.-based political data analytics firm, illicitly procured the data of 50 million Facebook users — without their knowledge or consent — and then enlisted that to inform voter-targeting strategies for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. It wasn’t a hack per se. But both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica… Continue Reading

Generational conflicts gain spotlight at The New York Times

Vanity Fair: “Journalism Is Not About Creating Safe Spaces”: Inside the Woke Civil War at The New York Times: Catalyzed by the Trump presidency, roiled by flash points like Glenn Thrush, Bret Stephens, and Bari Weiss, a generational conflict not seen since the 60s is besetting the Times.” “For most of its history, the Times has… Continue Reading

Guide to potential regulatory actions in wake of Facebook-Cambridge Analytica debacle

Axios: “For years, people didn’t mind handing their personal information over to social networks so they could chat with friends or take fun quizzes. That’s changing in the wake of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal. What’s next: There are lots of signals that data privacy rules of some sort are on the way — including congressional… Continue Reading

More insights into Facebook debacle surface

Vanity Fair – “Each time a fresh scandal plays out at Facebook, the company positions itself as playing catch-up. Apparently alarmed and dismayed at the ready spread of fake news on its platform, Facebook de-emphasized posts from media companies. Faced with a decline in user trust, Facebook admitted it might be inherently damaging to democracy.… Continue Reading

The Power Of The Wikimedia Movement Beyond Wikimedia

Forbes: “In January 2017, we the constituents of Wikimedia, started an ambitious discussion about our collective future. We reflected on our past sixteen years together and imagined the impact we could have in the world in the next decades. Our aim was to identify a common strategic direction that would unite and inspire people across… Continue Reading

Americans’ complicated feelings about social media in an era of privacy concerns

“Amid public concerns over Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook data and a subsequent movement to encourage users to abandon Facebook, there is a renewed focus on how social media companies collect personal information and make it available to marketers. Pew Research Center has studied the spread and impact of social media since 2005, when just… Continue Reading

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

The Guardian – Dylan Curran – “The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look..Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even… Continue Reading

Facebook Container Extension: Take control of how you’re being tracked

Mozilla: “Our Multi-Account Containers extension has been a game changer for many users, letting them manage various parts of their online life without intermingling their accounts. To help Firefox users have more control of their data on Facebook, we’ve created the Facebook Container Extension. This extension helps you control more of your web activity from… Continue Reading

FB says – It’s Time to Make Our Privacy Tools Easier to Find – ya think!

Facebook News: “Last week showed how much more work we need to do to enforce our policies and help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have over their data. We’ve heard loud and clear that privacy settings and other important tools are too hard to find and that we must do more… Continue Reading