Big tech companies track us and gather information on all aspects of our lives. This gives them intimate insight which they exploit for financial gain. This socioeconomic system is known as surveillance capitalism and has dire ramifications for human rights and democracy.
In this talk, we will outline how surveillance capitalism impacts our rights and freedoms both as individuals and as a society. But we won’t stop there. Surveillance capitalism is neither inevitable nor unavoidable. We will cover both current and upcoming efforts to build a bridge to a fairer future using ethical technologies. Our suggestion is simple:
(This is the first half of the talk, presented by Laura. The second half of the talk is presented by Aral Balkan, and covers the solution.)
A German consumer watchdog has successfully sued two e-commerce websites which passed on data to Facebook without the user’s consent.
For more than a year we’ve been investigating Cambridge Analytica and its links to the Brexit Leave campaign in the UK and Team Trump in the US presidential election. Now, 28-year-old Christopher Wylie goes on the record to discuss his role in hijacking the profiles of millions of Facebook users in order to target the US electorate
Cambridge University researchers have developed software based on Facebook ‘likes’ which can predict human personality types better than close family members
This study compares the accuracy of personality judgment—a ubiquitous and important social-cognitive activity—between computer models and humans.
Belgian police have warned citizens not to use Facebook’s new Reactions, to protect their privacy.
The site shows users how Facebook categorizes them. It doesn’t reveal the data it is buying about their offline lives.
The security researchers who found Facebook’s ‘shadow profiles’ bug have rung the alarm that Facebook is compiling “frightening” dossiers on everyone possible.
Google’s artificial intelligence subsidiary is in talks with NHS trusts across the country to implement its technology…
In Toronto, Alphabet, Google’s parent company, hopes to create the sensor-filled metropolis of tomorrow.
Report: How thousands of companies monitor, analyze, and influence the lives of billions. Who are the main players in today’s digital tracking? What can they infer from our purchases, phone calls, web searches, and Facebook likes? How do online platforms, tech companies, and data brokers collect, trade, and make use of personal data?