[-empyre-] Search, privacy, data
christina.spiesel at yale.edu
Tue Feb 28 03:44:41 EST 2012
Here's a recent news story on point:
Governments are using private entities as workarounds when there are
legal barriers to information gathering. Be mindful.
On 2/27/2012 10:42 AM, Ana Valdés wrote:
> I think we are going to see more of this model in the future and I
> don't see real differences between the databases kept by our
> governments and the databases kept by Google or Facebook.
> The difference is maybe the aim, the goals. The governments collect
> data about us to control us and our movements, to be able to track us
> if our dissent becames too dangerous or too subversive.
> But the enterprises and corporations want to make profits selling our
> data to third part.
> However the real challenge should be to deny all these actors access
> to our info, but i'ts not possible since we are using creditcards,
> paying bills digitally and using the banks.
> The Unabomber way of life is not possible anymore :(
> On Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 2:19 PM, Tero Karppi <tjkarp at utu.fi
> <mailto:tjkarp at utu.fi>> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'll start with a theme that is loosely related to privatization
> of the web & related platforms.
> On March 1st, Google will implement its new, unified privacy
> policy. This policy will affect data Google has collected on you
> as well as data it collects on you in the future. Until now Google
> Web History has been isolated from its other services. However
> information across its products. According to Electronic Frontier
> Foundation Google search data is particularly sensitive since it
> can reveal "information about you, including facts about your
> location, interests, age, sexual orientation, religion, health
> concerns, and more." Hence they have urged people to remove their
> Google Search History before the policy takes effect.
> their search; "Our search box now gives you great answers not just
> from the web, but your personal stuff too. So if I search for
> restaurants in Munich, I might see Google+ posts or photos that
> people have shared with me, or that are in my albums." In
> addition, the search will be able to better predict what you
> 'really' are looking for and target ads more accurately.
> Now, what interests me here, at a more abstract level, is the
> change we are witnessing in relation to data mining. Until now,
> more or less, the data we share in various platforms (browser,
> search, social media, iOS/Android etc.) has been mined, combined
> into statistics and potentially sold onwards but we haven't really
> seen it in action except in some more or less accurately targeted
> ads. However, now we are witnessing a throwback of our own data;
> Google begins to make the search more personal, Facebook has the
> frictionless sharing to name a few examples.
> What are the implications of this change? Is the 'social' media
> becoming now more 'individual' and 'personal'? What should we
> think of these algorithms that predict what we want?
> Tero Karppi (MA)
> Doctoral Student | Media Studies | University of Turku
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