Cambridge Core - Law and Economics - Re-Engineering Humanity - by Brett Frischmann
Natasha Singer"Re-Engineering Humanity," new from @evanselinger+@BrettFrischmann reels you in like the best episodes of Black Mirror. Only the questions it poses about humans blithely subordinating ourselves to software concern not sci-fi scenarios, but GPS + Fitbits
The scandal over how Facebook let a consulting firm gain access to user information is ushering in a new era for privacy experts, whose warnings about online privacy have long gone unheeded.
Natasha SingerIt's been hard to get consumers interested in privacy because the harms were difficult to understand writes, @nelliebowles. Now, due to Facebook+Cambridge Analytica, the harms are identifiable and frightening, said @ashk4n, a former FTC chief technologist
Internet companies were built on a model in which people gave up their information for free services. Now, that idea is under siege.
Natasha Singer1/ I've been thinking a lot lately about error-correction error. It's when creators are so enamored of the ideas, or tech platforms, they've developed that they make superficial fixes when systemic problems arise -- because they are blinded to fatal flaws.
What kind of thermometer do you need to take a social network’s temperature?
Natasha Singer5/ And when Twitter announces that it's running a contest to find researchers to measure the "health" of its users' conversations instead of recognizing the fundamental dysfunction of its platform model, that's error-correction error.
Google catches the online encyclopedia by surprise with the announcement that it will hand off one of its knottiest problems to a volunteer army.
Natasha Singer4/ And when YouTube announces that it's outsourcing its fact-checking responsibility to Wikipedia, instead of fundamentally reworking its video-processing and recommendation algorithms, that's error-correction error.
In 2011, the F.T.C. first required a company to create a comprehensive data privacy program for consumers. Europe will soon take another big step.
Natasha Singer3/ So when Facebook announces that it is going to reduce third-party access to user data, instead of fundamentally rethinking the company's mass collection, sharing and retention of people's personal details, that's error-correction error.
The internet was never designed for privacy, and between consumer profiling and government surveillance, there’s been little incentive to make it any more private.
Natasha SingerFacebook is the highest-profile broker of ads based on user data, writes @AuerbachKeller: That’s why questions of illegality + terms-of-service violations are misleading. Even absent violations, this sort of data collection is ubiquitous and omnivorous.
Natasha Singer6/ Dear Big Tech: the problem isn't outside "bad actors." It's error-correction error. In other words, the fish rots from the head.