digital-ad industry says that if it passes it could mean ‘Facebook won’t be free’
Tennessee Congresswoman Martha Blackburn says she wants to give consumers control of their internet experience.
She’s introduced a bill — the “BROWSER Act” — that would require internet users to actively opt in to say yes to any sort of ad tracking or online-data collection.
“Facebook won’t be free,” said Scott Howe, CEO of the data company Acxiom. Acxiom collects consumer data on millions of Americans — where they live and the kinds of things they shop for — that marketers and media companies use to target consumers and deliver more-relevant ads. So it’s looking out for any legislation in this realm closely.
Continue reading New Internet-Privacy Bill to address Ad Tracking or Online-Data Collection
While Facebook, Google, Yahoo and other Social Media Giants debate on whether blocking fake news on their services will be bad enough for their bottom line (because they make revenue for clicks on their sites and traffic flow) instead of focusing on the greater good for their users and society on a whole, a group of college Students have stepped up on done their job for them. Continue reading Students do what Social Giants drag ass on
What is the singularity?
I honestly was not aware of this topic so I set out to do some research to open my mind and man was my mind blown. Basically what I understand is that the singularity is a point in time when technology will surpass human intelligence and humans will start to become the minority in intelligence.
Vernor Vinge introduced the term Technological Singularity in his science fiction novel Marooned in Realtime(1986) and later developed the concept in his essay the Coming Technological Singularity (1993). His definition of Singularity is widely known as the event horizon thesis and in essence says that trans or post-human minds will imply a weirder future than we can imagine:
“Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended. […] I think it’s fair to call this event a singularity. It is a point where our models must be discarded and a new reality rules. As we move closer and closer to this point, it will loom vaster and vaster over human affairs till the notion becomes a commonplace. Yet when it finally happens it may still be a great surprise and a greater unknown.” (1)
Continue reading The singularity – Will it Happen?
Even when installing from the Google Play store, caution should be used when installing apps.
A good rule to follow is to ask yourself if the app being installed is asking for more permissions than what it needs to function. When it comes to a wallpaper app, the list of permissions should be rather short.
It was recently brought to our attention that there was a wallpaper app on the Google Play store that had an extra permission that didn’t fit. It was using the permission GET_ACCOUNTS which allows access to list accounts.
This wallpaper app was doing a bit more than just displaying pictures on the device’s background.
The app goes by the name of Sexy Girls Wallpaper Gallery with the package name com.sexywallpapers.wallpaper.sexy. With the permission GET_ACCOUNTS accepted, it then uses the getAccountsByType() function to gather account information from Google, Facebook, and Twitter.
The stolen account information is then sent to a remote server. This is all triggered when the app is opened.
It uses the value email for Google/email account info, emailf for Facebook account info, and emailt for Twitter account info when sending to the remote server.
Read the entire report at malwarebytes
The newly emergent “big data” meme has never been defined in any meaningful and definitive way. It’s the most amorphous new buzz-term that I’ve seen for a decade. It’s one of those “eye of the beholder” terms used to liven up a seminar and eventually soak investors.
Let’s start by asking what does big data mean? Lots of data? More data than you can handle? Amorphous data? Out of control data? Useful data for analysis? Useless data? Information overload?
If you read enough about big data, it is all of the above and more. The key is not the data, but the challenge of how to handle the data and what to do with the data itself.
In other words, how can we make this huge pile of data, that we have managed to accumulate, be useful in new and profitable ways? The data pools can come from anywhere via various computing mechanisms such as Facebook posts, NSA logs, mailing lists, customers, etc.
I would argue that most readers of this column are themselves repositories of big data. I just bought a 3 Terabyte drive for backup. I have a lot of data to back up! Big data!
From what I can tell, what Big Data does best is spy on individuals.
A useful tool I can imagine would be a big data analysis tool that the police could use to find you guilty of some random crime by going through your files. Or at least find something that would embarrass you. Big data!
This all harkens back to a comment made by a former CEO of American Express, who told an audience that if the company wanted to (and this applies to all credit card companies) it could use your personal buying habits and tendencies to put together a complete dossier and definitely tell if you are having an affair or not. Big data!
None of this sounds good or healthy for the society. Jumping to conclusions, making assumptions, acting on false assumptions. Hounding the public with useless advertisements.