As I wrote in Wired: "This may be par for the course with Facebook, but it's not something we as a society can afford to tolerate any longer."
But what about FB's claim that Ad Observatory is redundant because FB already offers researchers access to a database of the ads running on its service? Also demonstrably false. FB's database misses multiple instances of paid disinformation.
It's a mark of just how terrible FB's privacy practices are that multiple journalists found this claim credible enough to repeat (Ad Observer COULD get your friends "interactions" to ads, but it provably does not).
FB claimed Ad Observer users could expose information about which of their FB friends have seen the same ad. It would be terrible - even by FB standards - if this was possible. It implies that when FB shows you an ad, it also embeds info about who else has been shown that ad.
Both of these are demonstrably false claims. When you scrape an ad FB showed you and send it to Ad Observatory, you don't violate your privacy (because you have chosen to make this disclosure), nor anyone else's privacy.
FB is waging a two-front war on the scrappy academics who run this project: first, there are the legal threats (which depend on very shaky legal ground), and then there's a disinformation campaign that smears these academics and their work.
Today, @firstname.lastname@example.org ran my op-ed about @email@example.com's war on #AdObservatory, an @firstname.lastname@example.org project that enlists users to gather the ads FB serves so researchers and accountability journalists can measure how FB is living up to its promises on paid disinfo.
Gladys West: the hidden figure who helped invent GPS https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/nov/19/gladys-west-the-hidden-figure-who-helped-invent-gps
Artificial vision, white space and racial surveillance capitalism
The Few, the Tired, the Open Source Coders - The open source movement runs on the heroic efforts of not enough people doing too much work. They need help. https://www.wired.com/story/open-source-coders-few-tired/
Delivery Workers, Trapped in the System http://chuangcn.org/2020/11/delivery-renwu-translation/
Facebook Knows That Labeling Trump's Election Lies Hasn't Stopped His Posts From Going Viral https://gizmodo.com/facebook-knows-that-labeling-trumps-election-lies-hasnt-1845693925
Conheça a dinâmica dos mecanismos que utilizam dados pessoais para persuasão em campanhas políticas com o vídeo "Seus Dados, Nossa Democracia", acesse:
OPTICAL GOVERNANCE: THE ROLES OF MACHINE VISION IN CHINA’S EPIDEMIC RESPONSE https://strelkamag.com/en/article/optical-governance
Seus Dados, Nossa Democracia, confira o lançamento da @Info_Activism@twitter.com e @email@example.com e entenda como a indústria da influência está moldando nossas democracias. https://twitter.com/casahacker/status/1327990095035641857
Apple tries to clear the air about its anti-malware software accused of collecting users' IP addresses https://www.medianama.com/2020/11/223-apple-anti-malware-gatekeeper-clarification/
What is the impact of AI on education and learning in European cultural institutions?
With @firstname.lastname@example.org, @email@example.com, Michael Campbell, @firstname.lastname@example.org, Stephanie Hankey
The Posthumous Privacy Paradox: Privacy preferences and Behavior Regarding Digital Remains https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3727874
Apple's Ad Practices Are The Latest Target For Privacy Activists https://gizmodo.com/apples-ad-practices-are-the-latest-target-for-privacy-a-1845691038
@TheArtRopeik@twitter.com suggests Data Detox Kit at https://www.datadetoxkit.org/en/home
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