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Steve Bannon: Facebook controls your life – video

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 23, 2018 4741

Steve Bannon has distanced himself from Cambridge Analytica and said Facebook controls people's lives through algorithms. The former White House chief strategist was speaking at the FT Future of News conference in New York. It was his first public appearance since the Observer and the Guardian revealed that the personal data of about 50 million people in the US had been harvested and improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica

'Tech CEOs are like cult leaders' – the artists taking on Facebook and big data

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 22, 2018 4535

Langland and Bell are celebrating their 40th year together – by taking an uncompromising look at Silicon Valley’s utopian promises

By a remarkable coincidence, on Wednesday, right as Mark Zuckerberg finally addressed the unfolding Facebook data-breach scandal, British artists Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell opened their new exhibition about the unchecked power Facebook and the other big tech companies wield.

Twitter not protecting women from abuse, says Amnesty

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 20, 2018 4052

Human rights group says trolls are winning as site has become toxic place for women

Twitter is failing to prevent online violence and abuse against women, creating a toxic environment for them, Amnesty International has claimed.

In a report published on Wednesday, the day that Twitter celebrates 12 years since the first tweet, Amnesty said the social network responded inconsistently when abuse was highlighted, even when it violated its own rules.

The case for abolishing online anonymity | Letters

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 20, 2018 4049

The Guardian requires a name, address and phone number for all of its letter-writers, points out Dr Monica Threlfall. Nigel Gann, Michael Rundell and Martin Davidson air their thoughts on Cambridge Analytica. And Patrick Cosgrove says just don’t use Facebook

When democrats fought for free speech, they envisaged the freedom for a person to say publicly what they think without having recourse to anonymity out of fear of persecution (

Black Panther becomes most tweeted-about movie ever

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 20, 2018 4046

The hit Marvel adventure has been mentioned more than 35m times, knocking off Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the top spot

Black Panther has become the most tweeted about movie ever.

Twitter revealed news that the Marvel hit has been mentioned more than 35m times, pushing previous record holder Star Wars: The Force Awakens to second place, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi in third.

Related: After Black Panther: can Hollywood maintain black visibility on screen?

Commonwealth Games wifi service will mine visitors' Facebook data

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 20, 2018 4039

The data mining, which the Gold Coast council says is legal, will be used to market the city to tourists

The Gold Coast council will use a new city wifi service to harvest Facebook data from visitors to next month’s Commonwealth Games.

The data mining, which the council says is legal and will be used to help the city market itself to tourists, relies on visitors using their Facebook accounts to log into a new high-speed wifi service.


Time to cut ties with the digital oligarchs and rewire the web | Lizzie O’Shea

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 19, 2018 3814

The Facebook scandal shows that the rules of the internet need to be written by ordinary people, not corporations

Facebook’s reckless vanity has made the headlines again, with the revelation that data it held on about 50 million users was exploited commercially without their consent, and that when Facebook found out about this, it did pathetically little.

Bento the Keyboard Cat, internet sensation and YouTube star, dies

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 20, 2018 3808

The beloved feline star of the popular meme has died age nine. But does this really mean the end?

Tonight he’s jamming with Kurt and Jimi. Keyboard Cat, the internet meme that bookended a thousand pratfalls, is dead.

In April 2009, thanks in part to a single tweet by Ashton Kutcher, videos of a cat “playing” a junky little Casio riff became the de rigeur way to “play out” any footage of, say, a man falling down an escalator in a wheelchair, a singing woman

Where's Zuck? Facebook CEO silent as data harvesting scandal unfolds

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 19, 2018 3580

Amid calls for investigation and a #DeleteFacebook campaign, company releases an official statement but its figurehead keeps quiet

The chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has remained silent over the more than 48 hours since the Observer revealed the harvesting of 50m users’ personal data, even as his company is buffeted by mounting calls for investigation and regulation, falling stock prices, and a social media campaign to

'It might work too well': the dark art of political advertising online

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 19, 2018 3577

Digital campaigns have evolved from banner ads 20 years ago to Cambridge Analytica harvesting our Facebook data. Has the rise of micro-targeting become a threat to democracy?

Alan Gould was hitting a wall. It was the late 1990s, and the political advertising operative had an idea about using a relatively newfangled tool – banner ads on web sites – to promote political candidates. “It was pretty clear to me at the time that the ability to target and tailor messaging was perfect for political campaigns,” Gould recalled recently.

The Cambridge Analytica exposé shows the UK needs better data protection | Liam Byrne

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 19, 2018 3575

From the savagery in Salisbury to ‘dark social ads’, Russia’s hybrid warfare is here and needs a swift response. US law may have the answer

The Observer’s remarkable exposé of Cambridge Analytica must now bring down the curtain on the permissive environment for online electoral sabotage. It’s time for new laws, starting with a new UK version of the Honest Ads Act proposed in Congress, so voters finally learn who is targeting them with what “news” – and who’s writing the cheques.

The Guardian view on data protection: informed consent needed | Editorial

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 19, 2018 3564

When privacy becomes a commodity to be traded, the integrity of democratic politics is at risk

The outrage surrounding the activities of Cambridge Analytica coincides with the passage through parliament of the data protection bill. Taken together, these two developments frame the debate about privacy. Until now, the big data harvesting companies have approached their obligations to the people who supply their personal data much in the spirit of the Vogon demolition fleet in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, when Arthur Dent protests that the annihilation of the Earth has come without any warning: “But the plans were on display … on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard’.

The Guardian view on free speech online: let law decide the limits | Editorial

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 18, 2018 3328

The standards by which the internet is controlled need to be open and subject to impartial judiciaries – not left to advertisers

The revelations we publish about how Facebook’s data was used by Cambridge Analytica to subvert the openness of democracy are only the latest examples of a global phenomenon. All over the world, governments are coming to grips with the destructive power of social media.