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As our behaviors, bodies, and environments are made legible as data, and as our online experiences mesh with our offline ones, we need to try to unpack these uncanny encounters with data. Throughout history, new technologies provoke moral panic and anxiety—in part because those technologies upend our understanding of time, place, and ourselves. But as we adopt and domesticate them, these technologies become integrated into our lives and embedded in the cultural fabric. The more time we spend time with our data doppelgängers, the more familiar they may become. That’s why it is so important to be able to scrutinize our data and hold accountable the systems collecting our data while those processes are still malleable. The same dominant sociotechnical systems that favor data for its objectivity put our subjectivity at risk. We need to demand more ways to keep our data doppelgängers in check.
(Source: The Atlantic)
|Facebook announced on Thursday that it is going to give its users the ability to see the dossiers of likes and interests it keeps on them, as well as the ability to change, add or delete information in those files. And if you don’t like an ad, you will be able to tell the social network what types of marketing messages you would rather see. But even as the social network gives its users more insight into the data it collects on them, it said it would also begin adding even more details to their profiles gleaned from watching what they do on other websites and from their smartphone apps. Users can opt out of such extended tracking, but they will have to visit a special ad industry website and adjust their smartphone settings to do so. Continue reading the main story|
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|The additional tracking immediately raised the hackles of privacy advocates, who warned that the end result will be a Facebook that knows more about its users than ever before and uses that information to sell products to them. Photo|