The algorithmic prison idea is that big data allows business and government to deny us loans, jobs, right to travel, etc. without our knowing why or being able to contest and change the data. This also makes us very vulnerable to dirty tricks.
While governments may use algorithmic prison ideas, they were developed by private business: things like credit scores, marketing lists, etc. Private business can be oppressive using this concept.
China's planned "Sesame Credit" system is a horror designed by gaming companies to exploit the big data of social networking as well as the big data of commerce.
- Welcome to Algorithmic Prison [More...]
- The algorithmic prison idea is that big data allows business and government to deny us loans, jobs, right to travel, etc. without our knowing why or being able to contest and change the data. This also makes us very vulnerable to dirty tricks.
- NEW 2/13/2018: Big Tech: The New Predatory Capitalism [More...]
- "The five largest global corporations by market value are the five tech firms named above... We already know these firms have crippled entrepreneurship... We already know they’ve concentrated economic gains in a few small enclaves... The question is no longer whether we have a problem with Big Tech; it’s what we’ll do about it."
- China’s New Tool for Social Control: A Credit Rating for Everything [More...]
- "Beijing wants to give every citizen a score based on behavior such as spending habits, turnstile violations and filial piety, which can blacklist citizens from loans, jobs, air travel."
- From Territorial to Functional Sovereignty: The Case of Amazon [More...]
- "[Major digital firms] are no longer market participants. Rather, in their fields, they are market makers, able to exert regulatory control over the terms on which others can sell goods and services... persons will be increasingly subject to corporate, rather than democratic, control."
- Libertarian Org Ready To Sue Instagram For Allegedly Removing Its Account [More...]
- "Libertarian nonprofit The Atlas Society (TAS) says its Instagram page, which it used to post political content and promote its work, was taken down roughly a month ago with little to no explanation in an apparent act of censorship." But Instagram is private property. By libertarian lights, they can do what they want.
- Markets Today Are Radically Different Than What We Believe -- We Have the Façade of Competition [More...]
- "Will the collection of consumer data by digital platforms ultimately expand choice and empower consumers, or will it be used to diminish consumer surplus?"
- Propaganda Games: Sesame Credit -- The True Danger of Gamification [More...]
- "China has gamified being an obedient citizen with the creation of Sesame Credit. It creates a social score that pushes people to behave the way the government wants. Though currently opt-in, it will become mandatory in 2020." Horrible, squeaky YouTube video with very good explanation.
- The Dystopian Future of Price Discrimination [More...]
- It's easy to imagine how personally tailored pricing could go terribly wrong.
- We can't let John Deere destroy the very idea of ownership. [More...]
- "Over the last two decades, manufacturers have used the DMCA to argue that consumers do not own the software underpinning the products they buy -- things like smartphones, computers, coffeemakers, cars, and, yes, even tractors."
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