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Latest revision as of 12:42, 10 June 2019

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.

Links

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy (book)
"The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and incontestable, even when they're wrong."
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.
Amazon Can’t Fix Facial Recognition [More...]
"The whole ecosystem of artificial intelligence is optimized for a lack of accountability. Neither the builders nor the users need think too much about the potential consequences of its application, or of mistakes in the code. This is particularly troubling in the realm of facial recognition, which can easily cross the line between useful and creepy. "
Are you ready? Here is all the data Facebook and Google have on you [More...]
"Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it." And they can sell that to government or anybody else if they want, or be forced to reveal it under a court order.
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."
Here's How Not to Improve Public Schools [More...]
The Gates Foundation’s big-data experiment wasn’t just a failure. It did real harm.
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?"
Palantir Knows Everything About You [More...]
Privacy Rights (5 links)
Libertarians only want privacy rights against government based on property rights. This empowers corporations to invade your privacy and financial secrecy for the wealthy as well. Europe is far ahead of the US in protecting our information.
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.
Self-Driving Cars May Hit People With Darker Skin More Often [More...]
We already knew that some facial recognition systems struggle to accurately identify people with darker skin. Now we know that many of the artificially intelligent systems designed to help autonomous cars navigate roads have the same problem.
The Decline of American Journalism Is an Antitrust Problem [More...]
"Weak antitrust enforcement set the stage for Facebook and Google to extract the fruits of publishers’ labor. We won’t be able to save journalism and solve our disinformation problem unless we weaken monopolies’ power."
The Dystopian Future of Price Discrimination [More...]
It's easy to imagine how personally tailored pricing could go terribly wrong.
The Road to Digital Serfdom? The Visible Hand of Surveillance Capitalism [More...]
"The combination of knowledge and freedom works to accelerate the asymmetry of power between surveillance capitalists and the societies in which they operate. This cycle will be broken only when we acknowledge as citizens, as societies, and indeed as a civilization that surveillance capitalists know too much to qualify for freedom."
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."
Welcome to the Age of Surveillance Capitalism [More...]
All that information we’ve handed over can be used in insidious ways in the absence of government oversight.
Who Has More of Your Personal Data Than Facebook? Try Google [More...]
"Google gathers more personal data than Facebook does, by almost every measure -- so why aren’t we talking about it?"
Yes, Government Should Regulate Automated Decision-Making [More...]
"Evidence is mounting for the idea that algorithms should be subjected to public policy tests, and political will is gaining momentum. "

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