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Are you willing to change your business model in the interest of protecting individual privacy?
Are you willing to change your business model in the interest of protecting individual privacy? 08 June 2018 Sebastian Becker Castellaro

Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as "surveillance companies”. (Edward Snowden) “In total, we believe the Facebook information of up to 87 million people – mostly in the US – may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.” With these words, Facebook’s chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer, admitted to the massive data breach that affected Facebook users around the world. This scandal wa...

Need to Know: Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and privacy concerns
Need to Know: Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and privacy concerns 02 May 2018 May First/People Link

"Facebook: a threat and an opportunity" is the name of the latest instalment of May First/People Link's audio interviews and discussions, as part of the Need to Know project. In this audio, Sainaba Ali and Praveen Sinha from Equality Labs, Nathan "nash" Sheard from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Jamie McClelland from May First/People Link and the Progressive Technology Project discuss the latest scandal surrounding Facebook and&nb...

Inside the Information Society: The impact of the Internet on democratic politics
Inside the Information Society: The impact of the Internet on democratic politics 23 April 2018 David Souter

One of the biggest news stories about the Internet in Britain and America right now concerns Facebook, a company called Cambridge Analytica, and the impact that they might have had on democratic decisions. Two decisions in particular: the narrow vote in Britain to leave the European Union, and the election of Donald Trump. This story’s about many things: the power that data gives to data comp...

Inside the Information Society: W[h]ither Facebook?
Inside the Information Society: W[h]ither Facebook? 26 February 2018 David Souter

I don’t have a Facebook profile.  People ask me why I don’t?  After all, it seems, this puts me in the minority among users of the Internet worldwide.  Answering this question’s made me consider my relationship with social media, and social media’s relationship with our society.   A more personal post than most, therefore, this week, leading to some general observati...

Statement on Facebook's internal guidelines for content moderation
Statement on Facebook's internal guidelines for content moderation 11 August 2017 APC and others

In late May the Guardian released the Facebook Files, leaked internal documents revealing how the company moderates content. Many of us have long called for more transparency around Facebook's content moderation so we can better understand gender-based violence that happens on the platform and provide feedback. Although Facebook has made some improvements1, these documents confirm that it's oft...

Did Facebook finally figure out that consent is more important than nipples?
Did Facebook finally figure out that consent is more important than nipples? 04 May 2017 Erika Smith in collaboration with Fungai Machirori

When you receive calls at all hours from women desperate to get intimate photos shared without consent taken offline, it's a relief to hear about Facebook's latest move to address the distribution of non-consensual intimate images. Finally! Technical solutions to social problems seldom make a good fit, even in a digitally layered world, so here is our take on some pluses and limitations of this...

Inside the Information Society: Marking Mark’s card. A comment on Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto
Inside the Information Society: Marking Mark’s card. A comment on Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto 10 April 2017 David Souter

Each week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week's blog post comments on Mark Zuckerberg says in his recent online "manifesto". Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, recently published a "manifesto" about his company, the Internet and society in general. Last week, I said why I think it is important. Thi...

Inside the Information Society: Making his Mark. Why we should read Mark Zuckerberg
Inside the Information Society: Making his Mark. Why we should read Mark Zuckerberg 02 April 2017 David Souter

Each week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog post looks at Mark Zuckerberg’s recent online ‘manifesto’. A couple of weeks ago, Mark Zuckerberg posted a manifesto on his Facebook page. In it, he addressed some of the challenges he sees facing Facebook and its peers. Facebook ...

It's 2016 and Facebook is still terrified of women's nipples
It's 2016 and Facebook is still terrified of women's nipples 13 January 2017 Japleen

Time and again, Facebook proves to be that Uncle who keeps telling you your skirt is too short, but keeps a stack of highly sexualized and objectifying images of women in his folder. Facebook and I have had a difficult relationship when it came to women’s bodies, especially their breasts and nipples. The first time I was banned from Facebook for 24 hours was for posting this (below) beautiful...

Another Internet.org is possible: A developing country perspective on universal internet access
Another Internet.org is possible: A developing country perspective on universal internet access 10 December 2015 Cristiana González and Mohammad Tarakiyee

This article was originally published by poliTICS, an Instituto Nupef publication, on 22 November 2015 Given that the Internet has become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and accelerating development and human progress, ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all States. – UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue, 2011. We...

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