The Privacy Paradox | Google’s A.I. gets greedy | DuckDuckGo

What you need to know to take back your digital identity – and maybe even your soul.

READ and LISTEN: Introducing: The Privacy Paradox – Note to Self – WNYC


If you can’t stop thinking about privacy, well, neither can we. It’s doing wonders for our insomnia. Kidding! Manoush sat down to talk privacy, algorithms, and accountability with Julia Angwin and Anil Dash recently, and we made that live chat into a bonus episode. Julia talked about her “information prepper” lifestyle and what it means to be a data survivalist. Anil talked about why spreading your information as widely as possible is the best defense—heterogeneity as privacy. And we tackle the perennial question: should we all get off Gmail?

fa9c542e-ae6e-4dee-b566-b13af0cd1a1cAlso, weirdly, there were a lot of jokes. LISTEN


Hi everyone!  I’ve taught social media in adult workshops the past few years and I kinda expected social media like Facebook would be a HUGE privacy concern. (I’d thought Facebook was about friends, more contacts, easy to remember their birthdays… THEN marketing, ads and greed took it over.)

There were wise people at the Greenfield College library who had given me handouts on data mining for my classes. I told my students they didn’t have to sign up for anything. I was teaching them the basics about Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Search Engines, How To websites like WikiHow, YouTube, Google+ and others.

In February, I signed up for this week-long brilliant course THE PRIVACY PARADOX. You should listen, too. There is no time limit on this program, it won’t expire, and they have newsletters and tips.

Click the links in these tweets and secure your computers. It’s time we take back our data.

Everything was OK as long as there were enough apples, but when scarcity set in, artificial intelligence began to eliminate the enemy and seize the apples.

Source: Google’s Artificial Intelligence Getting “Greedy,” And “Aggressive”

It’s looking increasingly likely that artificial intelligence (AI) will be the harbinger of the next technological revolution. When it develops to the point wherein it is able to learn, think, and …

Source: Google’s “DeepMind” AI understands the benefits

Robots are taking jobs, but also creating them 

Robots, far more than free trade, are upending labor markets around the globe. Economists debate how much these machines threaten different kinds of jobs.

Millions of people around the world would lose their jobs under these scenarios, potentially sparking mass social unrest and upheaval.

From Duck Duck Go

[DuckDuckGo is the search engine that doesn’t track you. We protect your search history from everyone — even them!]

“Companies like Google uses your profile to filter the results they show you, based on what they think you are most likely to click on. This is commonly known as the “Filter Bubble.”  It’s a form of corporate censorship that can be used to influence public opinion (even unintentionally), such as election outcomes and other political issues.”

Want to learn more about how you are being censored? Check out the TED talk by Eli Parsier.

PBS: What Do Data Brokers Really Know?

While at the Aspen Ideas Festival in CO, Julia Angwin sat down with PBS’s Hari Sreenivasan to discuss what kinds of information data brokers gather about us, how they use it, and what we can do about it.  Read a transcript of our conversation, or watch the video below.


Your papers please?

Granted, in the absence of a national ID card, “we the people” are already tracked in a myriad of ways: through our state driver’s licenses, Social Security numbers, bank accounts, purchases and electronic transactions; by way of our correspondence and communication devices—email, phone calls and mobile phones; through chips implanted in our vehicles, identification documents, even our clothing.


18 thoughts on “The Privacy Paradox | Google’s A.I. gets greedy | DuckDuckGo

  1. It’s scary how much we are already tracked. I de-subscribed from a lot of points cards when I realized they’re really just ways to track our shopping habits. But this stuff is unending.

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    1. Jay, I have a funny story about this. Urban Outfitters had an appalling t-shirt I had to see. So i went and looked at it on their website. Then that t-shirt followed me to Facebook – there it was. I just about sh*t. After listening to the entire series of the Privacy Paradox, I have changed my online habits entirely.


  2. Thanks for this heads up. I installed Privacy Badger and discovered that when you compose a post on WordPress, there are 6 trackers following, including Google’s DoubleClicks spyware service. I guess WordPress is not as benign as I originally thought. I also notice as I type here that there are 17 trackers just on your site.

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  3. It’s pretty sad that the tech world created to “show the bullies” as a revenge-of-the-nerds scenario will be the very one to devour its creators, privacy first…Me, I’m hoping those Tech Snobs DO escape to Mars…and there are Martians waiting for them…Hordes of very Angry Martians with forks if not death-ray guns. Track THAT, I say. (Well, as long as we are deluding ourselves…)

    As an aside, for those interested in post-apocalyptic fiction starring Native Americans, I recommend “Svaha” by Canadian author Charles De Lint… a very interesting take on the consequences of exiling smart folks to remote reservations when the world actually does end…It’s an older title but can still be found. And it is well worth the read…

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  4. Startpage or Ixquick are 2 search engines that allow both anonymous and non anonymous searches. Some folks use VPN services, but since it’s paid for, these services still leave a payment trail that associates you with a certain group. TOR browsers are another tool used to anonymously browse the web, but you have to know how to properly set it up, and one never knows when an exit node has been compromised. TAILS is an OS that is pre-configured for TOR, expect constant updates, but the system does wipe all traces off your computer upon shut down. Best to use it from an IP address that can not be associated with you or someone you know, like a public library or inter net café. Your Smart Phone always scans for a free wifi signal, a Dutch electronics retailer has already publicly admitted they use this to trace your movements within the store, and judging by the time you spend in a certain spot, they know what you are looking for with out ever talking to you. Free wifi anyone?.. No?…But it’s free and you don’t even know you are getting it!

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      1. There is more, keep your cards in a metal box, an RFID chip can be read from 20ft away unless it’s shielded by a metal cage. I use an aluminum envelope for my passport. These chips were hacked and cracked back in 2013 and this information was actually published, but rarely read. Greetings again, Onno.

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    1. Well almost any ferrous metal enclosure would function as what is called a Faraday Cage. It could be either solid metal or a wire mesh. As it stands, I don’t own or use Smart Phones, so I can’t comment on Faraday Cell Phone Envelopes, but I would be scouring Goodwill stores or garage sales for old cookie, Candy, Cigar or Chocolate tins that would fully enclose the phone and still fit in a pocket. Why spend money on something that could essentially be made of a used old Soup Can? Something we toss in the garbage on a regular basis.

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  5. I have a feeling that we have already lost this battle. By using a ‘free’ platform to blog, we allow WP access to almost everything we do. Even paying to use your own website still means allowing access to the site provider, and payment tracking. Buy something with any card, and it is obviously tracked, for our ‘own security’. I don’t use the Internet on my phone, but I am sure that the network provider can easily recall any of my data it wants to see anyway.
    I also use a free email (Yahoo) and the speed with how that translates my web browsing into advertisements is almost frightening. Click off a product page back to Yahoo, and in the time it takes to switch screens, an advertisement for the product you were looking at will appear on the sidebar of your email list. I do use a small hard case for all plastic cards though. It is aluminium-lined, and prevents remote access to card details, or cloning. My wife works in a bank, and she bought it after seeing how many cards are cloned these days.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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