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Facebook to be banned in Papua New Guinea for a month to research on users' behaviour and deal with 'fake news'- Technology News, Firstpost

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Publication Date: 2018-05-29
The Papua New Guinea government is planning to shut down Facebook for a month to understand users' behaviour and safeguard them from fake news. According to a report in The Post Courier on 28 May, communication minister Sam Basil said the shutdown would enable the department and Papua New Guinea National Research Institute conduct research on how the social networking site is being used by users. "The time will allow information to be collected to identify users that hide behind fake accoun...
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Zuckerberg’s False Promises: Examining The Ethics of Data in the Social Media Era - Dataconomy

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Publication Date: 2018-05-11
During his appearance before the United States Senate’s Commerce and Judiciary committees, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did quite the job tiptoeing through a minefield of potentially threatening inquiries. Based on his answers, he either has no idea how the platform – which was founded controversially – works, or he blatantly lied to protect his interests in the firm. Despite the obviously high-tech nature of Facebook, no experts were present to evaluate the claims of the technology mogul. W...
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One-fifth of Delaware's population may have had Facebook data exposed : NewsWorks Tonight : Community : WHYY

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The personal information of more than 200,000 Delawareans was compromised in the recently disclosed Facebook data breach, according to the state Department of Justice. Attorney General Matt Denn said 902 Facebook users in Delaware installed an app that allowed Global Science Research to access personal information of those users and their friends without their knowledge or permission. Facebook estimated that nearly 201,000 people in Delaware were friends with those on the social media site w...
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Meet the Psychologist at the Center of Facebook's Data Scandal - Bloomberg

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Publication Date: 2018-03-20
In a video published online in September, a social scientist named Alex Spectre made an earnest pitch for his new startup. Clad in the Silicon Valley uniform of open-collar shirt and blazer, Spectre boasted that his company -- Philometrics -- would revolutionize the way online surveys were done, making it easier for companies to design questionnaires that people would actually respond to on Facebook, Twitter or other sites. Crucially, he said, the surveys could predict the responses for large...
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Big Data Semántico: “Las empresas chilenas prefieren esperar que otro lo pruebe primero” - Diario Financiero

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Publication Date: 2017-07-26
¿No tienes una cuenta MiDF? O puedes ingresar a través de tus redes sociales * La red social que elijas será la que tendrás que ocupar siempre al conectar
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Clinton-Trump debate #1: What the data from social media tells us - TechRepublic

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Image: Getty Images This article was originally published on CNET. Big Data was a big part of the first big debate. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump battled it out Monday night at Long Island's Hofstra University in the first of their three debates as they race to become the next US president. The candidates sparred over "America's direction," "achieving prosperity" and "securing America" — basically anything — in a debate that was expected to draw an audience on par with the Super Bowl. ...
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Marketers are feeling the impact of Facebook's role in Russia's presidential election influence campaign - Digiday

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Publication Date: 2017-10-10
Russian trolls are influencing how Facebook lets advertisers target its users. Facebook is now stipulating that targeted political ads on its platform undergo human review, which could slow down how quickly marketers can get their Facebook ads up and running. While the change in ad reviews will have the biggest impact on political advertisers, it is notable because it shows the pressure Facebook is facing for letting a Russian troll farm buy ads on its platform is leading the social giant to...
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In Its Own User Base, Facebook Confronts a Wide and Varied World

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The latest shoe has dropped on Facebook: Private data on 50 million users found its way to a shadowy research outfit, Global Science Research, and then on to Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm launched by former White House adviser Steve Bannon. How does Zuckerberg convert his apology into action while respecting the vastly differing circumstances that his network connects? Zuckerberg has come out with a mea culpa for this latest breach of digital trust. But his company’s glob...
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SCL Elections ignores ICO order to provide access to personal data | WIRED UK

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Enforcement officers for the Information Commissioner spent nearly seven hours investigating the London offices of Cambridge Analytica in late March after a High Court judge granted a search warrant Jack Taylor/Getty Images Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, a company closely related to Cambridge Analytica is refusing to hand over data requested by the Information Commissioner's Office, days are getting longer as Earth's rotation slows, unexplained blocks and homophobic adverts affect LGBT+ Y...
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The calculations of Muhammad bin Salman - Loosening up and cracking down in Saudi Arabia

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THE holy month of Ramadan used to be an occasion for royal amnesties in Saudi Arabia. But instead of granting pardons, Muhammad bin Salman, the crown prince and power behind the throne, has added to the 2,000 or so political prisoners detained since September. Over the past month his goons have arrested 17 liberal activists. Nine are women, some of whom campaigned for the right to drive. Prince Muhammad has loosened the kingdom’s social restrictions. The decades-old ban on female drivers wil...
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Why do we stay on Facebook? It’s complicated

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Publication Date: 2018-06-03
By Kathryn Jezer-Morton Lately, I can’t log onto Facebook without being asked to consider my own motivations for using the site. As a researcher who focuses on online communities, I’m accustomed to this running meta-narrative about what it is I’m actually doing online — but usually, that narrative plays inside my head, not all the way down the feed I’m scrolling through. It’s like my research questions have sprung to life these days: What’s Facebook all about, anyway? Is this even fun? If i...
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48-million Data Profiles Left Exposed on AWS Server

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Publication Date: 2018-04-20
(No Ratings Yet) (No Ratings Yet) Loading... Loading... 48-million Data Profiles Left Exposed on AWS Server LocalBlox, a private intelligence agency, scraped profiles from Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter A private intelligence agency accidentally leaked over 48-million user profiles when it left them exposed on an Amazon Web Server. The company, LocalBlox, scrapes data from social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Zillow. The data was stored in an Amazon S3 storage bucket that ...
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Election Tech: Big data proves that America is a purple country - TechRepublic

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When you display big buckets of voter data on a map—coded red for Republican and blue for Democrat—the United States is clearly a purple country. Every campaign, from presidential to local elections, relies on big data. Specifically, campaigns buy voter information and social media data. L2 Political is one of the most widely used campaign data vendors. Customers range from presidential campaigns to local elections to PACs. The product is a powerful window to information like voter name, par...
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The calculations of Muhammad bin Salman - Loosening up and cracking down in Saudi Arabia

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Publication Date: 2018-06-09
THE holy month of Ramadan used to be an occasion for royal amnesties in Saudi Arabia. But instead of granting pardons, Muhammad bin Salman, the crown prince and power behind the throne, has added to the 2,000 or so political prisoners detained since September. Over the past month his goons have arrested 17 liberal activists. Nine are women, some of whom campaigned for the right to drive. Prince Muhammad has loosened the kingdom’s social restrictions. The decades-old ban on female drivers wil...
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Campaign 2016: These are the big tech companies powering the election - TechRepublic

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Top Election Tech Companies The 2016 campaign is the most technologically sophisticated general election in the modern era. Two major tech trends--big data and social media--play a major rule inside both the Clinton and Trump campaigns, as well as local and regional down ticket races. In modern campaigns, data informs everything from spending and resource allocation, to policy and communication strategy, to get-out-the-vote efforts. Information is aggregated from voter registration files, s...
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Election tech: Lies, damned lies, and statistics - TechRepublic

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Getty Images/iStockphoto "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." Benjamin Disraeli A bitter cold wind whipped the proud flag around a pole as steely gray as the New Hampshire winter sky. "He can't win," she said on condition of anonymity, "because his big data is nonexistent. Has no ground game. He has no get-out-the-vote operation." As canvassers and candidates trudged through the snow, we chatted in a cozy Manchester diner, anxiously waiting for early primary ...
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Gallery: Voter maps from must-win battleground and swing states - TechRepublic

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US Voters The 2016 campaign is the most data-rich election in history. Voters, like consumers, are bombarded with target-marketed messages engineered to endear sentiment, provoke evangelism, and compel action. Personal information gathered from social media sites, retail data, census data and other public records, voter history, and private sets is curated by data analysis firms. The uber-data sets are exported to CRM-like management tools that segment data and help campaigns craft advertis...
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Social media giants should be forced to reveal political ad details, whistle-blower tells MPs - The Globe and Mail

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Publication Date: 2018-05-29
Open this photo in gallery Whistle-blower Christopher Wylie speaks in London, on March 26, 2018. Alastair Grant/The Canadian Press The Canadian whistle-blower at the centre of the Cambridge Analytica scandal says social media giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter should be forced to disclose all details related to political advertising. Christopher Wylie told MPs on Tuesday that this “simple solution” would go a long way toward addressing nefarious uses of social media in politics such a...

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