industryterm:online activity

  • How I automated my #twitter account

    We need to start assuming that I do not like Twitter but I find it very useful to stay updated. I never said I was a coherent person. But I really hate to enter on Twitter to write something constantly (I do not even on Facebook) but this does not mean that my online activity is stopped or that I do not use other platforms. here is why I spent my last evening to understand how to transform my actions on the platforms that I use more in tweets to keep my profile updated (and maybe create interest on what I do). I have found the answer to my needs in IFTTTWhat is IFTTT?Short for “If This, Then That,” #ifttt is an easy way to automate tasks that might otherwise be repetitive or unable to talk to each other, like if i change my profile picture on Facebook change it on Twitter. The users are (...)

    #automation #twitter-automation #automation-tools

  • Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’ — ProPublica

    Want to market Nazi memorabilia, or recruit marchers for a far-right rally? Facebook’s self-service ad-buying platform had the right audience for you.

    Until this week, when we asked Facebook about it, the world’s largest social network enabled advertisers to direct their pitches to the news feeds of almost 2,300 people who expressed interest in the topics of “Jew hater,” “How to burn jews,” or, “History of ‘why jews ruin the world.’”

    To test if these ad categories were real, we paid $30 to target those groups with three “promoted posts” — in which a ProPublica article or post was displayed in their news feeds. Facebook approved all three ads within 15 minutes.

    There are times where content is surfaced on our platform that violates our standards,” said Rob Leathern, product management director at Facebook. “In this case, we’ve removed the associated targeting fields in question. We know we have more work to do, so we’re also building new guardrails in our product and review processes to prevent other issues like this from happening in the future.”

    Facebook’s advertising has become a focus of national attention since it disclosed last week that it had discovered $100,000 worth of ads placed during the 2016 presidential election season by “inauthentic” accounts that appeared to be affiliated with Russia.

    Like many tech companies, Facebook has long taken a hands off approach to its advertising business. Unlike traditional media companies that select the audiences they offer advertisers, Facebook generates its ad categories automatically based both on what users explicitly share with Facebook and what they implicitly convey through their online activity.

    Traditionally, tech companies have contended that it’s not their role to censor the Internet or to discourage legitimate political expression. In the wake of the violent protests in Charlottesville by right-wing groups that included self-described Nazis, Facebook and other tech companies vowed to strengthen their monitoring of hate speech.

    #Economie_attention #Industrie_influence #Fake_news #Facebook

  • Ah ben ils ne sont toujours pas morts : Anonabox sort 3 nouvelles boîtes lors du #CES 2016, nommés Fawkes, Tunneler et Pro.

    Fawkes et Pro ont un client Tor incorporé.
    Tunneler sert comme service VPN en utilisant HideMyAss !

    Anonabox is a pocket-sized privacy device that uses VPN services (Virtual Private Network) or the Tor network to help keep online browsing private, bypass censorship, deter hackers and access the deep web. The Anonabox Original routed Internet traffic through the Tor network, cloaking users’ IP address and location, while ensuring online activity was anonymous.

    The new generation of Anonabox devices features an advanced user interface, as well as the option of using the Tor network or a VPN (featuring HideMyAss! Pro services). Earlier this year, Anonabox agreed to terms with tech distributor Ingram Micro, paving the way for the devices to reach retail locations.

    Pour les soucis qu’avait rencontré l’Anonabox précédemment, voir

    #anonymity #anonymité

  • Cops Are Scanning Social Media to Assign You a “Threat Rating” | The Free Thought Project

    Online activity, purchases, and “comments that could be construed as offensive,” all contribute to your threat score.

    Police State, USA — Imagine the following scenario: You are on your way home from work, driving down the road, when you notice police lights in your rear view mirror. You are being pulled over.

    As you sit their, on the shoulder, adrenaline rushing, simultaneously angry and nervous, the police officer, in his patrol car behind you, is sizing you up based on an algorithm that determines your “threat rating.”

    The officer enters your license plate into a mobile application on his laptop. In a matter of seconds, this application crawls over billions of records in commercial and public databases, including all available social media engagement, recent purchases and “any comments that could be construed as offensive.” The application then determines if your “threat rating” is green, yellow, or red.

    Imagine that you are one of our informed and frequent readers and understand the importance of police accountability and are unafraid to voice your completely peaceful, yet strong opinion about police misconduct. Imagine that you left a comment on facebook this morning about a particular officer’s misconduct; imagine that it is this particular officer who just pulled you over.

    #police #big_brother #réseaux_sociaux #état_policier

    • .:: City Council backs away from social spyware :: Cascadia Weekly ::.

      The proprietary algorithm was cause for concern among many who spoke at the evening hearing.

      “Given that this is a private company, they are not subject to the same public records act that government agencies are subject to, so unless the company is forced to give this information to the City Council as part of the buying process now being considered, we may never know how these threat scores are developed,” Hildes said.

      “We do know that Intrado’s threat score is partially based on social media statements. If someone has made any threatening statements on the internet, that goes into the score. But who knows how much weight is given to this? So someone who rails against the government or against police abuse, can they expect that if they call 911 or someone calls 911 about them, that they will be facing guns drawn because of the Intrado score?”

    • En gros lors d’une interpellation le flic rentre ton nom, et le programme va chercher ce que tu as dis sur les réseaux sociaux et ailleurs pour voir si tu représentes une menace. Comme si c’était pas déjà horrible, l’entreprise et le logiciel sont privés, donc ils pondèrent comme ils veulent. Au final on t’attribue une couleur verte, orange ou rouge

    • -- Le crime-par-la-pensée est une terrible chose, vieux, dit-il sentencieusement. Il est insidieux. Il s’empare de vous sans que vous le sachiez. Savez-vous comme il s’est emparé de moi ? Dans mon sommeil. Oui, c’est un fait. J’étais là, à me surmener, à essayer de faire mon boulot, sans savoir que j’avais dans l’esprit un mauvais levain. Et je me suis mis à parler en dormant. Savez-vous ce qu’ils m’ont entendu dire ?

      Il baissa la voix, comme quelqu’un obligé, pour des raisons médicales, de dire une obscénité.

      -- À bas Big Brother ! Oui, j’ai dit cela ! Et je l’ai répété maintes et maintes fois, paraît-il. Entre nous, je suis content qu’ils m’aient pris avant que cela aille plus loin. Savez-vous ce que je leur dirai quand je serai devant le tribunal ? Merci, vais-je dire, merci de m’avoir sauvé avant qu’il soit trop tard.

      -- Qui vous a dénoncé ? demanda Winston.

      -- C’est ma petite fille, répondit Parsons avec une sorte d’orgueil mélancolique. Elle écoutait par le trou de la serrure. Elle a entendu ce que je disais et, dès le lendemain, elle filait chez les gardes. Fort, pour une gamine de sept ans, pas ? Je ne lui en garde aucune rancune. En fait, je suis fier d’elle. Cela montre en tout cas que je l’ai élevée dans les bons principes.

      #surveillance #algorithme

  • What #Surveillance Valley knows about you | PandoDaily

    A recent study showed that Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to having their online activity tracked and analyzed. Seventy-three percent of people polled for the Pew Internet & American Life Project viewed the tracking of their search history as an invasion of privacy, while 68 percent were against targeted advertising, replying: “I don’t like having my their online behavior tracked and analyzed.”

    This isn’t news to companies like Google, which last year warned shareholders: “Privacy concerns relating to our technology could damage our reputation and deter current and potential users from using our products and services.”

    Little wonder then that Google, and the rest of Surveillance Valley, is terrified that the conversation about surveillance could soon broaden to include not only government espionage, but for-profit spying as well.


  • Cute cat theory of digital activism

    Tiens, je ne connaissais pas... (Trouvé en faisant des recherches sur la sérendipité. Juré.)

    The cute cat theory of digital activism is a theory concerning Internet activism, Web censorship, and “cute cats” (a term used for any low-value, but popular online activity) developed by Ethan Zuckerman in 2008.[1][2] It posits that most people are not interested in activism; instead, they want to use the web for mundane activities, including surfing for pornography and lolcats ("cute cats").[3] The tools that they develop for that (such as Facebook, Flickr, Blogger, Twitter, and similar platforms) are very useful to social movement activists, who may lack resources to develop dedicated tools themselves.[3] This, in turn, makes the activists more immune to reprisals by governments than if they were using a dedicated activism platform, because shutting down a popular public platform provokes a larger public outcry than shutting down an obscure one.[3]

    #cute_cat_theory #lolcat #activisme #internet

  • NSA and Wall Street: online activity shrinks, changes post-Snowden - We Live Security

    Some 47% of people we surveyed said that they had changed how they used social media because of the Snowden/NSA revelations. Changed how? They agreed with the statement: “I am more careful about what I share via social media.” This does not mean a bunch of people are dropping social media, but I find it pretty shocking that almost half who do use it are now thinking differently about what they share.