Archive for the 'World Wide Web' Category

“So long Pop! I’m off to check my tiger trap!”

Friday, November 10th, 2017

S Anand: Every Calvin and Hobbes strip in an instant searchable interface. What is says on the tin. I do have The Complete Calvin and Hobbes on paper, but this is really handy if you want to find just this one strip…

Link via Metatalk.

“I can haz all your votes”

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

The Economist: Once considered a boon to democracy, social media have started to look like its nemesis.. “An economy based on attention is easily gamed.”

“Facebook and Google account for about 40% of America’s digital content consumption, according to Brian Wieser of Pivotal Research, a data provider[.]
[…]
Adult Americans who use Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp spend around 20 hours a month on the three services. Overall, Americans touch their smartphones on average more than 2,600 times a day (the heaviest users easily double that). The population of America farts about 3m times a minute. It likes things on Facebook about 4m times a minute.

The average piece of content is looked at for only a few seconds. But it is the overall paying of attention, not the specific information, that matters. The more people use their addictive-by-design social media, the more attention social-media companies can sell to advertisers—and the more data about the users’ behaviour they can collect for themselves. It is an increasingly lucrative business to be in. On November 1st Facebook posted record quarterly profits, up nearly 80% on the same quarter last year. Combined, Facebook and Alphabet, Google’s parent company, control half the world’s digital advertising.”

Strenge Datenschutzgesetze sollen Nutzerdaten schützen

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Udo Vetter: Digitale Spracherkennung: Was Sie über Alexa, Siri & Co. wissen sollten.

Rechtsanwalt Udo Vetter erklärt, worauf Nutzer bei Geräten mit Sprachsteuerung achten sollten.

“Sprachsteuerung kommt mittlerweile auch da zum Einsatz, wo man sie vielleicht gar nicht erwartet. Zum Beispiel im Kinderzimmer. Hier hielt die Spracherkennung kürzlich durch Spielzeug Einzug. „Hello Barbie“, eine Puppe, schickte zum Beispiel alles an einen Server in den USA. Eltern erhielten einmal pro Woche einen Mitschnitt von allem, was ihr Kind mit der Puppe „besprochen“ hatte. „Hello Barbie“ bekam für diesen fragwürdigen Umgang mit den Persönlichkeitsrechten von Kindern einen Big Brother Award. […]

Auch sonst tun sich Grauzonen auf. Bei uns steht es etwa unter Strafe, wenn man das nichtöffentlich gesprochene Wort Dritter aufzeichnet. Wer also Besuch hat, muss von sich aus dafür sorgen, dass Freunde oder Partygäste nicht ohne ihr Einverständnis von Siri oder Alexa „belauscht“ werden.

(Nicht wirklich) Neues von der Datenkrake

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Spiegel online: WhatsApp-Nutzern könnten Abmahnungen drohen. “Wer WhatsApp nutzt, stimmt der Weitergabe seines Adressbuches an das Unternehmen zu. Diese Praxis sei illegal, urteilt das Amtsgericht Bad Hersfeld im Fall eines Elfjährigen. Für Nutzer könnte das Folgen haben.”

“Wer über WhatsApp die Telefonnummern seiner Kontakte automatisch an das Unternehmen weiterleitet, ohne die Betroffenen vorher um Erlaubnis zu fragen, begeht eine Rechtsverletzung. Das entschied das Amtsgericht Bad Hersfeld in einem Sorgerechtsstreit (Az. F 120/17 EASO), in dem es auch um die Smartphone-Nutzung eines elf Jahre alten Jungen ging.”

(Siehe auch 31. August 2016, 9. September 2016, 27. September 2016.)

“Facebook sells you out, because that’s exactly how they make money.”

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Salim Virani: Get your loved ones off Facebook.

“Facebook is demanding to track what you buy, and your financial information like bank account and credit card numbers. You’ve already agreed to it in the new Terms Of Service. It’s already started sharing data with Mastercard. They’ll use the fact that you stayed on Facebook as “permission” to make deals with all kinds of banks and financial institutions to get your data from them. They’ll call it anonymous, but like they trick your friends to reveal your data to the third-parties with apps, they’ll create loopholes here too.

Facebook is also insisting to track your location via your phone’s GPS, everywhere and all the time. It’ll know exactly who you spend your time with. They’ll know your habits, they’ll know when you call in sick at work, but are really out bowling. “Sal likes 2pm Bowling at Secret Lanes.” They’ll know if you join an addict support group, or go to a psychiatrist, or a psychic, or a mistress. They’ll know how many times you’ve been to the doctor or hospital, and be able to share that with prospective insurers or employers. They’ll know when you’re secretly job hunting, and will sell your endorsement for job sites to your friends and colleagues – you’ll be revealed.

They’ll know everything that can be revealed by your location, and they’ll use it however they want to make a buck.

And – it’ll all be done retrospectively. If you stay on Facebook past January 30th, there’s nothing stopping all of your past location and financial data to get used.”

Link via Garret, who asks: “So, where shall we go, peeps?” – I think most people I’m connected with on FB know about my weblog, or we write emails, or we use Telegram or even Threema to keep in touch. I ripped off the band-aid with WhatsApp last year and haven’t missed it at all. Maybe it’s time for the next step?