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Together we can thwart the big-tech data grab. Here's how | John Harris | Opinion | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Blockchain technology has also opened the way to new models whereby endless micropayments can be made in return for particular online services or content; and, if people voluntarily allow elements of their data to be used, rewards can flow the other way. Here perhaps lies the key to a system beyond the current, model-led model, in which services appear to be free but the letting-go of personal data is the actual price."
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Harvard Study Proves Apple Slows Down old iPhones to Sell Millions of New Models - Anonymous - 0 views

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    "People have made the anecdotal observation that their Apple products become much slower right before the release of a new model. Now, a Harvard University study has done what any person with model Trends could do, and pointed out that model searches for "iPhone slow" spiked multiple times, just before the release of a new iPhone each time."
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How Google Maps uses DeepMind's AI tools to predict your arrival time - The Verge - 0 views

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    "The models work by dividing maps into what model calls "supersegments" "
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Google: 100,000 lives a year lost through fear of data-mining | Technology | theguardian.com - 0 views

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    "Fear of data-mining of healthcare could be costing as many as 100,000 lives a year, according to Google's Larry Page. Speaking out in response to fears over his company's vast haul of personal information, Page made the case that not only is Google not going too far with collecting and analysing such information - it's not going far enough."
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Algorithmic cruelty: when Gmail adds your harasser to your speed-dial / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "It's not that Google wants to do this, it's that they didn't anticipate this outcome, and compounded that omission by likewise omitting a way to overrule the algorithm's judgment. As with other examples of algorithmic cruelty, it's not so much this specific example as was it presages for a future in which more and more of our external reality is determined by Googles derived from machine learning systems whose workings we're not privy to and have no say in. "
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Predicting crime, LAPD-style | Cities | theguardian.com - 0 views

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    "The algorithm at play is performing what's commonly referred to as predictive policing. Using years - and sometimes decades - worth of crime reports, the algorithm analyses the data to identify areas with high probabilities for certain types of crime, placing little red boxes on maps of the city that are streamed into patrol cars."
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How cities can serve as a model for social media platforms to build better community spaces / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "It's a useful and insightful perspective, particularly for a time when Facebook is cowering under the pressure of conservative conspiracy theorists, while Twitter took the approach and ended up empowering oil companies by throttling climate activists."
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