Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Social Media and the Big Brother State



“We’re about to see a new arms race between consumer protection versus those companies that want to lure people into something”
Lure people into something? How creepy does that sound?

A few minutes later, the business audience saw how young people invited to Coca-Cola Swelter Stopper summer events were given wristbands embedded with microchips that sent live updates to their Facebook pages.

Their photos were instantly uploaded and tagged, as well.


And these young brainless people took the embedded wristbands?

As we blur the boundaries between marketing and personal life, we and our children leave a trail of electronic breadcrumbs that can be picked up by anyone who has the means to grab and analyze data on social media sites.

There’s nothing malign about marketers wanting to make a buck. (sure there is)

But what about Big Brother?

An arm of the U.S. Department of Defense – The Defense Advanced Research projects Agency, known as DARPA – recently announced a new project, Social Media in Strategic Communication.

“The effective use of social media has the potential to help the Armed Forces better understand the environment in which it operates and to allow more agile use of information in support of operations.”

Third on the project’s list of goals is to, “Identify participants and intent, and ensure effects of persuasion campaigns.”

The New York branch of the U.S. Federal Reserve (FRBNY) has launched a “Social Media Listening Platforms initiative.”

The Request for Proposal (Event 6994) states that the central bank is looking “to establish a fair and equitable partnership with a market leader who will gather data from various social media outlets and news sources and provide applicable reporting to FRBNY.”

“If I believed in conspiracies, I would believe that spooks invented social networks,” Wenning says, with a chuckle.

Wenning is clearly an idiot.

"Conspiracies" are nothing more then two or more people working together.

From the word -Conspire- to plan together. Conspiracy being the fruition of said plan.

Not necessarily evil. One can conspire with another to put on a surprise birthday party or anniversary party.

Digression over, back to the article-

But Max Schrems, a 24-year-old Austrian law student, has doubts.

Earlier this year, Schrems asked Facebook to send him everything connected to his profile. He received a 1,200-page file of all his messages, pokes, likes and status updates.

Even so, there was missing data, he claims. One example is deleted friends, a list he believes lives on in the background.

Because Europe enacted privacy laws that are more strict than those in the United states, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner has ordered an audit of Facebook’s European offices, located in that country.

Schrems remains a daily Facebook user, because he would feel cut off from his social circle if he opted out. But he is careful about what he makes public and what he keeps to himself.

Wenning says many people broadcast too much personal information to the world, “Like yelling into a market with a megaphone.”

His main privacy wish is that people be able to draw curtains between their social and professional lives on social media. “I went out on my motorbike with friends last weekend,” he says. “I behaved quite differently than in this conversation.”

Speaking to social media developers in San Francisco on Tuesday, Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian boiled the tension between public and private down to control:

“Each individual should determine the fate of their information.”

Wenning says that this control is the essence of personal autonomy which, in turn, is an essential building block of an open society.

“We don’t want to kill our democracy by accident,” he says.

No we don't.

UPDATE: mentioned in comments
Face book users are narcissistic and insecure.
As mentioned in comments, it is the very information put up by Face book users that was gathered for the study.

"A study released by Toronto’s York University claims that people who use Facebook the most tend to have narcissistic or insecure personalities.

The Canadian study took a sample of 100 Facebook users between the ages of 18 and 25 and reviewed the subjects’ use of the social networking site as well as the content posted on their profiles.

This experiment isn’t the first of its kind. A 2008 study previously linked Facebook and self-esteem, claiming that untrained observers could detect a person’s narcissism based off of the number of wall posts and Facebook friends the user he or she had.

Reviewing the 2008 study, Physorg.com reported"

14 comments:

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  2. I know, I know it NYS
    I can't keep up with it all.
    I want to get back to posting on Syria, but, that takes serious time
    more then I have right now
    I will check out your posts

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  4. It just keeps coming...SYRIA OPPOSITION WATCH - Radwan Ziadeh, newly appointed the head of the SNC's foreign affairs bureau,and Ammar Abdulhamid, founder of the Tharwa Foundation and a human rights activist, will discuss the ongoing Syrian uprising. In room 500 of the Bernstein-Offit Building - 1717 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C http://thenakedfacts.blogspot.com/2011/10/syria-opposition-watch-radwan-ziadeh.html

    massive demonstration for Assad. THE EMPIRES MUST BE FOAMING OUT THE MOUTHPIECE LMAOO

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  5. Facebook is an information gathering spook dream, as I'm sure the readers here would understand, It's pretty much spying on yourself and sending in a continuously updating report. I worry more for younger people who are being brought up to consider all this normal. New technology changes things in ways that can't always be predicted, for example if I was hit by a bus in town now I could be pretty sure that someone would be filming it on their phone, not a pleasant thought.

    It's nice to have a chat with friends and share things on Facebook but not so nice to think that all of this is recorded somewhere. It seems likely that all of our internet movements are recorded somewhere, for whatever reasons. Most people are ok until they cause trouble in some way. When somebody turns up in the newspapers now the first thing dug up is the Facebook page, photo's, interests etc.

    On the other hand you can have fun making friends with unlikely people. Last year when BP was fucking up the Gulf of Mexico I sent a friend request on facebook to Tony Heyward and to my great surprise he accepted, he obviously wasn't that busy. I think he had about twenty or so friends. I was so surprised that he caught me on the hop somewhat and I spent a while considering exactly what I was going to say to him, during which time he defriended me. A missed opportunity on my part, still there might be possibilities here if used wisely.

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  6. Much as I love my friends, Facebook is a curse.

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  7. Well, Facebook is a PERFECTED form of intelligence gathering on the populace at large. It feeds on people's vanity, plain and simple.

    We are vain, vain, oh so fucking vain.

    We need to have others hear how smart and great we are, how beautiful our children are, hear what mundane or cool things we did that day. It's information diarrhea. And it does indeed normalise the idea of giving away all personal details for free, as if you really want others to know every single fucking thing you are doing today.

    Not like they didn't already have that with email. Anyone harboring thoughts of privacy, as if some extra-law force couldn't pry it open if really need be . . . they need to reexamine things. Everything is for sale, everything can be gotten at a price or pressure point.

    And how sad do some of these people make themselves look?!? Selling imaginary items to others online in an imaginary market to make imaginary profits on an imaginary farm?!? Cripes. The illuminati laugh at the plebes who fall into these mindless traps.

    It's sickening, and against all humanity. I know that all sounds a bit dramatic, but . . . this slippery slope is getting pretty frickin' steep.

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  8. Hey John

    "Facebook is an information gathering spook dream"

    and a marketing dream.

    Your point about young persons is well taken.

    They have grown up knowing nothing else, but, don't they have parents who explain the perils of this medium.

    Even tv has it's pitfalls (the first and most prominent social media)
    Telling you who to be and what too buy so you can be cool, popular, sexy, whatever.

    But never how just to reach your full human potential ethically, morally and spiritually.

    So where are the parents of these kids who are putting there entire lives including drinking, drug use and sexual engagements out there for anyone and everyone to read.

    As you note John-

    "When somebody turns up in the newspapers now the first thing dug up is the Facebook page, photo's, interests etc. "

    How creepy is that?
    And that individual put it all there for everyone and anyone's perusal and interpretation.

    I was rather stunned to read in that article about the young people who took the microchipped bracelets? Yikes!
    Talk about being herded!

    Look at the lawyer who requested all the info held on himself?
    He received what was it ? 1200 pages of info. Can you imagine that?

    Minutiae. Why.

    Imagine the psychological profiling on these people?

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  9. Slozo:

    vain and shallow. With delusions of grandeur.

    It's information diarrhea.
    I like that term


    And it does indeed normalise the idea of giving away all personal details for free, as if you really want others to know every single fucking thing you are doing today.

    And yet some people do.
    wasn't there a study done some time back that facebook users, especially heavy users were insecure

    oh yeah, there was
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1310230/Facebook-users-narcissistic-insecure-low-self-esteem.html

    insecure, narcissistic with low self-esteem.

    Of course all the information is there and accessible for that type of profiling. All provided by the individuals using facebook.

    I wonder too if there is an addictive aspect to it?

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  10. Yes Penny, 1200 pages of information is absolutely ridiculous. I don't know how well marketing works if nobody has any money to spend. I notice that if I look on a site to see the price of say, a new lens for my camera, that everywhere else I go I am hounded for days afterwards by adverts for lenses. Mind you I seem to get lots of adverts for Thai brides as well and I never look for them, not that I have anything against them.

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  11. Hey John!

    I have actually seen that with the following advertising, and strangely enough with cameras.

    Weird.

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  12. Hi everybody!

    Well, I agree with you all + studies. It's so true. However, my approach to FB was only in order to spread important news and critics like those I find here and in other blogs, like snipits; Northerntruthseeker; and many others.
    Nowadays information's quite important and I really try to put people thinking on their own. Somehow, other points of view are not welcomed and for twice, in a week my accounts have been disabled. FB team claims that I must give them my ID card, my cell phone or any other private issue to prove that the disabled account is really mine. I say no and keep on opening new accounts and post my comments which are political incorrect... at the same time this is so hilarious as well as sad. There's no ethics anymore! :(

    See what I mean: http://emsnews.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/zuckerberg-is-selling-private-facebook-information-to-highest-bidders/#more-13188

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  14. Hi Skeptikos!

    "However, my approach to FB was only in order to spread important news and critics like those I find here and in other blogs, like snipits; Northerntruthseeker; and many others.
    Nowadays information's quite important and I really try to put people thinking on their own. "


    Information is important, I agree.
    That is why I put the stuff up I do.
    I hope you did not feel personally attacked or anything like that?
    The reason for posting this was to raise awareness that information is tracked, correlated, and used for whatever?

    I do not think the average facebook participant realizes that.

    And they need to.
    To protect themselves, their families etc.,

    "Somehow, other points of view are not welcomed and for twice, in a week my accounts have been disabled."

    hmmm, why does that not surprise me?

    And the request for personal information???

    cell phones numbers etc.,
    Google asks that all the time, actually so does hotmail.

    Imagine having all your personal information and then the ability to track you via gps in your cellphone.

    If that doesn't creep someone right out???

    "I say no and keep on opening new accounts and post my comments which are political incorrect... at the same time this is so hilarious as well as sad"

    Do that for as long as you can. eventually you will get completely blocked from there.

    thanks for the link to read, I hope others do read it.

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