Some years ago I was completely locked up in facebook. Now the newsfeeds of social media no longer control me. I manage my own news sources using the free open technology called RSS. You can too, it is surprisingly easy!
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We live in the age of data collection. Everywhere we go we leave a trail of small pieces of knowledge. Each piece on its own doesn’t do much, but collecting and assembling these pieces into a personality profile is a huge business. That’s how advertisement networks target ads to you across apps and devices. You probably already know this, you’ve seen the ads, you’ve seen the news articles exposing it. But that is not what makes me concerned.
When you buy an Alexa speaker or a device with built in Google Assistant, you probably expect it to listen and record, at least when you talk to it. But there is something else in your home that is monitoring you all the time and sending that data to third parties. It is your “Smart” TV. Almost every smart TV from every brand run local content recognition software (ACR) to detect your media consumption patterns.
Take a look at this condensed keynote presentation from Facebooks developer conference. They know they are failing our trust and are trying do better. Sounds almost believable right? Clicking play above allows Google to track your visit to this website. Here’s a non tracking link to this video › Just watching this video gives me the shivers. The new facebook design will be more “immersive”, as in more addictive!