The Living Thing / Notebooks : Quantified other

Big data, pre-existing conditions, the pan*icon, and the messy politics of monetising the personal information o the weak for the benefit of the powerful. This will be lots of opinion pieces; for practical info see privacy, a guide to having it.

Facebook will engineer your social life.

You do too have something to hide.

A quick guide to asking Cambridge Anlytica for your data

You commit three felonies a day.

Our cost-cutting institutions are laking our info. After all, Can you secure an iron cage?

A statistical problem with “nothing to hide”.

Laura Northrup: Police Charge Arson Suspect Based On Records From His Pacemaker

Guilty before trial.

Confessions of a data broker and other tales of a quantified society.

Vicki Boykis, Facebook is collecting this:

Facebook data collection potentially begins before you press “POST”. As you are crafting your message, Facebook collects your keystrokes.

Facebook has previously used to use this data to study self-censorship […]

Meaning, that if you posted something like, “I just HATE my boss. He drives me NUTS,” and at the last minute demurred and wrote something like, “Man, work is crazy right now,” Facebook still knows what you typed before you hit delete.

Here’s a trick to get yourself to the correct level of consternation — The Watts Test:

…a simple metric I use to assess the claims put forth by wannabe surveillers: simply relocate the argument from cyber- to meatspace, and see how it holds up. For example, Leslie Caldwell’s forebodings about online “zones of lawlessness” would be rendered thusly:

Caldwell also raised fresh alarms about curtains on windows and locks on bathroom doors, both of which officials say make it easier for criminals to hide their activity. “Bathroom doors obviously were created with good intentions, but are a huge problem for law enforcement. There are a lot of windowless basements and bathrooms where you can do anything from purchase heroin to buy guns to hire somebody to kill somebody”

No-opt-out-gamified citizenship: China builds the mother of all online reputation systems:

China is proposing to assess its citizens’ behavior over a totality of commercial and social activities, creating an uber-scoring system. When completed, the model could encompass everything from a person’s chat-room comments to their performance at work, while the score could be used to determine eligibility for jobs, mortgages, and social services.

They’ve been working on the credit system for the financial industry for a while now,” says Rogier Creemers, a China expert at Oxford University. “But, in recent years, the idea started growing that if you’re going to assess people’s financial status, you should equally be able to do that with other modes of trustworthiness.”

The document talks about the “construction of credibility”—the ability to give and take away credits—across more than 30 areas of life, from energy saving to advertising.

(see also)

Why we live in a dystopia even Orwell couldn’t have envisioned

Alexa O’Brien summarises: Retired NSA Technical Director Explains Snowden Docs.