Privacy in the Age of the Algorithm

The apps on smartphones may seem innocent enough, however, thanks to AI and algorithms which gather information about our usage, the apps know more about us than we ever thought possible.
In our most recent blog post: The Algorithm Effect: How algorithms influence our decisions, we discuss the use of algorithms in everyday life.
How concerned are you about how monitored we all are, and what kind data is being collected and where it’s all going? Let us know your thoughts.

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Robert Epstein has been studying for many years how algorithms influence decisions. See this article for an example.

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@kirkmahoneyphd I just read that article. :flushed: WOW. Is there a worse offender than Google? Deep down, I think we all know this, but sometimes I get this feeling that there is no turning back & there is really not much we can do, unless we REALLY take drastic measures.

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According to what Ive read Google collects 12Mb of data/device in average per day. I think its more than that.
Interestingly there are quite a few projects aiming at “deGoogleing” your phone at the moment. Some are Linux based, while others are “liberated” android versions.
/e/ project is one of them.

Currently reading cryptographer Bruce Scheneiers bok “Data and Goliath”. Very interesting. https://www.schneier.com/books/data-and-goliath/

Edit: I was wrong, Its way, way more than 12Mb per day…

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I just came upon this article in the WSJ about how Google/Gmail was caught giving third parties full access to user emails and also tracking all of your purchases.: https://www.wsj.com/articles/techs-dirty-secret-the-app-developers-sifting-through-your-gmail-1530544442

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@john This is a very concerning trend. I think I’m gonna start a thread about secure email servers. Thanks for prompting this idea.

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@urszula, here’s an article published this week by Robert Epstein:

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