Thursday, November 15, 2018

We should all worry about corporate control of data

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 TNWThe Next Web: “The information age has delivered innumerable wonders to us and continues to churn out astonishing innovations on a daily basis. The only reason that contemporary society enjoys such awesome technology and progress these days is that we can gleam so much insight from our data, particularly when we combine disparate datasets together and comb through them with analytics technology. More and more often, we’re seeing corporations begin to exploit this process, seizing as much control as possible over the data of everyday people. We should be seriously worried about corporate control of data, especially if we’re concerned about our individual privacy and human rights. Here’s why you should reconsider letting Apple, Microsoft, and other tech behemoths have free reign over your personal data

GQ: “When the apocalypse comes, survivors (and aliens!) will be happy that Martin Kunze built this place…The act of creating that first tablet alone felt absolutely freeing. The ensuing tablets—roughly the size of bathroom tiles—were laser-engraved with personal recollections and global news, texts of books and scientific studies. By starting to build the collection himself first, he hoped to entice others—citizens, scholars, experts, enthusiasts—to add to it. Already he’s up to over 500 tablets, with participants from an array of countries, most of them sending files or e-mails through the website he’s created, with material they want printed on a tablet. They send their diary entries and love letters, newspaper articles and obscure dissertations, blogs and texts, the most important parts of us. “MOM is the first ‘bottom-up’ history of the world,” said Martin…”
Ernst & Young: “Research uncovers that workers prefer check-ins and personal connections over facetime with senior leadership While today’s social climate has been associated with controversy and disagreements, it also seems to be banding people together in a more positive way – surprisingly at work. Regardless of background, gender, sexual orientation or race, individuals are coming together in search of a sense of community and belonging, with many expecting and finding it within the workplace. In fact, in the context of work, research shows that when people feel like they belong, they are more productive, motivated and engaged as well as 3.5 times more likely to contribute to their full, innovative potential. The new EY “Belonging Barometer” study uncovers how more than 1,000 employed adult Americans define belonging, what makes them feel like they belong at work and what makes them feel excluded in the workplace…”

The Future is Now…Technology Review – “The British Army is testing out over 70 new technologies, including unmanned vehicles and surveillance drones, in a four-week experiment on one of its biggest training grounds.

What sort of stuff? The department isn’t giving out specifics but said the focus will be on “surveillance, long-range, and precision targeting, enhanced mobility and the re-supply of forces, urban warfare and enhanced situational awareness.” The development is part of a £800 million “innovation fund” launched in 2016.

Why wouldn’t Americans consider a country and a society much closer to their own — Australia? We, too, are a pioneering, multicultural country, completely devoid of blandness, peopled by individualists, with supermarkets open 18 hours a day, vibrant theater and music and, crucially, broadly well-functioning health and housing systems that are a judicious mix of public and private.
Our (mostly) excellent health system, introduced in 1974, has the strong support of a vast majority of the Australian public. And I believe its architect, Prof. John Deeble of the Australian National University, is still active. I suggest that American policy makers could do worse than give him a call.

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