What happens when a major social media platform's business model abuses user trust?
- Facebook has been in plenty of hot water lately with user data scandal.
- Columbia Business School professor Rita Gunther McGrath says the early warning signs were there when considering the social media platform's business model and attitude toward user privacy.
- When users don't understand the extent of content ownership, and the platform they're using is willing to abuse that trust, a lot can go wrong.
The Response Act calls on schools to increase monitoring of students' online activity.
- The Response Act was introduced by Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, and was co-sponsored by five other Republican senators.
- Among other measures, the bill aims to "incentivize schools to enforce internet safety policies that detect online activities of minors."
- However, there is no evidence showing that student surveillance technologies actually prevent violence.
"At this point our data is more valuable than oil," Yang said. "If anyone benefits from our data it should be us."
- 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang published a policy proposal this week calling for personal data to be treated as a property right.
- Currently, tech companies are able to collect, repackage and sell individuals' data with little oversight.
- Yang wants individuals to have the option to sell their personal data, or opt out of the process.
There are good historical reasons why Germans are suspicious of surveillance — but is Google as bad as Gestapo or Stasi?
- Since its launch in 2007, Google Street View has mapped millions of miles of roads across the world – and even gone to space and into the ocean
- Germany and Austria are a conspicuous gap in the mess of blue lines that covers the rest of Europe
- It's to do with Germans' curious sense of privacy: they'd rather flaunt their private parts than their personal data
Before we release new technology into the ether, we need to make safeguards so that bad actors can't misuse them.
- Right now cybercrime is basically a financial crime — it's a business of stealing people's money or stealing their data. Data has value.
- We develop a lot of technology — we need to always ask the question how the new innovation can be misused and make safeguards so that it cannot be done.
- Because we currently don't do these things, we have hackable vehicles, pacemakers, and laptops.