We claim to want it, companies claim to provide it, but we all just accept that, well, you have no privacy online.
The bigger picture that’s emerging from DNA ancestry testing is that we’ve underestimated the extent of mixing between ancestral groups throughout human history. Looking at the pie chart might give you the impression that there are discrete borders within you and boundaries between your different ancestries, but as Aeromexico so eloquently put it, “there are no borders within us”.
GDELT, a digital news monitoring service backed by Google Jigsaw, has released a massive, open set of linking data, containing 1.78 billion links in CSV, with four fields for each link: "FromSite,ToSite,NumDays,NumLinks."
A major problem with creating reports like this is that they only judge students on a small number of behaviours that ‘count’. They ignore, and even deter, diversity. For example, teachers have to identify behaviours they want students to exhibit so they can monitor them using ClassDojo. Default options include working hard, on-task, and displaying grit. This list has to be limited to a number of behaviours that is manageable by the teacher to track. The selected behaviours end up being the ones that count, others are ignored, thus promoting conformity.
This data includes
- First and last names
- Student usernames
- Students’ age
- School names
- School addresses
- Photographs, videos, documents, drawings, or audio files
- Student class attendance data
- Feedback points
- IP addresses
- Browser details
- Referring URL’s
- Time spent on site
- Page views
- Teacher parent messages
Moreover, ClassDoJo says it ‘may also obtain information, including personal information, from third-party sources to update or supplement the information you provided or we collected automatically’.
The ‘sensitive information’ contained in ClassDojo is the behavioural record built up from teachers tapping reward points into the app.
I think that it needs to be noted that although there is a focus on ‘wellbeing’ the affordances of the application can be used in different ways. For example, Bianca Hewes has used it to monition 21st century learning.
Definitely not in Kansas anymore. Sometimes I stop and ask myself how did I got here?
How the suggestion box, once a simple tool for giving feedback, played a role in the weirder and darker data-hungry present for many companies.
With the accelerating appetite for managed services in the cloud, APIs are becoming the new de facto standards much as open source was before it.
Roger McNamee lays out some major topics and areas of concern where Facebook may be a threat to a civil and civic society:
- Democracy (see, election interference)
- Privacy (see, data surveillance of every click and view and share by Facebook)
- Data (see, sale of data to third-party vendors)
- Regulation (see, not any to speak of)
- Humanization (see, or lack thereof)
- Addiction (see, the world around you)
- Children (see, bullying and alarm bells about the brain)
“Raw data is both an oxymoron and a bad idea; to the contrary, data should be cooked with care.” “Raw” carries a sense of natural or untouched, while “cooked” suggests the result of cognitive processes. But data is always the product of cognitive, cultural, and institutional processes that determine what to collect and how to collect it. In this sense, “raw data” is indeed a contradiction in terms. In the ordinary use of the term “raw data,” “raw” signifies that no processing was performed following data collection, but the term obscures the various forms of processing that necessarily occur before data collection. (Summary via Tom Woodward)
Assumptions inevitably find their way into the data and color the conclusions drawn from it. Moreover, they reflect the beliefs of those who collect the data. As economist Ronald Coase famously remarked, “If you torture the data enough, nature will always confess.” And journalist Lena Groeger, in a 2017 ProPublica story on the biases that visual designers inscribe into their work, soundly noted that “data doesn’t speak for itself — it echoes its collectors.”
via Tom Woodward