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.Google is not ‘just’ a platform. It frames, shapes and distorts how we see the world - The Guardian

Last week, we reported how extremist sites ‘game’ the search engine, boosting their propaganda. In response, the web giant appears to have modified some results, but would like us not to notice. (...)

Type this into your Google search bar: “did the hol”. And Google suggests you search for this: “Did the Holocaust happen?”

And this is the answer: no. The top result is a link to stormfront.org, a neo-Nazi site and an article entitled: “Top 10 reasons why the Holocaust didn’t happen”. The third result is the article “The Holocaust Hoax; IT NEVER HAPPENED”. The fifth is “50 reasons why the Holocaust didn’t happen.” The seventh is a YouTube video “Did the Holocaust really happen?” The ninth is “Holocaust Against Jews is a Total Lie – Proof.” (...)

[Google]refused to comment on the search results I found – such as the autocomplete suggestion that “jews are evil”, with eight of its 10 top results confirming they are – and, instead, hand-tweaked a handful of the results. Or as, we call it in the media, it “edited” them. It did this without acknowledging there was any problem or explaining the basis on which it is altering its results, or why, or what its future editorial policy will be. Its search box is no longer suggesting that Jews are still evil but it’s still suggesting “Islam should be destroyed”. And, it is spreading and broadcasting the information as fact.

This is hate speech. It’s lies. It’s racist propaganda. And Google is disseminating it. (...)

Google writes the code that drives the algorithm that returns the results. How they write this code, what they use to assess authority and credibility, how that enables Stormfront to spread its lies and spew its poison is entirely its responsibility. (...)

It’s our world. Our internet. Our history. And we have to wake up to what is happening right now on the laptop on our desk, the phone in our pocket, the tablet in our children’s bedrooms. This is our choice: do something. Or accept the truth according to Google. That six million didn’t die. That the Holocaust never happened. That we didn’t care enough to remember.

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Tags: #google #algorithm #media #news #information #stormfront #bias #holocaust #history #right-wing organisations #hate speech #racism

Google is not ‘just’ a platform. It frames, shapes and distorts how we see the world

The right is rewriting history on the web. We must seize back control | Carole Cadwalladr
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skanda42 3 years ago
.Google is not ‘just’ a platform. It frames, shapes and distorts how we see the world - The Guardian

Last week, we reported how extremist sites ‘game’ the search engine, boosting their propaganda. In response, the web giant appears to have modified some results, but would like us not to notice. (...)

Type this into your Google search bar: “did the hol”. And Google suggests you search for this: “Did the Holocaust happen?”

And this is the answer: no. The top result is a link to stormfront.org, a neo-Nazi site and an article entitled: “Top 10 reasons why the Holocaust didn’t happen”. The third result is the article “The Holocaust Hoax; IT NEVER HAPPENED”. The fifth is “50 reasons why the Holocaust didn’t happen.” The seventh is a YouTube video “Did the Holocaust really happen?” The ninth is “Holocaust Against Jews is a Total Lie – Proof.” (...)

[Google]refused to comment on the search results I found – such as the autocomplete suggestion that “jews are evil”, with eight of its 10 top results confirming they are – and, instead, hand-tweaked a handful of the results. Or as, we call it in the media, it “edited” them. It did this without acknowledging there was any problem or explaining the basis on which it is altering its results, or why, or what its future editorial policy will be. Its search box is no longer suggesting that Jews are still evil but it’s still suggesting “Islam should be destroyed”. And, it is spreading and broadcasting the information as fact.

This is hate speech. It’s lies. It’s racist propaganda. And Google is disseminating it. (...)

Google writes the code that drives the algorithm that returns the results. How they write this code, what they use to assess authority and credibility, how that enables Stormfront to spread its lies and spew its poison is entirely its responsibility. (...)

It’s our world. Our internet. Our history. And we have to wake up to what is happening right now on the laptop on our desk, the phone in our pocket, the tablet in our children’s bedrooms. This is our choice: do something. Or accept the truth according to Google. That six million didn’t die. That the Holocaust never happened. That we didn’t care enough to remember.

Full article

Obrázek/fotografie

Tags: #google #algorithm #media #news #information #stormfront #bias #holocaust #history #right-wing organisations #hate speech #racism

Google is not ‘just’ a platform. It frames, shapes and distorts how we see the world

The right is rewriting history on the web. We must seize back control | Carole Cadwalladr

This Company Has Built a Profile on Every American Adult




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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-05/this-company-has-built-a-profile-on-every-american-adult

“Forget telephoto lenses and fake mustaches: The most important tools for America’s 35,000 private investigators are database subscription services. For more than a decade, professional snoops have been able to search troves of public and nonpublic records—known addresses, DMV records, photographs of a person’s car—and condense them into comprehensive reports costing as little as $10. Now they can combine that information with the kinds of things marketers know about you, such as which politicians you donate to, what you spend on groceries, and whether it’s weird that you ate in last night, to create a portrait of your life and predict your behavior.”

“IDI, a year-old company in the so-called data-fusion business, is the first to centralize and weaponize all that information for its customers. The Boca Raton, Fla., company’s database service, idiCORE, combines public records with purchasing, demographic, and behavioral data. Chief Executive Officer Derek Dubner says the system isn’t waiting for requests from clients—it’s already built a profile on every American adult, including young people who wouldn’t be swept up in conventional databases, which only index transactions. “We have data on that 21-year-old who’s living at home with mom and dad,” he says.”

“Dubner declined to provide a demo of idiCORE or furnish the company’s report on me. But he says these personal profiles include all known addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses; every piece of property ever bought or sold, plus related mortgages; past and present vehicles owned; criminal citations, from speeding tickets on up; voter registration; hunting permits; and names and phone numbers of neighbors. The reports also include photos of cars taken by private companies using automated license plate readers—billions of snapshots tagged with GPS coordinates and time stamps to help PIs surveil people or bust alibis.”
The present and future look like this. It grows in every country (at different speed). Can we soon be honest about it and call it the new grand blackmail of citizens? Corporations and government knows everything about you and can use that power in unfair way, you are naked in their eyes. As naked you become vulnerable, easy to be pressured, manipulated. Knowing you're exposed you censor yourself. What if the future offers personal/indivudual prices on goods and services based on the fusion data collected on you. Would they be to your advantage or disadvantage? We are not only losing our sense of privacy, many are blindly giving it away. The vultures are having a feast.

#Article #Surveillance #DataCollection #Technology #Privacy #Information #IDI #Corporation #DataFusion
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Palantír 3 years ago from Diaspora

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Description Ce film raconte l'histoire de Aaron Swartz, programmeur de génie et activiste de l'information. Depuis l'aide qu'il a apportée au développement de RSS, l'un des protocoles à la base d'Internet, à la co-fondation de Reddit, son empreinte est partout sur Internet. Mais c'est le travail révolutionnaire de Swartz autour des questions de justice sociale et d'organisation politique, combiné à son approche sans concession de l'accès à l'information pour tous, qui l'a pris au piège dans un cauchemar juridique de deux années. Cette bataille s'est terminée par son suicide à 26 ans. L'histoire d'Aaron touche une corde sensible chez des personnes même éloignées des communautés online parmi lesquelles il était une célébrité. Ce film est une histoire personnelle à propos de ce que nous perdons lorsque nous restons sourds à la technologie et à ses relations à nos libertés civiles.#AaronSwartz #Aaron-Swartz #film #internet #politique #vidéo #journal #photographie #documentaire #cinéma #technologie #libre #liberté #révolution #révolutionnaire #net #web #information #justice #rss #Reddit #éducation #savoir #culture #droitdauteur #loi #lois #affiche #photo #reportage #activiste #logiciellibre #cc #vidéos #CreativeCommons #licences #licence #génie #programmeur #artiste #art #théâtre
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Pascal Lamachère 5 years ago from Diaspora
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