Facebook Could Decide an Election—Without You Ever Finding Out

“Digital gerrymandering” represents a frightening future. Here’s how to prevent it.

On November 2, 2010, Facebook’s American users were subject to an ambitious experiment in civic-engineering: Could a social network get otherwise-indolent people to cast a ballot in that day’s congressional midterm elections?

The answer was yes.

Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm

A multinational security firm has secretly developed software, called Riot, capable of tracking people’s movements and predicting future behavior by mining data from social networking websites.

Raytheon, the world’s fifth largest defence contractor, has acknowledged the technology was shared with US government and industry as part of a joint research and development effort, in 2010, to help build a national security system capable of analysing “trillions of entities” from cyberspace.

Technology law will soon be reshaped by people who don’t use email

The US supreme court doesn’t understand the internet. The future of technology and privacy law will undoubtedly be written over the next few years by nine individuals who haven’t “really ‘gotten to’ email” and find Facebook and Twitter “a challenge” .

How parliament is failing to protect your privacy

One year on from the start of the Snowden revelations, there has still been no real political discussion about mass surveillance in the UK. In this film, we ask politicians what they knew and members of the public what they think.

Who oversees the agencies? Are they protecting us from terrorists or invading our privacy? What do the public think about mass surveillance and how does it impact on our rights to privacy and free speech?

Twitter Isn’t As Democratic As You Think

While social media revolutionizes how the world responds to political and social events, it may be a double-edged sword. Researchers warned that the tendency to fixate on a small number of opinions encourages the proliferation of rumors, misinformation, and political polarization.

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