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“Today, Privacy International has filed complaints against seven data brokers (Acxiom, Oracle), ad-tech companies (Criteo, Quantcast, Tapad), and credit referencing agencies (Equifax, Experian) with data protection authorities in France, Ireland, and the UK. Privacy International urges the data protection authorities to investigate these companies and to protect individuals from the mass exploitation of their data. Our complaints target companies that, despite exploiting the data of millions of people, are not household names and therefore rarely have their practices challenged. In tandem with the complaints, we have today launched a campaign to seek to empower people and make it easier to demand that these companies delete our data.”

Source : Privacy International files complaints against seven companies for wide-scale and systematic infringements of data protection law | Privacy International

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin

“After the streaming-video giant released the second season of the comedy “Grace and Frankie” in 2016, its product team put up an image to promote the show to U.S. subscribers that only included Ms. Fonda’s co-star, Lily Tomlin. Tests showed that more users clicked on the show when the photo didn’t include Ms. Fonda. The decision set off a high-pitched internal debate. The Los Angeles-based content team was concerned that Netflix risked alienating Ms. Fonda, and that the move could even violate her contract, while the tech group in the Los Gatos, Calif., headquarters argued the company shouldn’t ignore the data, according to people familiar with the discussions.
In the end, Netflix chose to put images that included Ms. Fonda back in the mix.”

Source : At Netflix, Who Wins When It’s Hollywood vs. the Algorithm? – WSJ

“YouTube tends to recommend progressively longer and more popular content to users. This analysis illustrates how YouTube’s recommendation engine encourages users to engage with progressively longer content. The videos encountered in the first step of these random walks (that is, the initial starting videos chosen at random) collectively averaged 9 minutes and 31 seconds in length. But the first videos selected by the recommendation engine were nearly three minutes longer on average. Average video length then progressively increased for each subsequent recommendation. By the fifth and final step in these walks, these videos were on average nearly 15 minutes long”.

Source : Many Turn to YouTube for Children’s Content, News, How-To Lessons | Pew Research Center

Cathy O'Neil

“Les ADM se nourrissent les unes les autres. Les gens pauvres ont tendance à présenter un mauvais score de crédit et à vivre dans des quartiers à forte criminalité, entourés d’autres individus pauvres. Une fois ces données digérées, le sordide univers des ADM les bombarde de publicités prédatrices pour des prêts hypothécaires de type subprime ou des écoles à but lucratif. Il déploie plus de policiers pour les arrêter et, lorsqu’ils sont condamnés, leur inflige des peines de prisons plus longues…” – Cathy O’Neil

Source : « Algorithmes, la bombe à retardement » : un cri d’alarme citoyen

Facebook Fake Accounts

“These numbers are largely affected by external factors, such as cyberattacks that increase fake accounts on Facebook. Bad actors try to create fake accounts in large volumes automatically using scripts or bots, with the intent of spreading spam or conducting illicit activities such as scams. The numbers can also be affected by internal factors, including the effectiveness of our detection technology. In Q2 2018, we disabled 800 million fake accounts, up from 583 million in Q1 2018. In Q3 2018, we disabled 754 million fake accounts, a modest decrease from the previous quarter. Most of these accounts originated from commercially motivated spam attacks, and they were removed swiftly. ”

Source : Community Standards Enforcement

Fix Facebook

“The rash of news coverage was no accident: NTK is an affiliate of Definers, sharing offices and staff with the public relations firm in Arlington, Va. Many NTK Network stories are written by staff members at Definers or America Rising, the company’s political opposition-research arm, to attack their clients’ enemies. While the NTK Network does not have a large audience of its own, its content is frequently picked up by popular conservative outlets, including Breitbart. Mr. Miller acknowledged that Facebook and Apple do not directly compete. Definers’ work on Apple is funded by a third technology company, he said, but Facebook has pushed back against Apple because Mr. Cook’s criticism upset Facebook.”

Source : Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis – The New York Times

“Le 13 novembre 2018, la Commission de la concurrence a ouvert une enquête contre plusieurs instituts financiers suisses. L’objet de la procédure concerne des soupçons de boycott des solutions de paiement mobile d’offreurs internationaux comme Apple Pay et Samsung Pay.”

Source : La Comco ouvre une enquête contre des instituts financiers suisses

Ministère des finances, Gérald Darmanin

“Qui regardera précisément quels contenus, et dans quel contexte et dans quel but ? « Il y aura la permissivité de constater que si vous vous faites prendre en photo (…) de nombreuses fois, avec une voiture de luxe alors que vous n’avez pas les moyens de le faire, peut-être que c’est votre cousin ou votre copine qui vous l’a prêtée, ou peut-être pas », a expliqué Gérald Darmanin. Les réseaux sociaux seraient donc utilisés pour détecter les cas dans lesquels un contribuable semblerait avoir un train de vie très au-dessus de ses revenus déclarés”

Source : Des données des réseaux sociaux utilisées par le fisc : pourquoi ce n’est pas si simple

Is this AI? We drew you a flowchart to work it out

“The definition of artificial intelligence is constantly evolving, and the term often gets mangled, so we are here to help.”

Source : Is this AI? We drew you a flowchart to work it out – MIT Technology Review

La France et Facebook vont collaborer pour lutter contre la haine sur le réseau social

Macron & Zuckerberg

“Pour l’Elysée, l’expérience sera un moyen d’« attester ou non si l’entreprise est de bonne foi et fait les efforts nécessaires » pour lutter contre les contenus haineux. Cette « expérience pilote » doit permettre d’initier un dialogue permanent et approfondi entre le géant de l’Internet et les autorités, dont les discussions sont jusqu’ici complexes et intermittentes. L’entourage d’Emmanuel Macron cite comme inspiration la régulation des secteurs bancaire ou nucléaire, où des agents publics vérifient les process des entreprises concernées.”

Source : La France et Facebook vont collaborer pour lutter contre la haine sur le réseau social

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