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References and resources / reading list

17 Jul 2017 08:18

Here is a collection of relevant references and resources – a reading list on surveillance capitalism, its ramifications, as well as thoughts on alternative models. If you have articles, research, etc., that you feel would be useful to add to the list, please add links to them in the comments.

Trifecta on digital democracy. Aral Balkan.

Excuse me, your unicorn keeps shitting in my back yard, can he please not? (video). Aral Balkan.

Ind.ie Radar. The radar is where Ind.ie features timely articles and stories on surveillance capitalism as well as alternatives, etc. It’s a good resource to subscribe to if you want to keep up to date with the latest developments in the area.

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked. Carole Cadwalladr, The Guardian.

The Data That Turned the World Upside Down. Motherboard.

Largest Study of Online Tracking Proves Google Really Is Watching Us All. MIT Technology Review (based on research from Princeton – Princeton, Online tracking: A 1-million-site measurement and analysis https://webtransparency.cs.princeton.edu/webcensus/).

A Clickbait Site’s Trackers Cost the USA $4M in Data Monthly, Entrepreneur Says. Observer.

The Free Press, Better tracker blocker spotlight. Ind.ie

Facebook Literally Wants to Read Your Thoughts. Gizmodo. April 19th, 2017.

Peter Thiel’s Palantir Spreads Its Tentacles Throughout Europe. Bloomberg. 24 Feb, 2017. 

“Last month, Palantir touted two major new deals in Europe, with German health-care giant Merck KGaA and French airplane manufacturer Airbus SE.”

“The governments of Denmark and the U.K. are among those that rely on Palantir.”

“Since Palantir was founded in 2004 with federal contracts and funding from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, it has strived to branch into the private sector. Palantir said corporate customers now represent roughly half of revenue. In Europe, it counts AXA SA, BP Plc, Credit Suisse Group AG, Deutsche Bank AG, GlaxoSmithKline Plc, Standard Chartered Plc and Zurich Insurance Group AG among its customers.”

Elon Musk Wants To Merge Your Brain With a Computer. Vanity Fair. March 28, 2017. 

Neuralink: “a brain-computer interface start-up … developing a ‘neural lace’ technology that would involve ‘implanting tiny brain electrodes that may one day upload and download thoughts.’”

Eric Schmidt gets a job at the Pentagon (“head of Defense Innovation Advisory Board”). CNN Tech.  March 2, 2016.
Defence Innovation Advisory Board. Wikipedia.
• Eric Schmidt (Chair; Google/Alphabet, Inc.)
• Jeff Bezos (Amazon)
• Milo Medin (Google Fibre – Vice President of Access Services, Alphabet Inc).
• Marne Levine (COO, Instagram – Facebook, Inc.)

The tech leaders who just met with Trump are harbingers of an automated future. Business Insider. Dec. 14, 2016.
• Jeff Bezos: Amazon
• Larry Page: Alphabet, Inc. (Google, etc.)
• Sheryl Sandberg: Facebook, Inc.
• Peter Thiel: Palantir, OpenAI, possible future: Neuralink via Founders Fund
• Tim Cook: Apple, Inc.
• Safra Catz: co-president/CFO, Oracle Corporation
• Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, …
• Gary Cohn: COO, Goldman Sachs
• Satya Nadella: CEO, Microsoft
• Ginni Rometty: CEO, IBM
• Chuck Robbins: CEO, Cisco
• Eric Schmidt: Executive Chairman, Alphabet, Inc.
• Alex Karp, CEO Palantir Technologies
• Brian Krzanich, CEO Intel
• Brad Smith, President, Microsoft

An Economy For the 99%. (PDF). Oxfam. (The link between surveillance and financial success/inequality under late-stage capitalism as 5 of the 8 billionaires – all men – that have as much wealth as half of the world’s population combined are tech titans: Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Larry Ellison, Michael Bloomberg)

Institutional Corruption Defined. Lawrence Lessig.

7,000 and counting: Lobby meetings of the European Commission. (PDF) Transparency International.
Google: new concerns raised about political influence by senior ‘revolving door’ jobs. The Guardian.

Revolving Door Cases. Transparency International.

Google Transparency Project

Multi-stakeholderism. Center for Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusettes Boston.
Don't call it “the cloud”. Call it “someone else’s computer”. Graham Cluley.
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Re: References and resources / reading list

17 Jul 2017 12:15


Thanks Aral for initiating this!

As an effort to help getting this discussion started here a couple of links I find important to be considered for the 7th pillar. Some of you have probably been to my presentation/workshop at the Volksbuehne Event and already know much of this but I think it's still worth a read. The topics are "Democratizing Production and Innovation" and "From Smart Cities to Smart Citizens". There's much more on this topic but these two articles can serve as an introduction.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/pol ... s-activism

http://magazine.ouishare.net/2017/03/fr ... -activism/

As a member of both DiEM25 and Fab Lab Berlin any feedback, concerns and questions are extremely welcome.

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Re: References and resources / reading list

31 Jul 2017 07:21

Renata Avila posted a link to this on Friday ::

https://www.media.mit.edu/publications/ ... -contract/

... fascinating and necessary reflection about human input in artificial intelligence.
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Law that addresses all the issues?

26 Oct 2017 11:05

Here's a proposal for EU legislation that would have some dramatic implications on the Internet as it converts the surveillance economy into a micropayment economy and requires basic civil liberties by technical implementation… in practice, it should solve most or all issues discussed in the 7th pillar.