Cambridge Analytica – political campaigning in the age of big data

Episode Four - we talk about what exactly is wrong with Cambridge Analytica's actions with Youtuber Jazza John

How could we not talk about Cambridge Analytica this week? Alice Thwaite and Andrew Strait are joined by Jazza John, our colleague at the OII and one half of the team behind the Right Dishonourable podcast.

We’ve been asked to try and ensure that our podcasts don’t use terminology that is difficult to understand. We’re trying to get around this feedback but the most pertinent way is to add a lot of links to the podcast landing page so you can read about the topic.

Cambridge Analytica Files:

This link on the Guardian is up to date with all the revelations concerning Cambridge Analytica. Also wise to check out Carole Cadwalladr’s Twitter. Here is the Wikipedia entry for the company.

Key terms:

Cookie: tracking code which is placed in your browser when you land on a website. More info can be found here.

Natural Language Processing: generic term given to how we program computers to understand natural language. More controversially, software attempts to understand the personality of the people using particular language to predict their future behaviour. More information can be found here.

Other articles mentioned in the podcast:

Google, democracy and the truth about internet search by Carole Cadwalladr, the Guardian, December 2016.

Everything We Know About Facebook’s Secret Mood Manipulation Experiment by Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, June 2014.

Hacking the Electorate by Eitan Hersh, (non-affiliate Amazon link)

Finally, here is what Andrew, Jazza and I looked like just before the podcast in our face masks after we’d just completed an exam and a hand-in for our Masters.

Alice, Jazza and Andrew with clay masks on.

And this is what we looked like afterwards.

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Google Wifi – Extremism – Bitcoin Malware

Tech Accessibility Youtube Radicalisation and App Monetisation

Tulsi Parida joins us for the third episode of Tech With Alice And Andrew (and Tulsi Sometimes). In this episode we’re focussing on 3 stories. The first, proffered by Tulsi, is this article in Engaget called:“Google’s public WiFi hotspots come to Mexico” where she also references this article by Tim Berners Lee: “The web can be weaponised – and we can’t count on big tech to stop it”. Andrew talks about Zeynep Tufekci’s piece: “Youtube, the Great Radicaliser” and Alice looks at an article in Ars Technica which shows that some apps are installing malware on your computer which mines bitcoin as payment for their app.

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P.S. if you’re as culturally clueless as Alice about American teen culture in the noughties then you can catch up on the ‘shoes’ video here. Weird.

#IWD2018 + Empathy & Algorithms

#IWD2018 + Empathy & Algorithms

In the second episode of the TWAAATs podcast, or colloquially know as: “Tech With Alice And Andrew TS”, we discuss the articles we wish had been written on International Women’s Day in the tech space as well as the issue of empathy and AI.

We mentioned that many large tech websites didn’t mention International Women’s Day at all on their front pages. Here’s the screenshot of Wired at around 6pm (from the UK), and here’s the screenshot of the homepage of Techcrunch on 8th March 2018.

We also discussed the Wired article: “UK police are using AI to inform custodial decisions – but it could be discriminating against the poor”.

We also mentioned the COMPAS system in the US – please read the ProPublica article here.

RightsCon (how could we forget you) can be found here.

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Episode One – The (Clumsy) Beginning

Welcome to the first episode of Tech With Alice and Andrew (Thwaite and Strait).

On this episode we take a look at the following articles: “Facebook Messenger Used to Fight Extremism” and “Amazon will stop selling Nest smart home devices, escalating its war with Google“.

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