The Social Contract Between Us, Our Data and Others

Last week Mark Zuckerberg testified to Congress in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Senators and representatives were curious about future platform regulation as well as the diversity of Facebook leadership and employees. However, a general theme emerged about how Facebook uses data created by Facebook users and non-Facebook users. Who owns this data? Is it right that we should give up our privacy to Facebook in return for a network?

Alice Thwaite and Andrew Strait are joined by Kaveh Azarhoosh this episode. Kaveh is an expert in Iranian politics, a specialist in Trade Unions and a fellow colleague at the Oxford Internet Institute.

We didn’t really base this discussion on a set of articles, but rather what we’d seen as part of the Zuckerberg hearings. For an overview please see:

The key moments from Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress by Chloe Watson in the Guardian

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook investigating Cambridge University researchers by Margi Murphy in the Telegraph

And to do some blatant self-promotion here were my (Alice) top picks on evaluating the debate…

Just see how many people have liked that selection… don’t ever say that I’m not influential!!

Surveillance Capitalism

Kaveh mentioned the author Shoshana Zuboff. Here’s his pick of her writing on Surveillance Capitalism.

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Contact Alice here, and contact Andrew here. If you’re on Twitter we’re at @alicelthwaite and @dopeapotamus. Kaveh’s Twitter is @KAzarhoosh.

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