@hszakher the public sector (the world over) has a massive role to play. In their outsourcing of all thinking and action on digital technology to the increasingly odious #siliconvalley ventures they are failing their mandate to serve their constituents. They spend public money and it should be spent optimally for the public good.
Tech development and support cannot be free, but feeding dinosaur oligopolies extracting rents, or, even worse, continuing the endorsement of #adtech is inexcusable.
how can we encourage small brands and bloggers to rely on commmunity support instead of selling their followers out through ad tech on their sites?
how do we encourage small brands and bloggers to join the masses against the corporate surveillance?
Is it ethical to use ad blockers and anti-tracking technology?
Here’s my stance: in print media, was it ethical to flip past a magazine ad without reading it?
Anything that makes skipping ads harder than that—or that gives advetizers one byte more data about me than they would have had when I picked up a magazine off the newstand—is an overreach, and fair game for me to block or evade by any means necessary.
A former colleague of mine who apparently turned to the dark side is now a Vice President of some #adtech company getting rich off of dismantling democracy. When I pointed out the above situation on Twitter a couple years back, he finally revealed himself by flipping me off emoji style and making his negging unignorable.
If pointing out always-on devices pisses of an adtech executive that much, I know I'm onto something.
I don't even know what a "healthy" online community would look like.
Higher signal-to-noise, less exposure to the random, low effort, incoherent stuff?
More evenly distributed discussion, less disparity between influencers and lurkers / applauding mobs?
Less anonymity, more of a "real people" small community feel?
We more or less have the means to produce any #fediverse platform we want, but what do we really want?
De G7, dat zijn toch die Angelsaksische landen die de digitalisering hebben laten ontsporen met #adtech en andere ellende?
"G7-leiders bereiken akkoord over vrijwillige gedragscode #AI " - iBestuur
1/2 Some highlights from Google Chrome doc about Privacy Sandbox, especially about Protected Audience API + header bidding :
1️⃣ Key word : Sequential auction (contextual auction with HB + Protected Audience auction = a winner between the two auctions)
2⃣ In a sequential auction setup, the contextual auctions is executed before the Protected Audience auction runs
I feel like I've been shouting into the void for the last five years (previously on Twitter) about our democracies being undermined by #disinformation in general, as well as #adtech and #microtargeting in particular.
We're not gonna make it if the billionaires can do as they please to protect their billions.
Policymakers and activists are pushing to reform digital platforms to counter #disinformation. Most efforts focus on content moderation and fact checking, but little attention is being paid to reforming the digital advertising market. #adtech #socialmedia
Most people here know about the issues with Big Tech (TM), like privacy issues with ad tracking, data analytics, ...
But most 'normal' people out there in the neighbourhood don't. And they will never frequent the online places and sources that talk about this stuff.
Wouldn't it be good if there were some kind of 'tech awareness' forum (groups, meetups, ...), where these issues were to be discussed?
Is there something like that in NZ already?
We need to figure out how to prevent the right's successful manipulation of our information spaces before they're elected to office in every western democracy.
Extreme views are be filtered into the mainstream - my guess is via dark money funded microtargeting (only intended audiences will ever see it) on Facebook, Instagram, X and YouTube - via campaigns that make Fox/OANN/etc nightly crazy talk seem like common sense to the targets.
It might be too late already.
Never allow conservatives to take office, anywhere, example number 3,451,782:
"The NHS has caused controversy by handing the US spy technology company Palantir a £330m contract to create a new data platform, triggering fears about the privacy of patients’ medical details"
It’s funny that people think that #AI will take over our jobs, while at the same time, with all the computation power we have, the best targeting that advertisers came up with—is shoving me Spanish ads because my IP is originated from Mexico.
And I don’t event speak Spanish that good to care for their ads.
"Page Visibility API" considered harmful.
The purpose (save resources) is very sensible.
But the implications of such an API are positively Orwellian.
Why, oh why, don't browser makers and W3C *ever* stop to think before inventing Yet Another Shockingly Intrusive JS API?
And offer the option to disable it?
#IAPP 2023 in Brüssel: BlnBDI Meike Kamp diskutierte gestern auf dem Europäischen #Datenschutzkongress mit Datenschützern aus ganz Europa über die Vereinbarkeit von personalisierter digitaler #Werbung und #Datenschutz sowie über die Auswirkungen des #DigitalMarketsAct und der #DigitalServicesAct auf #Adtech.
Publishers are falling out with ads. This is where they are turning to for revenue - https://kevins-newsletter-ad1cdb.beehiiv.com/p/publishers-falling-ads-turning-revenue good; time to kill off surveillance advertising, and this will help... #adtech #publishing
#Cybersecurity #Privacy #DataProtection #DataBrokers #AdTech: "Internet browsing data is being collected and sold in greater detail than previously thought, increasing the likelihood that individuals’ identities can be ascertained from the anonymised information, a new report has found.
Web users have for years been grouped by data brokers by traits such as their broad professional sector or interests, inferred from their browsing history. This anonymised information is then sold to advertisers so they can target specific categories, or segments, with personalised marketing.
An investigation by the non-profit Irish Council for Civil Liberties published on Tuesday shows the number of segments is greater than previously thought, including data on many influential and sensitive professions that were not known to be sold to advertisers.
Data has been put into segments used to target judges, elected officials, military personnel and “decision makers” working in national security, it found."
Apple Halts Shake-to-Open-Ad Feature, Multiple Apps Affected
“The “Shake to Open” feature uses the phone’s gyroscope permission… E-commerce platforms have been placing a large number of ads on various apps, which can be triggered in different ways, including clicking on the ad page or shaking the phone. Once triggered, the phone page will be redirected to the shopping apps.
My comment in The Register about phasing out third-party cookies in the most popular browser Chrome. This is an issue of privacy and competition. It is a regulated territory, subject to competition and data protection laws. Privacy improvements are welcome https://www.theregister.com/2023/11/14/google_chrome_devs_third_party_cookie/ #privacy #web #security #cookies #adtech
New research: we show that sensitive “RTB” data about United States lawmakers, judges, and military personnel is widely traded - and Google is also sending U.S. RTB data to China - https://www.iccl.ie/digital-data/americas-hidden-security-crisis/ #adtech
#EU #Europe #Cybersecurity #RTB #AdTech #Privacy: "Real-Time Bidding (RTB) allows foreign states and non-state actors to obtain compromising sensitive personal data about key European personnel and leaders.
Our investigation highlights a widespread trade in data about sensitive European personnel and leaders that exposes them to blackmail, hacking and compromise, and undermines the security of their organisations and institutions.
These data flow from Real-Time Bidding (RTB), an advertising technology that is active on almost all websites and apps. RTB involves the broadcasting of sensitive data about people using those websites and apps to large numbers of other entities, without security measures to protect the data. This occurs billions of times a day.
Our examination of tens of thousands of pages of RTB data reveals that EU military personnel and political decision makers are targeted using RTB.
This report also reveals that Google and other RTB firms send RTB data about people in the U.S. to Russia and China, where national laws enable security agencies to access the data. RTB data are also broadcast widely within the EU in a free-for-all, which means that foreign and non-state actors can indirectly obtain them, too."
#Apple asks major Chinese apps to avoid using gyroscopic motion for advertising purposes: report - https://technode.com/2023/11/14/apple-asks-major-chinese-apps-to-avoid-using-gyroscopic-motion-for-advertising-purposes-report/ #adtech #china
“Brand safety” shows up the lie of programmatic advertising. If #adtech were as smart as we are all told, it would be simple to avoid clashes with the content ads are shown against. If it were dumb display advertising, nobody would think a brand was deliberately advertising on an unsavoury site. But because it is claimed to be perfectly matching ad to outlet to viewer, the only way for advertisers to even hope to be safe is to stay as bland as possible. https://www.404media.co/advertisers-dont-want-sites-like-jezebel-to-exist/ @jasonkoebler
There are undeniably instances in which corporate monopoly power benefits progressive causes, but these are *side-effects* of corporate power's main purpose, namely: taking money and power away from working people and giving it to rich people. That is what monopoly power is *for*.
#Media #News #Journalism #SentimentAnalysis #Algorithms #Advertising #AdTech: "Spanfeller and Great Hill Partners have, surely, mismanaged Jezebel in ways both big and small, and Spanfeller and G/O haven’t given anyone a reason to take their words at face value, but the subtext here is that Jezebel’s content was hard to sufficiently monetize.
This should not be the case considering that millions of people read it and chose, specifically, to visit Jezebel every month. But this is unfortunately how the internet works now, and has for a long time: News terrifies brands big and small, to the point where “brand safety” and “brand suitability” have become gigantic industries that have brought even giants like Facebook and Google to heel.
In theory, the “free market” should reward publications that are doing important work. The more people care about a given issue the more they’ll read news stories about it, which should give publications covering it traffic and ad dollars. In reality, the advertising industry has singled out the issues the audience cares about most, like reproductive rights, as unsuitable to sell ads against, even though a ton of people want to read about them. This helps explain the precarity of publications like Jezebel, despite it being more vital to its audience than ever."
"“The closure of #Jezebel also underscores fundamental flaws in the #ad-supported #media model where concerns about ‘brand safety’ limit #monetizing content about the biggest, most important stories of the day—stories that create huge traffic because people read and share them,” "
#adtech is fundamentally broken, and it's "leaders" some of the most acrid wastes of organic carbon in the history of eternity.
Ars Technica: Data broker’s “staggering” sale of sensitive info exposed in unsealed FTC filing https://arstechnica.com/?p=1982106 #Tech #arstechnica #IT #Technology #personallyidentifyinginformation #federaltradecommission #onlinedatamarketplace #onlineadvertising #onlineprivacy #sensitivedata #locationdata #databroker #kochava #Policy #adtech #FTC #PII
Data broker’s “staggering” sale of sensitive info exposed in unsealed FTC filing - Enlarge (credit: da-kuk | E+)
One of the world's largest mobil... - https://arstechnica.com/?p=1982106 #personallyidentifyinginformation #federaltradecommission #onlinedatamarketplace #onlineadvertising #onlineprivacy #sensitivedata #locationdata #databroker #kochava #policy #adtech #ftc #pii
Did I get anything wrong or miss anything? From my memory a reasonable timeline on #adtech or no?
#Google #AdTech #AdBlocking #Adblockers #YouTube: "Chen was one of five Google employees who spoke at the Ad-Filtering Dev Summit in Amsterdam. The conference was sponsored by AdGuard, Eyeo (the parent company of AdBlock Plus), and Google. Google’s sponsorship and participation in the conference while YouTube is engaged in a high-profile war against ad blockers highlights the company’s complicated relationship with and participation in the ad blocking industry, as well as its ultimate power over people’s experiences on the internet.
Earlier this week, a YouTube spokesperson told me that “The use of ad blockers violate YouTube’s Terms of Service,” and said the site has “launched a global effort to urge viewers with ad blockers to allow ads on YouTube.” Google acknowledged a request for comment about its sponsorship of the conference and its general stance on adblockers but did not provide answers."
I was scrolling down a post on X / Twitter to check comments and then appears a sponsored ad :
- 17k impressions, 3 retweets, 6 likes
- Not following any account
- Only one follower
- The sponsored post is only the first and last name
It's good to see anyone doing sponsored advertising and in this scenario it's not disinformation because it's just the first and last name... However, "Community Notes" would help by allowing the users to note / rank the quality of an ad or the account #Adtech
Meta will start charging users in Europe more than €150 a year if they don't agree to see ads.
Obs: There's no guarantee that the behind-the-scenes behavioural data collection will stop, only that users won't see ads based on their behaviour.
Please make sure to cut your personal carbon emissions to offset critically needed AdTech...
"The retail experience consumers want and deserve"
...ease, relevance, and transparency
— Cooler Screens
- 🗃️2023-10-25 — Cooler doors with digital screens are at Kroger stores. [Cincinnati Enquirer]
- 🗃️2023-10-02 — Walgreens Test of Ad-Enabled Cooler Doors Ends Up in Court (wsj)
- 🗃️2023-10-02 — Cooler Screens Caught Fire at Walgreens Lawsuit
- 🗃️2019-01-11 — Chicago Startup Cooler Screens is Testing Its Digital Doors with Walgreens
"...tone of #metas
announcement makes it clear that the company is still prioritizing the ad-supported business...The service will only be launched in areas with strict protections around consumers’ data...The company writes in its blog post that it “believe in an ad-supported internet” and frames the new subscription exclusively as a product derived to meet European regulations."
So when you 'shut off' #Google #adtech targeting, you see what really drives the ad economy: random pharma, apocalyptic cult grift (e.g. Heavens Harvest "Emergency Survival Food"), MLMs, and it just gets worse from there.
AdTech is just garbage, all the way down.
It's why when folks say "but thats how this tech economy works" I'm like, then let it fail. I honestly can't see how paying for fewer legitimate, proper quality things is worse than a 'free/cheap' buffet of bullshit.
Between #Facebook offering extortionately expensive subscriptions to preserve their #privacy, and #Netflix pushing users from paid subs to free-with-ads, some might see vindication of the #adtech model.
Here’s the thing: nobody disputes that this model works for them as vendors and middlemen. The contention is that it does not work for anyone else, whether advertisers or consumers. The very fact of its huge profitability indicates that someone else is losing out.
This time of the year it's not really surprising to see #Meta (or #Google) ad revenue grow. Very much expected. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/10/25/technology/meta-facebook-quarterly-earnings.html #AdTech
Contextual Advertising Should Be Great for Privacy, But It Risks Being Undermined - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/contextual-advertising-should-be-great-for-privacy-but-it-risks-being-undermined/ the old Embrace, Extend, Extinguish at play once again... #privacy #adtech
Same goes for Google/Facebook, the #adtech duopoly: not only do both companies charge advertisers and publishers sky-high commissions, clawing 51 cents out of every ad dollar, but they also illegally colluded to rig the market and pay themselves more, at advertisers' and publishers' expense:
Hey look at this
* We Tried to Warn You! #EnvironmentalCrisis Posters, 1970–2020 https://posterhouse.org/exhibition/we-tried-to-warn-you-environmental-crisis-posters-1970-2020/ (h/t David Isenberg)
* #Adtech #Surveillance and Government Surveillance are Often the Same Surveillance https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2023/10/adtech-surveillance-and-government-surveillance-are-often-same-surveillance
* A Mitfreude of #Anime and #Manga’s Relationship with Anglophone #ScienceFiction (Or, This Essay WILL NOT Try to Get You into Anime and Manga!) http://strangehorizons.com/non-fiction/a-mitfreude-of-anime-and-mangas-relationship-with-anglophone-science-fiction-or-this-essay-will-not-try-to-get-you-into-anime-and-manga/
Good piece just published by Jacob Oppenheim: https://www.digitalisventures.com/blog/engineering-biology-big-data-a-false-panacea #bigdata #tech #adtech
Meta is proposing a paid option to opt-out of advertising on Instagram and Facebook. It's basically extortion to have your right to #privacy protected.
Ads can and should be delivered without resorting to illegal #surveillance that violates users' rights and exposes them to predatory or discriminatory advertising.
If #Meta can't conduct their business legally, that should be their problem to solve not ours.
ORG's @marianods responds.
It's hard to be your #AuthenticSelf while you're under #surveillance. For that reason alone, the rise and rise of the surveillance industry - an unholy public-private partnership between cops, spooks, and #AdTech scum - is a plague on humanity and a scourge on the Earth:
But beyond the psychic damage surveillance metes out, there are immediate, concrete ways in which surveillance brings us to harm.
💃 🕺YES!!!!! and finally! The Norwegian Privacy Appeals Board has turned down Grindr's appeal! This means Grindr has to pay the NOK 65 million fine, based on our complaint and report, unless they file another appeal in the court system.
Google wil niet op vragen van RTL Z op de dagvaarding reageren. Wel stelt het bedrijf in een verklaring op haar site dat ze nooit persoonlijke gegevens verkoopt.
Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius, hoogleraar ict en recht aan de Radboud Universiteit, begrijpt dat het bedrijf dat zegt. 'Technisch gezien verkopen ze die data ook niet direct. Maar die dataverzameling blijft een privacyprobleem.'
Google did not respond to the journalist's questions about the subpoena. However, the company says in a statement on its site that it never sells personal data.
Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius, professor of ict and law at Radboud University, understands the company saying that. 'Technically, they don't sell that data directly. But that data collection remains a privacy issue.'
Original article (Dutch):
Prof Lokke Moerel called for a ban on behavioural advertising. https://www.mofo.com/people/lokke-moerel
The discussion really has changed the past decade. A decade ago, one didn't hear this view so often.
On cheap rejection
... As anyone who's implemented an adblocker or similar online annoyance filters is aware, automating the process of distraction rejection is a vastly more effective and less-attention-costly approach. Rather than individually reject cookies, or cookie notices, or trackers, or ads, or various interstitials / "recommendations" / nags / pop-ups / fly-overs, and the like, I've applied and created sets of tools which remove those without my further conscious awareness. Users of PiHole may occasionally check the dashboard blocking statistics and be amazed at how much not only useless but actively counterproductive crud has been avoided.
Information overload requires cheap, fast, regret-free rejection tools. I've come to suspect that worldviews and models specifically function in this manner, identifying key information which we should focus on, and costlessly discarding the rest. The article does nod to this briefly, particularly in the note referencing Gigerenzer & Gaissmaier, 2011, but on balance misplaces its emphasis, most especially in its suggestions....
An HN response to "Critical ignoring as a core competence for digital citizens" (2022)
#Attention #Noise #AttentionEconomy #Filters #BlockFuckwits #Rejection #NoiseRejection #CheapRejection #Disinformation #Misinformation #Propaganda #Advertising #Surveillance #SurveillanceCapitalism #AdTech
Then just click the Bookmark and watch all those toggles slide left.
What this does is look for all the checkboxes on the page and, if they're not disabled, unchecks them.
So instead of spending 10mins scrolling and clicking toggles, one click fucks 'em all.
Now fuck off, you fuckers. I can read the article without gazillions of #adtech bastards monetising my history.
Whenever you see the words “ads”, “cryptocurrency”, “blockchain”, “web 3”, or “AI”, just replace them with “farts” and you’ll know whether you want them or not.
“Can the fediverse survive without farts?”
Yes, perfectly well.
“Will farts replace people?”
I hope not.
“The European Commission embraces farts.”
“This new startup wants to improve your life with farts.”
I’m good, thanks.
The *really weird* thing is that it served me an ad for a Google Pixel as I approached it. It *was* serving a Bendigo Bank ad. There are no signs anywhere stating if this is using facial rec or beacons or other #AdTech. I am curious if it's doing age / gender classification from the camera.
Would love to see what my #FlipperZero can make of this.