Why is identity so important?
If you read Chloe Hadjimatheou’s report in the BBC on India’s living dead: ‘They stared at me like I was a ghost’ you will begin to understand.
best and brightest minds in technology, would be the most vibrant and innovative companies in the world. Yet, a couple of recent reports reveal that their lead may be slipping.
Facebook is a $100 billion/year advertising company that has no problem using AI and algorithms to create incredibly accurate profiles of every single user. Yet, they cannot make the AI accurate enough so as not to mislabel people as primates?
Apple recently announced that they will add digital identity documents to the Apple Pay wallet on iPhones and eight US states have joined the program – effectively selling their citizens’ identities to Apple.
Governments should not be giving control of their citizens’ identity to a Big Tech company, and neither should you.
What is it about technology companies and their nearly universal disregard for users, regulators and even society? Swimming in huge piles of cash like Scrooge McDuck, have they forgotten the difference between right & wrong?
Google Maps is a very convenient navigational tool used by millions around the world however, this ‘free’ tool comes at a potentially very high price. The convenience of having a phone with built-in GPS allows you to find your way around an unfamiliar city while on vacation, but it can also land you in hot water if police execute a geo-fence warrant – and your phone happens to be on the list.
The FTC recently re-filed a lawsuit against Facebook for anti-competitive behaviour relating to its purchase of Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014. Both transactions were approved at the time, but things have changed. Facebook has leveraged these purchases to become a monopoly in the Social Media world. Fortunately, the FTC wants to re-consider its approvals.
As early as 2008, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook famously declared that “it is better to buy than to compete.” With Zuckerberg already on record as a big fan of anti-competitive behaviour four years earlier than the Instagram purchase, why did the FTC give its blessing to the transaction?