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“Our minds can be hijacked” Part 3: to regulate or not to regulate?

This article follows Parts 1 and 2 of a four part commentary on The Guardian’s article “Our minds can be hijacked”.

The widespread negative social ramifications of smart phones and social media gives way to the question: to regulate or not to regulate? Should we trust people with weaponized legislation to be moral arbiters?

The inven… Read more

“Our minds can be hijacked” Part 2: psychology meets technology

This article follows Part 1 of a four part commentary on The Guardian’s article “Our minds can be hijacked”.

A common joke on the Internet goes something like this:

1980: “I bet there will be flying cars in the future!”

2017: Twitter increases 140 character limit on messages to 280 [or other mundane social media “in

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“Our minds can be hijacked”: the concept of anti-social media hits mainstream news

I have long ranted about the negative social ramifications of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and other forms of social media.

This opinion is slowly making its way into the mainstream. The Guardian released an article this month “Our minds can be hijacked”: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia.

Aside from the political bias that is d… Read more

3 ways social media has made you a worse person

1. You don’t really care about anyone but you and your self image, but you like giving the impression to your social network that you’re such a caring person:

 

2. Your first inclination at a nice dinner or momentous occasion is to take a picture rather than soak in the experience.

 

3. You struggle to read up to this point. Your attenti

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The Yahoo! and Equifax hacks teach the Internet a valuable lesson, but the students aren’t listening

Yahoo! recently revealed that all of its 3 billion accounts were compromised, up from its initial estimate of 1 billion.

“Whether it’s 1 billion or 3 billion is largely immaterial. Assume it affects you,” Curry said. “Privacy is really the victim here.”

Yahoo first disclosed the breach in December . The stolen informat

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Two-factor authentication fails to address the bigger problems

Lately there has a been a surge in services providing two-factor authentication (2FA).  Google, Apple, many financial institutions and e-mail vendors have started to offer two-factor authentication to its users.

Multi-factor authentication assumes that a password is not enough to log in to an account. A device that needs to be physically held by the … Read more

Exploiting the “big data” monopoly: YouTube, Google and Facebook are vulnerable in ways small startups are not

“Big data” is a relatively new domain in software. Programming languages such as Python and R have sharply risen in popularity as they specialize in statistical analysis of large data sets.  Fluency in these languages is a requirement for aspiring employees of Alphabet (YouTube/Google) and Facebook.

“Big data” only exist… Read more

The hidden cost of Facebook, Google and other “free” services

In yesterday’s post about the Equifax hack, I referenced a video by Computing Forever that describes the technocratic dystopia where the information users voluntarily put in to “free” online services like Facebook is nefariously being used against the users.

Facebook and Google own a large market share of the Internet user base beca… Read more

Facebook is self-inflicted identify theft, now made easier with the Equifax hack

For the first time in my life I received a call from scammers posing as Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The call originated from a newly released area code — an immediate sign of a fake. In case they contacted you too, the number is 289-855-2982. The caller’s voice was a text-to-speech engine — another sign of a fake. The impostors were trying to hide the… Read more

Is Facebook and “social media” contributing to the rise of social isolation?

A recent New York Times article has noted:

Since the 1980s, the percentage of American adults who say they’re lonely has doubled from 20 percent to 40 percent.

And the article concludes with a hypothesis:

A great paradox of our hyper-connected digital age is that we seem to be drifting apart. Increasingly, however, research confirms our deepest intuitio

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