Earlier this month, the story broke that border patrol agents were participating in a secret Facebook group where they joked about the death of migrants, made racist comments about members of Congress, and posted vulgar and offensive images. But it turns out that this was only the tip of the iceberg. A team of reporters […]
Monopolies typically result in customers paying more money for products and services. What about Facebook — users don’t pay money, but they pay in other ways… with internet tracking and loss of privacy. Jan speaks with Dina Srinivasan about her recent article in the Berkeley Business Law Journal on anti-trust actions against the internet giant.
Each year, fewer and fewer Americans consume broadcast and cable media, while more and more consume digital social media. In 2016, paid political advertising on internet social media platforms like Facebook dwarfed their broadcast counterparts to the tune of $1.4 billion in 2016. But with the Supreme Court lifting spending caps on so-called issue ads […]
This week, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before three U.S. Congressional Committees about the company’s data leak to political consultant Cambridge Analytica, involving personal data from as many as 87,000,000 Facebook users. Cambridge Analytica allegedly used the data to “micro-target” pro-Trump ads to swing voters. A new study suggests that the Cambridge […]
In this jam-packed edition of the Perpetual Notion Machine, we look into the science of Cambridge Analytica and the likelihood of more data breaches involving social media like Facebook and Twitter. Cambridge Analytica has been in the news lately for their connection in obtaining data and private personal information of over 50 million Facebook users. […]
What’s the story behind the Cambridge Analytica scandal? What are the implications for our democracy? And will Facebook and other data giants be more regulated? Esty Dinur speaks with Young Mie Kim, Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication and a Faculty Affiliate of the Department of Political Science at University of Wisconsin Madison, and Scholar-In-Residence at […]