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Mounting Resistance To Personal Data Harvesting

March 21, 2017

A look at personal data harvesting in the “post-privacy” era, in two books reviewed in the New York Times. One of them is co-written by Kevin Mitnick, billed in the title as “the World’s Most Famous Hacker.” The other is by the former chief scientist at Amazon. In her largely sympathetic review, Futurist Amy Webb nonetheless finds something missing. “Both books are meant to scare us, and the central theme is privacy. Without intervention, they suggest, we’ll come to regret today’s inaction,” she says. “I agree, but the authors miss the real horror show on the horizon.” She explains why unconscious bias, in data and in algorithms, is a specter we should not ignore.

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