Journalism and media

‘Utterly horrifying’: ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine | News | The Guardian This has grown to a huge story! Hundreds of millions of Facebookusers are likely to have had their private information harvested by companies that exploited the same terms as the firm that collected data and passed it on to Cambridge Analytica, according to a new whistleblower.

How Facebook stole the news business | TechCrunch Isn’t it ironic that I was reading this first on Facebook? Don’t you think? Big news outlets stupidly sold their soul to Facebook. Desperate for the referral traffic Facebook dangled, they spent the past few years jumping through its hoops only to be cut out of the equation. Now Facebook is pushing into local

Does tech industry needs to move towards responsible innovation in 2018?  For over a decade now, Silicon Valley ideology has been to simultaneously:Move fast and break things. Make the world a better place. According to this article 2017 has been a demoralizing year. Our product innovations for accessible and affordable content have also been weaponized against society by bad actors. Social media became a vector of bullying and propaganda targeted with algorithms.

Thoughts on the circuits you should publish | EDN There are two fundamental categories that define what can and what should not be published: professional and consumer.  In general, virtually any circuit was safe to publish for a professional audience that usually understood any apparent hazards. And most circuits that had hazards had them pretty well spelled out.  In ignoring dangerous circuits, there

People Who Constantly Point Out Grammar Mistakes Are Pretty Much Jerks, Scientists Find Scientists have found that people who constantly get bothered by grammatical errors online have “less agreeable” personalities than those who just let them slide. And those friends who are super-sensitive to typos on your Facebook page? Psychological testing reveals they’re generally less open, and are also more likely to be judging.  “This is the

André Staltz – The Web began dying in 2014, here’s how Here are some key points from this long article: Before the year 2014, there were many people using Google, Facebook, and Amazon. Today, there are still many people using services from those three tech giants (respectively, GOOG, FB, AMZN). However, the underlying dynamics of power on the Web have drastically changed. Internet activity itself

Uusiteknologia magazine issue 2/2017

Newsest issue 2/2017 of Uusiteknologia magazine has been just published. The magazine has three technical articles written by me (Ethernet, Bluetooth Mesh and smart phone OS). The magazine is in Finnish language, but the technical articles have also short summaries written in English. You can read the magazine on-line or download in PDF format.  

Make the Web Better for Everyone – IEEE Spectrum The Web has serious problems: peddler of unreliable information, haven for criminals, spawning ground for irrational conspiracy fears, and tool for destructive people to broadcast their violence in real time and with posted recordings But surely you agree that the Web disappoints as much as it delights. Now the hard part—what to do about

Are Facebook and Google the New Colonial Powers? To qualify as colonial powers, Facebook and Google must effectively limit the choices and power of users, and punish or coerce those who question or resist their power. The phrase that captures this broad narrative is: When an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product. In other words, if you’re not

Error 404: A Look At Digital Decay The internet is stitched together by an incalculable number of hyperlinks, but much like cells in an organism, the sources and destinations have a finite lifespan. Essentially, links can and do die. Most “link rot” is the result of website restructuring, or entities going out of business and pulling their website offline. This idea