In @thebafflermag: My recovered history of the EFF, America’s oldest and most influential internet business lobby—an organization that has played a pivotal role in shaping the commercial internet as we know it.
Cambridge Analytica Con: "with Robert Meuller’s Russia investigation dragging on and producing no smoking gun pointing to definitive collusion, it seems that Cambridge Analytica has been upgraded to Class A supervillain."
The bigger issue with the Cambridge Analytica freakout: it’s not just anti-historical, it’s also profoundly anti-political.
Mar 6, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
The fact that Google helps the military build more efficient systems of surveillance and death shouldn't be surprising, especially not to Google employees.
Google has spent the last 15 years selling tech to military and intelligence agencies.
Kinda funny that Google employees *just now* got upset at their company's drone work for the Pentagon. Google's been selling tech to the military for nearly two decades.
Feb 17, 2018 • 46 tweets • 20 min read
Thanks to Books Inc in Mountain View for hosting Surveillance Valley last night. And thanks to everyone who came to hear the talk and bought books. Books can't be written and journalism can't be done without your support!
"Defying common Internet tropes that present a battle between valiant and independent rebels versus omnipresent state and corporate powers, no one comes out of this book looking clean."
Dec 21, 2017 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
"...Facebook’s engine of democracy is deployed in an undemocratic fashion."
Elections "rank alongside the Super Bowl and the Olympics in terms of events that draw blockbuster ad dollars and boost engagement."