Our mascot for this posting is the White Peacock butterfly, often seen in the woodlands in South Florida. After the Monarchs and the Zebras, these are the most common butterflies in my neighborhood.
How Facebook Targets Ads to YOUIf you have any doubt when you use sites like Facebook (and others) at no monetary cost to yourself, that you are definitely not their "customer," you must visit https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/08/19/98-personal-data-points-that-facebook-uses-to-target-ads-to-you/?utm_term=.e8bdf79387db (This is a link you can click on.) It is an frightening piece which comes from The Washington Post.
YOU are their merchandise which they are selling to others. At best, it results in advertisements being directed to you, based on what they know about you and have sold to the advertisers. At worst, it can dig into portions of you existence which you might not want to share with those to whom Facebook might sell it. And that, I fear, can include government agencies. Read the article. It might cause you to exercise greater care when you go online.
Should the Government Regulate Data?BloombergBusinessWeek devoted a full issue to one single article in June of 2015 when they published Paul Ford's essay on what "coding," the nuts and bolts of the data revolution, was all about. When it comes to data, this man knows the score. And when he addresses the challenge to your privacy posed by the internet, he is about as knowledgeable an authority that one can find!
A few weeks ago, BloombergBusinessweek published the following article by him, the reading of which is vitally important to all Americans. All of us are in great danger. Read why Paul Ford strongly feels that way and why this is included in this blog posting.