FROM Elizabeth Dwoskin
How Facebook was able to amass so much power Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg will face tough questions on Capitol Hill this week. We look at how Facebook has grown since it was founded in 2004, and what it might look like with increased government oversight.
Facebook faces increasing scrutiny The Federal Trade Commision and the European Union are investigating Facebook for allowing a researcher to collect user data, which was then used by the Trump campaign. Meanwhile, Facebook’s chief information security officer is resigning.
Poet Robots The virtual assistant is becoming more and more a part of everyday life. But Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa don’t seem to be getting any more human. That is a problem. Imagine spending a day with a coworker you’d describe as “robotic.” Now the tech gurus of Silicon Valley are trying to do something about making our robots friends more friendly, with the help of writers and poets.
Apple Buys "Emotional Recognition" Startup Facial recognition technology is more and more common, but machines are still behind the curve when it comes to emotions. The tech world is predicting a breakthrough this year for machines that don't just recognize your face but can read your emotions. Image: Emotient Now that may be about to change. Apple has purchased a startup called Emotient, which specializes in software that reads emotions. The Wall Street Journal broke the story. That's where Elizabeth Dwoskin covers technology.
The New Frontier for Big Data - An Algorithm of Feelings "Micro-expressions” are those flashes of honest feeling that appear on your face before you can control them. Now software companies are compiling databases with thousands of “micro-expressions” for use in commercial marketing—and potentially for intelligence work. Do they constitute invasions of privacy? Americans know their cell phone calls are recorded and catalogued while their online searches are being tracked, bought and sold. Now there’s an algorithm for recognizing facial expressions. Elizabeth Dwoskin covers innovation and privacy in the world of big data. She’s written abour “micro-expressions” for the Wall Street Journal.
The Downside of Data Mining Your personal data's all over the Internet, and it's up for sale. Data mining is now big business, with some 4000 companies searching everything all of us do on line, looking for patterns and compiling lists for sale to marketers, financial institutions and perspective employers -- a nd don't forget about the NSA. It might be secretly mining even the data of its own corporate partners. If you've just applied for a warranty or googled somebody else's chronic disease, you could be on a list of bad credit risks or unsuitable employees. If the information is wrong, there's not much you can do to correct it, because it's secret and there's almost no regulation, as we discovered in October when we first aired this conversation.
The Downside of Data Mining Your personal data's all over the Internet, and it's up for sale. Data mining is now big business, with some 4000 companies searching everything all of us do on line, looking for patterns and compiling lists for sale to marketers, financial institutions and perspective employers -- a nd don't forget about the NSA. It might be secretly mining even the data of its own corporate partners. If you've just applied for a warranty or googled somebody else's chronic disease, you could be on a list of bad credit risks or unsuitable employees. If the information is wrong, there's not much you can do to correct it, because it's secret and there's almost no regulation.
Profits, Privacy and Your Personal Data Edward Snowden's revelations about Internet spying by the National Security Agency put pressure on the Obama White House. Last week, it issued two reports — not on privacy threats from the NSA, but from corporations that use the same techniques for collecting what's called "meta data" from America's millions of Internet users. It's focusing on the way private companies find patterns in your online habits to create a "digital persona" you don't even know about. The goal is not just to market products you might like. It's also used to predict whether you're a good credit risk, job prospect or candidate for insurance. Privacy advocates welcome proposals for regulation, but Silicon Valley's saying, "Not so fast." We hear from both sides.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?