Facebook Data Mining: Truth in Association?

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts dana oshirocenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit With a product as ubiquitous as Facebook, the public has raised a number of privacy-related concerns including optional settings, privacy policies and data mining. In the past, ReadWriteWeb covered Facebook’s plans to sell user data for market research purposes. However, today’s article in the Boston Globe suggests that user information can be mined for more than just advertising purposes. An MIT experiment dubbed, “Gaydar” by creators Carter Jernigan and Behram Mistree has employed computational analysis to identify user traits based on information listed by their Facebook friends. Through friend profiles, the program predicts the likelihood of your religious affiliations, political leanings and even your sexual orientation. Essentially the idea is that friends are likely to share traits. So if you’re in the closet, but you’ve got loads of vocal friends, a program of this nature could potentially out you. Said Hal Abelson, a professor who co-taught the course, “[It] pulls the rug out from a whole policy and technology perspective that the point is to give you control over your information – because you don’t have control over your information.” With the service being used to catch tax evaders, in addition to a conspiracy theory citing CIA ties, it’ll be interesting to see how the public reacts to this latest show of Facebook data mining capabilities. While it’s unlikely that terrorist suspects are friending each other on Facebook, there are a number of associations that need not be publicized to corporate partners or governments. Photo Credit: Steve Jurvetson The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

Separatists, civil society cold to J&K talks

first_imgTwo days ahead of the Centre’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma’s visit to Kashmir to hold dialogues, JKLF chief Yasin Malik on Saturday accused New Delhi of “holding talks at gun point”. Several civil society groups have sought “disclosure of rules of engagement beforehand.”Mr. Malik, who is facing an Enforcement Directorate notice in a 2001 case, said, “India wants to use the Gabbar Singh approach. I have not received any notice yet. It was first disclosed to the media for a trial.”‘Political vendetta’He said these “farcical cases are meant to settle political vendetta, threaten political resistance and force people to join the so-called talk shows on gun point.”“This regime wants to convey to us that shun resistance or we will kill you,” he added.In a joint statement issued by Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, they described the ED notice to Mr. Malik as “a ploy”. “Over a dozen resistance leaders and a businessman have been lodged in the Tihar jail on fictitious charges levelled by the ED and the NIA,” said Mr. Geelani and the Mirwaiz in the statement. So far, these leaders have taken a public stand not to engage Mr. Sharma.Meanwhile, several civil society groups have called for a dialogue in “in its historical perspective”. “All the three parties — India, Pakistan and separatists — have publicly stated that the final settlement of the dispute could be arrived at through meaningful, resulted-oriented and time-bound negotiations. The engagement of the nominated representative can only be meaningful if and when unconditional talks are held with Hurriyat and JKLF, besides the main parties,” they added.Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam, the deputy Grand Mufti, said the appointment of the interlocutor was “an eyewash and an attempt to befool people.”Sharma’s visit tomorrowMr. Sharma, a former Intelligence Bureau director, who is arriving in Kashmir on a four-day visit on Monday, sent formal invites to several mainstream parties except for the National Conference (NC).The parties that received invitations included Congress state chief G.A. Mir, Peoples Democratic Front chairman Hakeem Yasin, CPI(M) leader M. Y. Tarigami and Democratic Party Front chairman Ghulam Hassan Mir. “We shall discuss the matter with our party leaders and take a decision,” said Mr. Mir.Mehbooba for dialogueIn a series of tweets, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said democracy was a battle of ideas and “dialogue was the only way forward.”“Prime Minister Modi has an unprecedented mandate and can create history by changing the narrative on J&K,” she tweeted. She also called for “reviving J&K’s traditional routes to foster greater economic activity”. “Article 370 is the nation’s commitment to the people of J&K and therefore should be honoured,” she added.last_img read more

Just another ordinary loss

first_imgChito Victolero says all is well within the Magnolia camp, that he has “veteran enough” players who understand that 29-point losses can happen in a series.What’s important is how they bounce back from that.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Alaska will be taking some sort of momentum into the game, especially import Mike Harris, who snapped out of an offensive stupor in the first two games to shoot 36 points and grab 18 rebounds in just three quarters of Game 3.How Harris got away with murder in that game is surely one thing that Victolero and his staff had figured out after getting two days off.That time also served both teams well, with Victolero saying that his players are 100 percent and that the ankle twist that import Romeo Travis suffered in the third quarter of Game 3 turned out to be nothing.“We treat each game as do-or-die, no matter what [the standings] say,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said in a separate interview when asked if Game 4 is a must-win game for his Aces. “We just want to play hard and play with everything we have in each possession.”Alaska is seeking to end a five-year title drought, with Compton eyeing his first title in five tries, and he knows that it won’t be easy, especially after they practically gave away the series opener and “played sloppy [in the stretch] of Game 2.”ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES “It would have been nice if we were the ones 2-1 up,” he said. “But all we want right now is to turn this thing into a best-of-three [with a win in Game 4].”Compton also believes that nothing like what happened to Magnolia in Game 3 will happen again for the rest of the series, but he just wishes that they’d be able to shoot the ball the way they did Sunday night.“We made a lot of shots,” Compton said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Broner going for clean 7-0 sweep over southpaws Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We had a good practice, the team is healthy and we’re ready,” Victolero told the Inquirer Tuesday after preparing his Hotshots for Game 4 of their PBA Governors’ Cup title series against Alaska as they try to stay ahead of the best-of-seven series.“Things like that happen to any team,” Victolero said of the 100-71 loss on Sunday that cut their lead to 2-1. “It also happened to us in the [Barangay] Ginebra [semifinal] series. We won the first two games and lost the third.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“But my players are veteran enough to rebound from that,” he declared. “It’s going to be another grind-out game.”The fourth game is slated Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum, and this could be crucial for both teams since a Magnolia win gives the Hotshots the inside track on their first title since 2014, while a loss would again make this series a toss-up. View commentslast_img read more