Facebook(s fb)’s emotional manipulation study has shocked many people for its apparent breach of research ethics (700,000 subjects had no idea they were being manipulated), and it has raised the alarm among Europe’s privacy regulators too. As The Register first reported on Tuesday (and I confirmed on Wednesday morning), the UK Information Commissioner intends to speak with Facebook about it, and will also be liaising with his Irish counterpart, who has jurisdiction over Facebook’s activities across Europe. The Irish Data Protection Commissioner said he is awaiting a “comprehensive report” from the social network over privacy issues relating to the study, including consent.
A study manipulated the news feeds of hundreds of thousands of Facebook users in an attempt to show that emotional responses can be affected by the behavior of our social connections, and many are outraged by what they see as an ethical lapse by the company in doing so
Microsoft released a statement Friday that said it will amend its policies regarding its search of private email — but the practice won’t end.
It would be nice if both traditional and new-media outlets would do a little more checking before they report on something — but how much responsibility do the perpetrators of hoaxes bear for the perpetuation of untruths?
The speed of technological progress is enabling rapid change in our societies and threatening the principles we claim to hold dear. We have to decide — now — whether we want to accept or resist the loss of our freedoms.
Half robot, half insect, the cyborgs are controlled by a tiny electronics pack that directs them to find and map walls. Ethical questions could arise.
Reporters and bloggers writing about a company are supposed to disclose any stock they own in that firm. With currencies, that’s not the case. But what about Bitcoin?
The digital age has made possible many of the human-technology interactions that once were the stuff of science fiction. But at what cost? UX designers must be aware of and accountable for the human impact of their work.
The government of Malaysia paid 10 media columnists to smear its political opponents on American media sites. It was able to pull this off, in part, because of online publications’ insatiable appetite for content.
A New York newspaper has come under fire for publishing a map with the addresses of registered gun owners — data that is legally public, but not often published. The incident raises a number of thorny questions about what personal information should be made public and when.