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Today: Prof. Joe Turow at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Turow is the author of The Voice Catchers: How Marketers Listen In to Exploit Your Feelings, Your Privacy, and Your Wallet.
• Hear That? It’s Your Voice Being Taken for Profit. by Joe Turow, NYT Opinion, Sept 12, 2021
• @JoeProf (Twitter)
• Washington Post profile of Chris Gilliard (Sept 17, 2021): “Mainstream pundits and politicians often talk of invasive technologies as being in need of adjustment, responsible oversight or reform. Gilliard has a different view: When it comes to technologies that are fundamentally discriminatory, he says, the goal should be ‘abolition.’”
• Facebook is delaying an Instagram app for users under the age of 13 (Sept 27, 2021): “Facebook said on Monday that it had paused development of an “Instagram Kids” service that would be tailored for children 13 years old or younger, as the social network increasingly faces questions about the app’s effect on young people’s mental health. The pullback comes ahead of a congressional hearing this week about internal research conducted by Facebook, and reported in The Wall Street Journal, that showed the company knew of the harmful mental health effects that Instagram was having on teenage girls. The revelations have set off a public relations crisis for the Silicon Valley company and led to a fresh round of calls for new regulation.”
• “When you ‘Ask app not to track,’ some iPhone apps keep snooping anyway (Washington Post, Sept 23, 2021): “Among the apps Lockdown investigated, tapping the don’t track button made no difference at all to the total number of third-party trackers the apps reached out to. And the number of times the apps attempted to send out data to these companies declined just 13 percent. ‘When it comes to stopping third-party trackers, App Tracking Transparency is a dud. Worse, giving users the option to tap an Ask App Not To Track button may even give users a false sense of privacy,’ said Lockdown co-founder Johnny Lin, a former Apple iCloud engineer.”
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|Artist||Track||Images||Approx. start time|
|Joe Turow discusses voice surveillance and his new book, "The Voice Catchers."|
|Tomaš Dvořák||Game Boy Tune|
|Interview with Joe Turow||0:11:49 (MP3 | Pop‑up)|
|Mark's comments||0:47:10 (MP3 | Pop‑up)|
|Peter Peter Hughes||Tracking Devices||0:56:19 (MP3 | Pop‑up)|