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China sets up world’s first digital dictatorship with creepy new social credit system

China sets up world’s first digital dictatorship with creepy new social credit system

China’s creepy social credit system is a dystopian high-tech model of big brother when power goes unchecked. Here’s how it works. So currently, most Chinese citizens don’t have credit scores, unlike in the UK, where they have been part of the consumer landscape for decades, led by the big credit bureaus such as Equifax and Experian. The Chinese government aims[Read More...]

Facebook under fire after data leaks

Facebook under fire after data leaks

Facebook has come under fire after it was revealed that it had harvested personally identifiable information from up to 87 million Facebook users. The data was then collected by Trump-affiliated firm Cambridge Analytica to influence voter opinion on behalf of politicians who hire them. The revelations come after the Guardian’s Observer issued a series of explosive reports to expose the[Read More...]

Cambridge Analytica has been implicated in a number of different election scandals across the world

Head of European Parliament vows action over Facebook data scandal

The head of European Parliament has vowed to investigate Facebook to see if it had misused data, following the recent scandal over the data leaks. Antonio Tajani who has served as President of the European Parliament since January last year urged the social media giant to take more responsibility, saying on Twitter that “allegations of misuse of Facebook user data[Read More...]

Military officials use big data to keep tabs on the public

Military officials use big data to keep tabs on the public

Is it possible to visualise a scenario where both military and police authorities are regularly keeping tabs on the civilian population by monitoring their use of applications such as Facebook and Google? Much ado has been made about the use of big data in recent times, where the electronic footprints of every man, woman and child has come under scrutiny.[Read More...]

Police use big data to predict crime – before it happens

Police use big data to predict crime – before it happens

The idea of people being routinely arrested for a crime they have not yet committed may seem a little far-fetched to some. Afterall, if you have not done anything wrong, you have nothing to fear right? But imagine a scenario where several armed police officers kick down your door at 3am in the morning. You are then arrested on suspicion[Read More...]