Big Data Backlash: A Rights Movement Gains Steam

In the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica data mining scandal, there’s a growing chorus of AI leaders calling for a data rights movement that would overhaul the ownership structure for digital assets. In addition to protecting people’s privacy, this movement could help to ignite a new data-driven economy, with machine learning and blockchain technologies at the core.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week announced that the company would overhaul how it presents privacy settings to users of its social network. That may be a case of closing the barn after the cows have left for Facebook, which is under fire for allowing Cambridge Analytica to access data on 87 million Americans that it used, in turn, to create psychographic profiles designed to bolster Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. The saga led Apple CEO Tim Cook to call for increased regulation of Facebook and any other business that profits from other people’s data. “I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation,” Cook told recode last week. “However, I think we’re beyond that here.”

Author: Alex Woodie


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