Facebook must be held accountable

Facebook must be held accountable

Facebook's controversial privacy policy still doesn't make clear on how and on what extent personal information and private conversations are collected and analyzed. Multiple reports suggest that some sort of audio collection is made via the Facebook app in order to improve targeting for their advertisement product. People still don't believe that Facebook isn't collecting such information, and we can't blame them. In my personal experience, since uninstalling the Facebook…

More death on the Feed: Facebook's stupid solution

More death on the Feed: Facebook's stupid solution

Facebook headlines have been bloody these past few months. Murder, suicide — practically anything at all — can flood the News Feed in an instant, yet the company's solutions, excuses and ignorance is even more jarring. Around early May, Mark Zuckerberg announced that because of the barrage of horrid live-streaming videos, more people will be hired to screen for things like this. On one hand, this is a big surprise. They already…

Uber is 'disrupting' the peace, one scandal at a time

Uber is 'disrupting' the peace, one scandal at a time

"Disrupt" is Silicon Valley's word for replacing services with more efficient, more convenient, tech-based alternatives. It often comes with a light flavor of disrespect for governing laws, exploitation of the workforce and tax-dodging strategies. Three years of scandals and disasters later, Uber has put its controversial CEO Travis Kalanick into an indefinite leave of absence. Despite a new master plan aimed at polishing its damaged public image, the Silicon Valley-based…

We'll pay $150 to whoever writes the best essay about why Silicon Valley sucks

We'll pay $150 to whoever writes the best essay about why Silicon Valley sucks

Artificial Intelligence, a new website about the failed promise of Silicon Valley, is hosting its first writing contest! We launched AI to raise a discussion about the sanctimonious hypocrisy of the tech industry. Silicon Valley promised to change the world. Now they're all filthy rich and the world is still shitty. They've exploited workers, dodged taxes, invaded our privacy, injected vitriol and misinformation into the public discourse, and used "philanthropy"…

Real name policies and ruling the world

Real name policies and ruling the world

Facebook's real name policy is inherently naive, dangerous and evil. Ever since Silicon Valley was empowered to strive for real-world domination, there have been countless attempts to disrupt lives by collecting, storing, redistributing personal information to turn a profit and grow power. The Guardian revealed that Facebook's contractors in charge of monitoring and reporting on suspected terrorist activities are now facing fears of retaliation after their real names have been…

Your company is doing something unethical. What do you do?

Your company is doing something unethical. What do you do?

Ever been asked to do something at work you think is a bad idea? Kriss Andsten has. Before he quit, he was an engineer for a California-based technology firm, and he was part of a project so questionable that one colleague described it this way: “People could well die from this work.” So, according to leaked information obtained by Forbes, he sent a company-wide email on April 4 announcing his…

Why haven't we found a way to fix global wealth inequality yet?

Why haven't we found a way to fix global wealth inequality yet?

Ahead of Facebook's initial public offering in March 2012, Mark Zuckerberg wrote a letter to prospective investors explaining the purpose of the company. The mission isn't to "build services to make money; we make money to build better services." By raising $16 billion for Facebook (and $19 billion for Zuckerberg himself), he said the company could further its egalitarian crusade to decentralize information, speech, and political power. "We believe building…

Being overheard

Being overheard

Imagine entering a room and being told that no one can listen to you and the walls are soundproof. You even check if a mic is hiding somewhere, but you find none. So you invite someone else to join you in the room, and the conversation starts flowing. Your acquaintance is friendly, and you both feel cocooned in the soundproofed, quiet and private room you are in. Feeling unrestricted, you…