Volunteer Note Takers — September 29, 2016
Internet.org & Free Basics —
Canadian Content in a Digital World —
Week 3 PP —
Google Wants You to Share Everything — September 28, 2016

Google Wants You to Share Everything

Janet Davidson, CBC News, October 16, 2013: Google’s ‘shared endorsement’ ads spark user backlash.

In the Wild West world of online advertising, Google is hoping to add a new weapon to its already formidable arsenal: your name and face.

The internet behemoth is planning to deploy names and photos of users of its Google Plus social network and reviews they’ve made there to pitch products to their online friends and tout the quaint little neighbourhood restaurant.

Google is offering users a way to opt out of these new “shared endorsements.”But the plan that is expected to launch next month has already sparked a backlash…

Facebookistan, a film by Jakob Gottschau —

Facebookistan, a film by Jakob Gottschau


The film
Facebook demands that its citizens are open and connected,  yet Facebook as a company is far from open and transparent.

With 1.4 billion users, Facebook is the world’s largest social media space and the company stores personal data on an unprecedented scale.  Facebook is perhaps the most visible symptom of an increasingly closed and centralised internet, but is also a social revolution with great democratic potential.

“Facebookistan” takes a close look at Facebook, exploring how several individuals and organisations are hit hard by Facebook’s policies and by their working conditions. The film examines through case examples, how Facebook as a business challenges two of democracy’s basic principles: the right to free speech and the right to privacy.

Film director Jakob Gottschau has made a well researched indictment against Facebook, shining a light on author Peter Øvig who’s work came under fire from Facebook’s censorship machine when his book ‘Hippie’ was too much for Facebook with its historical pictures of bare breasts and 1970s permissiveness; Sister Roma who, as an important representative of the LGBT scene in San Francisco, was discriminated against in terms of keeping a secret identity; and on the film’s protagonist, Max Schrems – an Austrian activist who successfully filed a lawsuit against Facebook and who is founder of the group “Europe vs. Facebook”.

Facebook is perhaps the most visible symptom of an increasingly closed and centralised internet, but it is also a social revolution with great democratic potential.


Inaugural RIP! —
Who We’re Reading —

Who We’re Reading

Dwayne Winseck  at Carleton


Canadian Media Concentration Research Project

Zeynep Tufecki
https://sils.unc.edu/people/faculty/zeynep-tufekci http://technosociology.org/

Astra Taylor
–The People’s Platform, http://www.hiddendriver.com/
–on the Intercept, https://theintercept.com/staff/astra-taylor/
–Democracy Now, April 25, 2014, http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/25/utopian_potential_of_the_internet_astra

Internet.org —
Google and the World Brain — September 27, 2016