[ExI] Weird!? - He's not on Facebook

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Wed Feb 1 21:08:15 UTC 2017

On 1 February 2017 at 19:33, William Flynn Wallace  wrote:
> When I buy some seeds from burpee they sell my name and address to other
> seed companies which then send me catalogs, which are desired.  Other
> companies, such as charities, do the same.  Although getting unwanted calls
> from charities can be a problem, I am fine with all of this.  I can hang up,
> toss the catalog, block the emails, etc.  So far I have been helped, not
> harmed by these practices.

Getting catalogues is trivialising the Big Data problem.

Would you believe that Big Data got Trump elected?
(And possibly helped the Brexit vote).



The Data That Turned the World Upside Down

Hannes Grassegger and Mikael Krogerus
Jan 28 2017, 2:15pm

Psychologist Michal Kosinski developed a method to analyze people in
minute detail based on their Facebook activity. Did a similar tool
help propel Donald Trump to victory? Two reporters from Zurich-based
Das Magazin went data-gathering.

Very long article, but I found it fascinating.


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