Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Companies do a lot "to get their products embedded in our brains and part of our thinking." They want us to think of them as people, so we'll care for them, and so we'll think that they care for us. But they don't. Nowhere is this clearer than in the case of Facebook, which knew about data mining and election tampering activities as far back as 2015, but is only now doing the apology tour. This article is a lavishly-linked and lucid denunciation of the idea that Facebook cared - or cares - one whit. Its responsibility and sensitivity (if it has only) is only to itself and its owners and shareholders. See also Audrey Watter's summary of (non-)coverage of the story in educational media.

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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