We’re building an artificial intelligence-powered dystopia, one click at a time, says techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci. In an eye-opening talk, she details how the same algorithms companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon use to get you to click on ads are also used to organize your access to political and social information. And the machines aren’t even the real threat. What we need to understand is how the powerful might use AI to control us — and what we can do in response.
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Filmmaker Astra Taylor believes our digital life is undemocratic — that we’re concentrating power into the hands of giant tech companies, who make money off our posts and tweet. She tells Anne Strainchamps why she believes there should be greater regulation of the Internet.
Once, personal technology and the Internet meant that we didn’t need permission to compute, communicate and innovate. Now, governments and tech companies are systematically restricting our liberties, and creating an online surveillance state. In many cases, however, we’re letting it happen, by trading freedom for convenience and (often the illusion of) security. Yes, we need better laws and regulations. But what steps can we take as individuals to be more secure and free — to take back the permissions we’re losing?
Living Democracy — Ward Cunningham invented the wiki. But he didn’t patent it. Why? Because he believed the internet needed to be more democratic. How do you live your democratic ideals?
In a special edition recorded live at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre, Aleks Krotoski is joined by coder Austin Heap and Christina Zaba of NO2ID to talk about privacy, surveillance and online censorship.
Becky Hogge from the Open Rights Group joins Aleks Krotoski and Charles Arthur in a special Tech Weekly, recorded live at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre.
Our other guests? Austin Heap is a wunderkind hacker who used his own encryption software, Haystack, to open up the Iranian internet in the aftermath of the disputed elections in 2009. By breaking through the Iranian government’s blockade, the software allowed people on the ground in Tehran to access communication tools they could use to describe unfolding events to the rest of the world.
Meanwhile, personal surveillance has reached an all-time high: our web traffic is observed and recorded by governments and corporations. With every click we create personal digital identities that ‘belong’ to other people. Should we be worried about the private becoming public in this way, or should we reclaim ourselves using encryption software that hides who we are and where we go online? NO2ID’s Christine Zaba will be on hand to lead you through the issues and the options.
Lawrence Lessig speaks at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.