Elon Musk Is Destroying the Myths of Silicon Valley in Front of Our Very Eyes BY LUKE SAVAGE https://jacobin.com/2022/11/elon-musk-twitter-silicon-valley-myth

Extracts: the roughly one-month period that has elapsed since his takeover of Twitter has probably done more damage to his image — and to the fraudulent and self-serving myths of Silicon Valley it draws on — than any of these things ever could...even the most devoted Musk sycophants will have to ask what the master plan is beyond erratic public behavior and lazily trolling the libs.

there’s no great promethean genius, elaborate game of multidimensional chess, or modern day philosopher king hiding behind the Mars talk, product recalls, and epic bacon memes. All that exists behind the curtain is a garden-variety capitalist doing the kinds of things that capitalists have always done — in this case very badly.

DIGITAL DISCOURSES TOTAL TRANSPARENCY? - PRIVACY IN THE AGE OF DATA CAPITALISM


Large parts of our lives are captured in the data trails we leave online. Who tracks them and how are they monetized? What is this data worth? Are we drawing the short straw when we trade our data for free in exchange for digital services and the conveniences of the internet? Or are we better off if we embrace a post-privacy world?

More than 1.6 billion people log into Facebook across the globe in a single day. Hundreds of millions use shopping platforms, email providers, file sharing services, mobile payment apps, and other digital tools to go about their daily lives.

Many of these tools are free to use. The companies that created them find value elsewhere: in the stream of signals users produce as they navigate their digital lives. The digital stream allows corporate brands and governments to target people by interest, background, and behavior. And it turns private data into a commodity that can be traded for profit, that can enable control and is sometimes even used for purposes far beyond the intention or knowledge of its original owners.

What rules should be in place for commercial and governmental use of this data? Can we as users regain control over our data trails? The second instalment of the Digital Discourses conference series dives deeply into the complicated relationship between our right to privacy and our desire to browse, communicate, shop, and access services with seamless ease.

https://www.goethe.de/ins/id/en/kul/mte/ddd/dd2/21846526.html  

Alia Y. Karunian, Katharina Nocun, Michael Seemann, Jun-E  Tan

The stream of signals users produce as they navigate their digital lives opens the door for various use cases and exploitations. The digital stream allows corporate brands and governments to target people by interest, background, and behavior. Further, it turns private data into a commodity that can be traded for profit, that can enable control and is sometimes even used for purposes far beyond the intention or knowledge of its original owners.

The moderated panel discussion will be looking at the mechanisms of personal data extraction, storage, analysis, and commercialization. Several scenarios and use cases are explored: user data on shopping and entertainment platforms, in political micro-targeting, in financial services platforms, and in state surveillance. 

https://www.goethe.de/ins/id/en/kul/mte/ddd/dd2/21850313.html 

Ingo Dachwitz, Sutawan Chanprasert, Wahyudi Djafar, Tony Seno Hartono

The moderated panel discussion will focus on various aspects of regulating commercial and governmental use of data. In this context, Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is often seen as a benchmark with several nations drawing inspiration from it. But what have we learned so far about how these new rules hold up in practice? What is Southeast Asia's stance in the debate? In the global flow of user data, does it matter where data is physically stored? And are there any alternative models to data ownership and access?
 

 

 

Infosys row: The unanswered questions on the tax portal  by Prabal Basu Roy   SEP 14, 2021  https://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/infosys-row-the-unanswered-questions-on-the-tax-portal-101631619815649.html 
Equating perceived incompetence with extremist motives such as an anti-national agenda to destabilise the economy is unpardonable..

delays in execution reflect poorly on its programme management competencies.

In its keenness to win the order in 2019, it most likely compromised even on basics such as adopting the “waterfall” design method (breakdown of project activities into linear sequential phases, where each phase depends on the deliverables of the previous one as opposed to DevOps which works on the projects in discrete batches. snd test them out in practice, and then integrate these batch processes)   to align itself with the government’s norms of a fixed-price contract on an L1 basis. 

The government, on its part, must clarify whether the specifications were fully scoped out and not arbitrarily imposed later. The guiding principle of this dispensation has been a lack of attention to detail in decision-making, based primarily on populism.

One, is there a defined programme manager in the government who is accountable for the success of the project? Any technology project — and transformational projects, in particular — depends on continuous two-way communication and frequent interactions between the client and the tech partner.

 

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Digital Democracy: Vision and Reality  https://www.researchgate.net/publication/231382330_What_Is_Digital_Democracy 

The effects of digital democracy were often framed in the perspective of a total revolution, which means a democratic revolution in politics and public governance, or of a technological fix for basic problems of political activity and the trust of citizens in government...technology may not be value free but does not in itself predetermine directions, structures and modes for governance. 

 

 

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