e.Woke#24: The United State of Surveillance

Welcome to e.Woke #24!

This week, we are reminded that surveillance intentionally targets immigrants and POC. In order to protect all of us, we help to guide you through a serious look at the risks. Also, we share some ways to use Signal without giving out your real phone number, and we feature a refresher on 2FA!

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People Are Worried About DHS Plans To Gather Social Media Info

Starting October 18, the Department of Homeland Security will begin to include “social media handles, alises, associated identifiable information, and search results” as part of a person’s immigration file. This is an incredible invasion of privacy, and the newest blatant form of surveillance and intimidation by federal officials. BuzzFeed broke the story earlier this week and it is going to be crucial for every immigrant, including residents and naturalized citizens. (via BuzzFeed)

Facebook’s Ad Scandal Isn’t a ‘Fail,’ It’s a Feature

“Policies are enforced unevenly,” Tufekci writes – algorithms are cheap, unfair, and… profitable. All the problems we’ve been seeing (including Nazi ads) are structural. In this op-ed, Tufekci concisely summarizes how our attention is sold to the highest bidders, no matter who they might be.  (via The New York Times)

I Asked Tinder For My Data. It Sent Me 800 Pages Of My Deepest, Darkest Secrets

Tinder is known for many things, but perhaps not known for being a treasure trove of data. Users voluntarily give up so much personal information, from your Facebook “likes,” your Instagram photos, what school you went to, and when and where every online conversation with every single one of your matches happen. Tinder uses it all to make your matches more personal! Duportail’s article is a reality check. (via The Guardian)

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