The ethics behind scientific experimentation are purely good whenever the motivation is either academic, or aiming at revealing something unethical and evil.
I'll aim to stand by this statement by demonstrating a known experiment that enables you to claim back your privacy on the Internet.
Quoting Linux Torvalds , collaboration as a community in today's digital age makes all of us modern artists.
So let's allow ourselves to adopt new ways of using software, software designed for you to use privately.
Zuckerberg grabbed all this free software, like Linux to build a multi-million new industry by monetizing social advertisement.
That may sound like oxymoron, someone building a financial empire over a ton of free software...
Perhaps it was megalomania or abuse of the devops principles that lead Facebook to fail not only fast and early but also repetitively.
There are public records of motivational speeches, probably taken out of some early hackathons, where Zuckerberg orients the team in delivery, rather than
Agreeing to implement backdoor was one.
Internal systems allowing anyone in Facebook to read anyone's profile while inventing such a thing as the “Sauron” alert to cover them from internal litigation.
The “Sauron” alert is designed to warn a Facebook employee when his profile is accessed.
Too bad I can't buy this “Sauron” alert feature as a service as a member of the general public accessing that network.
Taken from popular culture, the Eye of Sauron is part of a greater evil taking many forms over time and is of such gargantuan dimensions that it can theoretically see everything by hanging out in the sky.
Well, it's fiction so whatever works for entertainment.
In reality that's pretty sickening of a reference for an organization acting as a news platform, and indirect surveillance tool.
Technical people in our industry describe a back door, as a vulnerability voluntarily designed for data access purposes.
Keep in mind that unmasking people's data on Facebook can be done to a small extent using proxies and exploiting vulnerabilities that may not have been understood by the designers of Facebook.
That's due to the customized version of HTML Facebook uses, called surprise surprise FBML to match their almost imperialistic approach to being the supreme social network...
During the Facebook hearings, questions where finally answered
The type of backdoor that existed, and where such all-seeing eyes existed in the organization.
Some of the backdoors were designed for PRISM Facebook being a small subset of data under a greater all seeing eye such as government agencies.
The NSA hearings a few years ago, no public answers were given claiming some conversations were deemed as classified consequently not revealing public how the surveillance model was used.
Zuckerberg was unable to play this card claiming confidentiality
He turned various shades of pink before his cheeks became totally red when asked how cookies serve marketing purposes potentially collecting the Internet activity and oriented the senator to his technical team.
Similarly when 3rd party applications running on Facebook violated the terms of privacy, and no control or shutdown was enforced on those applications
Baffling excuses sounding something like
“My dog ate all the data, not me”
The rhetoric began to sound different as the interrogation was circling him
“It is not really my dog, I found it on the Internet and fed it data.”
And the answers keep getting weirder and weirder.
When questioned around sanctioned for anyone involved in releasing those 3rd party application to the public via Facebook,
with an a la carte “all-you-can-eat” data buffet of information, Zuckerberg's voice broke down and froze.
Not being able to produce sounds, after a few seconds of silence the senators got directed to his technical teams for details only to plunge again in comfortable silence.
It's a free market,
Selling data to political campaigns surfaced as an unhealthy ethical issue in Facebook's noble mission to “bring the world together” ...by running the advertisement bots.
Even when Facebook had the gained knowledge of the Cambridge Analytica breach, via the 3rd party applications they failed to alert the public of that concern.
More important than participating in mass surveillance programs anti-terrorism programs.
Truly the 50.000 people employed as content reviewers by Facebook, have been proven inefficient, as they fail to stop censorship from political bias resulting in pages being taken down for no good reason.
Stopping Internet trolls is not a task for men, considering a lot of them are automated scripts.
New pressure came to light as in the summer of 2018 the FBI asked
Facebook also received requests to implement a backdoor in their messaging app.
The root cause of this problem is the centralized nature of the data and information exchange model of social networks, as well as their unscrupulous economic models.
https://sociall.io/ is a new type of social media where data is theoretically not for sale considering most of it is based on a peer to peer architecture.
It also provides encrypted data.
Which brings me back to my original post , calling out for more encryption.
The decentralized Internet is close to the pure idea of the cyber communication in its early days.
Older efforts like Diaspora https://diasporafoundation.org/ were launched in the past, with the suicide of one of the main developers and founders Ilya Zhitomirskiy causing a major set back in the operations.
He died at the age of 22 from helium asphyxiation, during the inception and growth period of what would become the anti-facebook platform in terms of business model and technical transparency.
His surrounding confirmed he was under a great amount of pressure.
Last but not least, for your own experimentation with a cleaner Internet I would prompt you to try out the Freedom box.
It is a simple tool, design to secure data, communications and search strings you may use , host personal blogs bypassing censorship capable of enabling political change.
In our world, everyone has accepted or chose to pretend they don't understand that social networks store data of shadow profiles along with real profiles often giving a skewed perspective of who we are.
Following the new European regulations such as GDPR salty fines hitting Google with 5 billion dollars fine.
The Cambridge Analytica scandal was scrubbed with a 600k fine
Under recent regulations that would have cost them about 2 billion dollars instead.
So next time you share data on such traditional centralized social platform, ask yourself is there a good reason to do it?
For your information, your intellectual property to end in a sea of data lakes
Data lakes are the jargon for king size data-center and yottabytes of Instagram holiday snaps stored in raw format.
Raw data of people posing as some famous Renaissance paintings surrounded by advertising A.I maggots mining information.
Once those maggots are ready to breed they infest your cookies, and keep coming like spam egg bacon spam and oh you know the drill by now.
Your computers and smartphone micro-probe your life moments in the name of marketing.
Originally cookies were designed to solve a problem, such as remembering data within a website to make navigation easier.
3rd party cookies typically can act across sites, when operated by advertising networks, that track habits.
Deleting cookies will never be enough, so why not make the problem disappear and surf the internet differently without being monetized on your every click.
Think before you post.
Will you provide information useful to the community, or will you become information for sale yourself?
The lack of purity and integrity that governs social media, cost a second dive in terms of IPO and stock market value
With no control over Myanmar's hate speech outbreak on Facebook where the Buddhists were made life threats to the Muslim community, as well as citing Hitler as a solution to their problems.
Facebook, a global corporation had only one Burmese speaker working for them back in 2014, at some stage none, then two.
They now employ 60 but the situation is way out of hands in terms of hate speech in Myanmar and a lot of them work in the Dublin HQ.
For 18 million active users in Myanmar, it is a meager effort put together by a multi-million dollar marketing business offering to “connect the world”.
Accenture got hired as a subcontractor in Kuala Lumpur to keep the costs low enough to fight hate speech based simply on reports as there is are not enough resources to control such hate speech.
Why? Simply because Facebook is the only form of the Internet known to the local population and it's lack of filters perhaps the only solution for the local Muslim community of Myanmar is to use the deep web and onion routers to keep their anonymity and subsequently their lives.
In Myanmar Facebook further facilitated the unrest and rising tensions in leading to loss of life of the Rohingya people.
The targets of hate groups could be spotted on Facebook with their pictures shared, and eventually, their locations revealed.
Stalked to death.