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Has Facebook Become Too Invasive?

source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/10/us/politics/zuckerberg-facebook-senate-hearing.html During early April of this year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was called to a senate hearing to address the increasing concern regarding the breach of privacy for millions of Facebook users. Now known as the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it was supposed that the Trump administration hired a political firm, Cambridge Analytica, to gain private […]

Influencing network through partial incentives

ttps://arxiv.org/pdf/1401.7970.pdf   Further studying the network cascade effect from my previous blog post, I found this interesting paper about partial incentives, written by Erik D. Demaine. The topic of this paper is “How to influence people with partial incentives?” The topic seemed very relevant to what we are learning in class, because this idea of […]

HI putting a cap on surge pricing for Uber/Lyft

Honolulu lawmakers sent out a bill that really hit Uber and Lyft: limiting how much Uber, Lyft, and other on-demand services can charge during times of high demand. This bill, called Bill 35, targets surge pricing, where ride sharing prices usually sky-rocket. This came about as Navy Sailors were told ride-sharing would cost $224 compared […]

How the online business model encourages prejudice

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/oct/28/how-target-ads-threaten-the-internet-giants-facebook The article talks about the process of advertising on the web similarly to the way we learned about it in lecture, with a few key changes that make the advertising extremely biased. The unique factor in this advertising tactic is the personal information the ad companies are given when a user visits a website. […]

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