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Roxham Road; The perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich; Film camera; Travel as a rite of passage

The perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich!

Worth experiencing: Interactive: Roxham – National Film Board of Canada

In early 2017, the number of asylum seekers arriving at Roxham Road sharply increased. This quiet and practically unknown road between the United States and Canada became the location with the largest number of irregular border crossings in the country.

Canon has sold it’s last film cameraPetaPixel

Mamoudou Gassama: Travelling is a rite of passage for many Malians – BBC

What if all guns suddenly disappeared? – BBC

More than 20 years ago, Vancouver doctors started noticing Purdue Pharma’s OxyContin was being abused, and yet the drug company continued to promoted it as being less addictive – NY Times // Is that enough to show criminal intent?

  • More than 2 years into public health emergency, officials in B.C. still struggle to slow deaths – CBC
  • ‘Unintended Consequences’ — Inside the fallout of America’s crackdown on opioids – The Washington Post (paywall)

Teens dump Facebook for YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat – TechCrunch

Here is some of the personal information Facebook does not include in it’s ‘Download Your Data’ tool

Facebook claims users can view the personal information they have collected about you. But the download doesn’t include everything Facebook knows about you.

Nitasha Tiku, Wired:

“Download Your Data” hardly tells you everythingFacebook knows about you. Among the information not included:

  •  information Facebook collects about your browsing history
  • information Facebook collects about the apps you visit and your activity within those apps
  • the advertisers who uploaded your contact information to Facebook more than two months earlier
  • ads that you interacted with more than two months prior

Download Your Data is particularly spotty when it comes to the information Facebook taps to display ads. Typically, Facebook uses information it collects or buys to place users into categories that advertisers can target. This can include data a user provides explicitly (your age), implicitly (which browser you use) or unknowingly (information on purchases from loyalty cards).

Facebook moves 1.5bn users out of reach of new European privacy law #deleteFacebook

This company’s executive have no intentions of doing better. At every opportunity Facebook executives make promises they have no intention of keeping. And they are spitting in the face of everyone who opposes them.

David Ingram, Reuters:

Facebook members outside the United States and Canada, whether they know it or not, are currently governed by terms of service agreed with the company’s international headquarters in Ireland.

Next month, Facebook is planning to make that the case for only European users, meaning 1.5 billion members in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America will not fall under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect on May 25.

Alex Hern, The Guardian:

Facebook has moved more than 1.5 billion users out of reach of European privacy law, despite a promise from Mark Zuckerberg to apply the “spirit” of the legislation globally.

In a tweak to its terms and conditions, Facebook is shifting the responsibility for all users outside the US, Canada and the EU from its international HQ in Ireland to its main offices in California. It means that those users will now be on a site governed by US law rather than Irish law.

The move is due to come into effect shortly before General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in Europe on 25 May. Facebook is liable under GDPR for fines of up to 4% of its global turnover – around $1.6bn – if it breaks the new data protection rules.

More: PoliticoMercury NewsCNBCMIT Technology ReviewTechCrunchVanity FairFortuneSocial Media Today, WiredThe Next WebThe Hill

Every Facebook app collected users’ personal data, without even trying

Ian Bogost, The Atlantic:

I made a satirical social game called Cow Clicker. Players clicked a cute cow, which mooed and scored a “click.” Six hours later, they could do so again. They could also invite friends’ cows to their pasture, buy virtual cows with real money, compete for status, click to send a real cow to the developing world from Oxfam, outsource clicks to their toddlers with a mobile app, and much more. It became strangely popular, until eventually, I shut the whole thing down in a bovine rapture—the “cowpocalypse.” It’s kind of a complicated story.

But one worth revisiting today, in the context of the scandal over Facebook’s sanctioning of user-data exfiltration via its application platform. It’s not just that abusing the Facebook platform for deliberately nefarious ends was easy to do (it was). But worse, in those days, it was hard to avoid extracting private data, for years even, without even trying. I did it with a silly cow game.

Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones #deleteFacebook

This is the reason Facebook has been pushing so hard to get it’s apps (Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger) on your phone. They are all there to collect your data.

Sean Gallager, ArsTechnica:

This past week, a New Zealand man was looking through the data Facebook had collected from him in an archive he had pulled down from the social networking site. While scanning the information Facebook had stored about his contacts, Dylan McKay discovered something distressing: Facebook also had about two years’ worth of phone call metadata from his Android phone, including names, phone numbers, and the length of each call made or received.


Facebook has been collecting call history and SMS data from Android devices – The Verge

iPhone protected you from Facebook call scraping. Android, not so much – iMore

Elon Musk deletes his own, SpaceX and Tesla Facebook pages #deleteFacebook

Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch:

Prior to their deletion, both the SpaceX and Tesla pages had over 2.6 million Likes and Follows, and super high engagement rates. You have to wonder whether Musk’s social media management employees cried a little when these went down.

How many times has Zuckerberg asked us to trust him? Too many

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has finally come forward to respond. But only to blame Cambridge Analytica for breaching Facebook’s trust, which in turn caused Facebook to break users’ trust. He vows to prevent it from happening again.

Later in the day, as users delete their Facebook accounts, Zuckerberg apologized over the scandal on CNN, saying he was “really sorry this happened.”

The fact remains that Facebook will continue to collect people’s information anyway possible in an effort to profile them. That’s at the core of it’s business. By saying they “need to make sure this doesn’t happen again” says they have no intention to not collect user information. Zuckerberg still wants us to trust Facebook with our personal data.

Meanwhile, the German government has summoned Facebook looking for details about the Cambridge Analytica scandal. They also want to know whether the personal data of the platform’s 30 million users in Germany were protected from unlawful use.

Now would be a good time for Mark Zuckerberg to resign. Users are abandoning the platform.

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Time to unplug: Deleting Facebook improves happiness #DeleteFacebook

I feel better already.

Sarah Todd, Quartzy:

Facebook makes us unhappy because we spend a lot of time engaging in social comparison—measuring our achievements and self-worth against our acquaintances’ status updates.

When we log off, we may still hear about envy-inducing tropical vacations and exciting book deals. But we’ll hear about the boring and bad stuff too: the bout of food poisoning that spoiled the end of the trip, or the fearsome case of writer’s block.

People who’ve given up Facebook say that they’re less up to date on the daily goings-on of their social network, but they’re still in close contact with the people they really care about. And in regular conversation, people are less apt to present their lives in highlight reels—which makes everyone feel a little more human.

Facebook opened Pandora’s Box

Tristan Harris says Facebook is a living, breathing, crime scene for their role in the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections.

From Bloomberg: Tristan Harris Says Tech Companies Have Opened Pandora’s Box

Tristan Harris, a former Google design ethicist, discusses changing Silicon Valley’s culture and the fight against online extremism with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang on “Bloomberg Technology.”

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