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Alibaba IPO Raises Privacy, Consumer Protection, Environmental Sustainability and Civil Liberties Issues for China

China and Southeast Asia are key targets for the digital marketing industry, given the huge numbers of mobile-connected and online youthful "consumers."  An array of interactive campaigns can be found in that region, promoting junk food, financial products, alcohol beverage

The President's Big Data Report by PCAST--Examining Conflicts of Interest

For its technical report on "Big Data," the President's Council on Science and Technology has a select "Big Data and Privacy Working Group."  It is comprised of a smaller number of PCAST Advisor members.  But the group includes a number of individuals who have either direct or related links to the data collection industry.  These conflicts should have been addressed by the White House.

A "Green Light" for more Data Collection: Examining the White House Big data report [Part 1]

Two reports were released by the White House yesterday on Big Data.  The first was one led by John Podesta (working with former Google/Twitter privacy official Nicole Wong) and the second by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology [PCAST].

White House commended for "Big Data" report, but should have addressed commercial data surveillance complex

The White House should be commended for reviewing issues related to “Big Data,” including acknowledging the discriminatory role this technology can play. However, the report failed to identify the commercial surveillance complex that has been put in place by Google, Facebook, and many other data-driven businesses.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: NTIA Multistakeholder Group Doesn't Want to Know how Facial Recognition Works/Goog/Fb refuse to discuss

Yesterday's Department of Commerce/NTIA "multistakeholder" meeting to develop privacy "codes of conduct" provided more evidence on why the concept of Internet governance by so-called stakeholders is a oxymoron.  A great deal is at stake here, since the Obama Administration has placed the future of American privacy largely in the hands of this DC lobbyist dominated group.  Europeans also stand to lose here, as the U.S.

The White House Big Data report: 10 Issues, actions or recommendations that should be in the report out this week

The White House will release its report on "Big Data" this week.  While it will no doubt include laudatory language on the positive potential of Big-Data to help achieve a more just and healthier society and robust economy, it will raise concerns about the negative consequences of the system now in place.  Here are at least 10 recommendations or actions we believe should appear in report:
The online data industry has created a commercial surveillance state.

Wheeler's Plan at FCC to Kill Net Neutrality for Digital Highway Must be Opposed/role as cable lobbyist should be issue

It's not a surprise that FCC Chair Tom Wheeler would craft a pro-industry scheme on the Internet's future.  Tom Wheeler is a former cable TV lobbyist, where he led efforts to help that industry kill-off key public interest policies (and helped create the media monopoly in cable

Oscar Gandy--communications scholar, known in part for his prescient "The Panoptic Sort," joins CDD board

CDD is honored to have Professor Oscar Gandy on its board.  Prof.

How General Mills lures consumers online: its "you can't sue us" a digital bait and switch/uses Big Data targeting [updated]

General Mills has changed a policy to say, according to the New York Times, so consumers now "give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, “join” it in online communities like Faceboo

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