Facebook and World Peace: Really?

first_imgIf Facebook were a country, it would be the 3rd most populous country on earth behind China and India – but now Facebook thinks it can play Switzerland and lead a push for world peace. I’m not so sure that’s a good idea.Facebook and the Persuasive (no, not pervasive, persuasive) Technology Labat Stanford launched what they call the “dot peace” campaign today. There’s reason to pause before enthusiastically supporting the effort. There are other ways that Facebook could make the world a better place and there are some reasons why the company deserves caution more than trust when it comes to its political agenda.Facebook is a company with a political or cultural agenda, make no mistake about that. Company executives, including founder Mark Zuckerberg, have long said that Facebook seeks to move the world toward increased sharing of personal information in order to increase empathy between people. They believe that’s good for world peace (and Facebook’s valuation, of course). Some people might argue that minding your own damn business is good for world peace, but Facebook has a different strategy. Sometimes that means working to change peoples’ expectations of privacy. All’s fair in love, war and social networking, perhaps, so more power to Facebook for seeking to tilt the balance towards sharing and away from privacy. Users could vote with their feet, or their browsers in this case – but that’s complicated by the fact that Facebook keeps all the social capital users build up locked into its system if they want to leave.That’s big picture background, but here are three reasons why Facebook’s role in a movement to foster world peace deserves to be questioned.Set the Data Free, AlreadyThe new Peace.Facebook page has some really interesting data displayed on it, showing how many people from opposite sides of historical conflicts have become friends on Facebook over the last 24 hours, surveys about the viability of peace and other information.That’s great – but imagine how much more understanding of the contemporary human condition could be derived from making that data and more freely available in anonymous aggregate for the rest of the world to analyze. These are “neat tricks” Facebook is doing with slices of its data – but isn’t the lesson of the age that a network of minds is generally more effective at innovating than any one company can be? This is an ongoing part of the story and one we’ll have a lot more to say about in coming weeks and months – but for now we’ll just say that if Facebook really wants to change the world for good it should open up its unique birds-eye view of our behavior and interactions.In the 1960’s anti-racist activists were able to prove that banks were systematically denying mortgage loans to African Americans. Redlining, as it was called, was exposed through analysis of data. When data is opened to analysis, patterns can be discovered – some of them unjust acts of systematic violence. The world is an unjust place and the social activity of 300 million people on Facebook will inevitably be useful in exposing some of those patterns of injustice.Shallow Political Analysis Tags:#Analysis#politics#social networks#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The first example of peace-through-Facebook you’ll find highlighted on the new Peace.Facebook page is a march organized in the nation of Colombia against the leftist insurgent group FARC. As writer Eric Eldon put it a year ago on VentureBeat: “Thing is, right-wing Colombian guerrillas with close ties to the country’s U.S.-backed government have also been implicated in numerous terrorist activities. That topic seems to have been covered in much greater detail by European media than their counterparts here in the U.S… If I were Facebook… I’d think hard about using that example.”The group protested against, the FARC, is one side of the longest-running civil war in the world. They may be a violent, authoritarian, drug-corrupted bunch of thugs but their opponents are a shadowy paramilitary group made up in part of Colombian police who remove their uniforms at night and chainsaw off the heads of civilians in towns suspected of offering FARC support. The US is deeply implicated, in bad ways, and it’s a seriously ugly situation. It’s among the worst in Latin America and there are some pretty gruesome stories about Latin America in the 80’s in particular.Facebook wants to pick sides in that fight? People may argue that it was a march against violence that was organized on Facebook, but that’s one of the most violent countries on earth and Facebook refers to the march as anti-FARC. Since when is organizing street protests against one party in a brutal, decades-old fight a means of helping “people better understand each other?”That looks like a dangerously shallow understanding of how the world works and what the obstacles to peace are.Peter ThielFacebook’s first and most important investor is PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. Thiel is a big believer in what’s called The Singularity, defined by the Singularity Institute as “the technological creation of smarter-than-human intelligence.” Thiel believes that investing in the Singularity means thinking ahead about how humanity can benefit from our relationships with these smarter-than-human machines instead of being hurt by them. He says that the Singularity will either lead to the biggest economic boom in human history or it will lead to an apocalypse. Literally.Facebook’s machine intelligence is very real; its system is learning quickly about how humans interact and how different people respond to different events, for example. Let’s hope that the very wealthy Thiel, the very young Zuckerberg and the rest of the company’s insular brain-trust can steer that machine towards truly helping humanity and not making an even worse mess of things. Given this dodgy philosophical background, it would be easier to trust Facebook as a humble servant of a global movement for world peace – doing its part by facilitating communication and opening its data to observation by the world at large. Instead we get very selective data interpretation done behind closed doors and presented to hundreds of millions of people as a way to take action.I can’t help but feel uneasy about all this, as much as I enjoy using Facebook. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Aces sustain resurgence, rally past Picanto behind Abueva

first_imgALASKA 102 – Abueva 26, Henton 20, Casio 20, Exciminiano 14, Banchero 11, Thoss 4, Racal 3, Baclao 2, Cruz 2, Mendoza 0, Magat 0, Pascual 0, Galliguez 0, Enciso 0.KIA 94 – Johnson 39, Paniamogan 12, Elorde 11, Yee 11, Khobuntin 10, Ballesteros 4, Celda 3, Jaime 2, Corpuz 2, Revilla 0, Camson 0, Salva 0.Quarters: 23-27, 46-51, 67-77, 102-94. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “(Kia) was playing great, but we just had a lot of bounces that went our way and we made a couple of shots,” said Compton.Down 10, 77-67, at the start the fourth period, Alaska leaned on Ping Exciminiano, who had 14 markers, four boards, and three dimes off the bench. Casio knotted the game at 84 with a triple with 5:36 left to set up the frantic finish.Johnson fired 39 points that went with nine rebounds, and seven assists, but committed eight turnovers for still winless Kia (0-9).Philip Paniamogan added 12 markers, while Nico Elorde and Mark Yee both had 11.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT Buck Henton contributed 20 markers, including the go-ahead triple with 1:26 to play that gave Alaska a 97-94 lead. Henton also collected 13 boards, seven assists, and three blocks, JVee Casio added four triples and wound up with 20 points and seven dimes as the Aces, who started the conference at 0-6, stayed alive for a playoff spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“It’s a character-building win for us,” he said.After Henton’s go-ahead trey in the final minute, the Picanto had a chance to tie the game, but LA Revilla threw an errant pass to Johnson that led to Casio’s dagger short stab on the other end with 36.6 ticks remaining. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side La Salle survives FEU to start UAAP title defense LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ PBA IMAGESCalvin Abueva willed Alaska to a come-from-behind win over Kia, 102-94, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Abueva unfurled a conference-best 26 points, 15 rebounds, and three assists to lead the Aces. He frustrated high-scoring Picanto reinforcement Geron Johnson in the last five minutes as Alaska stretched its winning streak to three games.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more