Finding good resources to help young people learn and understand more about data and photo collecting is key to building strong citizens in our 21st Century digital world. We adults can also learn a lot in the process.
Interestingly, no matter how we set privacy settings (stipulating who can see our images), the sites where we post and share continually accumulate information about us — much, but not all, gleaned from the photos themselves. Yes, it’s about digital footprints, but it’s much bigger than that.
Deep machine learning can now locate you with nothing more than just the pixels in a photograph, no GPS required, no landmarks required, as proven by an initial set of results from early research at Google.
Another interesting quote from Dudum’s piece.
Despite the National Telecommunications and Information Administration creating a voluntary code for mobile apps around privacy, they failed to do so around facial recognition related to commercialization.
Read the entire article to learn much more, and especially check out the Google statements about the rights we give to the company when we upload our photos.
Then head over to the Christian Science Monitor site where the article How Google Photos Uses Machine Learning to Create Customized Albums explains how Google can automatically group photos into relevant albums, even identifying relevant landmarks even without the geotagging turned on (mine is always off).
And over at the Schneider on Security blog, Bruce Schneier wrote The Internet of Things that Talk About You Behind Your Back, also describing how much data is collected behind our backs. He writes:
Surveillance is the business model of the Internet, and the more these companies know about the intimate details of your life, the more they can profit from it. Already there are dozens of companies that secretly spy on you as you browse the Internet, connecting your behavior on different sites and using that information to target advertisements.
Schneier has written a fascinating book, Data and Goliath, that offers privacy protection tips and explains how the digital world might be changed in ways that decrease the online surveillance that’s occurring in our lives.
Data collecting is changing our private lives because just about everything we do on the Internet at home and on our digital devices generates can and is being collected.
I am reading Schneider’s book, and when I finish it I’ll share more of his ideas on privacy and surveillance here.