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Discussion on: What's the big deal with privacy?

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Enrique Jose Padilla Author

"But what happens when information of a lot of people is collected together and used for the benefit of a single organization"

Thats my question as well, what benefit do you think they have that completely empowers them over you.

Please correct my if I'm wrong, but are you referring to how Cambridge Analytica was able to sway the correct people to vote for Trump and making him win?

In all honesty, they deserve it. They did an amazing job of data anlalytics and influenced the correct people to get them off their butts to go to the voting booth. I wished the democratic side had Cambridge Analytica on their side.

If the masses are so easily influenced that says something about where we are in terms of critical thinking. I'm hoping this raises awareness in terms of our lack of rational consumption of information.

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Rishabh Gupta

Masses are easily influced, we have seen examples of this throughout history. Now, when the role of masses is important we are handing it over to organizations, who have found a new way to influence us.

Also, a lot of people don't know that their decisions are influenced to an extent.
My point being, we should at least know how our data is being used, is it used to influence us, then what are their objectives in doing so. If it is being used in bringing advancements, then I would be glad it is being used that way.

Also, yes cambridge analytica did an amazing job, but is it ethical to use any resource like this ? That's what my question is.

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Enrique Jose Padilla Author

Thank you for your response.

Some food for thought that your comment gives me is instead of trying to regulate and limit what all these organizations can do why dont we start focusing on making our masses less gullible? Masses have always been easily influenced, but they never had the access to information that they have today.

I agree its not ethical, but we have lobbying and super pacs and organizations being considered people. I'd argue those need to be handled first before this.

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Rishabh Gupta

Educating everyone is definitely the best and a durable solution to this problem, instead of trying to fix organizations and their working

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edA‑qa mort‑ora‑y

Referring to people as "the masses" hides a truth that we all belong to that mass. We must always believe that any of us can fall victim to this type of deceit.

The deceit is also at a level that is unprecendented. Imagine campaigns tailored directly at you. Any interest you show, will be used against you. Donated to a local animal shelter once, don't be surprised to see political messages talking about animal rights -- and they'll know precisely what side of the issues you are on.

They know your relatives, and how they think as well. If presented with an ad implying your family is disappointed with how you think, how would feel?

And it can all be lies! Given enough partial information a campaign can target you "well enough" to have you believing what is said. I don't have to paint a full picture to sway you, just know what issues to address. Pyscological biases are well known, and with a bit of processing easily manipulated.

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Rishabh Gupta

Great point!