Privacy, Propaganda, and Politics

IS PRIVACY A HUMAN RIGHT? That’s a serious question when it comes to our online data, the fuel that powers persuasive AI algorithms. The laws that protect our privacy continue to evolve even as the data about us continues to be turned into a commodity, traded by data brokers, and then acted upon in the marketplace—often without our knowing that it is even happening. Privacy is in the category of unsettled issues regarding psychotechnology and how it affects our lives.

Case in point: As the father of two kids in college, and one who is headed there in a few years, I was struck by a story I heard on the radio about a company that helps high school students decide which colleges are right for them based on aptitude ...

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