May 1, 2018

With majority of news channels and other media largely targeting and blaming Facebook for the entire scandal, it isn’t really unwise to talk about the other side of the story. Facebook continues to insist that all the data that was ‘inappropriately’ used to collected from the users with their explicit consent. Kogan’s app “thisisyourdigitallife” was launched as his personal project and Facebook users ‘willingly’ gave up their personal data to the app, not knowing what the consequences were going to be. Zuckerberg did argue that Cambridge Analytica was warned to delete all the inappropriately obtained user data and not to use it, but the blunder that they made was to think t...

May 1, 2018

The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal has put billions of Facebook users into deep concern on the issues of data privacy and security, given the enormous potential that lies in the data, and given that they are living in the so called Data-era wherein everything from a company’s Business model to data-hungry ML algorithms used in variety of fields from predictive analyses to deep learning techniques depends on user data sets and patterns as raw input to bring out commercially remunerative outcomes for businesses and a personalised experience for the users. Let’s have a brief recap of the scandal that took a major share of the news for the past month, caused Facebook...

2017 was undoubtedly a most interesting year for politics and media. POTUS Donald J. Trump continued to make all kinds (often the wrong kind) of headlines for his tirades against inaccurate journalism and misinformation. Across the world in India too, misinformation and inaccurate (and quite often even maliciously untruthful) journalism started to impact elections, popular morale and the effectiveness of governmental initiatives. "Fake News" hence became such a household term around the world that U.K. based Collins Dictionary chose "Fake News" as its 2017 Word of the Year. 

“Fake news, either as a statement of fact or as an accusation, has been inescapable this year, c...

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