Pricking the Filter Bubble

-by corbettreport

Recommended videos. Tailored newsfeeds. Personalized search results. Know it or not, we are increasingly living in filter bubbles that are being determined by algorithms we know nothing about. Worse than that, we are increasingly retreating into the online echo chamber bubbles of our own making. So where is this all heading and how can we steer ourselves away from this precipice? Join James for this edition of The Corbett Report podcast to find out more…

 

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The “Internet Of Things” Is Sending Us Back To The Middle Ages

Op-Ed by Joshua A.T. Fairfield Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University

Internet-enabled devices are so common, and so vulnerable, that hackers recently broke into a casino through its fish tank. The tank had internet-connected sensors measuring its temperature and cleanliness. The hackers got into the fish tank’s sensors and then to the computer used to control them, and from there to other parts of the casino’s network. The intruders were able to copy 10 gigabytes of data to somewhere in Finland.

By gazing into this fish tank, we can see the problem with “internet of things” devices: We don’t really control them. And it’s not always clear who does – though often software designers and advertisers are involved... see more

 

Capitalism at Its Worst: 5 Deadly Sins of Big Pharma

-By Paul Buchheit

Big Pharma: Capitalism at Its Worst

For Mylan Pharmaceuticals, it was a perfect plan — diabolical, unstoppable. The company madechanges in its anti-allergy EpiPen dispenser in 2009, enough to give it patent protection. Then, in 2012, it began to give away free pens to schools, gradually making school nurses at least partly dependent on them. Meanwhile the company was successfully lobbying for the “Emergency Epinephrine Act”, commonly referred to as the “EpiPen Law“, which encouraged the presence of epinephrine dispensers in schools. Then, most recently, after raising the price from $100 to $600, Mylan announced a half-price coupon, making itself appear generous — even though the price had effectively jumped from $100 to $300.

This is capitalism at its worst, a greedy and disdainful profit-over-people system that leaves millions of Americans sick — or dead. This is just one of the sins of the pharmaceutical industry… see more


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