Tech in the News: 9 Questions About Facebook and Data Sharing You Were Too Embarrassed To Ask

Ian Bogost

Posted April 10, 2018

External Article: The Vox

Ian Bogost, professor at the School of Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC) at Georgia Institute of Technology, was quoted in the Vox, April 10, article, “9 Questions About Facebook and Data Sharing You Were Too Embarrassed To Ask.” The School of Literature, Media, and Communication is part of the Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

Excerpt:

Baby pictures, vacation check-ins, your new job announcement — they all seem like innocuous posts to mark simple milestones. But your personal life is Facebook’s business. Those data points, taken together, build a powerful (and lucrative) profile of who you are and what you value. That’s perhaps one of the most important lessons from the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the revelation that the firm may harvested data from as many as 87 million Facebook users. But Cambridge Analytica is far from the only firm that gained access to vast amounts of users’ personal information. “There are certainly thousands, if not millions, of applications that had similar access and collected similar data — and many are still doing it, although under different terms,” Ian Bogost, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and contributing editor to the Atlantic, told Vox.

For the full article, visit the Vox website.