Malkia Cyril Contributor Share on Twitter Malkia Cyril is founder and executive director of the Center for Media Justice (CMJ) and co-founder of the Media Action Grassroots Network. In the wake of revelations that the personal information of as many as 87 million Facebook users was used by data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica in 2016 for political purposes, reports indicate Facebook will contribute raw, anonymized data to a new Social Data Initiative via what is described as an independent, transparent and peer–reviewed process. Will greater data sharing place the information of communities of color at greater risk? Or will making aggregated user data available data better inform our understanding of social media’s impact on society? Caught between these questions are activists of color and the vulnerable communities they represent. Activists of color weren’t surprised by the Cambridge Analytica revelations. This scandal is only the latest in a string of worrisome disclosures about the use of social media by third parties, from foreign governments and electoral candidates to law enforcement agencies, to spy on the activities of users – especially immigrant, Black and other vulnerable communities. With half of all U.S. adults already in police facial recognition databases and the 2018… Read full this story
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