One time I saw someone do this:
* Open safari on their iPad
* Type "google"
* click the google result for google search
* Type Facebook in the google search box
* Tap Facebook search result
* "Why aren't I logged in, I have the app installed" (app is on home screen)
If this is the level of understanding of web / app technology there is little hope currently of doing much about surveillance capitalism.
surveillance politics Show more
Is this the first time in history something is so widely used, yet so barely understood by the majority of users?
In fact, it's probably true that most people's expectations of how the internet or their phone works is entirely wrong.
@paul it absolutely is the level.
That's why we need media competences education in *elementary schools*.
@rysiek Yeah I'd say classes throughout school detailing complexities of ads, tracking, how personal data is generated, how inferences are made about people etc.
@paul but also critical thinking, practical basics of encryption, empathy and ethics online, and so on.
@rysiek yes! 👏
@paul well then, you'll be happy to learn that I've co-authored a media competences catalogue for formal education, translated into EN and RU: http://www.ifapcom.ru/files/News/Images/2013/mil_eng_web.pdf (starts p.351)
@paul I am a lecturer at a university teaching database systems to bachelor students of media computer science. This is exactly the behaviour I'm seeing nearly every day! Students! of! Computer! Science! m(
@humpaaa wow! 😭
@paul and that's exactly my behaviour, when I'm seeing this…
@paul A few weeks ago google did some tweaks on their search algorithms, so our learning platform (moodle) wasn't number one in the search results anymore, when the students were looking for moodle plus the name of the university. They where literally lost. No one had set a bookmark or could remember the URL for our moodle instance. :(
@paul All they could find was the link to the Brazilian Portuguese language version of our moodle instance. (it was somewhere down in the resultslist). So they used Google Translate instead of just switching the language back to German in the moodle web frontend. At this moment I wanted everyone to fail the class.
@humpaaa oh man! 😂
Reminded me of this from a few years ago: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/12/google_de_facto_internet_gateway/
@paul could have been my students. But it's true. Google is the synonym for search engines. The same students have to examine the famous 2006 AOL search engine leak. Nearly every student is talking about the users who have "googled" (in a search engine by AOL)
@paul yesterday I've seen someone find somebody's LinkedIn profile in the app and not understand why he couldn't see the Facebook photos from here
Our approach may definitely have to come from a legislative level because I don't see that mode of tech usage changing anytime soon lol
human focused tech laws are in the same category as healthy economic solutions for me
And none of any of that will get completed until we clean up the entire political process to 'decent' levels.
Lots of work to do!
@paul I have seen people googling 'google' in search bar too 🤣
@paul ... and thus the eternal problem. In the end, you will likely recognize that any statement or notion beginning with, "if" and followed by idealized user behavior (like competence, mindful operation) is the substantial equivalent of a unicorn fart.
Now one begins again... with reality. :-)
@stjohn totally agree. I think this is the first time in history where there is something so widely used but also so misunderstood by most of its users.
@paul this seems to be the level of understanding thats pretty much the norm here in New Orleans for anyone 30+
social.device5.co.uk is one server in the network