Can you steal an election with targeted ads? You don’t need to!
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by stavvers
8M ago
After writing about the digital advertising grift yesterday, I got some really good followup questions regarding agencies using data during election campaigns and the Brexit referendum. Weren’t Russia and Cambridge Analytica and all those bad-faith actors using microtargeted online content to shift elections in the direction of their guy? There was certainly manipulation going on. But the significance of microtargeting was not how the sorcery happened. Consultancy firms like Cambridge Analytica can mostly be categorised as companies whose product is that everyone thinks they could spy on you ..read more
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Scams upon scams: The data-driven advertising grift
Another angry woman
by stavvers
8M ago
Digital advertising is a scam from top to bottom. In fact, it’s several scams stacked on top of each other, wearing a trenchcoat, and some of the foundations of fibs are so effective that otherwise reasonable people entirely buy into them. Data-driven ads are anything but I’ll start with a few examples of the data which is definitely held on me, and just how entirely bad my targeted advertising is. Facebook know my age and date of birth. They have had this data since I signed up for the website, 15 years ago. They know exactly how old I am. They also know where I live. Hell, sometimes I used t ..read more
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Are two thirds of young people “cyber-deviants”? A dive into a dodgy study.
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by stavvers
1y ago
Earlier this week, several news outlets breathlessly reported on a new study which had found that (gasp) two thirds of 16-19 year olds in Europe are engaging in risky or criminal activity on the internet. One of the authors, doing the press rounds, explicitly spoke out in favour of the upcoming Online Safety Bill, as a way of keeping these naughty, naughty kiddos safe from themselves. This, of course, triggered my bullshit radar, and this graph in the Guardian in particular caused a forehead sprain from raising my eyebrows too hard. Are you seeing what I’m seeing? Sticking watching porn or a ..read more
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Things I learned from having a mild case of covid
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by stavvers
2y ago
Last week, Lady Rona called my name. The lateral flow test lit up like a fucking Christmas tree in seconds. The confirmatory PCR came through positive the next morning. I’m a high risk person. I’ve spent the last two years being fairly terrified of catching the virus because I’m aware it could be very bad for me. Even though I’m fully vaccinated and boostered, and got in early on that because of my high risk, I’ve still been, basically, fucking terrified of catching it. One of the first things I thought when the test came up positive was that I should start planning my funeral and pack a bag t ..read more
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Things I learned from having a mild case of covid
Another angry woman
by stavvers
2y ago
Last week, Lady Rona called my name. The lateral flow test lit up like a fucking Christmas tree in seconds. The confirmatory PCR came through positive the next morning. I’m a high risk person. I’ve spent the last two years being fairly terrified of catching the virus because I’m aware it could be very bad for me. Even though I’m fully vaccinated and boostered, and got in early on that because of my high risk, I’ve still been, basically, fucking terrified of catching it. One of the first things I thought when the test came up positive was that I should start planning my funeral and pack a bag t ..read more
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The identity of The Fourth Man
Another angry woman
by stavvers
2y ago
Content warning: This post contains lots and lots and lots of Line of Duty spoilers, and mentions of CSA. Also, I couldn’t always be fucked to look up the spellings of names or even what characters were called, so there’s that. Let me start by saying this: you’re wrong about the Line of Duty finale. It was good. So there. See, the thing is, we all need to go back to the premise of the investigation: Dot’s dying declaration. Dot’s dying declaration led the AC-12 team down an incorrect investigative corridor: the identity of H, the mastermind behind all of this. They then pottered off down anoth ..read more
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The lesson in the Robert Webb interview: Inside the mind of The British Strain Of Transphobe
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by stavvers
2y ago
I listened to the clip everyone is talking about: Jesse Thorn’s interview with Robert Webb, challenging him very mildly on transphobia. It’s a fascinatingly instructive as to how the mind of The British Strain Of Transphobe works. When presented with an incredibly mild refutation of his stance, there was one thing he was incapable of saying: “I was wrong and not in possession of all the facts.” This is the crux of The British Strain Of Transphobe mindset. It’s a core part of their identity that they’re smarter than everyone else. The vast majority of them start life on the private/grammar scho ..read more
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This is the image from the mass violence against women that stays with me
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by stavvers
2y ago
A still image from this video. Less than a minute later, this woman was arrested. Content note: this post discusses sexual harassment, violence against women, and police Last night, women gathered to remember a sister who was killed. A police officer has been arrested for her murder. The police responded to a series of vigils across the country by trampling flowers, trapping and beating women, and snatching them. You may have seen an image of the woman in the photo at the top of the post, just minutes later. A small, red-headed woman, pinned to the floor by police. Haunting, yes. But that’s no ..read more
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This picture shows how the virus is spreading
Another angry woman
by stavvers
2y ago
Cabinet meeting on 12/01/2021, via Downing Street flickr They want you to believe it’s your neighbours. The client journalists howl about the covidiots, illustrated with carefully cropped images of people on a beach. They tell you it’s people drinking coffee on a park bench who are spreading it. It’s the young people, they say, the kids and their parties. A shame none of it is true. The majority of transmission of the virus is taking place in workplaces and schools. The photo at the top of this blog illustrates what is happening. Look at those craven bastards, blood all over their hands. This ..read more
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The identity of The Fourth Man
Another angry woman
by stavvers
3y ago
Content warning: This post contains lots and lots and lots of Line of Duty spoilers, and mentions of CSA. Also, I couldn’t always be fucked to look up the spellings of names or even what characters were called, so there’s that. Let me start by saying this: you’re wrong about the Line of Duty finale. It was good. So there. See, the thing is, we all need to go back to the premise of the investigation: Dot’s dying declaration. Dot’s dying declaration led the AC-12 team down an incorrect investigative corridor: the identity of H, the mastermind behind all of this. They then pottered off down anoth ..read more
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