dating scams in social media as global issue

Dating scams now are becoming a global issues, thanks to social media.

Here are some resources to study, if of interest for you. Please contribute with your sources.

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peer-reviewed articles

Whitty, M. T., & Buchanan, T. (2016). The online dating romance scam: The psychological impact on victims – both financial and non-financial. Criminology & Criminal Justice: An International Journal16(2), 176-194. doi:10.1177/1748895815603773

Kopp C, Sillitoe J, Gondal I, Layton R. THE ONLINE ROMANCE SCAM: A COMPLEX TWO-LAYER SCAM. Journal Of Psychological & Educational Research [serial online]. November 2016;24(2):144-161. Available from: Academic Search Premier, Ipswich, MA. Accessed April 3, 2018.

Whitty, M. T., & Buchanan, T. (2012). The Online Romance Scam: A Serious Cybercrime. Cyberpsychology, Behavior & Social Networking15(3), 181-183. doi:10.1089/cyber.2011.0352

data misuse

This Is So Much Bigger Than Facebook

Data misuse is a feature, not a bug—and it’s plaguing our entire culture.


In the 17-months-long conversation Americans have been having about social media’s effects on democracy, two distinct sets of problems have emerged. The ones getting the most attention are bad-actor problems—where someone breaks the rules and manipulates a social-media system for their own nefarious ends. Macedonian teenagers create sensational and false content to profit from online ad sales. Disinformation experts plan rallies and counterrallies, calling Americans into the streets to scream at each other. Botnets amplify posts and hashtags, building the appearance of momentum behind online campaigns like #releasethememo. Such problems are the charismatic megafauna of social-media dysfunction.

People are mean online, and bullying, harassment, and mob behavior make online spaces unusable for many people. People tend to get stuck in cocoons of unchallenging, ideologically compatible information online, whether these are “filter bubbles” created by algorithms, or simply echo chambers built through homophily and people’s friendships with “birds of a feather.” Conspiracy theories thrive online, and searching for information can quickly lead to extreme and disturbing content.

If you want to know more about who’s watching you, download Ghostery, a browser extension that tracks and can block these “third-party” trackers.

We need an ecosystem that encourages competitors to existing social-media platforms, which means ensuring a right to export data from existing social networks and new software that lets us experiment with new services while maintaining contacts on existing ones. We need to treat personally identifiable information less like a resource to be exploited and more like toxic waste, which must be carefully managed, as Maciej Ceglowski has proposed. This may require a digital EPA, as Franklin FoerPaul Ford, and others have argued—a prospect that would be more appealing if the actual EPA wasn’t currently being gutted.

Tribalism, manipulation, and misinformation are well-established forces in American politics, all predating the web. But something fundamental has changed. Never before have we had the technological infrastructure to support the weaponization of emotion on a global scale. The people who built this infrastructure have a moral obligation to own up to what they’ve done.


DuckDuckGo privacy free service

Privacy is not about whether or not you have something to hide.
Privacy is about having control over what you want to share and what you want to keep to yourself.

To yourself. That is the definition of private. Private is not between me and Google, or between me and Facebook, it is for my eyes alone and we need to reclaim that definition.

There is a reason why privacy is a human right, a fundamental human right.

A human right that’s enshrined in the universal declaration of human rights in article 12, because without privacy we do not have civil liberties. Civil liberties are built on a bedrock of privacy. If we make public the default, then anything that we want to keep private by definition has an association with guild attached.


Biometric Data And The Rise Of Digital Dictatorship

February 28, 201811:42 AM ET

On Jan. 24, historian and international best-selling author Yuval Noah Hararipresented his view of the future at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Harari wrote Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and also Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow.

In a riveting 25-minute presentation, Harari painted a very gloomy — but possible — view of the future, based on his thesis that we are now in our third grand revolution: the control of data, following the control of land (Agrarian Revolution) and the control of machinery (Industrial Revolution). The point of no return, Harari contends, will happen when technology will be able to extract high-precision biometric data from people and report back to a centralized decision-making control system, owned by governments or by corporations — or both.

Who is going to have control over this data?
How is this wealth going to be regulated?
We have laws that regulate land and machines.
What are the laws that regulate data and the privacy of individuals?
Are people willingly going to give away their privacy, their biometric info, to a centralized data processing unit?


A Year of DuckDuckGo – a review

I’ve been using DuckDuckGo as my default search engine instead of Google for about 12 months. This is why I could never go back.

  1. Privacy
  2. Quality of Search
  3. Design
  4. Customisation
  5. Instant Search
  6. !bangs


Final Project topic Strave social media app

Fitness app exposes military bases

The US military says is reviewing the use of fitness trackers by troops overseas after a 20-year-old Australian student identified US overseas military bases by analysing data from a fitness app. Nathan Ruser says he came across the map while browsing a cartography blog last week.