Piers Fawkes: When The Bad Guys Use Our Data Against Us
What happens when the malicious organizations use social data? Get more good guys using social data against them.
I spoke recently to a journalist from Foreign Policy magazine about an article he was working on. He was doing research on a project about the use of data and had found my name in PSFK's Future of Realtime Information report. In that report we spoke about the ability for organizations such as the UN and UNICEF to monitor signs of change through social media.
Towards the end of the interview, he arrived at a frequently posed question — what happens when organizations, governments and corporations use social data for malicious reasons against communities and populations? What happens when a local government uses travel stats to suppress the movement of a certain community, for example?