Why not monitor to secure?

I had consulted Professor Google while planning a trip.

Shortly afterwards I was on Facebook and among the posts from friends were advertisements for accommodation and things to do at the location I’d Googled.

If Facebook and Google have algorithms that can do that, surely they can have algorithms to monitor, and act on, posts like those of the gunman who allegedly killed 50 people in Christchurch, which ought to have raised multiple red flags.

If they can monitor to sell, why not monitor to secure?

If it’s not invading our privacy to match our searches with sellers, it can’t be invading privacy to monitor searches for security alerts.

Targeted advertising makes money, monitoring for danger won’t but it should be part of these companies’ social responsibility.

2 Responses to Why not monitor to secure?

  1. Bulaman says:

    I’m with you on that. Always seems odd that Airbnb or what ever suddenly show up on other blog sites.
    Fieldays next week?


  2. Andrei says:

    I don’t think you can monitor live feeds of which there are 1000s going on simutaneously – most of which are crap

    The internet is a revolution in communication which has its pluses and minuses

    For the powers that be it represents a threat because they find it harder to control the flow of information to their subjects

    The same thing happened with the printing press – new ideas spread far more quickly

    One result was the thirty years war…

    Do you want politicians to shut down the internet in the name of “public safety”?

    Bad things happen, always have and always will but free flow of information is the best way of acheiving human progress and despite all it is nicer to be living now than it was in the 14th century


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