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March 17 · Issue #20 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Saturday’s Big Revolution. Weekend editions are shorter than the emails on Mondays to Fridays, but there’s still plenty here for you to catch up on. 
Over time, I’ll explore adding weekend-only sections. Any ideas? Let me know.
Martin.

Big things you need to know today
Alexander Nix, CEO of Cambridge Analytica. Credit: Web Summit
- Facebook has suspended Cambridge Analytica from its platform. The controversial social targeting firm has been linked to the success of the 2016 Trump campaign and the Leave campaign in the UK’s Brexit vote. Facebook says Cambridge Analytica used data it shouldn’t have had access to, from another company’s personality test app. How many other companies use Facebook data they should have deleted? Potentially lots.
- China’s ‘social credit’ system, which tracks and scores citizens’ behaviour, will now be used to ban 'untrustworthy’ people from trains and planes. This would be viewed as a nightmare vision of authoritarianism in the West. It’s more palatable in China’s collectivist society. 
- Apple has announced a media event in Chicago, taking place on 27 March. It’s at a school, which implies it’s education focused. MacRumors has a roundup of the possible products that might launch there.
- Why does this stuff keep happening? Facebook has had to apologise after its search autocomplete offered suggestions of sexual videos and child abuse content.
- This won’t last long (hopefully). Microsoft is testing a change to the default Windows 10 email app that opens web links in Microsoft Edge, even if it isn’t the user’s default browser. As The Verge puts it: “a desperate move to grab browser share.”
One big read
A 2016 internal Google memo calling for an end to leaks.
Olivia Solon has an interesting article for the Guardian, looking at how big American tech companies crack down on leakers within their ranks.
“‘Get on (Facebook’s) bad side and all of a sudden you are face to face with Mark Zuckerberg’s secret police.’”
One big tweet
The future doesn’t always work out how you expect…
Quentin Hardy
“Buy Bitcoin. Take Trump very seriously” would have convinced 2015 me that I had met the first drunk time traveler.
4:59 AM - 17 Mar 2018
That’s all for today...
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