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Welcome to today's Big Revolution. I've got a morning of looking at (hopefully) interesting digital n
 
April 9 · Issue #43 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to today’s Big Revolution. I’ve got a morning of looking at (hopefully) interesting digital news products ahead. 
Don’t forget, you’ve got until the end of today (Central European Time) to apply for the Google Digital News Innovation Fund if you’re building something exciting in the European digital news space.

Big things you need to know today
- Facebook has suspended another firm playing free and easy with consumer data. Cambridge Analytica really was just the tip of the iceberg.
- Does showing people a social platform’s rules make them behave better? That’s the theory being tested on Twitter at the moment
- Donald Trump did well in places without a strong independent press to check his claims in the 2016 election, a new Politico study finds.
- Mark Zuckerberg is getting getting expert coaching in appearing agreeable and charming, ahead of his appearance before Congress in the USA tomorrow.
The big thought
Credit: Facebook
Time to really start caring
As Facebook begins to notify people affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the mainstream media is perking up its interest in the story again. But I don’t think enough of being made of the fact that the ‘87 million people affected’ figure only relates to this specific case.
As I’ve previously noted in this newsletter, many more people will have had their data harvested by other apps, because they or their friends connected Facebook apps a few years ago. While Facebook says it’s auditing who may have got downloaded such data (and indeed it suspended one such firm at the weekend), the data has been out there for a long time… and who knows what’s happened to it?
“What can people do?,” a radio producer called to ask me yesterday. The answer? Not a lot, really. You can’t pull that data back in now it’s gone.
For the past few years, I’ve been hoping that each new year will be the year when people really start caring about their personal data. But it never really happens. Another 'biggest breach ever’ happens (in Facebook’s case, a breach of trust rather than security) and everyone shrugs and gets on with their lives. 
Fair enough, to an extent. Once the data’s gone, it’s gone and all you can do is hope it’s not used in ways that really hurt you in years to come. 
But you can start caring, you can get angry… You can show people who design the systems that share and store our data that you’re not going to accept it anymore. I feel we’re slowing inching towards that position, and the EU’s GDPR rules will help, but only when we really want better systems that really give us control over our data will we get them.
One big read
Life Inside China’s Social Credit Laboratory Life Inside China’s Social Credit Laboratory
This is well worth reading on China’s incoming (and highly controversial) social credit system. “It is precise in its punishment and generous in its rewards.”
One big tweet
Womp womp.
👨🏻‍💻☕️
kinda weird that TED and Wrestlemania kick off at same time

One is an endless parade of overpaid sweaty white men yelling in-character for roughly 18 minutes

The other is wrestling matches

#BringIt🔛
4:21 AM - 9 Apr 2018
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