Have multiple groups with similar but different enough mandates – Have a venture, M&A, partnership, digital transformation, and innovation team that are all sort of doing the same thing, but to maximize confusion, have them reporting into different folks. Don’t have any sort of technology-driven system that keeps them all on the same page. This way, multiple groups can reach out to the same startup to create that impression of maximum confusion and to ensure that there is little to no knowledge-sharing within the organization.
Facebook spokeswoman Katy Dormer said the company also launched an investigation earlier this week into Predictim’s extraction, or “scraping,” of personal data. That investigation is ongoing and could include further penalties.
Twitter spokesman Nick Pacilio said the site conducted its own investigation earlier this week and revoked Predictim’s access to important site tools — known as application programming interfaces, or APIs — that would allow the start-up to review and analyze babysitters’ tweets on a massive scale.
“We strictly prohibit the use of Twitter data and APIs for surveillance purposes, including performing background checks,” Pacilio said.
Brad Shear, a Maryland attorney who specializes in social media and privacy law, said Predictim’s problems may run much deeper than that. The site, he said, appears to violate a ban on employers demanding job applicants verify or give access to their personal social media accounts. Such requests might run afoul of the law in 26 states, according to data
from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Parsa said the service is “perfectly legal.”
“What they’re doing is purely against public policy: There are First Amendment issues, Fourth Amendment issues. If you talk to any lawmaker out there, they’ll say it’s absolutely disgusting what Predictim is trying to sell,” Shear said.
“The fact they would think this is okay obviously demonstrates they have some ethical issues,” he added. “They’re selling snake oil they say can predict people’s personalities and misleading parents along the way.”
Historian Yuval Noah Harari on the Robot Revolution
| Francesco Marconi
spoke with the author of Sapiens
and Homo Deus
and thinks Yuval Noah Harari
‘sees a future in which machines make better doctors, AI aids dictatorships and surveillance has a silver lining’.