While lawmakers on Capitol Hill are focused on beefing up cybersecurity efforts before the 2018 midterm elections, our collective social media addiction might render these efforts moot with the revelations from this past weekend. On Saturday, Christopher Wylie — a former employee at the data mining firm, Cambridge Analytica — explained to The Guardian how the company managed to get its hands on 50 million Facebook user profiles in efforts to gather psychological data on voters and target them with personalized political ads. So should we really be surprised that after we willingly logged all our likes, dislikes, feelings and opinions into a global computer database — others used that information for their personal gain? And will logging off solve the problem?
Jim Braude was joined by Kade Crockford, director of the Massachusetts ACLU Technology for Liberty Project, and Evan Falchuk, former candidate for governor and CEO of Village Plan to discuss.