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RSN™ Special Report: Revisiting Facebook Insanity – Giving African Developers Access To Your Data!
You All Remember Cambridge Analytica, Right?
What If African ScammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. Cartels Had Access To All Of Your Real Information Just Like Cambridge Analytica?
They could know in detail how to use social engineeringSocial Engineering Social engineering is the psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. It is used as a type of confidence trick for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or system access, it differs from a traditional "con" in that it is often one of many steps in a more complex fraud scheme. It has also been defined as "any act that influences a person to take any action that may or may not be in their best interests." to target you based on what ads you look at, what groups you join, and friends you have! In short, they could target victims based upon every bit of data that Facebook has on you!
Do You Think This Sounds Insane?
Guess what they ARE ALREADY DOING IT!
Two Years Ago The Following Appeared In Forbes:
Meet The Man Building Facebook’s Free Basics AppsApps Applications or Apps An application (software), commonly referred to as an ‘app’ is a program on a computer, tablet, mobile phone or device. Apps are designed for specific tasks, including checking the weather, accessing the internet, looking at photos, playing media, mobile banking, etc. Many apps can access the internet if needed and can be downloaded (used) either for a price or for free. Apps are a major point of vulnerability on all devices. Some are designed to be malicious, such as logging keystrokes or activity, and others can even transport malware. Always be careful about any app you are thinking about installing. in Africa
When Facebook announced a new way to provide free information services last November, CEO Mark Zuckerberg specifically named a remarkable South African company that will help people build their own apps.
Calling it “a big day for connecting Africa,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post: “Connecting people across the African continent is critical to our mission. We’re going to keep pushing forward to develop new ways to bring people online until the whole world is connected”. Specifically, Facebook launched a service called Free Basics, which is part of its larger Internet.org initiative “to introduce people to the internet and demonstrate how it adds value to their lives”.
“We’ve also partnered with the Praekelt Foundation to give developers the tools they need to build free basic services to reach people just coming online,” Zuckerberg added. He has 42-million followers on Facebook.
The Praekelt Foundation is the non-profit arm of Praekelt Consulting, a Johannesburg company that is at the forefront of providing health services via cellphones and now smartphones. Formed in 2006, the Praekelt Foundation has provided health information and services to over 100 million people across 30 countries in Africa.
The remarkable company is the brainchild of a brilliant South African entrepreneur Gustav Praekelt, who had carved a niche in the early 2000s for developing services in the pre-app, pre-smartphone world before the iPhone ushered in large touchscreens. These so-called feature phones still predominate through Africa and Praekelt has proved adept at using the basic features and achieving noteworthy results.
The for-profit Praekelt Consulting “helps organisations leverage this mobile opportunity by building population-scale systems to help them transact in the developing world,” he says. Its clients includeBarclays , Nedbank, DStv, Telkom, Investec, Volkswagen and Guinness.
“The foundation grew out of this work when we realised there was this unbelievable opportunity to deliver life-saving services utilising the same core technology that we developed to help business grow,” says Praekelt.
“Mobiles allow us to have very large scale impact through low cost i