How Online Ads Are Destroying the World

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There’s a movement afoot to ban targeted ads: those ads that seem to follow you around the internet, showing you products you searched for or, often, already bought.

Targeted ads can be either convenient or creepy, depending on your point of view. But there’s a much darker side to using big data for targeted ads: The same technology being harnessed by companies trying to sell you something is also being used to destroy our democracy.

In this week’s “Money” podcast, we’re going to talk to Bob Sullivan, a privacy expert who can explain what’s happening, why it’s happening and what we can do to change it.

As usual, I share the broadcast booth with longtime financial journalist and fellow podcaster Miranda Marquit.

Sit back, relax and give it a listen!

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Want more information? Check out Bob Sullivan’s article “Hate and misinformation are a feature, not a bug — ‘ban targeted ads’ movement gains traction.”

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About me

I founded Money Talks News in 1991. I’m a CPA, and I have also earned licenses in stocks, commodities, options principal, mutual funds, life insurance, securities supervisor and real estate.

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