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Why beans need counting

Posted in Beancounter by libbymiller on June 23, 2009

What if you knew what you actually liked, as opposed to what you think you like? would this be interesting or welcome – or would you see it is invading your privacy?

Increasing automation means that lots of data is available about what you do, including what you watch, and listen to. This means that you or I – or companies or researchers – can ‘mine’ information about your activities and use them to make predictions about what you might like, and what they might be able to sell you.

NoTube Beancounter will be a way for you to discover you what you watch and listen to – and the overall categories of things that you like. It will put the control about what sources can be mined in your hands – and limit what companies can do with the outputs.

Update: Here’s the presentation (pdf) we gave on beancounter at the first linked data meeting in London.

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  1. Awareness not paranoia « NoTube said, on October 23, 2009 at 13:12

    [...] not paranoia Posted in Beancounter by vickybuser on October 23, 2009 In her previous post Libby asks whether you might see NoTube’s Beancounter, which lets you “discover you what you [...]

  2. [...] How willing would you be to share data about what you watch on TV? Posted in Beancounter by vickybuser on December 7, 2009 I’m working on NoTube as part of the BBC team, and together with Lora from VU, I’m looking into various potential privacy issues. In particular, as someone with a background in user experience, I’m interested to find out how willing people are to share information online about what they *actually* watch on TV – i.e. the type of attention data that can be counted with a Beancounter. [...]

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