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[liberationtech] Trackography future

Francesco Vitali fv at
Thu Jan 8 10:12:27 PST 2015

Dear Claudio,

Tracography project is very interesting, thank you for working hard on 
it and for sharing it with us.

I highlight some upgrades I think you may introduce in the future 
evolution of the project.

I’d also like to better understand the geopolitical knowledge that may 
emerge through the data you analyze.

1) Your software should take into consideration also the mobile 
tracking. The most of the internet traffic will be generated through 
mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets. Furthermore the most 
comprehensive and pervasive tracking is done on mobile users. Have you 
got any plan to implement specific apps/sw for this purpose?

2) What kind of data is collected on the users? I think your tool should 
give some more insights on the kind of data is collected by each 
tracker. Otherwise Trackography risks to verify only the actual global 
penetration of digital advertising networks, missing important insights.

3) Regarding the impact of the data collected by the trackers: is there 
a way to cross-reference the data collected on digital-media web sites 
with the news that are then re-proposed on news-networks (news papers, 
news agencies, tv…) and on social media? It is a difficult task, but it 
could add very much more power to your counter-tracking project.

4) In order to understand which is the geopolitical power highlighted by 
the data collected, I think that it is not enough to identify which is 
the country “collecting” the data.

As a first step it would be useful to try to have some more information 
on how the data collected is used. Is there any insight that you could 
add to the project to verify if the data collected by Google or Facebook 
(just as an example) is used for geopolitical purposes? For public 
diplomacy actions? For actions of strategic influence? Otherwise we see 
the ingredients of a “digital political bullet” but we miss the point 
when they are assembled for a geopolitical purpose. May be it could be 
helpful, for this purpose, to cross-check (with a political marketing 
approach) which services are offered by the different advertising 
platforms in reference with Trackography analysis.


Francesco V

Il 08/01/2015 10:30, ɣęƈƞą ha scritto:
> On Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 11:48 PM, Aymeric Vitte <vitteaymeric at 
> <mailto:vitteaymeric at>> wrote:
>     Interesting, I would add this link to your presentation
> , which I think
>     explains/summarizes well the project without overloading with
>     technical details.
> Thank you :)
> This couple of links show a simple reduction of our data (well, being 
> an open API is everyone data):
> This one show the infrastructure involved in at least one 
> communication triggered by a citizen reading their own national media
> This one show the company frequency present in the media, per country.
> Any thoughts ?
> v
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