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Ian Forrester

Google 'fixed' its racist algorithm by removing gorillas from its image-labeling tech -... - 0 views

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    "Nearly three years after the company was called out, it hasn't gone beyond a quick workaround"
Ian Forrester

Facebook's Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men… - ProPublica - 0 views

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    "A trove of internal documents sheds light on the algorithms that Facebook's censors use to differentiate between hate speech and legitimate political expression."
Ian Forrester

Probing the Dark Side of Google's Ad-Targeting System - MIT Technology Review - 0 views

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    Researchers say Google's ad-targeting system sometimes makes troubling decisions based on data about gender and other personal characteristics.
Ian Forrester

AI Principles - Future of Life Institute - 0 views

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    These principles were developed in conjunction with the 2017 Asilomar conference

Ian Forrester

South Park trolled Amazon Echo owners in the best way possible | TechCrunch - 0 views

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    "This is one of the minor dangers of owning an Amazon Echo. Most anyone can activate the device by just saying the wake word, including Cartman. And in the season opener of South Park, that's exactly what happened.
    If someone watched that episode of South Park in the same room as an Echo, their Amazon shopping list was filled with random, gross items.

    This example shows the potential danger of having a voice-activated shopping assistant. It's easy to imagine a potential rogue advertisement, online or elsewhere, that could, in theory, say the right words to order a particular product - like a South Park box set."
Ian Forrester

Mozilla Slipped a 'Mr. Robot'-Promo Plugin into Firefox and Users Are Pissed [Updated] - 0 views

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    "Mozilla sneaked a browser plugin that promotes Mr. Robot into Firefox-and managed to piss off a bunch of its privacy-conscious users in the process."
Ian Forrester

Netflix Freaks Out Users with Creepy Black Mirror Marketing Stunt - 0 views

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    "Users of Turkey's equivalent to Reddit received an unsettling message late last night. Across the site, users began complaining that they'd received a mysterious DM from an account named "iamwaldo" that left many people feeling paranoid and anxious. It appears that was the intention of the message, which is actually a viral marketing ploy to promote the new season of Black Mirror."
Ian Forrester

Lightvert's Echo - 0 views

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    "ECHO is a new type of patent-protected persistence of vision (PoV) display technology which temporarily and safely prints an image directly onto the viewers' eye. It is a revolutionary display medium for the out of home advertising industry, which has not seen disruption since the invention of the LED screen. "
Ian Forrester

Google admits it tracked user location data even when the setting was turned off - The ... - 0 views

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    "Android phones gather your location data and send it to Google, even if you've turned off location services and don't have a SIM card"
Ian Forrester

Sex toy company admits its vibrators 'secretly recorded intimate sessions' | The Indepe... - 1 views

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    Sex toy company admits its vibrators secretly recorded intimate sessions
Ian Forrester

Troy Hunt: What Would It Look Like If We Put Warnings on IoT Devices Like We Do Cigaret... - 0 views

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    A couple of years ago, I was heavily involved in analysing and reporting on the massive VTech hack, the one where millions of records were exposed including kids' names, genders, ages, photos and the relationship to parents' records which included their home address. Part of this data was collected via an IoT device called the InnoTab which is a wifi connected tablet designed for young kids; think Fisher Price designing an iPad... then totally screwing up the security.
Ian Forrester

Patient Home Monitoring Service Leaks Private Medical Data O - 0 views

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    Kromtech Security Researchers have discovered another publically accessible Amazon S3 repository. This time it contained medical data in 316,363 PDF reports in the form of weekly blood test results. Many of these were multiple reports on individual patients. It appears that each patient had weekly test results totaling around 20 files each. That would still be an estimated 150,000+ people affected by the leak.
Ian Forrester

[1607.06520] Man is to Computer Programmer as Woman is to Homemaker? Debiasing Word Emb... - 0 views

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    The blind application of machine learning runs the risk of amplifying biases present in data. Such a danger is facing us with word embedding, a popular framework to represent text data as vectors which has been used in many machine learning and natural language processing tasks. We show that even word embeddings trained on Google News articles exhibit female/male gender stereotypes to a disturbing extent. This raises concerns because their widespread use, as we describe, often tends to amplify these biases. Geometrically, gender bias is first shown to be captured by a direction in the word embedding. Second, gender neutral words are shown to be linearly separable from gender definition words in the word embedding. Using these properties, we provide a methodology for modifying an embedding to remove gender stereotypes, such as the association between between the words receptionist and female, while maintaining desired associations such as between the words queen and female. We define metrics to quantify both direct and indirect gender biases in embeddings, and develop algorithms to "debias" the embedding. Using crowd-worker evaluation as well as standard benchmarks, we empirically demonstrate that our algorithms significantly reduce gender bias in embeddings while preserving the its useful properties such as the ability to cluster related concepts and to solve analogy tasks. The resulting embeddings can be used in applications without amplifying gender bias.
Ian Forrester

The giant Piccadilly billboard is going to track cars to target ads | WIRED UK - 0 views

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    Coca-Cola, Hyundai, Samsung and L'Oréal have all signed up to the new screen, which can recognise vehicle make, model and colour to target adverts
Ian Forrester

MU News Bureau | If Facebook Use Causes Envy, Depression Could follow - 0 views

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    Users should be aware of why people use Facebook to avoid feelings of envy
Ian Forrester

Tow Center: Platforms and Publishers: A Definitive Timeline - 0 views

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    The timeline below identifies key developments on tech platforms used by journalism publishers. Here you can explore the significant shifts in the platform landscape as these companies adjust to new relationships with publishers.
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