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Ian Forrester

Session | Send Messages, Not Metadata. | Private Messenger - 0 views

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    Session is a secure messaging app that protects your metadata, encrypts your communications and makes sure your messaging activities leave no digital trail behind.
Ian Forrester

Bot Sentinel Dashboard ‹ Bot Sentinel - 0 views

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    BotSentinel to help diminish the effectiveness of trollbot accounts that infest Twitter.
Ian Forrester

For Owners of Amazon's Ring Security Cameras, Strangers May Have Been Watching - 0 views

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    "For Owners of Amazon's Ring Security Cameras, Strangers May Have Been Watching Too"
Ian Forrester

Secret messages for Alexa and Co - 0 views

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    "Secret messages for Alexa and Co. Researchers can hide secret commands for voice assistants in spoken sentences, birds' twittering, or music. They are not audible to the human ear. The machine recognises them precisely."
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

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.
Ian Forrester

London cops urged to scrap use of 'biased' facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival ... - 0 views

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    London's Metropolitan Police have been urged to back down on plans to once again use facial recognition software at next weekend's Notting Hill Carnival. Privacy groups including Big Brother Watch, Liberty and Privacy International have written to police commissioner Cressida Dick (PDF) calling for a U-turn on the use of the tech. Automated facial recognition technology will snap the party-goers' faces, and run them against a database. The aim is to alert cops to people who are banned from the festival or are wanted by the police, presumably so they can take immediate action. The tech was first tested at the festival - where relations between police and revellers are often strained - last year, but it failed to identify anyone.
Ian Forrester

Biased Algorithms Are Everywhere, and No One Seems to Care - MIT Technology Review - 0 views

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    "The big companies developing them show no interest in fixing the problem."
Ian Forrester

Vibrator Maker To Pay Millions Over Claims It Secretly Tracked Use : The Two-Way : NPR - 0 views

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    The makers of the We-Vibe, a line of vibrators that can be paired with an app for remote-controlled use, have reached a $3.75 million class action settlement with users following allegations that the company was collecting data on when and how the sex toy was used. Standard Innovations, the Canadian manufacturer of the We-Vibe, does not admit any wrongdoing in the settlement finalized Monday.
Ian Forrester

Bose headphones have been spying on customers, lawsuit claims - The Washington Post - 0 views

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    At least that's the claim of a proposed class-action lawsuit filed late Tuesday in Illinois that accuses the high-end audio equipment maker of spying on its users and selling information about their listening habits without permission.
Ian Forrester

How Facebook's tentacles reach further than you think - BBC News - 0 views

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    "Facebook's collection of data makes it one of the most influential organisations in the world. Share Lab wanted to look "under the bonnet" at the tech giant's algorithms and connections to better understand the social structure and power relations within the company. "
Ian Forrester

Facebook told advertisers it can identify teens feeling 'insecure' and 'worthless' | Te... - 0 views

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    "Leaked documents said to describe how the social network shares psychological insights on young people with advertisers"
Ian Forrester

mjg59 | A quick look at the Ikea Trådfri lighting platform - 0 views

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    Ikea recently launched their Trådfri smart lighting platform in the US. The idea of Ikea plus internet security together at last seems like a pretty terrible one, but having taken a look it's surprisingly competent. Hardware-wise, the device is pretty minimal
Ian Forrester

House of Commons - Responsible Use of Data - Science and Technology Committee - 0 views

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    House of Commons report on data ethics in 2014
Ian Forrester

Lip-Reading Computers Could Spell the End of Passwords as We Know Them - 0 views

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    "Instead of requiring a typed password or a fingerprint, this security software asks the user to speak or mouth a password directly at a device's camera."
Ian Forrester

openPDS/SafeAnswers - The privacy-preserving Personal Data Store - 0 views

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    openPDS/SafeAnswers allows users to collect, store, and give fine-grained access to their data all while protecting their privacy.
Ian Forrester

Digital Standard - 1 views

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    The Digital Standard is an ambitious, open, and collaborative effort to create a digital privacy and security standard to help guide the future design of consumer software, digital platforms and services, and Internet-connected products.
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