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IBM calls for US export bans on facial recognition tech including cameras and big iron ... - 0 views

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    "The submission outlines Big Blue's belief that facial recognition is fine in a "1 to 1" context such as unlocking a phone. But IBM is opposed to "1 to many" facial recognition that refers to a database to identify a face in a crowd and could therefore be used for "mass surveillance systems, racial profiling or other human rights violations.""
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TikTok sale: Trump approves Microsoft's plan but says US should get a cut of any deal |... - 0 views

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    "On Monday China's foreign ministry said it strongly opposed any US actions against Chinese software companies, and it hoped the US could stop its "discriminatory policies". Pompeo told Fox that countless Chinese software companies were "feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist party, their national security apparatus". "Could be their facial recognition patterns. It could be information about their residence, their phone numbers, their friends, who they're connected to. Those are the issues that President Trump has made clear we're going to take care of," he said."
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UK study finds digital treatment for insomnia more effective than face-to-face therapy ... - 1 views

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    "An online self-help programme that helps people sleep better is more effective than face-to-face psychological therapy, a study involving over 7,000 NHS patients has found. Sleepio, a six-week digital treatment for insomnia, helped 56% of users beat the condition, whereas the success rate in NHS Improving access to psychological therapy (Iapt) services is 50%."
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Egypt jails women for two years over TikTok videos | Egypt | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The verdict against Haneen Hossam, Mowada al-Adham and three others came after they had posted footage on the video-sharing app TikTok. The ruling, which can be appealed, included a fine of 300,000 Egyptian pounds (£14,600) for each defendant."
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Mathematicians Boycott Police Work - 0 views

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    "That can include statistical or machine learning algorithms that rely on police records detailing the time, location, and nature of past crimes in a bid to predict if, when, where, and who may commit future infractions. In theory, this should help authorities use resources more wisely and spend more time policing certain neighborhoods that they think will yield higher crime rates."
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Why Are Good Jobs Disappearing if Robots Aren't Taking Them? - 0 views

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    " To be clear, workers are regularly replaced by automation, but the speed and impact of robots taking jobs is routinely overstated in public discourse; very unlikely to accelerate during a recession; and is one of many other factors that affect or change the nature of work."
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Facebook account that copies Trump's posts word-for-word gets flagged for inciting viol... - 0 views

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    "Just like the Twitter experiment, and to nobody's surprise -- a Facebook account that copies and re-posts President Donald Trump's posts word-for-word is immediately flagged for inciting violence."
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The Internet's most important-and misunderstood-law, explained | Ars Technica - 0 views

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    ""Social media giants like Twitter receive an unprecedented liability shield based on the theory that they are a neutral platform, not an editor with a viewpoint," he said during an Oval Office signing ceremony for an executive order designed to rein in big technology companies."
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One man stands between Joe Biden and the US presidency - Mark Zuckerberg | Opinion | Th... - 0 views

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    "The answer is simple: nobody, including opinion pollsters, knew about the Trump campaign's astonishing mastery of social media, especially Facebook. Trump may not have known much about that at the time - he really only understood Twitter - but Brad Parscale and his team sure knew how to make use of Facebook's micro-targeting machine. And they did."
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Singapore to require smartphone check-ins at all businesses and will log visitors' nati... - 0 views

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    "Singapore was one of the first nations to adopt a Bluetooth-powered contact-tracing app, fueling plenty of global debate about the best way to deploy the technology. SafeEntry will advance that debate as its introduction surely suggests that contact-tracing apps have their limitations."
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'A threat to health is being weaponised': inside the fight against online hate crime | ... - 0 views

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    "Since Moonshot was founded, there has been a radical shift in the perception of technology's role when it comes to extremist terrorism. "Five years ago, there were still people inside the government who thought tech was for the kids," Frenett says. "There was a sense that it was almost amusing that terrorists were on the internet. You don't get that any more. Likewise, five years ago there were some great organisations doing great work on the violent far-right, but again it was almost seen as niche. That's no longer the case.""
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Contact tracing apps unsafe if Bluetooth vulnerabilities not fixed | ZDNet - 0 views

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    "As more governments turn to contact tracing apps to aid in their efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak, cybersecurity experts are warning this may spark renewed interest in Bluetooth attacks. They urge developers to ensure such apps are regularly tested for vulnerabilities and release patches swiftly to plug potential holes, while governments should provide assurance that their databases are secure and the data collected will not be used for purposes other than as originally intended. "
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Contact apps won't end lockdown. But they might kill off democracy | John Naughton | Op... - 0 views

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    "There are clear indications that the UK government is now actively considering use of the technology as a way of easing the lockdown. If this signals an outbreak in Whitehall of tech "solutionism" - the belief that for every problem there is a technological answer - then we should be concerned. Tech solutions often do as much harm as good, for example, by increasing social exclusion, lacking accountability and failing to make real inroads into the problem they are supposedly addressing."
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Hack the vote: terrifying film shows how vulnerable US elections are | Television & rad... - 0 views

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    "And these machines' vulnerabilities to hacking are "terrifying", Sarah Teale, co-director along with Simon Ardizzone and Russell Michaels, told the Guardian. America's current election infrastructure is, as Kill Chain explains, a prescription for disaster - an outdated, willfully naive system no more prepared for attack than four years ago."
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This company says it knows who isn't socially distancing - 0 views

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    "The company, Unacast, went live with its Social Distancing Scoreboard Tuesday. The dashboard, billed as a public health utility, includes a county-by-county breakdown of people's movement patterns. It assigns each county a grade, which Unacast based (at least in part) on how much people are traveling. "
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How a global health crisis turns into a state-run surveillance opportunity | John Naugh... - 0 views

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    "But an analysis of the app's code found that it does more than decide in real time whether someone poses a contagion risk; it also shares information with the police, setting "a template for new forms of automated social control that could persist long after the epidemic subsides"."
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Coronavirus: US says Russia behind disinformation campaign | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The disinformation campaign promotes unfounded conspiracy theories that the US is behind the new coronavirus outbreak, in an apparent bid to damage America's image around the world."
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$45m, 1.6bn views and 'Crazy Donald': How Bloomberg bought your Facebook feed | US news... - 0 views

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    "In the first six weeks of 2020, more than 1.6bn of the 2.4bn presidential campaign ads shown to US Facebook users were from the Bloomberg campaign. Since launching his campaign in mid-November, the former mayor of New York City has spent nearly $45m on Facebook ads - more than all his opponents combined."
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