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Facebook Manipulated the News You See to Appease Republicans, Insiders Say - Mother Jones - 0 views

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    "What wasn't publicly known until now is that Facebook actually ran experiments to see how the changes would affect publishers-and when it found that some of them would have a dramatic impact on the reach of right-wing "junk sites," as a former employee with knowledge of the conversations puts it, the engineers were sent back to lessen those impacts. As the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, they came back in January 2018 with a second iteration that dialed up the harm to progressive-leaning news organizations instead."
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Twitter hack shows why social media needs cybersecurity regulations - 0 views

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    "According to the report, Twitter's security "problems" were only exacerbated by the push to remote work necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic. Like many other newly remote workers, Twitter's employees experienced tech problems working from home. Hackers were able to capitalize on this, tricking at least one Twitter employee into believing the hacker was a member of Twitter's IT team."
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NBA: Ban Facial Recognition - 0 views

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    "If the NBA really cares about player and fan safety and racial justice, it is time that they ban facial recognition from their events and arenas. Facial recognition companies are forcefully marketing their racially biased products as false solutions to COVID-19-the NBA cannot buy these lies."
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Facebook says it rejected 2.2m ads seeking to obstruct voting in US election | Facebook... - 0 views

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    "A total of 2.2m ads on Facebook and Instagram have been rejected and 120,000 posts withdrawn for attempting to "obstruct voting" in the upcoming US presidential election, Facebook's vice president Nick Clegg has said. In addition, warnings were posted on 150m examples of false information posted online, the former British deputy prime minister told French weekly Journal du Dimanche on Sunday."
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Facebook and Twitter Cross a Line in Censorship - 0 views

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    "THE GLARING FALLACY that always lies at the heart of pro-censorship sentiments is the gullible, delusional belief that censorship powers will be deployed only to suppress views one dislikes, but never one's own views. The most cursory review of history, and the most minimal understanding of how these tech giants function, instantly reveals the folly of that pipe dream."
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'Machines set loose to slaughter': the dangerous rise of military AI | News | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Autonomous machines capable of deadly force are increasingly prevalent in modern warfare, despite numerous ethical concerns. Is there anything we can do to halt the advance of the killer robots?"
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Facebook and Twitter restrict controversial New York Post story on Joe Biden | Facebook... - 0 views

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    "Facebook and Twitter took steps on Wednesday to limit the spread of a controversial New York Post article critical of Joe Biden, sparking outrage among conservatives and stoking debate over how social media platforms should tackle misinformation ahead of the US election"
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Policy Recommendations: Freedom on the Net 2020 | Freedom House - 0 views

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    "How to foster a reliable and diverse information space, protect human rights from intrusive surveillance, and promote internet freedom."
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How Excel may have caused loss of 16,000 Covid tests in England | Health policy | The G... - 0 views

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    "But while CSV files can be any size, Microsoft Excel files can only be 1,048,576 rows long - or, in older versions which PHE may have still been using, a mere 65,536. When a CSV file longer than that is opened, the bottom rows get cut off and are no longer displayed. That means that, once the lab had performed more than a million tests, it was only a matter of time before its reports failed to be read by PHE."
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Jill Lepore: 'When did we hand Google, Twitter and Facebook the reins?' | Books | The G... - 0 views

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    "If anything, I think in the 50s and 60s - because so few people had direct experience of computers - there was even more concern than there is now. Computers were associated with vast power. It was only with the arrival in the 1980s and 1990s of the personal computer we were sold the idea that the technology was participatory and liberal. I think we have returned, in a way, to the original fears, now we sense that these personal devices very much represent the power of vast corporations. "
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Tweets wishing for Trump's death violate Twitter policy, company says | Twitter | The G... - 0 views

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    "Twitter has said that tweets wishing for Donald Trump's death in the wake of the president's diagnosis with Covid-19 violate its policies and could result in suspension."
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New UK app records police encounters and saves footage in cloud | Stop and search | The... - 0 views

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    "If someone sees the police approaching, they can press a button on their phone to start recording. Footage is uploaded in real time to the cloud using military-grade encryption, so that if the phone is damaged or confiscated during an interaction with police, the footage is preserved."
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Duterte warns Facebook against blocking Philippine government messages after fake accou... - 0 views

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    "Facebook on September 22 dismantled a network of fake accounts that originated in China and the Philippines, including some that criticised the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing Platforms such as Facebook have become political battlegrounds and have helped strengthen Duterte's support, having been instrumental in his 2016 election"
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Philippines' Duterte calls out Facebook after accounts taken down - CNA - 0 views

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    ""Facebook, listen to me," Duterte said in a late-night televised address. "We allow you to operate here hoping that you could help us. Now, if government cannot espouse or advocate something which is for the good of the people, then what is your purpose here in my country?""
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Marxist memes for TikTok teens: can the internet radicalize teenagers for the left? | S... - 0 views

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    "There has been a great amount of research and resources dedicated to mapping social media "pipelines" into far-right and reactionary politics. Less thought, however, has been dedicated to a leftwing alternative. This is a huge gap in how the left, broadly, thinks about online politics. While the problems of online rightwing radicalization are very real, I believe that the mechanisms of social media also offer a path for progressive and leftwing politicization."
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Inside the secret plan to reboot Isis from a huge digital backup | WIRED UK - 0 views

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    "All of this led Estonia to two inevitable conclusions. The first was that residency didn't have to have anything to do with geography. And so in 2014, e-residency was born."
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Facial Recognition World Map - Full Size - 0 views

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    Some great stats on the map...
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AI cameras to detect violence on Sydney trains - Software - iTnews - 0 views

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    ""The AI will be trained to detect incidents such as people fighting, a group of agitated persons, people following someone else, and arguments or other abnormal behaviour," SMART lecturer and team lead Johan Barthelemy said. "It can also identify an unsafe environment, such as where there is a lack of lighting.The system will then alert a human operator who can quickly react if there is an issue.""
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Who's watching the algorithms? - 0 views

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    "But the technology raises important issues of governance, justice and fairness. In recent months, the Black Lives Matter movement has taken action to address what it sees as an abuse of police power and surveillance technology. Facing reputational and financial costs, several major tech companies stopped developing facial recognition or selling it to the police. Microsoft went as far as petitioning the US Congress to legislate against it."
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Face masks and facial recognition will both be common in the future. How will they co-e... - 0 views

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    "There are currently no usable photo data sets of mask-wearing people that can be used to train and evaluate facial recognition systems. The NIST study addressed this problem by superimposing masks (of various colours, sizes and positions) over images of faces, as seen here:"
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