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Tim Berners-Lee calls for tighter regulation of online political advertising | Technolo... - 0 views

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    "The 61-year-old British computer scientist described how political advertising has become a sophisticated and targeted industry, drawing on enormous pools of personal data on Facebook and Google. This means that campaigns create precisely targeted ads for individuals - as many as 50,000 variations each day on Facebook during the 2016 US election, he said."
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Cambridge students build a 'lawbot' to advise sexual assault victims | Education | The ... - 0 views

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    "Given the complexity of the law, and the preference for simplicity when it comes to AI programming, it's an ambitious project. "We'd like to expand to other areas of civil law, and we're already in touch with German universities," Bull says. "But we're not out to make a program that provides a too-complex analysis. We really want to keep it as a starting point for victims.""
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Creator of chatbot that beat 160,000 parking fines now tackling homelessness | Technolo... - 0 views

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    "London-born Stanford student Joshua Browder created DoNotPay initially to help people appeal against fines for unpaid parking tickets. Dubbed "the world's first robot lawyer", Browder later programmed it to deal with a wider range of legal issues, such as claiming for delayed flights and trains and payment protection insurance (PPI)."
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Family of student killed in Paris attacks sues Facebook, Twitter and Google | Media | T... - 0 views

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    "The family of a California design student killed in November's terror attacks in Paris have sued Twitter Inc, Google and Facebook Inc, claiming the social media companies provide "material support" to the militant group Islamic State."
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Reclaim the Internet research reveals huge scale of social media misogyny | Technology ... - 0 views

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    "To coincide with the launch, the campaign has released research by Demos revealing the huge scale of social media misogyny. The study monitored the use of the words "slut" and "whore" by UK Twitter users over three weeks from the end of April. It found that 6,500 individuals were targeted by 10,000 aggressive and misogynistic tweets in that period."
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Chinese officials 'create 488m bogus social media posts a year' | World news | The Guar... - 0 views

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    "The Chinese government is fabricating almost 490m social media posts a year in order to distract the public from criticising or questioning its rule, according to a study.

    China's "Fifty Cent Party" - a legion of freelance online trolls so-named because they are believed to be paid 50 cents a post - has long been blamed for flooding the Chinese internet with pro-regime messages designed to defend and promote the ruling Communist party."
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Surveillance has reversed the net's capacity for social change / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "But with the Snowden revelations and the widespread understanding of ubiquitous Internet surveillance (something that a minority was always aware of, of course), sociologists have observed a marked chilling effect on political and social discourse, as people who disagree with the majority fear that their searches and discussions will be observed, correlated, logged and use to ascribe guilt to them. "
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Teens' night-time use of social media 'risks harming mental health' | Society | The Gua... - 0 views

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    "Teenagers who engage with social media during the night could be damaging their sleep and increasing their risk of depression and anxiety, research shows."
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Lee Rigby murder: Facebook could have picked up killer's message - report | UK news | T... - 0 views

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    "Facebook had not spotted Adebowale's message containing "graphic" threats, so the security services were not told. The report by the parliamentary intelligence and security committee (ISC) said if the message had been passed to MI5 it could have prevented the murder of the soldier."
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Revealed: how Whisper app tracks 'anonymous' users | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The company behind Whisper, the social media app that promises users anonymity and claims to be "the safest place on the internet", is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed.

    The practice of monitoring the whereabouts of Whisper users - including those who have expressly opted out of geolocation services - will alarm users, who are encouraged to disclose intimate details about their private and professional lives."
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Yik Yak: the anonymous app taking US college campuses by storm | Technology | theguardi... - 0 views

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    "Yik Yak has come in for a lot of criticism for being a breeding ground for rumour and bullying - and more serious content. Myriad threats of violence, sex crimes and hate crimes have been reported, including a mass shooting threat and the circulation of a sex tape. It wouldn't be unfair to say it has gained a reputation for being a scourge among parents."
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Snapchat Hacked: 'The Snappening' - Business Insider - 0 views

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    "A giant database of intercepted Snapchat photos and videos has been released by hackers who have been collecting the files for years. Shocked users of the notorious chat forum 4chan are referring to the hack as "The Snappening," noting that this is far bigger than the iCloud hacks that recently targeted celebrities."
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How low-paid workers at 'click farms' create appearance of online popularity | Technolo... - 0 views

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    "There's just one problem: the liking was fake, done by a team of low-paid workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, whose boss demanded just $15 per thousand "likes" at his "click farm". Workers punching the keys might be on a three-shift system, and be paid as little as $120 a year."
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Britain seeks opt-out of new European social media privacy laws | Technology | guardian... - 0 views

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    "'Right to be forgotten' laws, giving users - rather than services such as Facebook - control of personal data will save billions of euros and thickets of red tape. So why is Britain resisting?"
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