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Electronic badge monitors workers' conversations, toilet usage and posture / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "A technology company has created an electronic badge that can monitor workers' conversations, posture and even time spent in the toilet"
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Alexa and Google Home abused to eavesdrop and phish passwords | Ars Technica - 0 views

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    "Now, there's a new concern: malicious apps developed by third parties and hosted by Amazon or Google. The threat isn't just theoretical. Whitehat hackers at Germany's Security Research Labs developed eight apps-four Alexa "skills" and four Google Home "actions"-that all passed Amazon or Google security-vetting processes. The skills or actions posed as simple apps for checking horoscopes, with the exception of one, which masqueraded as a random-number generator. Behind the scenes, these "smart spies," as the researchers call them, surreptitiously eavesdropped on users and phished for their passwords."
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Why we should ban facial recognition technology everywhere / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    YES IAN YOU SHOULD BE READING THIS! "The authors raise three arguments: first, that "notice and choice" has been a failure ("to opt out simply stay indoors!"); second, that facial recognition fears are technophobic overreactions, and finally, that facial recognition is uniquely powerful and dangerous and needs a regulatory framework separate from other privacy rules ("to opt out, just don't have a face")."
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Facebook-Style Algorithms Are Now Hunting for Dark Matter - 0 views

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    ""This is the first time such machine learning tools have been used in this context," says Fluri, "and we found that the deep artificial neural network enables us to extract more information from the data than previous approaches. We believe that this usage of machine learning in cosmology will have many future applications.""
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How a glitch in India's biometric welfare system can be lethal | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    Motka Manjhi had been back and forth to the ration shop four or five times, his wife said, but on each occasion he returned empty-handed. His thumbprint, needed to prove his identity, wasn't registering on the new system."
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Digital dystopia: how algorithms punish the poor | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Vast sums are being spent by governments across the industrialized and developing worlds on automating poverty and in the process, turning the needs of vulnerable citizens into numbers, replacing the judgment of human caseworkers with the cold, bloodless decision-making of machines. "
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One in three councils using algorithms to make welfare decisions | Society | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "One in three councils are using computer algorithms to help make decisions about benefit claims and other welfare issues, despite evidence emerging that some of the systems are unreliable."
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Obsessed fan finds Japanese idol's home by zooming in on her eyes, Asia, Digital News -... - 0 views

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    "Japanese idol Ena Matsuoka was attacked outside her home last month after a fan figured out her address from selfies she posted on social media - just by zooming in on the reflection on her pupils, according to media reports."
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STEALING UR FEELINGS - 0 views

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    Stealing your feelings?
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'We are hurtling towards a surveillance state': the rise of facial recognition technolo... - 0 views

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    "This led to claims that the software is woefully inaccurate; in fact, police had set the threshold for a match at 60%, meaning that faces do not have to be rated as that similar to be flagged up. This minimises the chance of a person of interest slipping through the net, but also makes a lot of false positives inevitable."
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Recommended: - Google Search - 0 views

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    "Chinese scientists have developed a 500 megapixel facial recognition camera four times more detailed than the human eye that can identify individuals from crowds of tens of thousands in streets or at sports stadiums. "
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Mongolia is changing all its addresses to What3Words' three-word phrases - Quartz - 0 views

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    "The system is designed to solve the an often-ignored problem of 75% of the earth's population, an estimated 4 billion people, who have no address for mailing purposes, making it difficult to open a bank account, get a delivery, or be reached in an emergency."
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Blockchain Could Make Digital Interactions Trustworthy Again - Here's How to Understand It - 0 views

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    "Once it's verified, the transaction's information, plus both your digital signature and your friend's digital signature, are stored in a block alongside many other transactions like it. Once the block is full, it gets a hash, which is a unique code that sort of acts like its nametag. It also stores its position on the chain and the hash of the previous block on the chain. (Here's an example block to illustrate what kind of information is stored there.) "
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Firefox: 'no UK plans' to make encrypted browser tool its default | Technology | The Gu... - 0 views

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    "Mozilla has announced it will make the tool, called DNS-over-HTTPS, or DoH, the default for all users in the US."
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The Guardian view on machine learning: a computer cleverer than you? | Editorial | Opin... - 0 views

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    "It is in the nature of AI that makers do not, and often cannot, predict what their creations do. We know how to make machines learn. But programmers do not understand completely the knowledge that intelligent computing acquires. If we did, we wouldn't need computers to learn to learn."
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Revealed: catastrophic effects of working as a Facebook moderator | Technology | The Gu... - 0 views

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    "A group of current and former contractors who worked for years at the social network's Berlin-based moderation centres has reported witnessing colleagues become "addicted" to graphic content and hoarding ever more extreme examples for a personal collection. They also said others were pushed towards the far right by the amount of hate speech and fake news they read every day."
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blind inventor creates 'smart cane' that uses google maps to navigate blind people - 0 views

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    "the weWALK cane consists of an electronic handle with a regular 'analog' white cane that is inserted into the bottom. it uses an ultrasonic sensor to detect any obstacles above chest level and warns the user via a vibrating handle."
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Harvard student gets into US after entry denied over friends' social media posts - CNET - 0 views

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    "That was apparently the result of the US government's probing of visa applicants' social media profiles. After the search, an officer questioned the 17-year-old, who got a scholarship to study in the US, about his friends' social media activity and told him she'd found some "posting political points of view that oppose the US," the student paper noted. Despite Ajjawi's protests, the officer denied the student's entry and let him call his parents."
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They told us DRM would give us more for less, but they lied / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "My latest Locus Magazine column is DRM Broke Its Promise, which recalls the days when digital rights management was pitched to us as a way to enable exciting new markets where we'd all save big by only buying the rights we needed (like the low-cost right to read a book for an hour-long plane ride), but instead (unsurprisingly) everything got more expensive and less capable. "
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