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Selfies Don't Kill People | Outside Online - 0 views

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    "Every time I see a news story blaming a selfie for a death, I also see a missed opportunity. If social media was powerful enough to draw a person to that place, and inspire them to take a photo, then surely it can also be powerful enough to reach that person with a powerful message about responsible recreation."
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Social media's enduring effect on adolescent life satisfaction | PNAS - 0 views

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    "Scientists must embrace circumspection, transparency, and robust ways of working that safeguard against bias and analytical flexibility. Doing so will provide parents and policymakers with the reliable insights they need on a topic most often characterized by unfounded media hype."
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Olivia Laing: 'I was hooked and my drug was Twitter' | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "I wasn't so much addicted to the spectacle as to the ongoing certainty that the next click, the next link, would bring clarity. I felt like if I watched everything, if I read every last conspiracy theory and threaded tweet, the reward would be illumination. I would finally be able to understand not just what was happening but what it meant and what consequences it would have. But there was never a definitive conclusion. I'd taken up residence in a hothouse for paranoia, a factory manufacturing speculation and mistrust."
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How social media destroyed the web's art communities / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Algorithms steer us back to similar content in echo chambers that inhibit both critical and creative thinking. Platforms incentivized to keep users scrolling discourage long-looking and render users as passive consumers, rather than active seekers of inspiration. They aren't a space for productive feedback, either: Art takes on a different tone when it's surrounded by dog GIFs, political memes, and your cousin's baby photos."
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UK cops are secretly harvesting all data from the phones and cloud accounts of suspects... - 0 views

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    "Many services retain the data they harvest indefinitely, and some have been caught storing (and losing) the data without encryption: for example, in 2017 the Greater Manchester Police were found to have lost data from victims of violent and sexual crimes, which had been stored unencrypted on DVDs and sent through the post."
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Smart lie-detection system to tight... - Information Centre - Research & Innovation - E... - 0 views

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    "The unique approach to 'deception detection' analyses the micro-gestures of travellers to figure out if the interviewee is lying."
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The Glass Room - 0 views

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    "And if your password can be reverse-engineered to reveal something about you or others like you, how safe or unique is it really."
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The dead will take over Facebook in the next 50 years | ZDNet - 0 views

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    "A time is coming in which you may see more memorial accounts on Facebook than active users, with academics estimating that accounts belonging to the deceased will outnumber the living within 50 years."
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Hacker Finds He Can Remotely Kill Car Engines After Breaking Into GPS Tracking Apps - M... - 1 views

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    "By reverse engineering ProTrack and iTrack's Android apps, L&M said he realized that all customers are given a default password of 123456 when they sign up. At that point, the hacker said he brute-forced "millions of usernames" via the apps' API. Then, he said he wrote a script to attempt to login using those usernames and the default password. "
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Brain-computer interface successfully translates thought into synthesized speech / Boin... - 0 views

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    "The listeners accurately heard the sentences 43 percent of the time when given a set of 25 possible words to choose from, and 21 percent of the time when given 50 words, the study found."
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A 40cm-square patch that renders you invisible to person-detecting AIs / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "showing how they can create a 40cm x 40cm "patch" that fools a convoluted neural network classifier that is otherwise a good tool for identifying humans into thinking that a person is not a person -- something that could be used to defeat AI-based security camera systems. They theorize that the could just print the patch on a t-shirt and get the same result."
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Vulnerabilities in GPS fleet-tracking tools let attackers track and immobilize cars en ... - 0 views

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    "L&M used a credential stuffing attack: using email addresses gleaned from massive breaches to gain access by repeatedly trying different email/password combinations."
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The future of cybersecurity: Your body as a hacker-proof network | ZDNet - 0 views

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    "The Purdue researchers have created Electro-Quasistatic Human Body Communication (EQS-HBC) which uses low-frequency, carrier-less broadband transmission, and so keeps the signal almost entirely within the human body. That means data from pacemakers and other implantable medical devices would only be readable a handful of centimetres outside the wearer."
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Can Blockchain and Privacy Save Facebook? - Hacker Noon - 0 views

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    "Facebook could also shift monetization from ads to ecommerce via blockchain-based payments and services"
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San Francisco could be the first US city to ban facial recognition tech - 0 views

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    ""While surveillance technology may threaten the privacy of us all, surveillance efforts have historically been used to intimidate and oppress certain communities and groups more than others, including those that are defined by a common race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, income level, sexual orientation, or political perspective.""
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Huawei P30 Pro 'Moon Mode' poses a new ethical dilemma for photos - 1 views

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    "According to tests performed by Wang Yue at Zhihu, the Huawei P30 Pro isn't just enhancing the image information the user captures but actually placing pre-existing imagery of the moon into the photo."
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Ethics committee raises alarm over 'predictive policing' tool | UK news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Amid mounting financial pressure, at least a dozen police forces are using or considering predictive analytics, despite warnings from campaigners that use of algorithms and "predictive policing" models risks locking discrimination into the criminal justice system."
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