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Why Nigeria Has Finally Lifted Its Twitter Ban - 0 views

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    "The Nigerian government reinstated Twitter on Jan 13, 2022, after Twitter agreed to conditions issued by the Nigerian government, according to CNN. Notably, one of these conditions includes "managing prohibited publication in line with Nigerian law". Twitter also has to comply with "applicable tax obligations on its operations under Nigerian law" as well as enroll Nigeria in its Partner Support and Law Enforcement Portals."
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Terms and Conditions May Apply: documentary about abusive license terms, privacy and su... - 0 views

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    "READ CAREFULLY. By reading this post, you agree, on behalf of your employer, to release me from all obligations and waivers arising from any and all NON-NEGOTIATED agreements, licenses, terms-of-service, shrinkwrap, clickwrap, browsewrap, confidentiality, non-disclosure, non-compete and acceptable use policies ("BOGUS AGREEMENTS") that I have entered into with your employer, its partners, licensors, agents and assigns, in perpetuity, without prejudice to my ongoing rights and privileges. You further represent that you have the authority to release me from any BOGUS AGREEMENTS on behalf of your employer."
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'Conditioning an entire society': the rise of biometric data technology | Biometrics | ... - 0 views

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    "In each case, biometric data has been harnessed to try to save time and money. But the growing use of our bodies to unlock areas of the public and private sphere has raised questions about everything from privacy to data security and racial bias."
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NHS patient data to be made available for sale to drug and insurance firms | Society | ... - 0 views

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    "Drug and insurance companies will from later this year be able to buy information on patients - including mental health conditions and diseases such as cancer, as well as smoking and drinking habits - once a single English database of medical data has been created."
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How We're Democratizing Healthcare with Mobile Phones | Health on GOOD - 0 views

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    "The app then measures 14 health parameters (Glucose, Protein, Urobilinogen, Calcium, Blood, Creatinine, pH, Ketone, Bilirubin, Specific Gravity, Nitrites, Leucocyte, Ascorbic Acid, Microalbumin) using routine urine analysis, provides day-to-day analytics, and, importantly, enables regular monitoring for early warning markers for more than 25 medical conditions, including complications of diabetes, pregnancy, kidney disease, and urinary tract infections. The whole idea is to spot risks early, and to address big problems before they become too big. This is important both for the home user, as well for the beneficiary of the low-cost clinic in the developing world. "
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Londoners give up eldest children in public Wi-Fi security horror show | Technology | T... - 0 views

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    "When people connected to the hotspot, the terms and conditions they were asked to sign up to included a "Herod clause" promising free Wi-Fi but only if "the recipient agreed to assign their first born child to us for the duration of eternity". Six people signed up. F-Secure, the security firm that sponsored the experiment, has confirmed that it won't be enforcing the clause."
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Mobile Med-Tech Revolution Hits Hospitals | Singularity Hub - 0 views

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    "The benefits of mobile technology in a healthcare setting have not, it's safe to say, gone unnoticed. A throng of companies are trying to turn the smartphone into an assortment of medical devices, from blood pressure cuffs to otoscopes. Such devices offer patients a chance to keep up with chronic conditions and send data to their doctors on occasion."
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Breakdancing Is No Match For Project Natal's Sensors - 0 views

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    Looks like Microsoft's Project Natal is more advanced than most of us thought. It effectively tracks bodily movements, even in low-light conditions.
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Algorithm Hunts Rare Genetic Disorders from Facial Features in Photos | Singularity Hub - 0 views

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    "A new algorithm, however, is attempting to identify specific syndromes much sooner by screening photos for characteristic facial features associated with specific genetic conditions, such as Down's syndrome, Progeria, and Fragile X syndrome."
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Dutch surgeon wins landmark 'right to be forgotten' case | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "A Dutch surgeon formally disciplined for her medical negligence has won a legal action to remove Google search results about her case in a landmark "right to be forgotten" ruling. The doctor's registration on the register of healthcare professionals was initially suspended by a disciplinary panel because of her postoperative care of a patient. After an appeal, this was changed to a conditional suspension under which she was allowed to continue to practise."
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Everybody lies: how Google search reveals our darkest secrets | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "People will admit more if they are alone than if others are in the room with them. However, on sensitive topics, every survey method will elicit substantial misreporting. People have no incentive to tell surveys the truth. How, therefore, can we learn what our fellow humans are really thinking and doing? Big data. Certain online sources get people to admit things they would not admit anywhere else. They serve as a digital truth serum. Think of Google searches. Remember the conditions that make people more honest. Online? Check. Alone? Check. No person administering a survey? Check."
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YouTube moderators must sign contract acknowledging job could cause PTSD - report | Tec... - 0 views

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    "Social media sites are increasingly informing employees of the negative effects of moderation jobs following several reports on harrowing working conditions, including long hours viewing violent and sexually exploitative content with little mental health support. Before accepting a job with Accenture, a subcontractor that works with several social media companies and manages some YouTube moderators at a Texas facility, employees had to sign a form titled "Acknowledgement", the Verge reported."
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Japanese firms plan to launch self-driving cargo ships within decade | World news | The... - 0 views

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    "The ships would use the internet of things - connecting a range of devices over the internet - to gather data, such as weather conditions and shipping information, and plot the shortest, most efficient and safest routes. By removing the potential for human error, the companies believe the technology could dramatically cut the number of accidents at sea."
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Facebook doesn't seem to mind that facial recognition glasses would endanger women | Ar... - 0 views

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    ""Face recognition … might be the thorniest issue, where the benefits are so clear, and the risks are so clear, and we don't know where to balance those things." Excuse me? What kind of benefits could possibly balance the risk of making life extremely easy for stalkers and creeps? Well, Bosworth later said on Twitter, it could help people with prosopagnosia, a neurological condition where you can't recognize people's faces. More generally, Bosworth said, it would be super handy when you run into someone at a party and can't remember their name. Ah yes, I can totally see how avoiding a little social awkwardness balances out the whole stalker thing!"
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Italy blocks TikTok for certain users after death of girl allegedly playing 'choking' g... - 0 views

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    "Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into the accidental death of a 10-year-old girl who allegedly took part in a "blackout challenge" on the video-sharing network TikTok. The probe came as Italy announced it had temporarily blocked access to TikTok for users whose age could not be proved definitively. According to TikTok's terms and conditions, users must be at least 13 years old."
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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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Scientists identify key conditions to set up a creative 'hot streak' | Artificial intel... - 0 views

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    "They then analysed how diverse the individuals' work was at different points in their careers. This was assessed using an artificial intelligence system that was trained, in the case of art, to "recognise" different styles by features such as the brush strokes, shapes and objects in a piece, while in the case of film, it was trained to classify a director's work based on plot and cast information. For science, the system identified different research topics based on the papers cited within a researcher's publications."
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Facebook moderators call on firm to do more about posts praising Bucha atrocities | Tec... - 0 views

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    "That ties their hands in how they can treat content related to the killings, they say, and forces them to leave up some content they believe ought to be removed. "It's been a month since the massacre and mass graves in Bucha, but this event hasn't been even designated a 'violating event', let alone a hate crime," said one moderator, who spoke to the Guardian on condition of anonymity. "On that same day there was a shooting in the US, with one fatality and two casualties, and this was declared a violating event within three hours.""
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'Extinction is on the table': Jaron Lanier warns of tech's existential threat to humani... - 0 views

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    "In Skinner's studies, lab rats were subjected alternately to electric shocks and treats to achieve a change in response. On social media, he says, we experience something similar. "I believe I see that people who are subject to operant conditioning online, meaning subjected to pleasant or unpleasant experiences." Approval, disapproval or being ignored, such techniques can be manipulated online as part of what is euphemistically called "engagement" and the creation of addictive patterns for individuals and then - by proxy - eventually whole societies."
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Inside Ukraine's open-source war - News Azi - 0 views

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    ""Western partners trusted me to distribute stuff, give them actionable feedback and then adapt the product to Ukrainian conditions," he explains during a trip back to San Francisco to harness help from local software engineers. He still spends part of his time in the fragments of the Donbas region that remain under Ukrainian control, so that he can observe his "customers" - Ukrainian soldiers - in action, in order to develop products they can use. "I like to say this is the world's first open-source war," says Oleg Rogynskyy, 35, another Ukrainian who runs a Silicon Valley start-up. He is also helping the Ukrainian cause and exchanging ideas with other computing engineers on social media sites, message groups such as Signal, and GitHub, the platform where coders exchange ideas."
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