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I tried to delete myself from the internet. Here's what I learned - CNN - 0 views

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    "After spending hours studying FAQ pages, sending terse emails and making occasional phone calls in an earnest-if-naive attempt to take back some control of my personal information online, I had my first demoralizing moment."
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Full Page Reload - 0 views

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    "These experiments in computational creativity are enabled by the dramatic advances in deep learning over the past decade. Deep learning has several key advantages for creative pursuits. For starters, it's extremely flexible, and it's relatively easy to train deep-learning systems (which we call models) to take on a wide variety of tasks."
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Experts Knew a Pandemic Was Coming. Here's What They're Worried About Next. - POLITICO - 0 views

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    "The business, political and geopolitical mischief possible with manipulated data, audio or video is almost limitless; think manufactured video of Jeff Bezos-whose personal life has already apparently been the target of sophisticated adversaries and extortion plots-using a racial slur; grainy fake video or audio of Joe Biden admitting to assaulting Tara Reade; grainy video of Trump saying he plans to nuke Iran in one hour; or even Anthony Fauci saying that he's doctoring the Covid death tolls. "
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Can we escape from information overload? | 1843 - 0 views

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    "Our brains tend to lean on the visual, heavily prioritising sight over the other four senses. Ever since we climbed on to two feet as a species, taking our noses farther from the aroma-rich savannah floor, we have been wired to be seeing creatures and for better or worse we usually experience the what's-next-what's-next of this world through our peepers."
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Tech giants struggle to stem 'infodemic' of false coronavirus claims | World news | The... - 0 views

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    "It is a stark contrast to how social media platforms have dealt with misinformation in the past."
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How an 18th Century Explorer Can Help Us Understand the Algorithms Taking Over Our World - 0 views

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    "We have become symbiotic with these machines. We feed them with energy and data, and they reward us with a host of services. But our relationship with them goes deeper. There are multiple layers of feedback loops as we shape algorithms and they shape us, at the individual and collective levels. What framework can we turn to to analyze this complex ecosystem?"
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Special report: The simulations driving the world's response to COVID-19 - 0 views

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    "But, as he and other modellers warn, much information about how SARS-CoV-2 spreads is still unknown and must be estimated or assumed - and that limits the precision of forecasts. An earlier version of the Imperial model, for instance, estimated that SARS-CoV-2 would be about as severe as influenza in necessitating the hospitalization of those infected. That turned out to be incorrect."
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Why you need to teach your kids about data privacy - 0 views

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    "We are talking about vast fields of aggregate data, the scale of which is difficult to comprehend; this data can be parsed by the artificial intelligence recommendation algorithms that Google has pioneered, and that now steer everything from employment application processes to dating apps."
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Liverpool are using incredible data science during matches, and effects are extraordina... - 0 views

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    "Liverpool are using incredible data science during matches, and effects are extraordinary Liverpool's sport-leading data science is providing Jürgen Klopp with the tools to change football matches as they're happening."
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Is Alexa Always Listening? How Amazon, Google, Apple Hear, Record - Bloomberg - 0 views

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    "Yet so-called smart devices inarguably depend on thousands of low-paid humans who annotate sound snippets so tech companies can upgrade their electronic ears; our faintest whispers have become one of their most valuable datasets."
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Google's secret cache of medical data includes names and full details of millions - whi... - 0 views

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    "A whistleblower who works in Project Nightingale, the secret transfer of the personal medical data of up to 50 million Americans from one of the largest healthcare providers in the US to Google, has expressed anger to the Guardian that patients are being kept in the dark about the massive deal."
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Doctored video of sinister Mark Zuckerberg puts Facebook to the test | Technology | The... - 0 views

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    "The piece is meant to be a commentary on the collection and use of private data by tech companies, as Posters explained. "The fact that citizens' data - including intimate knowledge on political leanings, sexuality, psychological traits and personality - are made available to the highest bidder shows that the digital influence industry and its associated architectures pose a risk not only to individual human rights but to our democracies at large.""
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The New York Privacy Act goes even farther than California's privacy legislation / Boin... - 0 views

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    "which binds over all tech companies to serve as "data fiduciaries," with a legal requirement to use your data in ways that benefit you -- and not ways that benefit themselves at your expense (lawyers, doctors and other professionals have similar fiduciary duties); specifically, companies must not use your data in ways that would be "unexpected and highly offensive to a reasonable consumer.""
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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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Police across the US are training crime-predicting AIs on falsified data - MIT Technolo... - 0 views

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    "The system used historical data, including arrest records and electronic police reports, to forecast crime and help shape public safety strategies, according to company and city government materials. At no point did those materials suggest any effort to clean or amend the data to address the violations revealed by the DOJ. In all likelihood, the corrupted data was fed directly into the system, reinforcing the department's discriminatory practices."
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These incredibly realistic fake faces show how algorithms can now mess with us - MIT Te... - 0 views

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    "The researchers, Tero Karras, Samuli Laine, and Timo Aila, came up with a new way of constructing a generative adversarial network, or GAN. GANs employ two dueling neural networks to train a computer to learn the nature of a data set well enough to generate convincing fakes. When applied to images, this provides a way to generate often highly realistic fakery. The same Nvidia researchers have previously used the technique to create artificial celebrities (read our profile of the inventor of GANs, Ian Goodfellow)."
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OLIVE: a system for emulating old OSes on old processors that saves old data from extin... - 0 views

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    "is an experimental service from Carnegie Mellon University that stores images of old processors, as well as the old operating systems that ran on top of them, along with software packages for those old OSes; this allows users to access old data from obsolete systems inside simulations of the computers that originally ran that data, using the original operating systems and applications."
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GCHQ data collection regime violated human rights, court rules | UK news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The judges considered three aspects of digital surveillance: bulk interception of communications, intelligence sharing and obtaining of communications data from communications service providers. By a majority of five to two votes, the Strasbourg judges found that GCHQ's bulk interception regime violated article 8 of the European convention on human rights, which guarantees privacy, because there were said to be insufficient safeguards, and rules governing the selection of "related communications data" were deemed to be inadequate."
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Most GDPR emails unnecessary and some illegal, say experts | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The vast majority of emails flooding inboxes across Europe from companies asking for consent to keep recipients on their mailing list are unnecessary and some may be illegal, privacy experts have said, as new rules over data privacy come into force at the end of this week."
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