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The computer will see you now: is your therapy session about to be automated? | US news... - 0 views

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    ""I think, without question, having access to quantitative data about our conversations, about facial expressions and intonations, would provide another dimension to the clinical interaction that's not detected right now," said Barron, a psychiatrist based in Seattle and author of the new book Reading Our Minds: The Rise of Big Data Psychiatry."
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Facebook says a breach that hit 533m is old news. Experts disagree | Facebook | The Gua... - 0 views

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    ""Even if the data is old, it's never really old because it will always be useful for data brokers," he said. "It helps them correlate related information that is new and dump them into these profiles, which they sell online for as little as 99 cents.""
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About 129,000 Singtel customers' personal information, including NRIC details, stolen i... - 0 views

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    "SINGAPORE: Personal information of about 129,000 Singtel customers was stolen after a recent data breach of a third-party file sharing system, the local telco said on Wednesday (Feb 17). Singtel has completed initial investigations into the breach and established which files on the Accellion file transfer appliance (FTA) were accessed illegally, the company said in a news release."
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Facebook v Apple: the looming showdown over data tracking and privacy | Technology | Th... - 0 views

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    "Some time in the next few months, iPhone users will be greeted by a message - not from Facebook, but from Apple - asking them if they will allow the Facebook app to collect their data. If users refuse, Apple will prevent Facebook from doing so. Facebook's attempt to vilify Apple looks like sour grapes Read more A similar message from Apple will pop up, related to any app that collects data on users for advertising purposes. Facebook says it will preempt the change by rolling out a pop-up screen over the coming weeks and months, making a plea to users to stay opted in. "Agreeing to these prompts doesn't result in Facebook collecting new types of data; it just means that Facebook can continue to give people better experiences," a Facebook spokeswoman said."
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After You Die, Microsoft Wants to Resurrect You as a Chatbot - 0 views

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    "Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted a patent to Microsoft that outlines a process to create a conversational chatbot of a specific person using their social data. In an eerie twist, the patent says the chatbot could potentially be inspired by friends or family members who are deceased, which is almost a direct plot of a popular episode of Netflix's Black Mirror."
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Brazil's Health Ministry's Website Data Leak Exposed 243 Million Medical Records for Mo... - 0 views

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    "Personal information of more than 243 million Brazilians was exposed for more than six months thanks to weakly encoded credentials stored in the source code of the Brazilian Ministry of Health's website. The data leak exposed both living and deceased Brazilians' medical records to possible unauthorized access. The incident was the second reported by Brazilian publication Estadão and among several others recently affecting South America's largest nation's healthcare system."
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Facebook movement data could help find new Covid-19 locations, study finds | World news... - 0 views

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    "Anonymised Facebook data on people's travels could be used to identify the spread of Covid-19 in locations where health officials are not yet aware of it, a new Australian study has found. Published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface on Wednesday, University of Melbourne researchers analysed anonymised population mobility data provided by Facebook as part of its Data for Good program to determine whether it could be a useful predictor in determining the spread of Covid outbreaks based on where people were travelling."
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Gun Detection AI is Being Trained With Homemade 'Active Shooter' Videos - 0 views

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    "The point of creating this vast portfolio of digital gun art is to feed an algorithm made to detect a firearm as soon as a security camera catches it being drawn by synthetically creating tens of thousands of ways each gun may appear. Arcarithm is one of several companies developing automated active shooter detection technology in the hopes of selling it to schools, hotels, entertainment venues and the owners of any location that could be the site of one of America's 15,000 annual gun murders and 29,000 gun injuries."
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'Being young' leads to detention in China's Xinjiang region | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The IJOP is a massive database combining personal data scooped from automated online monitoring and information manually entered into a bespoke app by officials. It includes information ranging from people's physical characteristics to the colour of their car and their personal preference of using the front or back door to enter their house, as well as software they use online and their regular contacts."
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What Do People Actually See on Facebook in the US? - About Facebook - 0 views

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    "One point I found heartening in preparing this data was this quote from one of our data scientists. Following the announcement of a winner, 'Americans applying heart reactions on political content were off the charts, while angry reactions were closer to baseline.' It's possible to have a spike in positivity without having a corresponding spike in negativity. There has been a lot of interest in Facebook's impact on civic discourse and reasonable requests for us to share more data so it can be studied more fully. Obviously, this post is not meant to be a perfect analysis."
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'Shocking' hack of psychotherapy records in Finland affects thousands | Finland | The G... - 0 views

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    ""The Vastaamo data breach is a shocking act which hits all of us deep down," the country's interior minister, Maria Ohisalo, wrote on her website on Monday. Finland must be a country where "help for mental health issues is available and it can be accessed without fear", she added. Ministers met for crisis talks this weekend, with further emergency discussions tabled for the coming week over the data breach."
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Facebook to ban QAnon-themed groups, pages and accounts in crackdown | Facebook | The G... - 0 views

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    "Facebook will ban any groups, pages or Instagram accounts that "represent" QAnon, the company announced Tuesday, in a sharp escalation of its attempt to crack down on the antisemitic conspiracy movement that has thrived on its platform."
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These weird, unsettling photos show that AI is getting smarter | MIT Technology Review - 0 views

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    "This time the model could look at both the surrounding words and the content of the image to fill in the blank. Through millions of repetitions, it could then discover not just the patterns among the words but also the relationships between the words and the elements in each image."
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What Does Privacy Really Mean Under Surveillance Capitalism? | Literary Hub - 0 views

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    "The internet is primarily funded by the collection, analysis, and trade of data-the data economy. Much of that data is personal data-data about you. The trading of personal data as a business model is increasingly being exported to all institutions in society-the surveillance society, or surveillance capitalism."
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Facebook says it may quit Europe over ban on sharing data with US | Facebook | The Guar... - 0 views

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    ""In the event that [Facebook] were subject to a complete suspension of the transfer of users' data to the US," Yvonne Cunnane argued, "it is not clear … how, in those circumstances, it could continue to provide the Facebook and Instagram services in the EU." Facebook denied the filing was a threat, arguing in a statement that it was a simple reflection of reality. "Facebook is not threatening to withdraw from Europe," a spokesperson said."
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Amazon's Vector power smart meter deal puts 'how you live your life' on web giant's ser... - 0 views

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    ""This is all identifiable in the smart meter data - it has literally your entire the pattern of life and behaviour through just monitoring where you live and what you do in your home." Vector and AWS say the data is anonymised and cannot be linked back to customers. Privacy advocates dispute that, because the way some customers use power in certain locations will easily identify them. For the companies, it's a tightrope: the more anonymous the data is made, the less value it has overall."
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The Information Catastrophe: Digital Content on Track to Equal Half Earth's Mass by 2245 - 0 views

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    "Eventually, we will reach a point of full saturation, a period in our evolution in which digital bits will outnumber atoms on Earth, a world "mostly computer simulated and dominated by digital bits and computer code," according to an article published in AIP Advances, by AIP Publishing."
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How bad were Ofqual's grades - by Huy Duong - HEPI - 0 views

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    "Therefore even Ofqual's best model significantly worsened grade accuracy for most A-level subjects when the cohort size is below 50, which is common (almost 62% of the total in 2019). For GCSEs, even with larger cohorts, the best model would have worsened the grade accuracy for Maths and Sciences. A very conservative figure of 25% of wrong grades would have amounted to 180,000 wrong A-level grades and 1.25 million wrong GCSE grades."
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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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    "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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