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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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Of Course Citizens Should Be Allowed to Kick Robots | WIRED - 0 views

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    "Robots engender human sympathy. Seen in the wild, they appear to have agency, feelings, and desires. R2D2's spunk, C3PO's intelligence, Wall-E's charm. When delivery bots get stuck on the sidewalk, good Samaritans help them get unstuck. In light of the attack on K5, then, you may be thinking: Poor guy."
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Facial recognition: Tech firms want regulation, but critics want a ban - 0 views

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    "This is the difference, tech executives and experts say, between consensual identity verification and non-consensual surveillance."
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An Algorithm Made New Scientific Discoveries by Reading Old Studies - 0 views

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    ""This study shows that if this algorithm were in place earlier, some materials could have conceivably been discovered years in advance," Jain said."
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Google, Mozilla, and Apple are using this one weird trick to block Kazakhstan's surveil... - 0 views

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    "Google and Mozilla are making changes to their respective web browsers to try and thwart the notoriously corrupt government of Kazakhstan's efforts to launch a surveillance operation against its own citizens."
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You can't replace the GP with an algorithm - so don't try to, Matt Hancock | Eleanor Mo... - 0 views

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    ""Personalised, preventative healthcare is mission critical to the future-fit healthcare service we want to build," said Hancock last week. "We must harness the latest technology and techniques to move away from the one-size-fits-all approach of the past."" - DO YOU AGREE?
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Facebook launches 'clear history' tool - but it won't delete anything | Technology | Th... - 0 views

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    "The new feature, part of a wider set of tools covering "off-Facebook activity", will not delete anything from Facebook's servers, instead simply "disconnecting" data from an individual user's account."
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Maths and tech specialists need Hippocratic oath, says academic | Science | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "When Fry returned to London, she realised how mathematicians, computer engineers and physicists are so used to working on abstract problems that they rarely stop to consider the ethics of how their work might be used"
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Google might scan your face and give you a $5 gift card for it - TechSpot - 0 views

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    ""I don't really care about data privacy because I think it's all an illusion anyway." It's interesting to see how this encounter also reflects the general behavior of a majority of people when it comes to privacy. Although user data has long been a gold mine for companies, would it be more acceptable if they started paying their users in exchange for it?"
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Amazon says its facial recognition can now identify fear - 0 views

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    "The tech giant revealed updates to the controversial tool on Monday that include improving the accuracy and functionality of its face analysis features such as identifying gender, emotions and age range."
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You have the right to remain encrypted / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Encryption is the digital lock which gives us the security to trust our financial data and inner-most thoughts to the cloud, and without which everything, and I mean everything, in our digital lives might be exposed. "
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