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Can video games change people's minds about the climate crisis? | Games | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Can video games change people's minds about the climate crisis? A new wave of game makers are attempting to influence a generation of environmentally conscious players. Will it work, and is it enough?"
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Notice of Recent Security Incident - The LastPass Blog - 0 views

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    "If you use the default settings above, it would take millions of years to guess your master password using generally-available password-cracking technology. Your sensitive vault data, such as usernames and passwords, secure notes, attachments, and form-fill fields, remain safely encrypted based on LastPass' Zero Knowledge architecture. There are no recommended actions that you need to take at this time. "
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What if your colleague is a bot? Harnessing the benefits of workplace automation withou... - 0 views

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    "Analysis - The need for businesses to adapt to the workplace demands of the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital technologies, with clear implications for jobs and workers. But just how much employees worry about the threat of automation - and how real those fears are - can have implications for workplaces beyond the technological change itself. Our new research examined how employees feel about the introduction of "robotic process automation" (RPA) to the workplace. We also looked at how the willingness to embrace these new technologies influenced employees' assessment of the software bots and their work."
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Could we have one app for everything? We ask an expert | Social trends | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "I don't trust it, David! It's the whole Lord of the Rings vibe - "one app to rule them all", which famously didn't work out great for Middle-earth. A lot of people have concerns, myself included. It's why there was a backlash to Meta - which provides Facebook and WhatsApp - trying to launch a digital currency. I think there's a broader issue of digital literacy here: when we give up our permissions to a super app, do we really know what we're agreeing to?"
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Exclusive: Qatar World Cup will be most heavily surveilled tournament in history - 0 views

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    "Local organisers say that their artificial intelligence [AI] programmes are so advanced that they can tell whether a spectator is angry from analysing facial expressions. The cameras are sufficiently powerful that they can zoom in and identify each spectator in every single stadium seat."
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Twitter has '50% chance' of major crash during World Cup, says insider | Twitter | The ... - 0 views

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    "Twitter stands a 50% chance of a major outage that could take the site offline during the World Cup, according to a recently departed employee with knowledge of how the company responds to large-scale events. The former employee, who was granted anonymity because of the sensitivity of what was discussed, has knowledge of the workings of Twitter Command Centre, the platform's team of troubleshooters who monitor the site for issues such as traffic spikes and data centre outages."
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AI is giving insurers godlike powers, says Sompo chief - 0 views

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    "Artificial intelligence and cutting-edge information evaluation software program imply that underwriters can now make predictions in regards to the climate, pure disasters and senile dementia that beforehand "only God knew about", the president of one in all Japan's largest insurance coverage corporations has claimed."
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Recognising (and addressing) bias in facial recognition tech - the Gender Shades Audit ... - 0 views

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    "What if facial recognition technology isn't as good at recognising faces as it has sometimes been claimed to be? If the technology is being used in the criminal justice system, and gets the identification wrong, this can cause serious problems for people (see Robert Williams' story in "Facing up to the problems of recognising faces")."
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Elon Musk declares Twitter 'moderation council' - as some push the platform's limits | ... - 0 views

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    "Among the most urgent questions facing Twitter in its new era as a private company under Elon Musk, a self-declared "free speech absolutist", is how the platform will handle moderation. After finalizing his takeover and ousting senior leadership, Musk declared on Friday that he would be forming a new "content moderation council" that would bring together "diverse views" on the issue."
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Iran's Secret Manual for Controlling Protesters' Mobile Phones - 0 views

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    "According to these internal documents, SIAM is a computer system that works behind the scenes of Iranian cellular networks, providing its operators a broad menu of remote commands to alter, disrupt, and monitor how customers use their phones. The tools can slow their data connections to a crawl, break the encryption of phone calls, track the movements of individuals or large groups, and produce detailed metadata summaries of who spoke to whom, when, and where. Such a system could help the government invisibly quash the ongoing protests - or those of tomorrow - an expert who reviewed the SIAM documents told The Intercept."
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Social Platforms Are Unprepared For Election Misinformation (VIDEO) - 0 views

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    "With just about four months until the 2022 midterm elections, misinformation experts, civil rights advocates and researchers are worried that social media companies are unprepared to deal with a potential onslaught of falsehoods about the election. "
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After repeated warnings YouTube and Facebook continue to approve blatant disinformation... - 0 views

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    ""It's frankly shocking that these massive firms with the technological prowess they clearly have, are unable to weed out such blatant disinformation being pushed onto their users. In the case of Facebook, not once, not twice, but three times some of the same ads have been approved.""
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'We risk another crisis': TikTok in danger of being major vector of election misinforma... - 0 views

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    "In the final sprint to the US midterm elections the social media giant TikTok risks being a major vector for election misinformation, experts warn, with the platform's huge user base and its design making it particularly susceptible to such threats."
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The Human Bots Who Power Parasite Platforms | by Data & Society | Sep, 2022 | Data & So... - 1 views

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    "The platformization of labor affects workers of all kinds, across platforms. On "click farm" platforms in Brazil, workers perform countless fragmented data tasks. They spend hours every day clicking, following, and commenting on social media accounts - and earning less than a penny for each task."
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New study reveals what we all know: YouTube's recommendation algorithms are terrible | ... - 0 views

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    "As it turns out, the best way to beat YouTube horrid algorithm (and protect yourself from accidentally getting radicalized by some Antisemitic Flat-Earth Groomer bullshit) is to simply not interact with the platform, except to watch the video you went there to watch."
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Stop confusing facial recognition with facial authentication - 0 views

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    "Since its inception, facial recognition technology has been met with equal doses of skepticism and controversy. One company scraped billions of photos from social media without the public's knowledge, building a near-universal facial recognition application and inciting cries of infringement on constitutional freedom and exacerbation of racial biases."
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The AI startup erasing call center worker accents: is it fighting bias - or perpetuatin... - 0 views

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    "But it also raises uncomfortable questions: is AI technology helping marginalized people overcome bias, or just perpetuating the biases that make their lives hard in the first place?"
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Amazon finally admits giving cops Ring doorbell data without user consent | Ars Technica - 0 views

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    "Ring recently revealed how often the answer to that question has been yes. The Amazon company responded to an inquiry from US Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.), confirming that there have been 11 cases in 2022 where Ring complied with police "emergency" requests. In each case, Ring handed over private recordings, including video and audio, without letting users know that police had access to-and potentially downloaded-their data. This raises many concerns about increased police reliance on private surveillance, a practice that's long gone unregulated."
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Still flattening the curve?: Increased risk of digital authoritarianism after... - 0 views

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    "The main rationale for increasing state surveillance was to tackle the pandemic effectively to save people's lives. Yet, states are not enthusiastic about abandoning these digital tools, even though the pandemic is winding down. Instead, they are determined to preserve their surveillance capacities under the pretext of national security or preparation for future pandemics. In the face of increasing state surveillance, however, we should thoroughly discuss the risk of digital authoritarianism and the possible use of surveillance technologies to violate privacy, silence political opposition, and oppress minorities. For example, South Korea's sophisticated contact tracing technology that involves surveillance camera footage, cell-phone location data, and credit card purchases has disclosed patients' personal information, such as nationality. It raised privacy concerns, particularly for ethnic minorities, and underlined the risk of technology-enabled ethnic mapping and discrimination."
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