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Police trial AI software to help process mobile phone evidence | UK news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Cellebrite, the Israeli-founded and now Japanese-owned company behind some of the software, claims a wider rollout would solve problems over failures to disclose crucial digital evidence that have led to the collapse of a series of rape trials and other prosecutions in the past year. However, the move by police has prompted concerns over privacy and the potential for software to introduce bias into processing of criminal evidence."
dr tech

How white engineers built racist code - and why it's dangerous for black people | Techn... - 0 views

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    "The lack of answers the Jacksonville sheriff's office have provided in Lynch's case is representative of the problems that facial recognition poses across the country. "It's considered an imperfect biometric," said Garvie, who in 2016 created a study on facial recognition software, published by the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law, called The Perpetual Line-Up. "There's no consensus in the scientific community that it provides a positive identification of somebody.""
dr tech

College installs facial recognition to make sure students don't get friends to sign in ... - 0 views

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    "The facial recognition system is currently being rolled out across six of Prof Shen's classes. "The new system saves time and reduces the workload of students," Prof Shen told the Beijing News. "Out of one hundred students, it usually only fails to recognise one student." But obviously, not everyone is a fan."
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JetBlue is the latest to use facial recognition technology in airports - 0 views

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    "However, there is some concern about how accurate these new procedures will be. Apparently the facial recognition technology doesn't recognize all people will the same accuracy. White women and black people aren't as easily recognized as white men, meaning there could be some mismatching of identities. Some are also concerned that this is crossing the line in terms of passenger privacy."
dr tech

Can Google really tell us how busy a place is? | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "ne of the creepiest - and most useful - Google inventions has been its ability to predict traffic jams by using anonymised ping-backs from mobile phones to tell how fast everyone is moving."
dr tech

Admiral to price car insurance based on Facebook posts | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Admiral Insurance will analyse the Facebook accounts of first-time car owners to look for personality traits that are linked to safe driving. For example, individuals who are identified as conscientious and well-organised will score well. Facebook forces Admiral to pull plan to price car insurance based on posts Read more The insurer will examine posts and likes by the Facebook user, although not photos, looking for habits that research shows are linked to these traits. These include writing in short concrete sentences, using lists, and arranging to meet friends at a set time and place, rather than just "tonight"."
amenosolja

How to Use USB Security Keys with your Google Account - 0 views

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    "The verification codes required for logging into a 2-step enabled account can be generated either using a mobile app - like Authy or Google Authenticator - or you can have them sent to your mobile phone via a text message or a voice call. The latter option however will not work if the mobile phone associated with your account is outside the coverage area"
amenosolja

An Android Porn App Takes Your Photo and Holds It to Ransom - 0 views

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    "The Register reports that security firm Zscaler was first to spot the app, which presents itself as a normal video playing app, albeit for playing videos of an adult nature. Apparently once it has silently snapped photos of its victim it will display a message on screen demanding that they pay $500 . Otherwise, well... do you want people knowing you've used the app?"
amenosolja

A Smile Detector and Other Apps You Need to Be Using | WIRED - 0 views

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    "RECHO DOES ONE very simple, little thing: It lets you leave a voice message tied to a location. When other people using the app hit those coordinates, Recho will tell them there's something to listen to. You can use the app to discover different "rechoes" around you, if you actively want to listen in on someone's location-aware thoughts. You can also share interesting soundbytes with your Recho followers. It's a little weird and novel, but ultimately a new way to think about digital exploring a place."
amenosolja

Windows 10 Is Watching: Should You Be Worried? - 0 views

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    "In amongst the numerous reports of privacy infringements, there have been a handful of genuine issues. Reports of Microsoft utilizing your computer as a P2P node for update sharing were completely founded, and the 13 pages of privacy settings are also no joke."
dr tech

Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Eng... - 0 views

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    "Now, the number of combinations of these columns grows exponentially with the number of columns. So if you have many, many columns-and we do in modern databases-you'll get up into millions and millions of attributes for each person. Now, if I start allowing myself to look at all of the combinations of these features-if you live in Beijing, and you ride bike to work, and you work in a certain job, and are a certain age-what's the probability you will have a certain disease or you will like my advertisement? Now I'm getting combinations of millions of attributes, and the number of such combinations is exponential; it gets to be the size of the number of atoms in the universe."
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US "suspected terrorist" database had 1.5M names added to it in past 5 years - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "99 percent of the names submitted to the list are accepted; the court called this "wildly loose." The database has grown from 227,932 names in 2009 to its current stratospheric heights. There is no official, public procedure for having your name removed from the list. The US government is seeking to end the trial by invoking state secrecy."
julia barr

Protecting Your Data on The Cloud - 0 views

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    By connecting laptops and smartphones to enormous, remote computing banks, cloud computing gives us access to more processing power than could ever fit in any one of those devices, along with access to all our data and documents from anywhere in the world.
julia barr

New York Asks Cellphone Carriers to Explain Why They Rejected Antitheft Switch - 0 views

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    SAN FRANCISCO - New York State's top prosecutor is investigating why American cellphone carriers have yet to embrace antitheft software on Samsung smartphones, raising questions about possible coordination among the biggest carriers.
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Find the ungoogleable with crowdsourced search engine - tech - 04 December 2013 - New S... - 0 views

  • THERE'S nothing like the human touch.
  • DataSift is new kind of search engine that uses crowdsourced human intelligence to answer vague, complex or visual questions, even when the users are not sure what they are searching for.
  • answered easily and quickly by human workers
Mcdoogleh CDKEY

BBC News - Anti-censorship program Haystack withdrawn - 0 views

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    Software developed to bypass Iranian Internet censorship has been scrapped, due to various reasons.
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    Software created to help Iranians escape government control of the web has been withdrawn over security fears.
Mcdoogleh CDKEY

Facebook privacy hole 'lets you see where strangers plan to go' | Technology | guardian... - 0 views

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    Developer says new API lets you query social network's databases - and there doesn't seem to be a way to turn it off
Max van Mesdag

Google warning on fake anti-virus software - 0 views

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    It turns out that 15% of free anti-virus softwares contain viruses themselves, according to Google.
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