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'The Gospel': how Israel uses AI to select bombing targets in Gaza | Israel | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Sources familiar with how AI-based systems have been integrated into the IDF's operations said such tools had significantly sped up the target creation process. "We prepare the targets automatically and work according to a checklist," a source who previously worked in the target division told +972/Local Call. "It really is like a factory. We work quickly and there is no time to delve deep into the target. The view is that we are judged according to how many targets we manage to generate." A separate source told the publication the Gospel had allowed the IDF to run a "mass assassination factory" in which the "emphasis is on quantity and not on quality". A human eye, they said, "will go over the targets before each attack, but it need not spend a lot of time on them". For some experts who research AI and international humanitarian law, an acceleration of this kind raises a number of concerns."
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Government targeting UK minorities with social media ads despite Facebook ban | Social ... - 0 views

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    "In one case, a government campaign aimed at helping young people off benefits was targeted at Facebook users with interests including "afro-textured hair" and the "West Indies cricket team". Other campaigns have targeted LGBTQ+ content at people interested in "genderqueer" issues and the TV show RuPaul's Drag Race; council support services at people interested in "hijabs" and "Islamic dietary requirements"; and an appeal for witnesses to a murder in Manchester aimed at people interested in "hip-hop", "rapping", Kim Kardashian and Usain Bolt. The "microtargeting" is revealed in analysis of more than 12,000 ads which ran on Facebook and Instagram between late 2020 and 2023. Supplied to UK academics by Facebook's parent company Meta, and shared with the Observer, the data gives an insight into the use of targeted advertising by the state based on profiling by the world's biggest social media company. In 2021, Facebook announced a ban on targeting based on race, religion and sexual orientation amid concerns about discrimination, which led to the removal of several interest categories that had been used by advertisers to reach and exclude minority groups."
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UK voters, you're about to get bombarded with targeted ads - 0 views

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    "With news that the 15 million Twitter users in the UK can now be targeted at individual postcode levels, the micro-blogging platform is selling its advertising opportunities as ultra-geographically precise, and therefore ultra-cost effective. "The key benefit of geo-targeting is that it enables advertisers, or in this case political parties, the ability to reach users in specific regions, metropolitan areas and now postcodes," Twitter said in a blog post. "
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If you read Boing Boing, the NSA considers you a target for deep surveillance - Boing B... - 0 views

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    "America's National Security Agency gathers unfathomable mountains of Internet communications from fiber optic taps and other means, but it says it only retains and searches the communications of "targeted" individuals who've done something suspicious. Guess what? If you read Boing Boing, you've been targeted."
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Algorithm Might Protect Non-Targets Caught In Surveillance, But Only If The Government ... - 0 views

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    "It's highly unlikely investigative or intelligence agencies have much of an interest in protecting the privacy of non-targeted citizens, even in non-terrorist-related surveillance -- not if it means using alternate (read: "less effective") investigative methods or techniques. It has been demonstrated time and time again that law enforcement is more interested in the most direct route to what it seeks, no matter how much collateral damage is generated. "
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GE2017: how are political parties targeting you on Facebook? | Politics | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "We now know targeted Facebook advertising played a big role in 2015's general election. The Conservatives spent £1.2m on Facebook advertising in 2015 - and it paid off with a majority, albeit a small one. It is understood both them and Labour plan on spending similar amounts on Facebook advertising. "
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Email scammers targeted by new bot that inundates them with endless annoying questions ... - 0 views

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    "The organisation is inviting anyone who thinks they've been targeted by a scam email to forward it to Re:scam, which will verify if it is a scam or not. It will then use its own email address to target any scammers it manages to detect.  "
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Facebook says Iran-based hackers used site to target US military personnel | Facebook |... - 0 views

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    "Facebook said on Thursday it had taken down about 200 accounts run by a group of hackers in Iran as part of a cyber-spying operation that targeted mostly US military personnel and people working at defense and aerospace companies. The social media company said the group, dubbed "Tortoiseshell" by security experts, used fake online personas to connect with targets, build trust - sometimes over the course of several months - and drive them to other sites, where they were tricked into clicking malicious links that would infect their devices with spying malware."
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Targeted ads are one of the world's most destructive trends. Here's why | Arwa Mahdawi ... - 0 views

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    "It has led to a proliferation of fake news and clickbait. It has fuelled surveillance capitalism and normalised pervasive tracking and data-mining. If we want to do something about the proliferation of misinformation and erosion of trust in traditional institutions, it is not enough to regulate or factcheck political adverts. We need to crack down on the use of personal information for all targeted advertising. Otherwise democracy will continue to erode, one highly optimised click at a time."
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Google says Chinese hackers who targeted Biden campaign are faking McAfee software - Th... - 0 views

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    "Google said in a new blog post that hackers linked to the Chinese government have been impersonating antivirus software McAfee to try to infect victims' machines with malware. And, Google says, the hackers appear to be the same group that unsuccessfully targeted the presidential campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden with a phishing attack earlier this year. A similar group of hackers based in Iran had tried to target President Trump's campaign, but also was unsuccessful."
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Police launch inquiry after MPs targeted in apparent 'spear-phishing' attack | Police |... - 0 views

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    "A police investigation has been launched after MPs were apparently targeted in a "spear-phishing" attack, in what security experts believe could be an attempt to compromise parliament. A police force said it had started an inquiry after receiving a complaint from an MP who was sent a number of unsolicited messages last month."
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Why big data has made your privacy a thing of the past | Technology | The Observer - 0 views

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    "The reason is that routine big-data analytical techniques can now effectively manufacture personal data that is not protected by any of the measures we've used up to now. A well-known illustration of this is the way Target, an American retail chain, creatively collated scattered pieces of data about individuals' changes in shopping habits to predict the delivery date of pregnant shoppers - so that they could then be targeted with relevant advertisements."
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To a man with an algorithm all things look like an advertising opportunity | Arwa Mahda... - 0 views

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    "This affects all of us every single day. When the algorithms that govern increasingly large parts of our lives have been designed almost exclusively by young bro-grammers with homogeneous experiences and worldviews, those algorithms are going to fail significant sections of society. A heartbreaking example of this is Gillian Brockell's experience of continuing to get targeted by pregnancy-related ads on Facebook after the stillbirth of her son. Brockell, a Washington Post journalist, recently made headlines when she tweeted an open letter to big tech companies, imploring them to think more carefully about how they target parenting ads."
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Why Targeted Ads Are a Serious Threat to Your Privacy - 0 views

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    "Data collection is a prerequisite to delivering targeted ads, so their use will inherently stir up privacy concerns. Ad companies are incentivized to collect and share as much data as they can, with safeguarding this information only a secondary issue at best. Breaches are a concern largely because of the potential fallout to a company's brand."
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Tim Berners-Lee calls for tighter regulation of online political advertising | Technolo... - 0 views

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    "The 61-year-old British computer scientist described how political advertising has become a sophisticated and targeted industry, drawing on enormous pools of personal data on Facebook and Google. This means that campaigns create precisely targeted ads for individuals - as many as 50,000 variations each day on Facebook during the 2016 US election, he said."
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European MPs targeted by deepfake video calls imitating Russian opposition | Russia | T... - 0 views

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    "A series of senior European MPs have been approached in recent days by individuals who appear to be using deepfake filters to imitate Russian opposition figures during video calls. Those tricked include Rihards Kols, who chairs the foreign affairs committee of Latvia's parliament, as well as MPs from Estonia and Lithuania. Tom Tugendhat, the chair of the UK foreign affairs select committee, has also said he was targeted."
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Tech-enabled 'terror capitalism' is spreading worldwide. The surveillance regimes must ... - 0 views

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    "First, lucrative state contracts are given to private corporations to build and deploy policing technologies that surveil and manage target groups. Then, using the vast amounts of biometric and social media data extracted from those groups, the private companies improve their technologies and sell retail versions of them to other states and institutions, such as schools. Finally, all this turns the target groups into a ready source of cheap labor - either through direct coercion or indirectly through stigma."
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Zoom is coming to your living room | TechRadar - 0 views

  • After launching Zoom for Home last year, Zoom has been working with its hardware partners to develop solutions to ensure that users have the best video conferencing experience wherever they find themselves working.
  • Being cramped inside a small home office while working remotely can get tiresome which is why Zoom has worked with its hardware partners to bring its video conferencing software to the larger screens found on some of the best TVs.
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How fraudsters can use the forgotten details of your online life to reel you in | Scams... - 0 views

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    ""The social engineering type of attack does not tend to scale [up] easily given the time and effort required to succeed, and therefore is more often than not used by individuals rather than the 'call centre' approach of criminal enterprises," Goddard says. "The trigger to target an individual could be targeted, or opportunistic such as overhearing a conversation or getting access to sensitive or exploitable information like a picture or bank statement.""
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MIT's 'PhotoGuard' protects your images from malicious AI edits | Engadget - 0 views

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    "PhotoGuard works by altering select pixels in an image such that they will disrupt an AI's ability to understand what the image is. Those "perturbations," as the research team refers to them, are invisible to the human eye but easily readable by machines. The "encoder" attack method of introducing these artifacts targets the algorithmic model's latent representation of the target image - the complex mathematics that describes the position and color of every pixel in an image - essentially preventing the AI from understanding what it is looking at."
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