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Bringing big tech to heel: how do we take back control of the internet? | World news | ... - 0 views

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    "From our vantage point, this arc from the stocking frames of the Luddites to the Factory Acts makes total sense: a transformative technological change, its adaptation unfettered by regulation, and then the demand for a collective response as the implications of those changes become clearer."
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A new AI tool from Adobe can detect Photoshopped faces / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    ""But we live in a world where it's becoming harder to trust the digital information we consume, and I look forward to further exploring this area of research.""
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The Predator in Your Pocket: A Multidisciplinary Assessment of the Stalkerware Applicat... - 0 views

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    "These capabilities can afford dramatic powers and control over an individual's everyday life. And when this software is used abusively, it can operate as a predator in a person's pocket, magnifying the pervasive surveillance of the spyware operator."
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Doctored video of sinister Mark Zuckerberg puts Facebook to the test | Technology | The... - 0 views

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    "The piece is meant to be a commentary on the collection and use of private data by tech companies, as Posters explained. "The fact that citizens' data - including intimate knowledge on political leanings, sexuality, psychological traits and personality - are made available to the highest bidder shows that the digital influence industry and its associated architectures pose a risk not only to individual human rights but to our democracies at large.""
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The Guardian view on facial recognition: a danger to democracy | Editorial | Opinion | ... - 0 views

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    "But it is not just governments who will be interested in the results. The software is freely available and cheap. It is being distributed all over the internet of things, from intercoms to "home assistants". Once our faces are attached to the detailed digital identities that are already compiled by the advertising industry, any sufficiently sophisticated shopping mall will have a map of the preferences of everyone who enters its maw."
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Facial recognition tech is arsenic in the water of democracy, says Liberty | Technology... - 0 views

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    "She said: "I don't think it should ever be used. It is one of, if not the, greatest threats to individual freedom, partly because of the intimacy of the information it takes and hands to the state without your consent, and without even your knowledge, and partly because you don't know what is done with that information.""
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'Surveillance capitalism': critic urges Toronto to abandon smart city project | Cities ... - 0 views

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    ""As we have made clear, we believe that data collected in public space must be overseen and closely controlled by an independent and publicly accountable Data Trust, not Sidewalk Labs, Google, or any private company," said spokesperson Keerthana Rang."
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The New York Privacy Act goes even farther than California's privacy legislation / Boin... - 0 views

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    "which binds over all tech companies to serve as "data fiduciaries," with a legal requirement to use your data in ways that benefit you -- and not ways that benefit themselves at your expense (lawyers, doctors and other professionals have similar fiduciary duties); specifically, companies must not use your data in ways that would be "unexpected and highly offensive to a reasonable consumer.""
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Quest Diagnostics Says Up to 12 Million Patients May Have Had Financial, Medical, Perso... - 0 views

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    "Quest Diagnostics, one of the biggest blood testing providers in the country, warned Monday that nearly 12 million of its customers may have had personal, financial and medical information breached due to an issue with one of its vendors."
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Empirical analysis of behavioral advertising finds that surveillance makes ads only 4% ... - 0 views

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    "They found that despite the 40% "ad-tech" premium charged by behavioral ad companies, the ads only added about 4% the media companies that published them, meaning that behavioral advertising is a losing proposition. "
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Far-right Facebook groups 'spreading hate to millions in Europe' | World news | The Gua... - 0 views

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    "In total, the group reported more than 500 suspect groups and Facebook pages operating across France, Germany, Italy, the UK, Poland and Spain. Most were either spreading fake news or using false pages and profiles to artificially boost the content of parties or sites they supported, in violation of Facebook's rules."
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Digital assistants like Siri and Alexa entrench gender biases, says UN | Technology | T... - 0 views

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    "Assigning female genders to digital assistants such as Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa is helping entrench harmful gender biases, according to a UN agency."
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Office worker launches UK's first police facial recognition legal action | Technology |... - 0 views

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    "Squires said that Bridges had a reasonable expectation that his face would not be scanned in a public space and processed without his consent while he was not suspected of wrongdoing. The court heard that thousands of people have had their biometric data taken in the past two years by AFR technology used by South Wales police."
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New York considers fining pedestrians for texting while crossing | US news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "New Yorkers can expect to be fined from $25 to $250 if police officers catch them "using a portable electronic device while crossing a roadway"."
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Singapore to work with New Zealand to tackle terrorism and violent extremism - 0 views

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    "Launched in response to terror attacks in New Zealand in May, where a lone gunman killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch while livestreaming the massacre on Facebook, it calls for the "effective enforcement" of laws prohibiting the dissemination of terrorist content. It also states that all action on the issue must be consistent with the principles of a free, open and secure Internet, without compromising freedom of expression."
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Where everybody knows your face: Woody Harrelson photo used to spot thief | US news | T... - 0 views

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    "Georgetown University's Center on Privacy and Technology highlighted the April 2017 episode in Garbage In, Garbage Out, a report on what it says are flawed practices in law enforcement's use of facial recognition. The report says security footage of the thief was too pixelated and produced no matches while high-quality images of Harrelson returned several possible matches and led to one arrest."
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