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'There's endless choice, but you're not listening': fans quitting Spotify to save their... - 0 views

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    ""With streaming, things were starting to become quite throwaway and disposable," says Finlay Shakespeare. A Bristol-based musician and audio engineer, Shakespeare recently deleted his streaming accounts and bought a used iPod on eBay for £40. With streaming, he says: "If I didn't gel with an album or an artist's work at first, I tended not to go back to it." But he realised that a lot of his all-time favourite albums were ones that grew on him over time. "Streaming was actually contributing to some degree of dismissal of new music." Even with digital downloads, he tended to give music more time and attention."
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Can AI stop rare eagles flying into wind turbines in Germany? | Birds | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "A controversial reform of the federal nature conservation act, pushed through by Olaf Scholz's coalition government earlier this summer, slashes red tape around building windfarms near nesting sites, but banks on AI-driven "anti-collision systems" as one way to minimise such accidents."
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Google, Microsoft can get your passwords via web browser's spellcheck - 0 views

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    "In cases where Chrome Enhanced Spellcheck or Edge's Microsoft Editor (spellchecker) were enabled, "basically anything" entered in form fields of these browsers was transmitted to Google and Microsoft. "Furthermore, if you click on 'show password,' the enhanced spellcheck even sends your password, essentially Spell-Jacking your data," explains otto-js in a blog post."
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Mandatory Student Spyware Is Creating a Perfect Storm of Human Rights Abuses | Electron... - 0 views

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    "Spyware apps were foisted on students at the height of the Covid-19 lockdowns. Today, long after most students have returned to in-person learning, those apps are still proliferating, and enabling an ever-expanding range of human rights abuses. In a recent Center for Democracy and Technology report, 81 percent of teachers said their schools use some form of this "student monitoring" spyware. Yet many of the spyware companies supplying these apps seem neither prepared nor concerned about the harms they are inflicting on students. "
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Teaching 'Digital Native' College Students Who Understand TikTok - But Not Microsoft Ex... - 0 views

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    "Fluent in Digital Culture - Not Academic Tools"
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More Accurate Than Test Scores: Scientists Discover a New Way To Measure Learning - 0 views

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    "Brain scans predict students' learning better than exam results and show the underlying structure of thinking. According to recent research published in Science Advances, the conventional exams and grades that schools have long employed may evaluate learning less accurately than brain scans."
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Japan's Digital Minister Is Waging War on Floppy Disks | Time - 0 views

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    "Japan isn't the only nation that has struggled to phase out the outdated technology - the U.S. Defense Department only announced in 2019 that it has ended the use of floppy disks, which were first developed in the 1960s, in a control system for its nuclear arsenal. Sony Group Corp. stopped making the disks in 2011 and many young people would struggle to describe how to use one or even identify one in the modern workplace."
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Tech tool offers police 'mass surveillance on a budget' | AP News - 0 views

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    "What distinguishes Fog Reveal from other cellphone location technologies used by police is that it follows the devices through their advertising IDs, unique numbers assigned to each device. These numbers do not contain the name of the phone's user, but can be traced to homes and workplaces to help police establish pattern-of-life analyses."
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Flicking the kill switch: governments embrace internet shutdowns as a form of control |... - 0 views

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    "Internet shutdowns are not just used by governments facing civil unrest. Every year millions of internet users from Sudan to Syria, Jordan to India also lose internet access during exam season as governments pull the plug in a bid to avoid hi-tech cheating."
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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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How Ukraine turns cheap tablets into lethal weapons | Russia-Ukraine war News | Al Jazeera - 0 views

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    "How Ukraine turns cheap tablets into lethal weapons Army SOS, an activist-led NGO, converts Android-based tablets into smart units with automated precision guidance."
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AI-generated art illustrates another problem with technology | John Naughton | The Guar... - 0 views

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    "AI-generated art illustrates another problem with technology"
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The dangers of the UK's illogical war on encryption - 0 views

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    "Astonishingly, even as the UK government praises end-to-end encryption abroad, it is undermining it at home. The Online Safety Bill, which continues to proceed through parliament after being mentioned in the Queen's Speech, will target platforms that use end-to-end encryption by "placing a duty of care on service providers within the scope of the draft bill to moderate illegal and harmful content on their platforms, with fines and penalties for those that fail to uphold this duty". "
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AI could decipher gaps in ancient Greek texts, say researchers | Language | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Artificial intelligence could bring to life lost texts, from imperial decrees to the poems of Sappho, researchers have revealed, after developing a system that can fill in the gaps in ancient Greek inscriptions and pinpoint when and where they are from."
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Andrew Hopkins of Exscientia: the man using AI to cure disease | Pharmaceuticals indust... - 0 views

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    "It is building a new robotics laboratory at Milton Park near Oxford, focused on the automation of chemistry and biology to accelerate drug development and its declared goal is "drugs designed by AI, made by robot"."
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Inside the violent, misogynistic world of TikTok's new star, Andrew Tate | TikTok | The... - 1 views

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    "Yet despite much of the content appearing to break TikTok's rules, which explicitly ban misogyny and copycat accounts, the platform appears to have done little to limit Tate's spread or ban the accounts responsible. Instead, it has propelled him into the mainstream - allowing clips of him to proliferate, and actively promoting them to young users."
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In-person teaching has resumed in the US - but electronic snooping hasn't stopped | Arw... - 0 views

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    "Staying on the subject of "we live in a dystopian digital hellscape": a Gizmodo investigation identified 32 data brokers selling access to the unique mobile IDs of people pegged as "actively pregnant" or "shopping for maternity products". At least one company was also offering access to a catalogue of people using the same sorts of emergency contraceptives that some Republican's want to outlaw or restrict."
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Call for body-image warnings on retouched photos - BBC News - 0 views

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    ""We believe the government should introduce legislation that ensures commercial images are labelled with a logo where any part of the body, including its proportions and skin tone, are digitally altered," its report says. Meanwhile, it says dermal fillers should be made prescription-only substances, in line with Botox, and there should be minimum training standards for providers."
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