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The coded gaze: biased and understudied facial recognition technology / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    " "Why isn't my face being detected? We have to look at how we give machines sight," she said in a TED Talk late last year. "Computer vision uses machine-learning techniques to do facial recognition. You create a training set with examples of faces. However, if the training sets aren't really that diverse, any face that deviates too much from the established norm will be harder to detect.""
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Revealed: Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence | News | The Guar... - 0 views

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    "Yet these blueprints may also alarm free speech advocates concerned about Facebook's de facto role as the world's largest censor. Both sides are likely to demand greater transparency."
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Google's AI Chief On Teaching Computers To Learn-And The Challenges Ahead - 0 views

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    ""We'd have to show them 100,000 penny-farthings and tell them it's a bike," Giannandrea says. Then-looking on the bright side-he adds that "once they'd seen 100,000, they'd probably be better at identifying them than humans are.""
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The Biggest Data Breaches of 2017 (So Far…) - 0 views

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    "This week, Atlassian's . This follows the trend of more and more high-profile hacks that are waking consumers up - like , , and the that rocked the country when 40 million debit and credit card numbers stolen during the holiday shopping time that year. (See of all the hacks from 2004 - present.)"
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Creators of MP3 bring it to an end - 0 views

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    "Two decades on, the institute has decided to terminate the licensing programme for some MP3-related patents which effectively halts industry support.

    Although users can still listen to their MP3 files, inventors of new technologies will probably not include the file format in their blueprints as they turn to more advanced alternatives."
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Wcry ransomware is reborn without its killswitch, starts spreading anew / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    " respite was thanks to a sloppy bit of programming from the worm's creator, who'd left a killswitch in the code: newly infected systems checked to see if a certain domain (iuqerfsodp9ifjaposdfjhgosurijfaewrwergwea.com) existed before attempting to spread the infection; by registering this domain, security researchers were able to freeze the worm.The respite was thanks to a sloppy bit of programming from the worm's creator, who'd left a killswitch in the code: newly infected systems checked to see if a certain domain (iuqerfsodp9ifjaposdfjhgosurijfaewrwergwea.com) existed before attempting to spread the infection; by registering this domain, security researchers were able to freeze the worm.

    But a day later, it's back, and this time, without the killswitch. Security researchers running honeypots have seen new infections by versions of the worm that can spread even when the iuqerfsodp9ifjaposdfjhgosurijfaewrwergwea.com domain is live."
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Apply Magic Sauce - Prediction API - Demo - 0 views

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    "This tool predicts your psycho-demographic profile from digital footprints of your behaviour. It reveals how you might be perceived by others online and provides detailed insights on your personality, intelligence, life satisfaction and more." YIKES
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The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked | Technology | The Gua... - 0 views

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    "My entry point into this story began, as so many things do, with a late-night Google. Last December, I took an unsettling tumble into a wormhole of Google autocomplete suggestions that ended with "did the holocaust happen". And an entire page of results that claimed it didn't."
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Hacker Steals Millions of User Account Details from Education Platform Edmodo - Motherb... - 0 views

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    "A hacker has stolen millions of user account details from popular education platform Edmodo, and the data is apparently for sale on the so-called dark web.

    Teachers, students and parents use Edmodo to work on lesson plans, assign homework, and more. The organization claims to have over 78 million members."
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NHS services in England and Scotland hit by global cyber-attack | Society | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Computer security experts suggested that the crisis could reflect weaknesses in the NHS's cybersecurity. Ross Anderson, of Cambridge University, said the attack appeared to exploit a weakness in Microsoft's software that was fixed by a "critical" software patch earlier this year but which may not have been installed across NHS computers."
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Improbable sums? Cambridge graduates' tech firm raises $500m | Business | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Improbable's technology SpatialOS, which enables the creation of massive simulations - "virtual worlds" - is still in beta mode and has not been publicly launched. "
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Wake up! Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook are running our lives | Hannah Jane Parkins... - 0 views

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    "It is time now for two things: for people to wake up and realise how much our lives are dominated by such a small number of Silicon Valley bros, one hand in their jean pocket announcing their next move, and for tech companies to acknowledge their power and influence and become truly accountable."
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Human-robot interactions take step forward with 'emotional' chatbot | Technology | The ... - 1 views

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    "In the future, the team predict the software could also learn the appropriate emotion to express at a given time. "It could be mostly empathic," said Huang, adding that a challenge would be to avoid the chatbot reinforcing negative feelings such as rage."
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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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A massive Google Docs hack is spreading like wildfire - Recode - 0 views

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    "Gmail users are under attack in a gigantic phishing operation that's spreading like wildfire across the internet right now.

    People took to Twitter to report receiving an email that looks like an invitation to join a Google Doc from someone they know.

    But when you click on the link to open the file, you are directed to grant access to an app that looks like Google Docs but is actually a program that sends spam emails to everyone you've emailed, according to a detailed outline of the attack on Reddit. "
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India's controversial national ID scheme leaks fraud-friendly data for 130,000,000 peop... - 0 views

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    "Now, in a new report published yesterday by researchers from the Bangalore-based think-tank the Centre for Internet and Society, Amber Sinha and Srinivas Kodali comprehensively document the many ways in which Aadhaar is leaking, tracking the #aadhaarleaks hashtag, which has revealed potentially compromising information on more than 130,000,000 people, largely material that is intentionally available through official portals."
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