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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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Teenage girl kills herself 'after Instagram poll' in Malaysia | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Police in the east Malaysia state Sarawak said the girl, who has not been named, posted the poll on the photo sharing app with the message: "Really Important, Help Me Choose D/L". After most responders voted for "death", she killed herself."
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Inside the City That Spies on You - Featured Stories - Medium - 0 views

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    "Many of the countries buying into that technology, however, still lack the institutions and the legislative oversight to keep it under control. In young, volatile democracies especially, the lure of technological greatness is already coming at a great social cost. "The thing with technology is that it kind of becomes irresistible," says Professor Webster. "It's very tempting when it can do something for us more efficiently. But just because the technology can do something it doesn't mean we should use it.""
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A Robot, A Recruiter & A REST API Walk Into A Bar… - Peterson Technology Part... - 0 views

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    "One great way to tell the difference is to ask AI recruiting companies what they use artificial intelligence, machine learning and/or deep learning for. Hopefully the hiring firm can what it's using the new technology for and not just that it is. If not it's time to dig a bit deeper."
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Is India the frontline in big tech's assault on democracy? | John Harris | Opinion | Th... - 0 views

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    "the Financial Times quoted one Indian political source claiming that WhatsApp was "the echo chamber of all unmitigated lies, fakes and crap in India"."
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Selfies Don't Kill People | Outside Online - 0 views

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    "Every time I see a news story blaming a selfie for a death, I also see a missed opportunity. If social media was powerful enough to draw a person to that place, and inspire them to take a photo, then surely it can also be powerful enough to reach that person with a powerful message about responsible recreation."
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Social media's enduring effect on adolescent life satisfaction | PNAS - 0 views

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    "Scientists must embrace circumspection, transparency, and robust ways of working that safeguard against bias and analytical flexibility. Doing so will provide parents and policymakers with the reliable insights they need on a topic most often characterized by unfounded media hype."
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Olivia Laing: 'I was hooked and my drug was Twitter' | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "I wasn't so much addicted to the spectacle as to the ongoing certainty that the next click, the next link, would bring clarity. I felt like if I watched everything, if I read every last conspiracy theory and threaded tweet, the reward would be illumination. I would finally be able to understand not just what was happening but what it meant and what consequences it would have. But there was never a definitive conclusion. I'd taken up residence in a hothouse for paranoia, a factory manufacturing speculation and mistrust."
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How social media destroyed the web's art communities / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Algorithms steer us back to similar content in echo chambers that inhibit both critical and creative thinking. Platforms incentivized to keep users scrolling discourage long-looking and render users as passive consumers, rather than active seekers of inspiration. They aren't a space for productive feedback, either: Art takes on a different tone when it's surrounded by dog GIFs, political memes, and your cousin's baby photos."
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UK cops are secretly harvesting all data from the phones and cloud accounts of suspects... - 0 views

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    "Many services retain the data they harvest indefinitely, and some have been caught storing (and losing) the data without encryption: for example, in 2017 the Greater Manchester Police were found to have lost data from victims of violent and sexual crimes, which had been stored unencrypted on DVDs and sent through the post."
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Smart lie-detection system to tight... - Information Centre - Research & Innovation - E... - 0 views

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    "The unique approach to 'deception detection' analyses the micro-gestures of travellers to figure out if the interviewee is lying."
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The Glass Room - 0 views

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    "And if your password can be reverse-engineered to reveal something about you or others like you, how safe or unique is it really."
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The dead will take over Facebook in the next 50 years | ZDNet - 0 views

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    "A time is coming in which you may see more memorial accounts on Facebook than active users, with academics estimating that accounts belonging to the deceased will outnumber the living within 50 years."
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Hacker Finds He Can Remotely Kill Car Engines After Breaking Into GPS Tracking Apps - M... - 1 views

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    "By reverse engineering ProTrack and iTrack's Android apps, L&M said he realized that all customers are given a default password of 123456 when they sign up. At that point, the hacker said he brute-forced "millions of usernames" via the apps' API. Then, he said he wrote a script to attempt to login using those usernames and the default password. "
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Brain-computer interface successfully translates thought into synthesized speech / Boin... - 0 views

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    "The listeners accurately heard the sentences 43 percent of the time when given a set of 25 possible words to choose from, and 21 percent of the time when given 50 words, the study found."
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