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Reddit kills snooping 'warrant canary' - BBC News - 0 views

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    "The FBI can issue national security letters to conduct online surveillance in the US without court approval, but requests often come with a gagging order, which prevents websites from publicly disclosing them. To get around this, many websites state that they have not received any classified requests."
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Letters: Protecting our children from porn | Culture | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "There is no quick technical fix that will protect children - it needs education, responsible parenting and more resources for enforcing the laws that already exist. Dr Martyn Thomas Institution of Engineering and Technology"
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Experts including Elon Musk call for research to avoid AI 'pitfalls' | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "More than 150 artificial intelligence researchers have signed an open letter calling for future research in the field to focus on maximising the social benefit of AI, rather than simply making it more capable. The signatories, which include researchers from Oxford, Cambridge, MIT and Harvard as well as staff at Google, Amazon and IBM, celebrate progress in the field, but warn that "potential pitfalls" must be avoided."
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Facebook fires trending team, and algorithm without humans goes crazy | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Facebook announced late Friday that it had eliminated jobs in its trending module, the part of its news division where staff curated popular news for Facebook users. Over the weekend, the fully automated Facebook trending module pushed out a false story about Fox News host Megyn Kelly, a controversial piece about a comedian's four-letter word attack on rightwing pundit Ann Coulter"
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Congressional Democrats Demand Answers About Amazon's Facial Recognition Technology - 0 views

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    ""The disproportionally high arrest rates for members of the black community make the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement problematic," the letter reads, "because it could serve to reinforce this trend."
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To a man with an algorithm all things look like an advertising opportunity | Arwa Mahdawi | Opinion | The Guardian - 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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Leading voting machine company admits it lied, reveals that its voting machines ship backdoored, with pre-installed remote access software / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Kim Zetter asked them, on behalf of the New York Times, if their products shipped with backdoors allowing remote parties to access and alter them over the internet, they told her unequivocally that they did not engage in this practice. But now, in a letter to Senator Ron Wyden [D-OR], they admit that they lied, and that they "provided pcAnywhere remote connection software … to a small number of customers between 2000 and 2006.""
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Facebook | An Open Letter from Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg - 0 views

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    Are Facebook finally going to get their privacy settings right?
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