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Ring: "We don't use facial recognition"; also Ring: "We have a head of facial recognition research" / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "For example, I've been repeatedly emailed by company spokespeople to tell me that cops only get access to Ring customers' videos if the customers offer to share it; but what they never said is that if a customer turns down a police request, Amazon instructs the cops to make an "official request" to the company and then they grant warrantless access to the footage. "
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Facial recognition: Tech firms want regulation, but critics want a ban - 0 views

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    "This is the difference, tech executives and experts say, between consensual identity verification and non-consensual surveillance."
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Facebook launches 'clear history' tool - but it won't delete anything | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The new feature, part of a wider set of tools covering "off-Facebook activity", will not delete anything from Facebook's servers, instead simply "disconnecting" data from an individual user's account."
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You have the right to remain encrypted / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Encryption is the digital lock which gives us the security to trust our financial data and inner-most thoughts to the cloud, and without which everything, and I mean everything, in our digital lives might be exposed. "
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EPIC - The Right to Be Forgotten (Google v. Spain) - 0 views

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    "The Court found that the fundamental right to privacy is greater than the economic interest of the commercial firm and, in some circumstances, the public interest interest in access to Information. The European Court affirmed the judgment of the Spanish Data Protection Agency which upheld press freedoms and rejected a request to have the article concerning personal bankruptcy removed from the web site of the press organization."
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'Anonymised' data can never be totally anonymous, says study | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    ""Anonymised" data lies at the core of everything from modern medical research to personalised recommendations and modern AI techniques. Unfortunately, according to a paper, successfully anonymising data is practically impossible for any complex dataset."
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The Trump rule? World leaders that violate Twitter rules will get warning label | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The new policy is a major shift in Twitter's efforts to balance its ideological commitment to free expression with user demands for improved enforcement of rules against harassment, hate speech and other toxic behavior."
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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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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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Internet crackdown raises fears for free speech in Britain | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Critics of the government's flagship internet regulation policy are warning it could lead to a North Korean-style censorship regime, where regulators decide which websites Britons are allowed to visit, because of how broad the proposals are."
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Facebook's Zuckerberg Calls for Global Internet Regulations - Bloomberg - 0 views

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    "Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg called for new global regulations governing the internet, recommending overarching rules on hateful and violent content, election integrity, privacy and data portability."
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The Winning Photo of the $120K HIPA Prize Was Apparently Staged - 0 views

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    "This description is reminiscent of the controversy that erupted back in January 2018 when photojournalist A. M. Ahad shared a behind-the-scenes video of multiple photographers shooting photos of a young man who was leaning out of a train window and striking a prayerful pose." Seems you do not even need Photoshop - would policies have stopped this?
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GCHQ data collection regime violated human rights, court rules | UK news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The judges considered three aspects of digital surveillance: bulk interception of communications, intelligence sharing and obtaining of communications data from communications service providers. By a majority of five to two votes, the Strasbourg judges found that GCHQ's bulk interception regime violated article 8 of the European convention on human rights, which guarantees privacy, because there were said to be insufficient safeguards, and rules governing the selection of "related communications data" were deemed to be inadequate."
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Schneier's "Click Here To Kill Everyone": pervasive connected devices mean we REALLY can't afford shitty internet policy / Boing Boing - 1 views

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    "I've got a theory of change I call the "peak indifference" theory. The early stage of a crisis involves trying to convince people that the crisis even exists, because things haven't gotten really terrible yet and it's not obvious that there's anything to really worry about, and the people who profit from the status quo will spend liberally to convince people that there's no reason to worry or change anything (see also: climate change, Facebook, cancer from smoking)."
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From Tahrir to Trump: how the internet became the dictators' home turf / Boing Boing - 1 views

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    "Tufekci describes how insurgent, democratic movements were early arrivals to the internet, and how clumsy authoritarians' attempts to fight them by shutting the net down only energized their movements. But canny authoritarians mastered the platforms, figuring out how to game their automated algorithms to upvote their messages, and how to game their moderation policies to banish their adversaries."
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Hackers breach dozens of voting machines brought to conference | TheHill - 0 views

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    "The conference acquired 30 machines for hackers to toy with. Every voting machine in the village was hacked. Though voting machines are technologically simple, they are difficult for researchers to obtain for independent research."
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$10 router blamed in Bangladesh bank hack - BBC News - 0 views

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    "The bank had no firewall and used second-hand routers that cost $10 to connect to global financial networks. Better security and hardware would have hampered the attackers, Reuters said, quoting an official investigator."
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Fair use prevails as Supreme Court rejects Google Books copyright case | Ars Technica - 0 views

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    "The Authors' Guild originally sued Google, saying that serving up search results from scanned books infringes on publishers' copyrights even though the search giant shows only restricted snippets of the work. The writers also claimed that Google's book search snippets provide an illegal free substitute for their work and that Google Books infringes their "derivative rights" in revenue they could gain from a "licensed search" market."
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