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Big Data Ethics: racially biased training data versus machine learning / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "O'Neill recounts an exercise to improve service to homeless families in New York City, in which data-analysis was used to identify risk-factors for long-term homelessness. The problem, O'Neill describes, was that many of the factors in the existing data on homelessness were entangled with things like race (and its proxies, like ZIP codes, which map extensively to race in heavily segregated cities like New York). Using data that reflects racism in the system to train a machine-learning algorithm whose conclusions can't be readily understood runs the risk of embedding that racism in a new set of policies, these ones scrubbed clean of the appearance of bias with the application of objective-seeming mathematics. "
jamandham

AVG can sell your browsing and search history to advertisers (Wired UK) - 0 views

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    The free antivirus software AVG is selling your online information for profit and you have no control over your privacy and security.
dr tech

Apple and White House in new push for HTTPS connections | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Both Apple and the White House have announced new policies aimed at boosting the use of encrypted connections on the internet, suggesting that the days of insecure internet connections could be numbered."
dr tech

Care.data and big data will fill 'dangerous gaps' in NHS and futureproof it with genomics, argues Tim Kelsey - 13 Jan 2015 - Computing News - 0 views

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    "Insurance is just one area which could benefit from mining patient information in order to acquire the best business outcomes - although at the detriment of the person attempting to get insurance. After all, why would a company agree to hand out a policy to a person whose data suggests has a high risk of a heart attack?"
dr tech

Europe's next privacy war is with websites silently tracking users | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    ""Parties who wish to process device fingerprints which are generated through the gaining of access to, or the storing of, information on the user's terminal device must first obtain the valid consent of the user (unless an exemption applies)," the Article 29 Working Party wrote. It means that some websites, including Google, Facebook and Microsoft, that have used alternative technical processes to try to bypass the need for a "cookie policy notice" will have to show a notification after all."
dr tech

MetaPhone: The Sensitivity of Telephone Metadata « Web Policy - 0 views

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    "The dataset that we analyzed in this report spanned hundreds of users over several months. Phone records held by the NSA and telecoms span millions of Americans over multiple years. Reasonable minds can disagree about the policy and legal constraints that should be imposed on those databases. The science, however, is clear: phone metadata is highly sensitive."
maxresnikoff

BBC News - Data haul by Android Flashlight app 'deceives' millions - 0 views

  • GoldenShores Technologies took ID and location data from the millions using its Brightest Flashlight app.
  • poor privacy policy,
dr tech

London School of Economics: piracy isn't killing big content; government needs to be skeptical of entertainment industry claims - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Copyright and Creation, a policy brief from a collection of respected scholars at the rock-ribbed London School of Economics, argues that the evidence shows that piracy isn't causing any grave harm to the entertainment industry, and that anti-piracy measures like the three-strikes provision in Britain's Digital Economy Act don't work. They call on lawmakers to take an evidence-led approach to Internet and copyright law, and to consider the interests of the public and not just big entertainment companies looking for legal backstops to their profit-maximisation strategies. "
dr tech

Terms and Conditions May Apply: documentary about abusive license terms, privacy and surveillance - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "READ CAREFULLY. By reading this post, you agree, on behalf of your employer, to release me from all obligations and waivers arising from any and all NON-NEGOTIATED agreements, licenses, terms-of-service, shrinkwrap, clickwrap, browsewrap, confidentiality, non-disclosure, non-compete and acceptable use policies ("BOGUS AGREEMENTS") that I have entered into with your employer, its partners, licensors, agents and assigns, in perpetuity, without prejudice to my ongoing rights and privileges. You further represent that you have the authority to release me from any BOGUS AGREEMENTS on behalf of your employer."
dr tech

Facebook considers adding profile photos to facial recognition database | Technology | theguardian.com - 0 views

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    "Facebook is considering incorporating most of its 1 billion-plus members' profile photos into its growing facial recognition database, expanding the scope of the social network's controversial technology. The possible move, which Facebook revealed in an update to its data use policy on Thursday, is intended to improve the performance of its "tag suggest" feature. The feature uses facial recognition technology to speed up the process of labelling or "tagging" friends and acquaintances who appear in photos posted on the network"
dr tech

Who's accountable for Britain's Internet censorwall? - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    ""It seems Cameron and Perry have ignored official government policy, invented their own policy and forced it onto UK ISPs. With no legislation, and no complaints from Lib Dem MPS or the ISPs, we have completely unaccountable "nudge censorship" being forced onto the UK population with no debate.""
Mcdoogleh CDKEY

BBC NEWS | Education | Schools should embrace technology - 0 views

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    Every year at the beginning of January teachers across the country dream up their own New Year wish lists when they visit the BETT Show at Olympia. - Filled with the latest innovative pieces of education technology, the four-day exposition gives those that work in education and the technology industry a taste of what the classroom of the future will be like.
Buka Zakaraia

Mobile operators signal end of flat-rate data tariffs as app use grows | Technology | guardian.co.uk - 0 views

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    An interesting article, could affect alot of people also burn holes in your wallet.
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