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Socially aware algorithms are ready to help

December 3rd, 2019 at 10:28 am » Comments Off

Better coding, not just laws and regulations, is the solution for tech’s failure to address the needs of actual humans Calls for stronger government regulation of large technology companies have become increasingly urgent and ubiquitous. But many of the technology failures we hear about every day—including fake news; privacy violations; discrimination; and filter bubbles that […]



The internet is getting less free

November 14th, 2019 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

A protester holds an Amazon box made into a sad face as part of a protest against the company’s cloud services contracts with Palantir, which supports ICE. Election interference and government surveillance on social media are hurting internet freedoms.   Amazon has been under fire from protesters lately for assisting surveillance technology company Palantir — […]



Can the data poor survive?

October 19th, 2019 at 12:45 pm » Comments Off

Will work for data We’ve been running a data science experiment over the past few months. Our first goal was to compare and contrast the amount of data we could actively gather using a link to an online survey (please click here to take it) vs. the amount of data we could passively gather using […]



Gatwick Airport commits to facial recognition tech at boarding

October 2nd, 2019 at 12:42 pm » Comments Off

Gatwick first trialled facial-recognition-based checks at some of its departure gates last year Gatwick has become the UK’s first airport to confirm it will use facial-recognition cameras on a permanent basis for ID checks before passengers board planes. It follows a self-boarding trial carried out in partnership with EasyJet last year. The London airport said […]



The fashion line designed to trick surveillance cameras

August 26th, 2019 at 11:18 am » Comments Off

Adversarial Fashion garments are covered in license plates, aimed at bamboozling a device’s databases An Adversarial Fashion dress, modeled by the designer, Kate Rose. Automatic license plate readers, which use networked surveillance cameras and simple image recognition to track the movements of cars around a city, may have met their match, in the form of […]



Facebook is funding brain experiments to create a device that reads your mind

August 14th, 2019 at 6:51 am » Comments Off

Big tech firms are trying to read people’s thoughts, and no one’s ready for the consequences. In 2017, Facebook announced that it wanted to create a headband that would let people type at a speed of 100 words per minute, just by thinking. Now, a little over two years later, the social-media giant is revealing […]



Revealed: This is Palintir’s top-secret user manual for cops

July 24th, 2019 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

Motherboard obtained a Palantir user manual through a public records request, and it gives unprecedented insight into how the company logs and tracks individuals. Palantir is one of the most significant and secretive companies in big data analysis. The company acts as an information management service for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, corporations like JP Morgan […]



The Saudi government is hunting down women who flee the country by tracking the IMEI number on their cellphones

June 26th, 2019 at 11:32 am » Comments Off

Soldiers checking the IMEI number of a mobile phone during a regional anti-insurgent operation in Mali. Reuters Saudi Arabia is using military-grade technology to track down the cellphones of women who flee its patriarchal system, several runaways have told INSIDER. Four women, all speaking anonymously for fear of reprisal, said they were made aware of […]



The best reason for your city to ban facial recognition

June 17th, 2019 at 12:01 pm » Comments Off

  The technology isn’t ready. Society isn’t ready. And the law isn’t ready. This week, San Francisco became the first major U.S. city to bar itself from using facial recognition systems. The city’s Board of Supervisors voted 8–1 on Tuesday to prohibit the police and other public agencies — though not private companies — from using the emerging technology […]



How a Bitcoin evangelist made himself vanish, in 15 (not so easy) steps

March 19th, 2019 at 12:57 pm » Comments Off

In October 2017, a SWAT team descended on Jameson Lopp’s house in North Carolina. Someone — it still isn’t clear who — had called the police and falsely claimed that a shooter at the home had killed someone and taken a hostage. After the police left, Mr. Lopp received a call threatening more mayhem if […]



Alternatives to Facebook

March 11th, 2019 at 11:09 am » Comments Off

Facebook has been under relentless attack since the Cambridge Analytica scandal in early 2018. Broadcasters and news publishers have declared open season on Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and other senior executives at the company. And while not quite ubiquitous, #deletefacebook pops up every time there’s a story about data privacy. The EU has fined them, […]



The ‘deep web’ may be 500 times bigger than the normal web. Its uses go well beyond buying drugs

September 9th, 2018 at 8:40 am » Comments Off

The dark web is a hidden portion of the internet that can only be accessed using special software. TOR, or The Onion Router, is a popular anonymous browsing network used to connect to the dark web. While the dark web offers anonymity and a way to bypass internet censorship, it is commonly associated with illegal […]



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