1) Here’s how this works: “Using a form obtained through a partnering organization — in Canada, Facebook has partnered with YWCA — users can request a secure, one-time link with which to upload the image.
The image is then reviewed and a unique hash is generated for it. Like encryption, hashing turns data into a string of numbers so that the original content is unidentifiable. That blocks all future uploads of the same image on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram.”
Do you completely understand how this works?
2) “if uploading your intimate photos to a giant corporation makes you nervous, the fact that the process involves having those images screened by an employee of the company might also make you squeamish.” Why is Facebook having a human as well as an algorithm review these photos?
1) “Instagram and Facebook… are known to use multiple facial recognition algorithms to extract all they can from your selfie.” Were you aware that these companies were doing this? Should you be made clearly aware and be able to opt out?
2) What sorts of things do you think Instagram and Facebook can pull from your selfie?
Facebook Inc. said it had data-sharing partnerships with four Chinese consumer-device makers, including Huawei Technologies Co., escalating concerns that the social network has consistently failed to tell users how their personal information flows beyond Facebook.
The disclosure came after Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said earlier Tuesday that he saw “a serious danger” that Facebook shared user information with Chinese device makers. Facebook said it was careful about the partnerships, which were designed to help smartphone makers build custom versions of Facebook’s app. Still, the confirmation is likely to heighten scrutiny of the company’s privacy practices if the deals weren’t explicitly disclosed to users.
1) What does Facebook mean, do you think, when they say “Facebook’s integrations with Huawei, Lenovo, OPPO and TCL were controlled from the get go — and we approved the Facebook experiences these companies built”?
2) Does the fact that Facebook approved sharing your information with Chinese technology companies mean that they did not or should not disclose this to you, the Facebook user?
ATG Missoula, a technology consulting firm, recently announced in the Missoula Current that it is moving to the Old Sawmill District.
ATG Missoula started a little over seven years ago with just two employees in a conference room near Red’s Bar. Today, it has over 135 employees who need their own building.
A recent search of LinkedIn showed that more than 100 University of Montana students have worked or are working in some capacity at ATG Missoula over those years. A study by UM’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research found that ATG provides $18.4 million in economic impact to Missoula each year, and pays average salaries in the $85,000 range.
1) Technology consulting is a major career outlet for my MIS students. What technology consulting opportunities are available to you?
2) Many of my MIS majors go to national technology consulting firms, not local ones like ATG Missoula covered in this article. They go to FAST Enterprises, KPMG IT Advisory and PwC Risk Assurance. Look up these specific opportunities and see what others are available to you outside the area where you live.
Some $26 billion is spent on herbicides each year. These chemicals are often indiscriminately sprayed over entire fields of crops that have been genetically modified to resist the chemical onslaught. And it’s agrochemical giants like Bayer, DowDuPont, and Syngenta that usually create both the genetically modified seeds and the chemicals that are sprayed on them. The ecoRobotix weeder could undercut the agrochemical complex by spraying herbicides more precisely.
A woman in Portland, Oregon, claimed her Amazon Echo smart-speaker secretly recorded a private conversation, then sent the audio file to an acquaintance. She told her story to a local news outlet and it spread, stoking fears about always listening devices invading privacy.
Amazon confirmed the incident and claimed it was caused by an extremely rare series of events. The Echo misheard four different commands causing it to turn on, record a voice message, and send it to a contact.
1) “When you first set up an Alexa device on a smartphone, you give the app permission to access the contacts saved on your phone.” This is exactly the issue with the app developed by a Cambridge professor on Facebook, who sold that contact list to Cambridge Analytica, who then supposedly used that to create adverts to influence the U.S. election. Why is this not such a big issue for Amazon as it was (is) for Facebook?
2) Why do people ever click the “yes, it is okay for this app to have access to all my contacts” button?
Sidewalk Labs promises to transform the disused waterfront area into a bustling mini metropolis, one built “from the internet up”, although there is no timetable for when the city will actually be built.
Dan Doctoroff, the company’s head and former deputy mayor of New York, told the BBC the project was “about creating healthier, safer, more convenient and more fun lives”.
“We want this to be a model for what urban life can be in the 21st Century,” he said.
The area will have plenty of sensors collecting data – from traffic, noise and air quality – and monitoring the performance of the electric grid and waste collection.
1) YouTube provides its services for free and allows people to monetize that free service for their own personal profit and enrichment. Is it appropriate for someone who does this to complain about how YouTube operates?
2) Should platforms like YouTube have to inform users of the platform when they are experimenting with algorithms?