Deepfakes are coming. Is Big Tech ready?

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Platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been moving recently to deal with the threats posed by misinformation and meddling that they didn’t see coming, but now they face an emerging form of disinformation they know is on the horizon: Deepfakes — doctored videos that will eventually fool even the sharpest eyes. As the technology to create… Read more »

Artificial Intelligence Is Coming for Hiring, and It Might Not Be That Bad

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Artificial intelligence promises to make hiring an unbiased utopia. There’s certainly plenty of room for improvement. Employee referrals, a process that tends to leave underrepresented groups out, still make up a bulk of companies’ hires. Recruiters and hiring managers also bring their own biases to the process, studies have found, often choosing people with the “right-sounding” names and educational background. Source: Bloomberg… Read more »

Fortnite characters on laptops A French marketing agency is inviting applicants for an internship to discuss the opportunity over a game of Fortnite. Candidates are asked to add Dare.Win on the Playstation Network, which is one of its clients, and then be interviewed while playing the video game. Dare.Win says the game-play fits with its entertainment-focused brand. Source: BBC Technology News Date: August 14th, 2018 Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45184151 Discussion 1) “Successful candidates would work on content for brands including Spotify, PlayStation, Bacardi and YouTube”. Why does it makes sense to interview for a marketing position in this way? 2) Why does it make no sense to interview for a marketing position in this way?

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A French marketing agency is inviting applicants for an internship to discuss the opportunity over a game of Fortnite. Candidates are asked to add Dare.Win on the Playstation Network, which is one of its clients, and then be interviewed while playing the video game. Dare.Win says the game-play fits with its entertainment-focused brand. Source: BBC Technology… Read more »

Google tracks users who turn off location history

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Google records users’ locations even when they have asked it not to, a report from the Associated Press has suggested. The issue could affect up to two billion Android and Apple devices which use Google for maps or search. The study, verified by researchers at Princeton University, has angered US law-makers. Google said in response… Read more »

Send us your naked photos to help block revenge porn, Facebook invites users

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Facebook wants its users to send them their naked photos. The social network is rolling out the measure to crack down on revenge porn, the non-consensual sharing of explicit images. The catch is you need to share those photos with the company first. Source: CBC News Date: June 6th, 2018 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/facebook-revenge-porn-measures-1.4687659 Discussion 1) Here’s how this works: “Using a form… Read more »

University of Toronto researchers developing tool to jam facial recognition software

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While your selfie might get lots of “likes” on social media, companies and perhaps even fraudsters may like your face even more — because they can profit from it. But a University of Toronto researcher has found a way for internet users to opt out by very slightly distorting images, and he’s working on an app that will help them do just… Read more »

Facebook Discloses It Shared Data With Chinese Device Makers

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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… Read more »

Technology consultants reduce risk as businesses adapt, grow

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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… Read more »