YouTube stars’ fury over algorithm tests

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Some of YouTube’s most popular stars have criticised the website for “experimenting” with how their videos are delivered to their fans. Unannounced, YouTube started testing an algorithm that changed the order videos appeared in users’ subscription feeds. The experiment came to light when some users complained on social media. One YouTube star said it was… Read more »

Facebook, AggregateIQ now being jointly probed by Canada, B.C. data watchdogs

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Privacy  watchdogs in Canada and British Columbia are combining existing investigations into Facebook  and AggregateIQ. The latter being a Victoria-based ad targeting tech company that has been linked to Cambridge Analytica,  the political consultancy at the center of the Facebook data misuse storm. Source: Tech Crunch Date: April 6th, 2018 Link: https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/06/facebook-aggregateiq-now-being-jointly-probed-by-canada-b-c-data-watchdogs/ Discussion 1) Much of the media attention in this issue is… Read more »

Geek Squad staff ‘paid by FBI’ to flag illegal imagery

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Best Buy’s computer repair workers have been aiding the FBI for at least 10 years, new documents suggest. They indicate that several of the US company’s Geek Squad staff were paid for reporting child abuse imagery. The rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation said that the relationship “circumvents computer owners’ Fourth Amendment rights” to privacy. Source: BBC… Read more »

Bodyhackers: Bold, inspiring and terrifying

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Stelarc, a 72-year-old Australian, has an ear on his arm. Soon he hopes to attach a small microphone to it so people can, via the internet, listen to whatever it hears.  Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow – yes, that’s his legal name – has the chip from his Sydney travel card implanted into his hand. Source: BBC Future… Read more »

The Tricky Ethics of Knightscope’s Crime-Fighting Robots

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THE San Francisco SPCA deployed a 5-foot-tall, 400-pound robot to patrol its campus. Not for muscle, mind you, but for surveillance. The SPCA, a large complex nestled in the northeast corner of the city’s Mission neighborhood, has long dealt with vandalism, break-ins, and discarded needles in its surrounding parking lots. Fearing for the safety of its… Read more »

Social media and censorship in China: how is it different to the West?

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China has disrupted WhatsApp in a censorship drive ahead of the government’s Communist Party meeting next month.  It has only been accessible through virtual private networks (VPNs) at times – but even some of them are being blocked.  Other social media platforms, which people in the West use every day, are also banned in mainland China.  Instead they’re replaced by… Read more »

Facebook made China censorship tool

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Facebook worked on special software so it could potentially accommodate censorship demands in China.  Since 2009, the only way to access Facebook in China has been via a virtual private network – software designed to “spoof” your real location and avoid local internet restrictions.  Facebook, which has 1.8 billion active users, is aggressively looking to… Read more »

‘Invulnerability illusion’ leaves younger people exposed to web frauds

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If you’re a younger person who thinks older people are more likely to get scammed online than you are, your dodgy prince awaits.  A recent Better Business Bureau study found 69 per cent of online scam victims are under 45 — and millennials are more likely to get conned than baby boomers.  “Despite the perception that… Read more »

Battlefield 1: Can a video game about WW I be both entertaining and a history lesson?

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After about two minutes — if you survive that long — you run out of ammo, and find yourself outnumbered. When you’re inevitably gunned down, a short card with your soldier’s name and lifespan appears on the screen — for example, “Matthew Collings (1884-1918).” Then you’re placed in the role of another doomed recruit, in another part of… Read more »

Facebook’s Race-Targeted Ads Aren’t as Racist As You Think

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IN LATE OCTOBER ProPublica released a scathing investigation showing how Facebook allows digital advertisers to narrow their target audience based on ethnic affinities like “African-American” or “Hispanic.” The report suggested that Facebook may be in violation of federal civil rights statutes and drew parallels to Jim Crow Era “whites only” housing ads. Source: Wired Magazine Date: November… Read more »