Canadian grandmother accused of pirating zombie game

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Canadian grandmother Christine McMillan does not include killing zombies among her hobbies, neither does she play the games that would allow her to do so. So when she received a letter accusing her of illegally downloading first-person shooter Metro 2033, she was surprised. Source: BBC Technology News Date: November 1st, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37834766 Discussion 1) “It is now… Read more »

German Chancellor Merkel says Facebook, Google ‘distort perception,’

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel launched a broadside at internet media giants, accusing them of “narrowing perspective,” and demanding they disclose their privately-developed algorithms. Merkel previously blamed social media for anti-immigrant sentiment and the rise of the far right. Source: RT News Date: November 1st, 2016 Link: https://www.rt.com/news/364235-merkel-facebook-google-algorithms/ Discussion 1) Is it possible that Facebook and Google algorithms could… Read more »

German Chancellor Merkel says Facebook, Google ‘distort perception,’

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel launched a broadside at internet media giants, accusing them of “narrowing perspective,” and demanding they disclose their privately-developed algorithms. Merkel previously blamed social media for anti-immigrant sentiment and the rise of the far right. Source: RT News Date: November 1st, 2016 Link: https://www.rt.com/news/364235-merkel-facebook-google-algorithms/ Discussion 1) Is it possible that Facebook and Google algorithms could… Read more »

Big ambitions for Japanese ‘digital daughter’

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Last year a new Japanese celebrity burst onto the scene. But “Saya” was a different kind of star, because she is the product of a Tokyo computer lab. And like all “parents”, her creators have big ambitions for her. Source: BBC Asia Date: October 25th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37548733 Discussion 1) Why is the development of completely a realistic… Read more »

Google, Facebook and other tech giants file in court to support Apple’s fight against the FBI

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Description: The biggest names in the Internet technology world have officially put their legal support behind Apple in its controversial and high-stakes battle with the FBI. Source: Mashable Date: March 3, 2016 Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn, Airbnb and a dozen other prominent companies filed a joint amicus brief in court Thursday afternoon. The amicus curiae, or “friend… Read more »

Netflix Viewers Don’t Care About the Company’s Proxy Crackdown

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Description: Thursday, Netflix announced that it plans to crack down on people using proxy servers to access content that isn’t licensed to be streamed in their country. Source: Motherboard Date: January 15, 2016 Due to the vagaries of licensing agreements with different content providers, not every country’s Netflix catalog is the same—in some cases, it’s not… Read more »

Minority Report’s “Pre-Crime” is almost reality

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Description: LA City Council Considers Sending ‘Dear John’ Letters To Homes Of Men Who Solicit Prostitutes Source: Washington Post Date: December 1, 2015 Los Angeles is considering sending “Dear John” letters to the homes of men who solicit prostitutes hoping the mail will be opened by mothers, girlfriends or wives. Read More. Questions for discussion: 1…. Read more »

The Hackers Fighting ISIS You’ve Never Heard of

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Description: Ghost Security Group, also known as GhostSec, is small hacker army composed of ex-military and ex-Anonymous members fighting ISIS online. Source: CNN Money Date: November 20, 2015 Ghost Security Group is a counter terrorism network that combats extremism on the digital front lines of today using the internet and social media as a weapon. Questions for… Read more »