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 »

App for Rating People Draws Withering Scorn

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Description: An extremely negative response may have derailed the launch of people-rating app Peeple. Source: Tech News World Date: October 7, 2015   Canadian businesswoman Julia Cordray’s plan to launch Peeple, a Yelp-like app that would let people post reviews about other people, has drawn fierce criticism in the tech press and the blogosphere, including a petition against… Read more »

HandUp, A Startup Combatting Homelessness, Is Setting An Example For The Tech Industry

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Description: HandUp is raising awareness to homelessness; donating gift cards and hosting outreach programs. Source: Tech Crunch Date: Sept 13, 2015 On the heels of launching donation gift cards for the homeless, HandUp hosted a community outreach day this past Friday in San Francisco to continue to bring awareness to homelessness, as well as give people… Read more »

YouTube Launches Kids’ App in America

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Description: It’s one of the most popular websites in the world, now YouTube has launched an app in America that’s aimed directly at kids. Source: BBC Date: February 23, 2015 The company say it’s safer than their main website, with more controls that parents can use. YouTube makes money from adverts that pop up on the videos you watch. But… Read more »

Burnbook: What Parents Need to Know About the Controversial App

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Description: The “Burnbook” app is an anonymous social platform that allows individuals to find their communities and engage in anonymous banter. Source: Mashable Date: March 26, 2015 So begins the current top review on iTunes for the controversial Burnbook app. The social networking service has made headlines across the country in recent weeks for bringing anonymous cyberbullying… Read more »

Smart TV Eavesdropping on You? It’s Not the Only One

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Description: For the purposes of “improving their product”, Samsung announces that users of Smart TVs need to be conscious of what they say in front of the device, as voice recordings are being shared with subsidiaries and agents. Source: Globe and Mail Date: February 9, 2015 In an era of increasing concern about data breaches and government eavesdropping comes… Read more »

Canadian Downloaders Should Expect a Copyright Notice in the Mail

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Description: Canadians can be liable for a maximum of $5,000 in damages for non-commercial copyright infringement, for example illegally downloading a film, a song or an app. Source: Globe and Mail Date: January 8, 2015 Have you recently downloaded a song, or a movie, or a TV show, from a site or service that didn’t ask for… Read more »

Students Not Happy with Government Expecting Them to Work for Free, Launch #MyTimeHasValue

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Description: Students are standing up for themselves and proving to the world that their time has worth. Source: Tech Vibes Date: January 16, 2015 Student representatives of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers are issuing a call to the creative community to speak out against speculative work by sharing the message “My Time Has Value.” Read more Questions for Discussion:… Read more »

The Social Psychology Of The Naked Selfie

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Description: There’s actually a science behind why we are seeing repeated nude photo hacking scandals — the science of social Source: TechCrunch Date: November 29, 2014   If you’re building a tech product that has anything to do with photos then you’re probably feeling an uncomfortable sense of déjà vu lately, and it has to do with… Read more »