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Tech to Contain Coronavirus on College Campuses Sparks Fresh Privacy Concerns
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Tech to Contain Coronavirus on College Campuses Sparks Fresh Privacy Concerns

U.S. colleges are racing to contain the Covid-19 pandemic with technology including contact-tracing applications and facial recognition, prompting concerns about...

Elite CIA Unit that Developed Hacking Tools Failed to Secure its Own Systems, Allowing Massive Leak
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Elite CIA Unit that Developed Hacking Tools Failed to Secure its Own Systems, Allowing Massive Leak

The breach came nearly three years after Edward Snowden stole and disclosed classified information about NSA surveillance operations.

NYU Report Calls On Social Media Titans to Stop Outsourcing Content Moderation
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NYU Report Calls On Social Media Titans to Stop Outsourcing Content Moderation

A New York University report urges social media companies to stop outsourcing the moderation of their content.

Arizona Sues Google Over Allegations It Illegally Tracked Android Smartphone Users' Locations
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Arizona Sues Google Over Allegations It Illegally Tracked Android Smartphone Users' Locations

Arizona has filed a lawsuit against Google for allegedly monitoring the locations of Android smartphone users even when such features purportedly were disabled,...

Coronavirus Has Upended Election Security Training with Just Months Before November
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Coronavirus Has Upended Election Security Training with Just Months Before November

The University of Southern California Election Security Initiative is scrambling to virtually train campaign and election officials across the U.S. before the November...

Companies' Use of Thermal Cameras to Speed Return to Work Sparks Worries About Civil Liberties
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Companies' Use of Thermal Cameras to Speed Return to Work Sparks Worries About Civil Liberties

Thermal imaging may be used to identify those suspected of having the coronavirus, but civil liberties experts warn such systems will monitor some who may not know...

Facebook Sent Home Thousands of Human Moderators Due to the Coronavirus. Now the Algorithms Are in Charge
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Facebook Sent Home Thousands of Human Moderators Due to the Coronavirus. Now the Algorithms Are in Charge

Facebook has placed its army of human moderators on paid leave, forcing the company to police disinformation without them.

Facebook, Twitter Suspend Russian-Linked Operation Targeting African Americans on Social Media
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Facebook, Twitter Suspend Russian-Linked Operation Targeting African Americans on Social Media

Facebook and Twitter suspended a Russian-linked campaign designed to inflame racial tensions among African Americans in the U.S.

How the Cloud Has Opened Doors for Hackers
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How the Cloud Has Opened Doors for Hackers

Corporate transfers of operations to the cloud have elevated the threat of hacking.

ICE Has Run Facial Recognition Searches on Millions of Maryland Drivers
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ICE Has Run Facial Recognition Searches on Millions of Maryland Drivers

Maryland officials said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have run facial recognition searches on millions of state driver's license photos without...

In Nevada, Last-Minute Scramble to Make Voting Tech Work
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In Nevada, Last-Minute Scramble to Make Voting Tech Work

Nevada's Democratic Party hopes to avoid the fiasco seen in Iowa when it holds its caucuses Saturday with an in-house electronic voting system that it had to assemble...

Google Redraws the Borders on Maps Depending on Who's Looking
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Google Redraws the Borders on Maps Depending on Who's Looking

Google and other online mapmakers revise borders depending on who is viewing them, in deference to diplomats, policymakers, and their own executives, according...

Pinterest Bans Misinformation About Voting, Census
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Pinterest Bans Misinformation About Voting, Census

The Pinterest platform has banned the posting of misleading information related to voting or the census.

Scientists Try to Help Congress Get Smarter About Tech
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Scientists Try to Help Congress Get Smarter About Tech

Government scientists and technologists are trying to help U.S. lawmakers become more technology-savvy.

Voting Machines Touted as Secure Option Are Actually Vulnerable to Hacking, Study Finds
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Voting Machines Touted as Secure Option Are Actually Vulnerable to Hacking, Study Finds

Researchers found that ballot-marking devices, which will be used in at least 18% of U.S. districts in November’s presidential election, lack sufficient safeguards...

Dating Apps Need Women, Advertisers Need Diversity. AI Companies Offer a Solution: Fake People
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Dating Apps Need Women, Advertisers Need Diversity. AI Companies Offer a Solution: Fake People

Artificial intelligence startups are marketing images of computer-generated faces created without the use of actual people.

Facebook's Ad Tools Subsidize Partisanship; Campaigns May Not Even Know It.
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Facebook's Ad Tools Subsidize Partisanship; Campaigns May Not Even Know It.

Researchers found that the technologies Facebook uses to sort the relevancy of advertising may be more responsible for the polarization of U.S. politics than previously...

Researchers Uncover Russian-Style Information Operation Ahead of U.K. Elections
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Researchers Uncover Russian-Style Information Operation Ahead of U.K. Elections

Graphika, a cyber-intelligence firm, discovered a campaign on Reddit and Twitter to disseminate leaked trade documents ahead of elections in the U.K.

States, Cities Make Cybersecurity Pledge After Trump Administration Rejects It
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States, Cities Make Cybersecurity Pledge After Trump Administration Rejects It

Several U.S. state and local governments are signing an international pledge aimed at making cyberspace safer, even though the Trump administration will not endorse...

Algorithms to Make Virginia Judges Fairer Have Unintended Consequences
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Algorithms to Make Virginia Judges Fairer Have Unintended Consequences

Exploring the unintended consequences of human-algorithmic partnerships, researchers analyzed algorithms intended to reduce Virginia prison populations by assigning...
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