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Meta to Remove Thousands of Sensitive Ad-Targeting Categories
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Meta to Remove Thousands of Sensitive Ad-Targeting Categories

Shielding users' interests in topics like race, health, religion, and politics.

Congress Mandates Technologies to Stop Drunk Driving
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Congress Mandates Technologies to Stop Drunk Driving

The U.S. Congress is requiring automakers to develop technologies that prevent drunk driving.

Enrollment Algorithms Raise Equity Concerns in Higher Ed
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Enrollment Algorithms Raise Equity Concerns in Higher Ed

Algorithms that decide how colleges and universities apportion financial aid could be unfairly filtering out applicants and reducing their aid offers.

Boxing Body Uses AI Vetting of Judges to Restore Trust
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Boxing Body Uses AI Vetting of Judges to Restore Trust

The International Boxing Association used an artificial intelligence system to evaluate judges and referees before clearing them for the current men's world championships...

Drone at Pennsylvania Electric Substation First to 'Specifically Target Energy Infrastructure'
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Drone at Pennsylvania Electric Substation First to 'Specifically Target Energy Infrastructure'

A July 2020 drone crash was the first known case of a "modified unmanned aircraft system likely being used in the U.S. to specifically target energy infrastructure...

Australia Says U.S. Facial Recognition Software Firm Clearview Breached Privacy Law
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Australia Says U.S. Facial Recognition Software Firm Clearview Breached Privacy Law

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner said Clearview AI violated domestic privacy laws by collecting images from Websites without Australians' consent...

World Bank Program Looks to Blockchain to Solve Carbon Emissions Data Issues
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World Bank Program Looks to Blockchain to Solve Carbon Emissions Data Issues

The World Bank's Climate Warehouse program is consulting with cryptocurrency startups like the Chia Network to build a "public-good layer" for climate.

Identity Verification Technique Offers Robust Solution to Hacking
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Identity Verification Technique Offers Robust Solution to Hacking

Scientists  have developed a secure identity verification technique based on the precept that information cannot exceed the speed of light.

The Booming Underground Market for Bots That Steal Your 2FA Codes
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The Booming Underground Market for Bots That Steal Your 2FA Codes

The bots convincingly and effortlessly help hackers break into Coinbase, Amazon, PayPal, and bank accounts.

Biden Administration Orders Federal Agencies to Fix Hundreds of Cyber Flaws
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Biden Administration Orders Federal Agencies to Fix Hundreds of Cyber Flaws

Agencies come under new pressure to close cybersecurity flaws after sometimes balking at such measures in the past.

Tech Companies Push Users to Adopt Two-Factor Authentication
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Tech Companies Push Users to Adopt Two-Factor Authentication

Technology companies are more aggressively urging the use of two-factor authentication by users, with some making the process mandatory.

Crowdsourced Cybersecurity: Hunting for Bugs
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Crowdsourced Cybersecurity: Hunting for Bugs

Companies offer big money to 'white-hat hackers' to find flaws in software products before the black hats do.
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