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Why Don't You Have A Self-Driving Car Yet?
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Why Don't You Have A Self-Driving Car Yet?

The biggest reason that "it's taking so long" is that it's hard.

New Deepfake Threats Loom, says Microsoft's Chief Science Officer
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New Deepfake Threats Loom, says Microsoft's Chief Science Officer

Microsoft chief science officer Eric Horvitz said the rising capabilities of discriminative and generative artificial intelligence methods are reaching an inflection...

LinkedIn Ran Undisclosed Social Experiments on 20 Million Users for Years to Study Job Success
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LinkedIn Ran Undisclosed Social Experiments on 20 Million Users for Years to Study Job Success

Researchers were testing a social-scientific theory known as the "strength of weak ties."

'Papermill Alarm' Software Flags Potentially Fake Papers
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'Papermill Alarm' Software Flags Potentially Fake Papers

Adam Day at U.K.-based data services company Clear Skies developed a software tool that highlights potentially bogus scientific papers.

In India, Debunking Fake News and Running Into the Authorities
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In India, Debunking Fake News and Running Into the Authorities

Independent website Alt News has emerged as a leading debunker of misinformation in India, but highlighting hate speech against minorities has put it on a collision...

Google Sees Russia Coordinating With Hackers in Cyberattacks Tied to Ukraine War
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Google Sees Russia Coordinating With Hackers in Cyberattacks Tied to Ukraine War

"We have never previously observed such a volume of cyberattacks, variety of threat actors, and coordination of effort," the report says; some U.S. institutions...

Senate Confirms Fick as First U.S. Cyber Ambassador
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Senate Confirms Fick as First U.S. Cyber Ambassador

Fick served in the U.S. Marine Corps and has extensive experience working in the private sector, including as CEO of the cybersecurity software company Endgame....

Deepfake Audio Has a Tell
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Deepfake Audio Has a Tell

Researchers at the University of Florida can detect audio deepfakes by measuring acoustic and fluid dynamic distinctions between organic and synthetic voice samples...

YouTube's Dislike Button Rarely Shifts Recommendations
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YouTube's Dislike Button Rarely Shifts Recommendations

Mozilla Foundation researchers found pressing the "dislike" button on a YouTube video does little to improve the videos chosen by the YouTube platform's recommender...

Social Media Companies Still Boost Election Fraud Claims, Report Says
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Social Media Companies Still Boost Election Fraud Claims, Report Says

The report argues the companies fuel false conspiracies about election fraud despite promises to combat them.

Clearview AI, Used by Police to Find Criminals, Is Now in Public Defenders' Hands
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Clearview AI, Used by Police to Find Criminals, Is Now in Public Defenders' Hands

After a Florida man was accused of vehicular homicide, his lawyer used Clearview AI's facial recognition software to prove his innocence.

TikTok Search Results Riddled with Misinformation
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TikTok Search Results Riddled with Misinformation

Researchers at false online claims reports monitor NewsGuard said searches on prominent news topics on TikTok are likely to produce results rife with misinformation...

Scams Are Showing Up at the Top of Online Searches
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Scams Are Showing Up at the Top of Online Searches

Searchers, beware: That Google, Bing, or DuckDuckGo ad might be 'malvertising'—phishing campaigns and malware hiding behind legit-looking links.

Justice Department Forms National Network of Prosecutors Focused on Crypto Crime
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Justice Department Forms National Network of Prosecutors Focused on Crypto Crime

New effort is part of trend toward putting more resources to target illegal activities involving digital currencies.

Biden Issues New Order to Block Chinese Investment in Technology in the U.S.
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Biden Issues New Order to Block Chinese Investment in Technology in the U.S.

The move reflects growing unease about China's ability to access the personal information that Americans hand over to mobile apps and other services.

California Governor Signs Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill
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California Governor Signs Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill

The bill could require many social media sites, games and other online services used by children to install protections for minors.

CISA Floats Plan to Partner with Local Universities for '311' Cyberattack Triage Service
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CISA Floats Plan to Partner with Local Universities for '311' Cyberattack Triage Service

CISA director Jen Easterly lauded the idea and compared it to an effort by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark to create a "cyber civil defense" force.

Software Insecurity
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Software Insecurity

Software is more vulnerable than we think.

Computer Experts Urge Georgia to Replace Voting Machines
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Computer Experts Urge Georgia to Replace Voting Machines

A group of computer and election security experts said hand-marked paper ballots should replace Georgia's Dominion Voting Systems touchscreen voting machines.
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