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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.

AI vs. AI
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AI vs. AI

Financial institutions use AI to create "synthetic identities" for customers; hackers use 'bad' AI to fool the 'good' AI.

Untold History of AI: Algorithmic Bias Was Born in the 1980s
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Untold History of AI: Algorithmic Bias Was Born in the 1980s

A medical school thought a computer program would make the admissions process fairer—but it did just the opposite.

Amazon Pauses Police Use of Its Facial Recognition Software
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Amazon Pauses Police Use of Its Facial Recognition Software

The company said it hoped the moratorium "might give Congress enough time to put in place appropriate rules" for the technology.

Evidence Suggests The U.S. Loses Hundreds of Billions to Cybercrime
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Evidence Suggests The U.S. Loses Hundreds of Billions to Cybercrime

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology estimates 2016 losses due to cybercrime exceeded $160 billion.

IBM Will No Longer Offer, Develop, or Research Facial Recognition Technology
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IBM Will No Longer Offer, Develop, or Research Facial Recognition Technology

IBM's CEO says we should reevaluate selling the technology to law enforcement.

The Epic Battle Against Coronavirus Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories
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The Epic Battle Against Coronavirus Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories

Scientists worldwide are scrambling to track and counter the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic.

Colorblind Users Push Technology Designers to Use Signals Beyond Color
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Colorblind Users Push Technology Designers to Use Signals Beyond Color

Colorblind users are pressing technology developers to redesign products to accommodate their disability.

Encrypted Messaging App Signal Adds Facial Recognition Protection for Protesters
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Encrypted Messaging App Signal Adds Facial Recognition Protection for Protesters

The Signal encrypted messaging app is introducing a blur tool to hide faces in photos before sharing them.

Germany, France Hope Cloud Data Project to Boost Sovereignty
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Germany, France Hope Cloud Data Project to Boost Sovereignty

Germany and France have launched a project to establish a European cloud computing platform.

In Virus-Hit South Korea, AI Monitors Lonely Elders
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In Virus-Hit South Korea, AI Monitors Lonely Elders

SK Telecom operates an artificial intelligence-powered network of voice-enabled "smart" speakers to monitor thousands of seniors during the coronavirus pandemic...

Fake News Gets Shared More When It is Angry, Anxiety-Inducing
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Fake News Gets Shared More When It is Angry, Anxiety-Inducing

Researchers in China have found that fake news may go viral more quickly when it uses words associated with anger.

Butterfly Landmines Mapped by Drones, Machine Learning
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Butterfly Landmines Mapped by Drones, Machine Learning

Researchers say drones and advanced machine learning can be used to detect improvised explosive devices and butterfly landmines.

Algorithms Used in Policing Face Policy Review
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Algorithms Used in Policing Face Policy Review

The U.S. Government Accountability Office last month published the first half of a review of privately developed algorithms used in policing.

Publishers Sue Internet Archive Over Free E-Books
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Publishers Sue Internet Archive Over Free E-Books

Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette,  and Wiley accused the nonprofit of piracy for making over 1 million books free online.

National Security Agency Exposes Tool Used by Russian Hackers
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National Security Agency Exposes Tool Used by Russian Hackers

The U.S. National Security Agency last week accused Russian hackers of exploiting a software vulnerability in Linux computers.

States Plead for Cybersecurity Funds as Hacking Threat Surges
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States Plead for Cybersecurity Funds as Hacking Threat Surges

Cash-strapped state and local governments are looking to Congress for funds to improve cybersecurity.

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,...

China’s Virus Apps May Outlast the Outbreak, Stirring Privacy Fears
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China’s Virus Apps May Outlast the Outbreak, Stirring Privacy Fears

With the disease there mostly under control, officials are looking for new uses for the government software that's now on many phones.

Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots
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Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots

Computer scientists have determined that nearly half of all Twitter accounts spreading messages about the Covid-19 pandemic are likely bots.
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