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Commerce Department Announces Rule Aimed at Stemming Sale of Hacking Tools to Russia, China
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Commerce Department Announces Rule Aimed at Stemming Sale of Hacking Tools to Russia, China

The rule is not intended to keep American researchers from working with colleagues overseas to find software flaws.

Facebook Rebuked by Oversight Board Over Transparency on Treatment of Prominent Users
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Facebook Rebuked by Oversight Board Over Transparency on Treatment of Prominent Users

Board set up by Facebook rebukes company after Wall Street Journal investigation into treatment of high-profile users.

Technology Offers Anonymous Way to Report Abuse, Doping
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Technology Offers Anonymous Way to Report Abuse, Doping

RealResponse has forged a deal with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to use its technology platform to enable whistleblowers to report concerns about possible doping...

Satellites Sweep for the World's Biggest Climate Polluters
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Satellites Sweep for the World's Biggest Climate Polluters

Satellites are emerging as tools to monitor countries for anti-pollution compliance.

Privacy Fears as Moscow Metro Rolls Out Facial Recognition Pay System
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Privacy Fears as Moscow Metro Rolls Out Facial Recognition Pay System

Privacy activists warn the Moscow metro's Face Pay facial recognition payment system constitutes a sinister move by Russia to monitor and control its people.

Facebook Will Pay up to $14 million to Settle Claims it Favored Foreign Workers
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Facebook Will Pay up to $14 million to Settle Claims it Favored Foreign Workers

The claims were part of an effort by the Trump administration to push the country's biggest tech companies to hire more U.S. workers.

Another Facebook Whistleblower Just Testified in British Parliament
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Another Facebook Whistleblower Just Testified in British Parliament

Here's what to know about her allegations.

7-Eleven Took Photos of Australian Customers' Faces Without Consent, Privacy Commissioner Rules
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7-Eleven Took Photos of Australian Customers' Faces Without Consent, Privacy Commissioner Rules

Australian privacy commissioner Angelene Falk said facial recognition technology used in 700 Australian 7-Eleven stores interfered with customer privacy.

Almost 40% of Internet Users Globally Don't Have Internet Freedom
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Almost 40% of Internet Users Globally Don't Have Internet Freedom

As the world becomes more digital, governments want to have more control over people's online presence.

How to Move More Goods Through America's Clogged Infrastructure? Robot Trains
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How to Move More Goods Through America's Clogged Infrastructure? Robot Trains

Autonomous trains increasingly are seen as a solution to U.S. truck driver shortages, as well as a way for companies to reduce carbon emissions.

Cybersecurity Experts Sound Alarm on Apple, EU Phone Scanning Plans
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Cybersecurity Experts Sound Alarm on Apple, EU Phone Scanning Plans

Over a dozen cybersecurity experts have criticized proposals by Apple and the European Union to scan phones for illegal content.

AI-Generated Deepfake Voices Can Fool Humans, Smart Assistants
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AI-Generated Deepfake Voices Can Fool Humans, Smart Assistants

Freely available voice-mimicking software can deceive people and voice-activated tools like smart assistants, according to University of Chicago scientists.

Apple Warns of Cybercrime Risks if EU Forces it to Allow Others' Software
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Apple Warns of Cybercrime Risks if EU Forces it to Allow Others' Software

An Apple analysis of the threats of side-loading warned of malicious apps migrating to third-party stores and infecting consumer devices.

Professional Footballers Threaten Data Firms with GDPR Legal Action
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Professional Footballers Threaten Data Firms with GDPR Legal Action

Hundreds of professional footballers (soccer players) have threatened litigation against the data collection industry.

Google Wants to Use AI to Time Traffic Lights More Efficiently
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Google Wants to Use AI to Time Traffic Lights More Efficiently

Google said it intends to test the use of artificial intelligence to optimize traffic-signal timing in Rio de Janeiro.

Study Reveals Scale of Data-Sharing from Android Phones
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Study Reveals Scale of Data-Sharing from Android Phones

Vendor-customized Android variants transmit significant amounts of data from mobile phones to the operating system developer and third parties.

Allstate Wants to Track Your Driving to Determine Your Car Insurance Rate
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Allstate Wants to Track Your Driving to Determine Your Car Insurance Rate

Allstate Corp. is in talks with state insurance regulators to spur an industry-wide transition to the use of telematics to set car insurance rates.

County DA Pilots Race-Blind Charging Algorithm
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County DA Pilots Race-Blind Charging Algorithm

The Yolo County, CA, District Attorney's Office incorporated a redaction algorithm into its digital case management system to analyze racial bias in charging decisions...

Singapore Inks Pact with Finland to Mutually Recognize IoT Security Labels
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Singapore Inks Pact with Finland to Mutually Recognize IoT Security Labels

Singapore and Finland have agreed to recognize each other's cybersecurity labels for Internet of Things devices.

Making Self-Driving Cars Human-Friendly
From ACM TechNews

Making Self-Driving Cars Human-Friendly

A drift diffusion model could make self-driving vehicles safer for pedestrians by helping to predict when people will cross the road.
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