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Twitter Admits Bias in Algorithm for Rightwing Politicians, News Outlets
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Twitter Admits Bias in Algorithm for Rightwing Politicians, News Outlets

Researchers at Twitter found that the social media platform amplifies more tweets from rightwing politicians and news outlets than content from leftwing sources...

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.

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.

Zuckerberg Hits Back at Facebook Whistleblower Claims
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Zuckerberg Hits Back at Facebook Whistleblower Claims

Frances Haugen's testimony that social networking company puts profit before people just not true."

Huge Data Leak Shatters the Lie that the Innocent Need Not Fear Surveillance
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Huge Data Leak Shatters the Lie that the Innocent Need Not Fear Surveillance

The Guardian's investigation shows how repressive regimes can buy and use the kind of spying tools Edward Snowden warned us about.

Tech Platforms Vowed to Address Racial Equity: How Have They Fared?
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Tech Platforms Vowed to Address Racial Equity: How Have They Fared?

Facebook and other major technology platforms pledged to improve their diversity and antiracism efforts this year in response to racial unrest in the U.S. How have...

iPhones Vulnerable to Hacking Tools for Months, Researchers Say
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iPhones Vulnerable to Hacking Tools for Months, Researchers Say

Researchers said spyware sold by Israel's NSO Group incorporated a zero-click zero-day exploit that could commandeer iPhones via a flaw in iMessage.

'Machines Set Loose to Slaughter': the Dangerous Rise of Military AI
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'Machines Set Loose to Slaughter': the Dangerous Rise of Military AI

Autonomous machines capable of deadly force are increasingly prevalent in modern warfare, despite numerous ethical concerns. Is there anything we can do to halt...

Digital Identity Checks to Be Expanded Under A$800M Technology Budget Package
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Digital Identity Checks to Be Expanded Under A$800M Technology Budget Package

Australia's government will broaden the use of digital identity checks when businesses and individuals access services online.

Twitter Apologizes for 'Racist' Image-Cropping Algorithm
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Twitter Apologizes for 'Racist' Image-Cropping Algorithm

Twitter has issued an apology for an image-cropping algorithm deemed racist after users found it would automatically focus on white faces over black ones.

New Zealand Claims World First in Setting Standards for Government Use of Algorithms
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New Zealand Claims World First in Setting Standards for Government Use of Algorithms

New Zealand's Statistics minister says the new charter on algorithms is an 'important part of building public trust."

China Hacking Poses 'Significant Threat' to U.S. Covid-19 Response, Says FBI
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China Hacking Poses 'Significant Threat' to U.S. Covid-19 Response, Says FBI

Organizations conducting research into Covid-19 may be targeted by computer hackers linked to the Chinese government, according to the FBI and the U.S. Department...

Met Police to Use Live Facial Recognition Cameras in London
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Met Police to Use Live Facial Recognition Cameras in London

London's Metropolitan Police next month will deploy computer-linked live facial recognition cameras on city streets.

Facebook Bans 'Deepfake' Videos
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Facebook Bans 'Deepfake' Videos

Facebook has banned doctored videos, or deepfakes, designed to spread misinformation as the 2020 U.S. presidential election approaches.

Drone Registration Made Compulsory as U.K. Scheme Launches
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Drone Registration Made Compulsory as U.K. Scheme Launches

A new mandatory national registration scheme calls for drone users in the U.K. to pass an online test and pay a £9 annual fee, or face a £1,000 fine.

'It's Going to be a Revolution': Driverless Cars in New London Trial
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'It's Going to be a Revolution': Driverless Cars in New London Trial

Driverless cars completed their first major street test in London this week.

Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology
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Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology

China is embracing facial payment technology, which allows consumers to purchase goods simply by posing in front of point-of-sale machines equipped with cameras...

Facial Recognition Coming to a Supermarket Near You
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Facial Recognition Coming to a Supermarket Near You

Rapid advancements of AI and facial recognition technologies, combined with a dramatic decline in costs, means that these systems are now viable for use by supermarkets...

'Anonymized' Data Can Never Be Totally Anonymous, says Study
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'Anonymized' Data Can Never Be Totally Anonymous, says Study

Researchers have developed a model to estimate how easy it would be to deanonymize an arbitrary dataset.

Craigslist's Craig Newmark: 'Outrage is Profitable. Most Online Outrage is Faked for Profit'
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Craigslist's Craig Newmark: 'Outrage is Profitable. Most Online Outrage is Faked for Profit'

The founder of the online classifieds site is a survivor of the era of Internet optimism. He rejects the idea his website helped cause journalism's financial crisis...
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