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Volunteer Hacker Army Boosts U.S. Election Cybersecurity
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Volunteer Hacker Army Boosts U.S. Election Cybersecurity

A University of Chicago program aims to strengthen U.S. election security by enlisting volunteer experts to aid local election officials.

Police Requests for Google Users' Location Histories Face New Scrutiny
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Police Requests for Google Users' Location Histories Face New Scrutiny

Police use of "geofence" warrants is being disputed by criminal defendants in Virginia and San Francisco, and could be banned by lawmakers in New York.

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."

Researchers' AI System Strips Identifiable Attributes Like Gender From Speech Recordings
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Researchers' AI System Strips Identifiable Attributes Like Gender From Speech Recordings

Researchers have proposed a technique that can remove attributes like gender from speech data to protect sensitive information.

Face Masks are Thwarting Even the Best Facial Recognition Algorithms, Study Finds
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Face Masks are Thwarting Even the Best Facial Recognition Algorithms, Study Finds

Researchers from the U.S. National Institute of Scence and Technology found that face masks are causing facial recognition algorithms to fail as much as 50% of...

Google Promises Privacy with Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data
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Google Promises Privacy with Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data

Despite Google's promise that its smartphone software does not track user locations, governments were surprised to learn location-setting must be active for the...

Tech Execs Urge Washington to Accelerate AI Adoption for National Security
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Tech Execs Urge Washington to Accelerate AI Adoption for National Security

Technology company CEOs have issued 35 recommendations to Congress for maintaining global artificial intelligence supremacy.  

New York Bans Facial Recognition in Schools Statewide
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New York Bans Facial Recognition in Schools Statewide

The New York State legislature Wednesday passed a moratorium on the use of facial recognition and other biometric identification methods in schools statewide until...

Self-Driving Industry Takes to the Highway After Robotaxi Failure
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Self-Driving Industry Takes to the Highway After Robotaxi Failure

FThe autonomous vehicle industry is refocusing on more-profitable opportunities after efforts to commercialize robotaxis failed to live up to the hype.

Blueprint for the Perfect Coronavirus App
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Blueprint for the Perfect Coronavirus App

Researchers have outlined the ethical and legal challenges of developing and implementing digital tools for managing the Covid-19 pandemic.

New DOE Blueprint to Pave the Way for a Nationwide Quantum Internet
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New DOE Blueprint to Pave the Way for a Nationwide Quantum Internet

"The Department of Energy is proud to play an instrumental role in the development of the national quantum Internet," U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette said...

Are We Addicted to Technology?
From Communications of the ACM

Are We Addicted to Technology?

Experts agree technology causes some negative behaviors, but they are divided on how bad the problem is.

A Tool for Hardening Java Crypto
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A Tool for Hardening Java Crypto

A new tool identifies cryptographic vulnerabilities in Java (and soon, in Python) automatically.

Tracking Misinformation Campaigns in Real-Time Is Possible, Study Shows
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Tracking Misinformation Campaigns in Real-Time Is Possible, Study Shows

The researchers hope software engineers will be able to build on their work to create a real-time monitoring system for exposing foreign influence in American politics...

Major Security Flaws Found in South Korea Quarantine App
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Major Security Flaws Found in South Korea Quarantine App

Software engineer Frederic Rechtenstein found a South Korean mobile application designed to enforce pandemic quarantines contained major security flaws that could...

India Seeks to Limit Facebook, Google Dominance Over Online Data
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India Seeks to Limit Facebook, Google Dominance Over Online Data

An  expert committee appointed by the Indian government has called for the creation of a new data regulator to oversee the sharing, monetization, and privacy of...

Google Promises Privacy With Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data
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Google Promises Privacy With Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data

Some government agencies that use the software said they were surprised Google may pick up the locations of certain app users. Others said they had unsuccessfully...

Predicting Cyberattacks
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Predicting Cyberattacks

A growing number of researchers are focusing on being more proactive in predicting and preventing cyberattacks, rather than reactively fixing problems later.

Deepfake Used to Attack Activist Couple Shows New Disinformation Frontier
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Deepfake Used to Attack Activist Couple Shows New Disinformation Frontier

A student at the U.K.'s University of Birmingham has been unmasked as fictional by state-of-the-art forensic analysis programs from Israel-based startup Cyabra....

Siri, Alexa Targeted as E.U. Probes Internet of Things
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Siri, Alexa Targeted as E.U. Probes Internet of Things

The European Commission is mounting an antitrust investigation into the Internet of Things, targeting voice assistants such as Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa. ...
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