Mind-Reading Technology Must Include Neurodivergent Individuals to Prevent Bias and Discrimination, Warns UK Data Watchdog
The development of mind-reading technologies raises concerns about potential discrimination and bias, according to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the UK. The ICO is developing specific guidance for companies operating in the field of neurodata, as technology that monitors information from the brain and nervous system is expected to…
Third 4channer Arrested for Posting Same Metaironic Threat as Previous Two
In a concerning/disturbing/funny turn of events, a third individual has been arrested in connection with threats made against Volusia County, FL’s sheriff on the notorious online forum, 4Chan. The incident has sparked discussions about the implications of interstate extradition for what some argue was a mere joking remark made on the internet.
Twitter’s Head of Trust and Safety Resigns Amid Criticism and Changes
Ella Irwin, the head of trust and safety at Twitter, has resigned from the social media company amid criticism and significant changes since Elon Musk’s acquisition of the platform in October. Irwin’s departure comes as Twitter grapples with ongoing concerns about lax protections against harmful content. She took over as the head of the trust and safety team in November 2022, following the resignation of Yoel Roth. Irwin’s exit raises questions about Twitter’s ability to effectively address the challenges related to content moderation.
The AI Lobbying Surge: Big Tech Companies Race to Influence AI Regulations Amid ChatGPT Boom
The rapid development of generative artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, such as the popular AI chatbot ChatGPT, has led to an increase in lobbying efforts by tech giants to influence potential regulation on this emerging technology. OpenSecrets’ analysis of federal lobbying disclosures reveals that 123 companies, universities, and trade associations spent roughly $94 million lobbying on AI-related issues in the first quarter of 2023.
UK Government Silently Intensifying Controversial Web Surveillance Measures
In what is seen by many as an alarming move, the UK Government has been discretely expanding a contentious surveillance technology with the potential to log and store the internet histories of millions of individuals.
Facebook: Getting Too Close and Personal
In a bold move that is stirring concerns over user privacy, Facebook has reportedly been granted a patent that suggests a desire to observe its users covertly through their webcam or smartphone camera. The technology aims to discern your mood as you interact with the platform, thereby serving tailored content or advertisements that align with your emotions. The somewhat intrusive concept involves analyzing people in real time via their camera as they browse online. The system is designed to identify emotions such as happiness, boredom, or sadness, and deliver advertisements that correspond with your current mood. For instance, if you’re feeling down, the technology could serve an ad designed to uplift your spirits or present products you’ve previously browsed when the timing feels just right. According to the patent application, Facebook’s system could determine user preferences based on their reactions to specific content.
Encryption: Why It Matters to You, Even If You Think You Have ‘Nothing to Hide
Have you ever wondered how your sensitive information stays secure when you’re shopping online or sending a private email? The answer lies in something called encryption, a complex system of coding that disguises your data to keep it safe from prying eyes. Some might argue, “I have nothing to hide. Why should I care about encryption?” Well, the truth is, encryption is critical for everyone, and here’s why.
BigTech is Inherently Unable to Provide Privacy
Let’s face it, big tech companies have a love-hate relationship with our privacy. On one hand, they assure us that our data is safe and secure. On the other hand, they make their fortunes by collecting, analyzing, and selling our data to third-party advertisers. It’s a classic case of mixed signals, and it’s not surprising that many people are skeptical about trusting big tech companies with their private communication.
As AI Gains Intelligence, Necessary Regulation Lags Behind
“Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming the way we live and work, just like the internet did.”
Claims like these have become common in the media and academic journals. Large language models (LLMs) are algorithms that form the basis of this type of AI.
Facebook Messenger Read Receipts Huge Risk for the Abused, Bullied and Stalked
Facebook enables abusers. And they know that they do it. In a world full of online stalking, cyber bullying, and intimidation of the abused and traumatized, the fact that Facebook has never given users the ability to turn off Facebook Messenger read receipts may be one of the most egregious hand-offs of power to abusers ever to be perpetrated by a social media platform.
Twitter Breached, 235M email addresses exposed
Personal email addresses from 235 million Twitter accounts hacked over the last several years have been exposed, according to Israeli security researcher Alon Gal — making many vulnerable to having their accounts further compromised or identities exposed if they have used the site anonymously to criticize oppressive governments, for instance….
Twitter and the FBI, sitting in a tree –
And they aren’t just k-i-s-s-i-n-g….. It’s much worse.
What’s being disclosed in the now-weekly Twitter releases certainly doesn’t improve the image of the FBI (and, of course, other 3-letter and 4-letter agencies).
Google Paying $29.5 Million To Settle Lawsuits Over User Location Tracking
Google has agreed to pay a total of $29.5 million to settle two lawsuits regarding the company’s geographic tracking of their users.
How to Detect Computer and Email Monitoring or Spying Software
If you’re a system administrator, then keeping an eye on your employees’ email and PC usage is a fairly common task, allowing you to monitor productivity, as well as ensure no dangerous files enter your network. The same applies to parents and teachers, too, who might wish to keep an…
Change your computer’s settings to stop programs from spying on you
You are well-known to your phone. It monitors your location, browsing habits, downloads, and other activities. Find out how to tell when your phone’s camera or microphone is being used by visiting this page.