Facebook bans far-right group Britain First for ‘inciting hatred against minorities’ - The Verge
Facebook has been struggling for years now with how to deal with extremist content on its platform, but rarely intervenes in such a direct manner. Still, the ban is more symbolic than it is the beginning of an effective campaign against hate groups. One recent investigation from Wired UK found a whole network of Facebook pages linked to Britain First sharing the same content. At the time of writing these pages are still online.
ee  facebook  hatespeech 
4 days ago
Privacy for Whom? – The New Inquiry
Two new books show that for the poor, privacy has never been on offer
privacy  poverty 
4 days ago
Muslim Cyber Army: a fake news operation designed to derail Indonesia's leader
Interesting article about fake news and political interference in Indonesia
5 days ago
The Rise of Internet & Society Centers—and a New Interdiscipline – Jeff Pooley
There’s a new academic meta-field, centered on digital life, that doesn’t look anything like a traditional discipline. The field is more like an estuary, fed by a number of existing disciplines—library and information science, law, sociology, science and technology studies, and communication. It’s an interdisciplinary mashup of fields whose domains (“media”, “information,” “technology”) have merged.
6 days ago
Joshua Topolsky, Former Verge Editor, Raises Funding for Digital Media Venture - WSJ
Instead, with The Outline, Mr. Topolsky said he is aiming to reach roughly 10 to 15 million users, most of whom come directly to his site. “This has to be a real brand,” he said. The site’s content will focus on three areas: power, as it relates to subjects like politics and business; culture; and the future. He said he’s aiming for a smart, influential readership.

The plan is to produce roughly 15 to 20 pieces of content a day, including text articles, more visual stories and video.

“I really want to move away from the impressions-based way of judging success,” he said. “We want to focus on the best way to tell a story. Digital media has millions of colors to paint with, and most of the time we only use like four.”
ee  digital_media  media  narrative 
10 days ago
Here Come the Fake Videos, Too - The New York Times
He said he had created FakeApp as a creative experiment and was chagrined to see Reddit’s deepfake community use it for ill.

“I joined the community based around these algorithms when it was very small (less than 500 people),” he wrote, “and as soon as I saw the results I knew this was brilliant tech that should be accessible to anyone who wants to play around with it. I figured I’d take a shot at putting together an easy-to-use package to accomplish that.”

N. said he didn’t support the use of FakeApp to create nonconsensual pornography or other abusive content. And he said he agreed with Reddit’s decision to ban explicit deepfakes. But he defended the product.

“I’ve given it a lot of thought,” he said, “and ultimately I’ve decided I don’t think it’s right to condemn the technology itself — which can of course be used for many purposes, good and bad.”
ee  ai  truthiness  video  pornography  verification 
12 days ago
Consent in the Digital Age: Can Apps Solve a Very Human Problem? - The New York Times
A profile update is an event we store on the blockchain and will subsequently update the live contract,” Rick Schmitz, a co-creator of LegalFling, recently said. The transaction is encrypted, timestamped and stored. (A blockchain is a collection of digital transactions that are registered in a sequence of “blocks” of data.)
ee  blockchain  harassment 
13 days ago
An Oscar-Nominated Documentary About Fine Dining and Life After Prison | The New Yorker
“Knife Skills” doesn’t provide a simple redemption story. It is a chance to get to know a group of people in a specific time and place and to feel the energy of a good idea in action; we, like the participants, hope for its success and worry about potential defeat. Recidivism is common among former inmates, drug relapses by former addicts are pernicious, and the first year of reëntry is an especially perilous time. The film portrays this sensitively and straightforwardly, and with an effort to provide just enough context.
ee  narrative  soros  prison  justice  recidivism 
5 weeks ago
Center for Humane Technology
(Tristan Harris's new gig) Our world-class team of deeply concerned former tech insiders and CEOs intimately understands the culture, business incentives, design techniques, and organizational structures driving how technology hijacks our minds.

Since 2013, we’ve raised awareness of the problem within tech companies and for millions of people through broad media attention, convened top industry executives, and advised political leaders. Building on this start, we are advancing thoughtful solutions to change the system.
5 weeks ago
The House That Spied on Me
When you buy a smart device, it doesn’t just belong to you; you share custody with the company that made it.
ee  iot  surveillance  isp 
5 weeks ago
Find engineering teams that share your values | Key Values
My previous lives, as I like to call them, might seem disjointed, but they were all people-centric. Everything I have ever done has put a premium on interpersonal relationships, which is why the engineering world seems so odd to me.

I decided to do freelance web development for a couple of years before joining a company because I wanted to get to understand this new world. Consulting allowed me to learn about the diversity of working styles, team dynamics, and engineering cultures that exist at different companies. I thought, “Now that I know what I care about and what I’m looking for, it’ll be easy for me to find the right job on the right team.”
design  job  values  ee 
5 weeks ago
People Are Using AI to Create Fake Porn of Their Friends and Classmates - Motherboard
growing community of redditors who create fake porn videos of celebrities using existing video footage and a machine learning algorithm. This algorithm is able to take the face of a celebrity from a publicly available video and seamlessly paste it onto the body of a porn performer. Often, the resulting videos are nearly indecipherable from reality. It’s done through a free, user-friendly app called FakeApp.
ai  business  pornography  evidence  fake 
5 weeks ago
Can an Algorithm Tell When Kids Are in Danger? - The New York Times
Had the decision been left solely to Byrne — as these decisions are left to screeners and their supervisors in jurisdictions around the world — that might have been the end of it. He would have, in industry parlance, screened the call out. That’s what happens to around half of the 14,000 or so allegations received each year in Allegheny County — reports that might involve charges of serious physical harm to the child,
ee  algorithms 
6 weeks ago
The Follower Factory - The New York Times
“Social media is a virtual world that is filled with half bots, half real people,” said Rami Essaid, the founder of Distil Networks, a cybersecurity company that specializes in eradicating bot networks. “You can’t take any tweet at face value. And not everything is what it seems.”
twitter  socialmedia  bots  ee 
6 weeks ago
Fitness app Strava lights up staff at military bases - BBC News
Many years ago, operational security was a relatively simple matter of not being physically overheard by the enemy.

Think of the British WWII poster with the slogan "Careless Talk Costs Lives".

Well, no more. Our modern electronic age means that we all move around with a number of "signatures"; we send and receive a variety of signals, all of which can be tracked. And as the episode with the exercise tracker shows, you do not need to be an American or Russian spy to be able to see and analyse these signals.

Russian troops have been tracked in Ukraine or in Syria by studying their social media interactions or geo-location data from their mobile phone images.

Each piece of evidence is a fragment, but when added together it could pose a significant risk to security - in this case highlighting the location of formerly secret bases or undisclosed patterns of military activity.
gps  data  strava  heatmap  security  ee 
6 weeks ago
Russian Trolls Are Only Part of the Problem - The New York Times
Twitter does not seem to comprehend that non-automated content, including from American accounts, is a huge part of the disinformation ecosystem. Its amplification of neo-Nazi rhetoric, abusive content and false or misleading stories spread by accounts with huge numbers of followers all affected rhetoric surrounding the 2016 election. Other than supporting a few small media literacy programs, Twitter doesn’t seem to have a plan for eliminating the problematic content that originates within America’s own borders.
ee  russia  disinformation  twitter 
7 weeks ago
Digital Currencies and Blockchain in the Social Sector | Stanford Social Innovation Review
One important next step is the creation of a central body to help surface new solutions, and guide blockchain and digital currency application in the social impact sector. There are also many questions to answer about how blockchain will intersect with the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence (a whole other conversation). While we should encourage experimentation across the board through the usual innovation labs, hackathons, investments in social entrepreneurs, field-based projects, and collaborative-building, the field could also benefit from a coordinating body. Ultimately, we need to devise new standards and best practices so that we can better infuse the human factor into new technology solutions that hold tremendous potential to address social and environmental issues. Fortunately, the building blocks are already there.
ee  blockchain 
7 weeks ago
‘Interrupters’ Peek at Social Media to Stop Street Violence - The New York Times
Under the program, the violence interrupters spend at least two hours a day monitoring social media for signs of risky behavior, like threats of violence, photos with weapons or expressions of grief or emotional stress, Mr. Polanco said. They focus on people ages 16 to 25. If an alarming post or photo is found, a worker reaches out to the young person.
ee  predictive_policing  pre-crime  socialmedia  conflict 
7 weeks ago
Washington Monthly | How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fixes Us
By Roger McNamee
An early investor explains why the social media platform’s business model is such a threat — and what to do about it.
8 weeks ago
Chinese woman discovers that her iPhone X can be unlocked by her friend’s face
According to Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation, Yan, a woman from Nanjing, China, was offered two refunds from Apple after her colleague managed to unlock both her iPhone X that had faulty facial recognition function.

It wasn’t just a fluke either, as her colleague was able to unlock both devices on every attempt.

The two women are not related to each other.
china  facialrecognition  iphone  security  km 
9 weeks ago
Beijing bets on facial recognition in a big drive for total surveillance
Now they can see who’s coming and going, and by combining artificial intelligence with a huge national bank of photos, the system in this pilot project should enable police to identify what one police report, shared with The Washington Post, called the “bad guys” who once might have slipped by.
surveillance  china  socialcredit  km 
9 weeks ago
The next front in the net neutrality war: Feds versus the states - Recode
To start, a coalition of state attorneys general, led by New York, pledged on Thursday that they would sue the FCC to stop its rollback from taking place. Meanwhile, policymakers in at least two states — California and Washington — said they’d try on their own to prevent companies like AT&T, Charter, Comcast* and Verizon from blocking websites, slowing down web traffic or prioritizing their movies, music and other content above their rivals’ offerings.
ee  netneutrality  states 
9 weeks ago
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