Semantic Infiltration

By Paul D. Miller | Notes from the Edge of Digital Culture

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Bombshell report reveals new details about Trump's Oval Office meeting with Russians after he fired Comey

• <b>President Donald Trump infuriated US and Israeli intelligence when he disclosed details of a highly classified Israeli intelligence operation to Russian officials earlier this year.</b>• <b><br>Vanity Fair reported on Thursday that a top US official told the Israelis last January that Russia has "leverages of</b> …

Sergey Kislyak

If Trump’s FCC Repeals Net Neutrality, Elites Will Rule the Internet—and the Future

Net neutrality is the First Amendment of the Internet. It guarantees that speech is equal on the network of networks—whether the words come from …


Facebook launches Creator app for influencers to build video communities

Facebook wants to turn mindless, passive video consumption into “time well spent,” and now it’s giving social media stars a powerful tool to foster communities around their content. Today Facebook launches Facebook Creator, offering influencers Live Creative Kit for adding intros and outros to …


Artland is a social art market that connects galleries and buyers

Danish startup Artland is building a social marketplace for the art world and its key players: Galleries and professional collectors, while also hoping an app-based approach helps onboard a new generation of art buyers.<p>The team’s overarching mission is to make art buying more accessible and thus …


Tim Wu: Why the Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality

Back in 2005, a small phone company based in North Carolina named Madison River began preventing its subscribers from making phone calls using the internet application Vonage. As Vonage was a competitor in the phone call market, Madison River’s action was obviously anticompetitive. Consumers …

Net Neutrality

DJ Spooky

<b>MENLO PARK, Calif. (November 14, 2017) - The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced today the first 10 recipients of its Hewlett 50 Arts</b> …

Black History

Facebook will show which Russian election troll accounts you followed

Facebook is building out a tool to show which Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts associated with Russia’s Internet Research Agency election troll farm you Liked or followed. Launching by the end of the year as part of the Facebook Help Center, the tool will show a list of all the IRA accounts you …

Internet Research Agency

‘Somebody had to tell these stories’: An Iraqi woman’s ordeal as an ISIS sex slave

LONDON — Islamic State militants have lost the last of their strongholds, but for Yazidi survivor Nadia Murad, a new battle is just beginning.<p>Three years after escaping militants in northern Iraq, Murad is unveiling a harrowing memoir, “The Last Girl,” about her ordeal as a sex slave.<p>Murad’s …

Islamic State (ISIS)

The real value of your personal data - (VPRO documentary - 2013)


Scientists have used cells as a recording device for the first time

For the first time, scientists have used a cell to record what happens in the world around it. They were able to retrieve the information and read it …


SEC reveals it was hacked, information may have been used for illegal stock trades

The Securities and Exchange Commission, the country’s top Wall Street regulator, announced Wednesday that hackers breached its system for storing documents filed by publicly traded companies last year, potentially accessing data that allowed the intruders to make an illegal profit.<p>The agency …


Were You a Victim of Russian Propaganda? Facebook Will Help You Find Out

SAN FRANCISCO — Have you ever wondered whether you have fallen prey to a Russian misinformation campaign? Soon, you will be able to find out.<p>Facebook said on Wednesday that it planned to roll out a new tool later this year to help figure out if that new page you followed on Facebook or account you …


The ‘Fix’ for Net Neutrality That Consumers Don’t Need

Netflix and Amazon have been nominated for hundreds of Emmys and Golden Globe awards in recent years, and that is a testament to both the quality of those companies and the transformation of television. But some of the credit is also due to “net neutrality,” the legal regime that nurtured and …


Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality


Even Museums Aren't Immune to the Charm of Cat Instagrams

Stephen Shore was an Instagram artist way before there was Insta­gram. He shot to prominence in the ’70s with carefully composed snapshots of parking …


Why the FCC’s Plans to Gut Net Neutrality Just Might Fail

It's official: the country's top regulator of the internet wants to end net neutrality. Specifically, Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit …


Elon Musk warns there's only a small chance artificial intelligence won't kill us all

Elon Musk is back on the artificial intelligence scaremongering bandwagon again with the Tesla Inc. chief executive officer saying in a recent talk …

Artificial Intelligence

Net Neutrality Explained and Defended in a Doodle-Filled Video: The Time to Act is Now

By the end of December, net neutrality may be a thing of the past. We'll pay the price. You'll pay the price. Comcast, Verizon and AT&T will make out …


Not if the Seas Rise, but When and How High

Once you’ve read an excellent book about climate change, which Jeff Goodell’s “The Water Will Come” most certainly is, you can never unremember the facts. Elected officials may be busy arguing about whether global warming is real. But most scientists are having other arguments entirely — about …

Climate Change

Exclusive: What Trump Really Told Kislyak After Comey Was Canned

During a May 10 meeting in the Oval Office, the president betrayed his intelligence community by leaking the content of a classified, and highly sensitive, Israeli intelligence operation to two high-ranking Russian envoys, Sergey Kislyak and Sergey Lavrov. This is what he told them—and the …

Sergey Kislyak

Welcome to the brave new world of artificial intelligence

First machines replaced labour – now will robots take over our brain work, too?<p>In the 1966 film <i>Fantastic Voyage</i>, a submarine crew is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into the bloodstream of a defector to remove a blood clot from his brain. Critics agreed that it was an entertaining movie …

Artificial Intelligence

How Russian Bots Invade Our Elections


How Digital Data is Evolving Documentary 2017


Facebook will help some users figure out if they saw Russian propaganda during the 2016 U.S. presidential election

So far, Google and Twitter have not detailed their plans.<p>Facebook is trying to alert some U.S. users that they fell victim to Russian propaganda during the 2016 presidential election.<p>In the coming weeks, the social giant plans to roll out a new tool so that users can check if they followed or …

Richard Blumenthal

Net neutrality: why are Americans so worried about it being scrapped?

Most of the world won’t be affected by the changes, so are they a problem? No, if you are a tech monopoly – but yes if you don’t want a two-tier internet<p>Ajit Pai, head of the US telecoms regulator, revealed sweeping changes on Tuesday to overturn rules designed to protect an open internet.<p>The …

Net Neutrality

Why people ruin others’ lives by exposing all their data online

“I’ve spoken to people that have had websites set up in their name requesting child pornography, their bank accounts hacked and money stolen from …


IBM's Watson Beat: who owns music made by a machine?

We’ve seen IBM’s Watson politely annihilate humans in Jeopardy, make a movie trailer for Morgan, create never-before-eaten recipes and even understand nuance and tone… to say the least. Now it’s moving on to music.<p>Watson Beat is IBM’s music arm of Watson; an AI-driven music composing app that’s …

Artificial Intelligence

RIP net neutrality: Here's what comes next (and it ain't pretty)

"Just trust that the companies will tell us when they do something bad. If they do, we might be able to tell them not to do it any more."<p>This is the …

Net Neutrality