Big Data Analytics, Behavioural Profiling & AI

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Google admits it tracked user location data even when the setting was turned off

It did so via cell tower data<p>Android phones gather your location data and send it to Google, even if you’ve turned off location services and don’t have a SIM card, <i>Quartz</i> reported today.<p>The term “location services” oftentimes refers to exact GPS data for app usage, such as Google Maps finding your …

Privacy

A gargantuan all-seeing eye is watching you on popular websites

Next time you visit a popular website imagine that your arrival on the site coincides with the arrival of a film crew at whatever home, office, …

Deep Learning Specialization by Andrew Ng  –  21 Lessons Learned

I found all 3 courses extremely useful and learned an incredible amount of practical knowledge from the instructor, Andrew Ng. Ng does an excellent …

Deep Learning

Uncertainty in Deep Learning (PhD Thesis) | Yarin Gal - Blog | Oxford Machine Learning

<i>Function</i> draws from a dropout neural network. This new visualisation technique depicts the distribution over <i>functions</i> rather than the predictive …

Machine Learning

Staggering Variety of Clandestine Trackers Found In Popular Android Apps

Researchers at Yale Privacy Lab and French nonprofit Exodus Privacy have documented the proliferation of tracking software on smartphones, finding …

Privacy

How to Install Piwik (Alternative to Google Analytics) in Linux

This tutorial will guide you on how to install <b>Piwik</b> open source analytics application in <b>CentOS 7</b> and in <b>Debian 9</b> and <b>Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS</b></b> …

Linux

Google Alphabet's Schmidt: Here's why we can't keep fake news out of search results

Google's search algorithms have a problem ranking truthful information when two groups oppose each other.<p>Google has tried numerous ways to get ahead …

Google

Amazon gives AWS customers access to its internal machine learning experts

The new ML Solutions Lab helps AWS customers learn how to leverage machine learning, through boot camps, workshops and other programming.<p>Amazon on …

Machine Learning

Permissionless data slurping: Why Google's latest bombshell matters

<b>Comment</b> According to an old Chinese proverb: "When a wise man points at the Moon, an idiot looks at his finger." Google may have been hoping that you …

Privacy

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

How Racial Data Gets 'Cleaned' in the U.S. Census

The national survey offers more identity choices than ever—until those choices get scrubbed away. An Object Lesson.<p>At a doctor’s visit, on a college-admissions application, or even in a consumer-marketing survey, Americans are regularly asked to classify themselves by race. Some protest this …

U.S. Census

Facebook’s latest “effort” to warn people about Russian propaganda is wildly inadequate

Worried you may have unwittingly viewed Russian propaganda on Facebook? Fear not! In its new role as the protector of American democracy, the social network wants YOU to know whether you liked content produced by Russian operatives!<p>“We will soon be creating a portal to enable people on Facebook to …

Facebook

Google Got Caught Secretly Recording Android Users' Location Data. But Who Blew the Whistle?

Google has been secretly recording Android users’ location information even if they had turned off location services on their phones, a new report …

Privacy

How Smartphone Apps Are Selling Personal Data Without Our Consent—Legally

I could not care less whether Democrats are avoiding Republicans over Thanksgiving or vice versa, as the <i>Washington Post</i> reported earlier this week, …

Privacy

Facebook (still) lets housing advertisers exclude users by race | Ars Technica

ProPublica bought ads that excluded African-Americans, Spanish speakers, Muslims.<p><i>This article originally appeared on ProPublica on November 21, 2017.</i> …

Facebook

Ex-Facebook privacy manager dishes the dirt on your data

Up until September 2017, when Facebook handed Congress details of thousands of propaganda ads placed by a Russian troll farm to sow political strife, …

Privacy

UK shopping malls are connecting to track your every move

High street shops may be having a tough time but shopping malls are going through something of a resurgence. Boxpark, the shipping-container based …

Trends

Can A.I. Be Taught to Explain Itself?

<b>In September,</b> Michal Kosinski published a study that he feared might end his career. The Economist broke the news first, giving it a self-consciously anodyne title: “Advances in A.I. Are Used to Spot Signs of Sexuality.” But the headlines quickly grew more alarmed. By the next day, the Human Rights …

Your every keystroke is recorded by over 480 of the most popular websites in the world

Over 480 globally popular websites found tracking users' every keystroke and sending data to third-party servers.<p>Researchers at Princeton University …

Information Security

Victoria’s Secret’s adventure in China is a censorship nightmare

The lingerie brand’s star model Gigi Hadid got into trouble over a gaffe that a more seasoned business traveller to China might have anticipated. So what hope for future forays into this repressive state?<p>As a movie plot, it would work better for Johnny English than James Bond: the lingerie brand …

China

The biggest buzzword in Silicon Valley doesn’t make any sense

Algorithms have an inordinate amount of influence on our lives. The predominant ones largely dictate the friends we interact with online, the goods we buy, and the news we see. An algorithm (YouTube’s) even made Justin Bieber happen—and that’s probably the least impressive example.<p>In a society as …

Scientific Research

The Blockchain Might Scare the Gig Economy to Death

This startup has a terrifying plan to eliminate Yelp, Facebook and tipping.<p>"Skedaddle, an 'Uber-for-buses' startup, is launching a blockchain project that aims to completely eliminate tipping," is the first sentence here, and then somehow "Users can rate any interaction with a service worker, which …

Bitcoin

Over 400 of the World's Most Popular Websites Record Your Every Keystroke, Princeton Researchers Find

“Session replay scripts” can be used to log (and then playback) everything you typed or clicked on a website.<p>Most people who’ve spent time on the internet have some understanding that many websites log their visits and keep record of what pages they’ve looked at. When you search for a pair of shoes …

Information Security

AI can now listen to individuals in a crowd

WHY THIS MATTERS<p>This new breakthrough will let our Connected Home devices hear us better, but on the other it also gives organisations the ability to …

Artificial Intelligence

Another Tor Browser Feature Makes It Into Firefox: First-Party Isolation

Unbeknown to most users, Mozilla added a privacy-enhancing feature to the Firefox browser over the summer that can help users block online …

Firefox

McKinsey on digital marketing: Personalization is not what you think

A top advisory consultant to large organizations shares his thoughts on critical issues that every CMO must consider. Watch the video for practical …

Customer Experience

Pentagon Exposed 1.8 Billion Social Media Posts From Facebook and Twitter for Anyone to See

It’s hardly a secret that the Defense Department collects social media data. More surprising is just how much data it collects—and how sloppy the …

Social Media

How technology's built in "engagement maximization" destroys mental health in the Trump age, and what to do about it

We live in a weaponized news-cycle, a political moment in which a cadre of ruthless looters are destroying the world, magnified by technology's …

Cory Doctorow

The non-techie’s guide to machine learning

You find yourself at another startup meetup, leaning against the bar and sipping away at your drink. <i>Tonight’s the night</i>, you think to yourself.</i> …

Machine Learning