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Weapons of Math Destruction: invisible, ubiquitous algorithms are ruining millions of lives

Discussions about big data's role in our society tends to focus on algorithms, but the algorithms for handling giant data sets are all well …

Software Engineering

Transparency: Watching and Watchers

Veering back to more important issues... <br>We are increasingly surrounded by “always-on” devices with microphones that listen for our voice commands. …

Big Brother

China’s plan to organize its society relies on ‘big data’ to rate everyone

BEIJING — Imagine a world where an authoritarian government monitors everything you do, amasses huge amounts of data on almost every interaction you make, and awards you a single score that measures how “trustworthy” you are.<p>In this world, anything from defaulting on a loan to criticizing the …

China

Dancing the Bunny Hop with the NSA

According to an NSA executive, 2-3 hops/steps is the social distance that the NSA uses to <i>look outward,</i> into social space, from a known terrorist …

Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking

Updated (Oct. 21, 2016):After we published this story, Google reached out to say that it doesn’t currently use Gmail keywords to target web ads. …

Google

Civil liberties groups ask for ‘moratoriums’ on face recognition tech

Armed with new research, civil rights organizations are urging the Justice Department to investigate law enforcement’s excessive use of face recognition technologies.<p>A coalition of more than 50 civil rights organizations asked the Department of Justice today to investigate the use of face …

Cops have a database of 117M faces. You’re probably in it

It’s no secret that American law has been building facial recognition databases to aide in its investigations. But a new, comprehensive report on the …

Russian propaganda on WikiLeaks makes its way into a Donald Trump speech in record time

The Russian outlet Sputnik briefly published a misleading article, but Trump had it before it was taken down<p>Republican nominee Donald Trump was awfully defensive during Sunday’s debate about the fact that Russian intelligence is almost certainly behind the Democratic National Committee hacks, which …

Donald Trump

The Election Won’t Be Rigged. But It Could Be Hacked.

<i>Follow The New York Times Opinion section on Facebook and Twitter (@NYTopinion), and sign up for the Opinion Today newsletter.</i><p>In my old workplace, right next to the comfortable couches where we would take breaks, we kept a voting machine. Instead of using the screen to pick our preferred candidate, …

Elections

Facebook has repeatedly trended fake news since firing its human editors

<i>The Intersect ran a little experiment a few weeks ago: During the work day, we’d check in with Facebook each hour, on the hour, and record which topics were trending for us on the platform. The resulting daily pop-up newsletter gave us some interesting insight into the world according to Facebook.</i> …

Facebook

We Need to Save the Internet from the Internet of Things | Motherboard

Brian Krebs is a popular reporter on the cybersecurity beat. He regularly exposes cybercriminals and their tactics, and consequently is regularly a target of their ire. Last month, he wrote about an online attack-for-hire service that resulted in the arrest of the two proprietors. In the aftermath, …

Security

Why online privacy matters — and how to protect yours

Christopher Soghoian of the ACLU talks privacy, security and why you should put a sticker on your webcam right now, in conversation with …

Security

Four Lessons from IoT Early Adopters

<b>Four lessons from IoT early adopters:</b> To paraphrase the late Roy Scheider in one of the greatest of all summer movies, you’re gonna need a bigger …

IT

Who Will Own Your Data If the Tech Bubble Bursts?

Corporations, data brokers, and even criminals might buy failed companies just for their users’ personal information.<p>Imagine that Silicon Valley’s nightmare comes true: The bubble bursts. Unicorns fall to their knees. The tech giants that once fought to attract talented developers with mini-golf …

Dystopia

Governments Around the World Deny Internet Access to Political Opponents

Keeping your enemies offline can cripple their chances of overthrowing you.<p>Whether or not your ethnic group has political power in the country where …

Google’s Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring ISIS Recruits

Google has built a half-trillion-dollar business out of divining what people want based on a few words they type into a search field. In the process, …

Google

Artificial Intelligence, Rise of Agents and The Death of Choice

<i>Michael Nicholas, Entrepreneur in Residence, Assembly</i><p><i>The Same Like Never Before</i><p>Everyone is talking about bots. Whether it is a panel discussion, keynote or headline, they’re all the rage. But are they just the latest version of trendy presentationware (remember Blockchain)? We’ve had chat and …

Computer Science

Brian Eno is MORE DARK THAN SHARK

INTERVIEWS, REVIEWS & RELATED ARTICLES<br>"Craft is what enables you to be successful<br>when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno<p>THE WELL OF FREEDOM IS RUNNING …

This audacious study will track 10,000 New Yorkers' every move for 20 years

The Kavli HUMAN project wants to make an atlas of the human condition. Could its Big Data help us live longer, healthier lives?<p>Paul Glimcher is on the verge of launching an absurdly ambitious project in social science. The concept is simple, but the scope is spectacularly broad. Over the next few …

Science

Liberal, Moderate or Conservative? See How Facebook Labels You

<i>Find out what you need to know about the 2016 presidential race today, and get politics news updates via Facebook, Twitter and the First Draft newsletter.</i><p>You may think you are discreet about your political views. But Facebook, the world’s largest social media network, has come up with its own …

Facebook

Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move From Above

Since January, police have been testing an aerial surveillance system adapted from the surge in Iraq. And they neglected to tell the public.<p>By Monte …

CCTV

How Cell Phones Can Map The CIA: Is Location Secrecy Dead?

Based in Washington, DC, I founded my first internet startup the year after the Mosaic web browser debuted, while still in eighth grade, and have spent the last 20 years working to reimagine how we use data to understand the world around us at scales and in ways never before imagined. One of …

World Economy

The NSA hack proves Apple was right to fight the FBI

After the unprecedented breach of hacking tools and exploits stolen from the US National Security Agency's elite hacking unit, some privacy advocates see it as clear vindication of Apple in its fight with the FBI earlier this year.<p>"The component of the government that is supposed to be absolutely …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Comment: Microsoft just demonstrated why Apple was right to stand up to the FBI

<i>Update: Steve Gibson has taken issue with the ‘golden key’ term used by Ars, arguing that it overplays the significance of the vulnerability.</i><p>I wrote an opinion piece predating the San Bernardino shootings on why Apple was right to stand firm on encryption even in the face of terrorist attacks, and …

FBI

What A Neural Network Thinks About Your Neighborhood—And Why It Matters

What makes us perceive a place as safe, or even beautiful? AI is confirming century-old suspicions.<p>We hold certain truths about cities to be self-evident. That includes the theories put forth by urbanists like Jane Jacobs decades ago—like the idea that design elements such as glazing and street …

If the 2016 election is hacked, it's because no one listened to these people

Ever since the Supreme Court ordered the nation's voting authorities to get their act together in 2002 in the wake of <i>Bush v Gore</i>, tech companies have …

The (not so) secret life of a networked and networking scholar

[Image credit: https://pixabay.com/static/uploads/photo/2016/05/01/20/12/swing-1365713_960_720.jpg ]Not a day passes or there is not another blog or …

Networking

Trump Campaign Says Donald Would Loosen Civil Service Laws to Root Out Feds Loyal to Obama

Policy would focus on burrowers; campaign is drafting a list of feds to fire.

Government