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  • High School Students and Alumni Are Using Social Media to Expose Racism

    06/29/2020 4:03:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 16, 2020 | Taylor Lorenz and Katherine Rosman
    Over the past few weeks, as the Black Lives Matter movement has grown following outrage over the killing of George Floyd, high school students have leveraged every social media platform to call out their peers for racist behavior.
  • Amazon pauses police access to AI tool

    06/11/2020 8:00:39 AM PDT · by ro_dreaming · 18 replies
    LinkedIn ^ | 11 Jun 2020 | Kelli Nguyen
    Amazon says it will place a "one-year pause" on allowing police to use its facial-recognition tool, one day after IBM said that it's exiting the business. While IBM will no longer offer, develop or research the software, Amazon is using a moratorium in the hope that Congress will "put in place appropriate rules for ethical use of facial recognition." Amid crackdowns on protests against police racism and brutality across the country, tech companies are facing increased scrutiny over their contracts with law enforcement agencies, with studies showing that the technology is inferior at identifying the gender of people with darker...
  • Senate rejects tougher standards for collection of search and browsing data

    05/13/2020 11:45:02 AM PDT · by sockmonkey · 24 replies
    CNet ^ | May 13, 2020 10:02 a.m. PT | Laura Hautala
    The US Senate voted down an amendment to the USA Patriot Act on Wednesday that would create a tougher standard for government investigators to collect the web search and browsing histories of people in the states. The bipartisan amendment, proposed by Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, a Democrat and Sen. Steve Daines of Montana, a Republican, would've required the Department of Justice to show probable cause when requesting approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to collect the data for counterterrorism or counterintelligence investigations. Before the vote, Daines told the Senate the bill was necessary to keep the government from...
  • Methods for Getting Around Facial Recognition Systems

    05/03/2020 10:40:13 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 13 replies
    Liberty Island Magazine ^ | 04/21/2020 | Tamara Wilhite
    Facial recognition systems threaten our privacy. They can track where you go and add that information to the massive amount of information already saved about each of us. Big Brother is watching you and enabled by AI. And when it makes a mistake reading your face, you could end up with criminal charges far worse than when the toll tag system misreads your license plate. Here are several methods for fooling and interfering with facial recognition systems.
  • Coronavirus NSW: Dossier lays out case against China bat virus program

    05/02/2020 12:43:58 PM PDT · by Covenantor · 38 replies
    Saturday Telegraph Australis ^ | May 2, 2020 3:15pm | Shari Markson
    Coronavirus NSW: Dossier lays out case against China bat virus program China deliberately suppressed or destroyed evidence of the coronavirus outbreak in an “assault on international transparency’’ that cost tens of thousands of lives, according to a dossier prepared by concerned Western governments on the COVID-19 contagion. The 15-page research document, obtained by The Saturday Telegraph, lays the foundation for the case of negligence being mounted against China. It states that to the “endangerment of other countries” the Chinese government covered-up news of the virus by silencing or “disappearing” doctors who spoke out, destroying evidence of it in can also...
  • CRYPTOCURRENCY SYSTEM USING BODY ACTIVITY DATA WO/2020/060606

    04/27/2020 10:14:23 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    patentscope.wipo.int ^ | 26.03.2020 | MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING
    Human body activity associated with a task provided to a user may be used in a mining process of a cryptocurrency system. A server may provide a task to a device of a user which is communicatively coupled to the server. A sensor communicatively coupled to or comprised in the device of the user may sense body activity of the user. Body activity data may be generated based on the sensed body activity of the user. The cryptocurrency system communicatively coupled to the device of the user may verify if the body activity data satisfies one or more conditions set...
  • Methods for Getting Around Facial Recognition Systems

    04/21/2020 11:02:58 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 51 replies
    Liberty Island Magazine ^ | 04/21/2020 | Tamara Wilhite
    Facial recognition systems threaten our privacy. They can track where you go and add that information to the massive amount of information already saved about each of us. Big Brother is watching you and enabled by AI. And when it makes a mistake reading your face, you could end up with criminal charges far worse than when the toll tag system misreads your license plate. Here are several methods for fooling and interfering with facial recognition systems.
  • Facebook releases county-by-county maps of COVID-19 symptoms

    04/20/2020 5:12:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    NBC "News" / Comcast ^ | April 20, 2020 | By Ahiza García-Hodges and Dylan Byers
    Facebook released its first county-by-county maps Monday showing the prevalence of self-reported COVID-19 symptoms based on data it has collected. The maps, which will be updated daily, are meant to help health officials allocate resources and decide where parts of society can be reopened. They use information from a voluntary survey Facebook has been prompting users to take. The survey, operated by the Carnegie Mellon University Delphi Research Center, is designed to help health researchers identify COVID-19 hot spots earlier. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the goal is to give state officials a sense of where they may need to...
  • European coronavirus app platform gains traction with governments

    04/17/2020 7:54:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 17, 2020 | by Douglas Busvine
    BERLIN - A European technology platform to support smartphone apps that can help trace people at risk of infection by the new coronavirus is gaining support from governments, one of its prime movers said on Friday. Seven countries have either formally supported the Pan-European Privacy Preserving Proximity Tracing initiative or tasked one of its members with developing a national app, German tech entrepreneur Chris Boos told Reuters. PEPP-PT has emerged as a leading proponent of the use of Bluetooth short-range communications between personal devices as a proxy for measuring the risk that a person infected with coronavirus can pass it...
  • Trump Administration Opposes Bill Gates’ Vaccine Tracking System on ‘Personal Liberty’ Grounds

    04/11/2020 1:51:57 PM PDT · by spacejunkie2001 · 56 replies
    web.archive.org ^ | 4/10/20 | Shane Trejo
    The Trump administration has come out against a proposed digital tracking system that could tell authorities about an individual’s vaccination history. The Orwellian measure has been proposed by technocratic oligarch Bill Gates, who is attempting to exploit the coronavirus pandemic to inch closer toward mandatory vaccinations. “Eventually we will have some digital certificates to show who has recovered or been tested recently or when we have a vaccine who has received it,” Gates said during an “Ask Me Anything” appearance on Reddit about the coronavirus. Attorney General Bill Barr is skeptical of Gates’ idea to tag people with these mark-of-the-beast...
  • (Vanity) Is the Government Storing Our DNA Info From Chinese-Wuhan and Antibody Testing? Future Privacy Concerns

    04/10/2020 10:09:38 AM PDT · by setter · 18 replies
    Myself | April 10, 2020 | Setter
    I have not seen this subject brought up anywhere. Is the gov't recording and filing all of these Chinese- Wuhan Virus test, antibody test etc. Tens of millions of these test will be performed, maybe most of the country when it is all over. Are the test being destroyed after checking for the Kung Flu? I would bet our DNA is being stored and cataloged by the gov't for future use. If so what will the gov't do with this info? Demand lifestyle chnages, Social Credit use, sterilize people with genetic defects?
  • Kushner’s team seeks national coronavirus surveillance system

    04/08/2020 6:18:17 AM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 08 April 2020 | ADAM CANCRYN
    Critics worry about a Patriot Act for health care, raising concerns about patient privacy and civil liberties. White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s task force has reached out to a range of health technology companies about creating a national coronavirus surveillance system to give the government a near real-time view of where patients are seeking treatment and for what, and whether hospitals can accommodate them, according to four people with knowledge of the discussions. The proposed national network could help determine which areas of the country can safely relax social-distancing rules and which should remain vigilant. But it would also...
  • Google launches 'mobility' project that traces human activities worldwide

    04/03/2020 10:20:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    UPI ^ | April 3, 2020 | By Clyde Hughes
    Americans are going to transit stations, retail and recreation locations and workplaces much less frequently now than they were just a month ago, according to a new mobility project from Google that traces human movements worldwide. The U.S. tech giant said it's creating Community Mobility Reports for nations around the world that detail people's daily movements based on data gathered from its Maps platform and other mobile services. Google said the data are collected in a way that protects individual privacy and gives healthcare officials a view on how the coronavirus pandemic has changed people's movements, routines and habits worldwide....
  • Google to publish user location data to help govts tackle virus

    04/03/2020 2:53:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 80 replies
    France24 ^ | April 3, 2020
    Paris (AFP) - Google will publish location data from its users around the world from Friday to allow governments to gauge the effectiveness of social distancing measures put in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the tech giant said. The reports on users' movements in 131 countries will be made available on a special website and will "chart movement trends over time by geography," according to a post on one of the company's blogs. Trends will be display "a percentage point increase or decrease in visits" to locations like parks, shops, homes and places of work, not "the absolute number...
  • Coronavirus: Govt set to release 'contact tracking' app which detects nearby virus carriers [UK]

    03/31/2020 6:52:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    SKY News ^ | March 31, 2020 | by Rowland Manthorpe
    The government is preparing to release an app which alerts people if they come too close to someone who has tested positive for COIVD-19, Sky News can reveal. The contact tracking app, which will operate on an opt-in basis, will be released either just before or just after the lockdown is lifted, according to several people with close knowledge of the project. NHS bosses hope the app will attract more than 50% of the population, as large numbers of people using it together will be necessary for it to work effectively. The existence of the app, which was first revealed...
  • Cell phone data reveals which California counties are not socially distancing

    03/31/2020 5:51:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 30, 2020 | By Eric Ting
    Want to know which California counties are evidently not doing a very good job of obeying the statewide shelter-in-place order that has been in effect for over a week now? The data company Unacast, a firm that collects cell phone location data for private companies, created an interactive map that shows which counties in California and beyond are correctly "socially distancing" by staying at home. Each county and state is graded on an A-F basis on the "change in average mobility," or the decline in distance traveled since quarantine measures were first put in place. "To calculate the actual underlying...
  • Israel to use computer analysis to find likely coronavirus carriers

    03/30/2020 10:38:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 30, 2020 | by Steven Scheer, Tova Cohen
    TEL AVIV - Israel’s defense ministry plans to use software that analyses data gathered from mobile phones - produced, according to Israeli media, by the spyware firm NSO - to help locate likely carriers of the coronavirus in order to test them. Defense Minister Naftali Bennett told reporters that the “coronameter” would need approval from the cabinet - likely to be given - as well as an assessment of privacy issues from the attorney general, who has the power to block it. But it could be operational within 48 hours of getting the go-ahead. Israel already tests around 5,000 people...
  • COVID-19 Exposes Lack of Health Data Exchange

    03/17/2020 4:21:42 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 11 replies
    eHealth Intelligence ^ | 3-16-20 | Christopher Jason
    The ONC interoperability rule is a step in the right direction towards a nationwide health data exchange and enhanced interoperability. The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has put the importance of health data exchange and interoperability under a microscope. Niam Yaraghi, a fellow in governance studies at the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings Institution, penned an op-ed to explain why he thinks the US lacks health information technologies to stop or contain the COVID-19 epidemic. “The pandemic has shattered our common beliefs about the type and scope of health information exchange (HIE),” wrote Yaraghi. “It has shown us that...
  • The Best Free VPN Services in 2020

    03/08/2020 2:24:46 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 40 replies
    tomsguide.com ^ | March 2, 2020 | James Rivington
    The overall best VPN services encrypt all your internet traffic and pass it through a private tunnel to their own secure servers so that no one can see what you're reading or downloading - not the government, not your ISP, not even the VPN service itself.Very simply, a VPN (short for virtual private network) is an app you can download for your mobile or laptop that allows you to hide your location, identity and IP address from the rest of the internet.All internet content is completely encrypted - securely jumbled so no one could read it even if they intercepted...
  • China's online censors tighten grip after brief coronavirus respite

    02/11/2020 3:42:17 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 11, 2020 | by Beijing Newsroom
    BEIJING - China’s coronavirus outbreak has tested the limits of free speech on the country’s heavily censored online and social media, with a brief window of liberalization that opened during January subsequently slammed shut by authorities. The period from Jan 19 to Feb 1, when public concern about the coronavirus exploded just as China was gearing up for the Lunar New Year holiday, saw an uncharacteristic loosening. Online buzz about the outbreak flourished, with netizens largely unfettered in criticizing local authorities - but not central government leaders - over their handling of the crisis. That liberalisation has come to end,...