Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Tag: Technological

UK Report On Zuckerberg, Russia And Cambridge Analytica

UK Report On Zuckerberg, Russia And Cambridge Analytica

Facebook The UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee’s (DCMS) far-reaching interim report on its 18-month investigation into fake news and the use of data and “dark ads” in elections offers a wide-ranging, informed and sustained critique that carries with it the full weight of parliament. The verdict

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Data Is A Fingerprint

Data Is A Fingerprint

In August 2016, the Australian government released an “anonymised” data set comprising the medical billing records, including every prescription and surgery, of 2.9 million people. Names and other identifying features were removed from the records in an effort to protect individuals’ privacy, but a research team from the University of

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Tech’s Dirty Secret

Tech’s Dirty Secret

What is data mining? The process of digging through data to discover hidden connections and predict future trends has a long history. Sometimes referred to as “knowledge discovery in databases,” the term “data mining” wasn’t coined until the 1990s. But its foundation comprises three intertwined scientific disciplines: statistics (the numeric

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The Great Firewall Of China

While strict censorship is nothing new in one-party China, under President Xi Jinping, online restraints have grown tighter, particularly around the time of politically sensitive events like the death of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo in July. Ahead of the Communist Party Congress in October, China began blocking the WhatsApp messaging service and extended

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The DNA Cops

The DNA Cops

Genetic engineering could help produce more resilient crops and more effective vaccines. Some fear that it could also be used to make a biological weapon. In January, a small research team at the University of Alberta engineered a cousin of the lethal smallpox virus called horsepox, using strands of DNA

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Cyberlaundering

Cyber Laundering

We all have a stake in stopping cybercrime, which also enables so many other crimes, from human trafficking and migrant smuggling to trafficking in drugs, illicit firearms and wildlife, and money laundering,” said Yury Fedotov, the director general at the United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime, this week. States are

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