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  1. So what do we mean when we say “then, the post is reviewed by an AI?” TikTok is the most extensive content moderation system that has ever existed. The 411 on content moderation To make that claim, we need to understand the status quo in moderation today. Content moderation was one of the first product problems of user-generated content that computer-vision scientists were tasked with solving (ie. filtering out porn). With very little content moderation on one end of the spectrum (like 4chan) and heavy moderation on the other end (like TikTok), “what’s the right balance?” is a complex product question that touches all the major platforms today — especially when you as a consumer might not even be aware that it’s being filtered out because of the “content bubbles” we live in. From a product perspective, designing for content usually only involves three variations on a theme: Search: goal-oriented, I know what I’m looking for (Google)Browse: aimless, not sure what I want, anything good? (Netflix)Contextual: finding something else along the way (Wikipedia)Read more here : https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/17/how-tiktok-decides-who-to-make-famous/
  2. More than 41 million videos of child sexual abuse were reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2019, partly because the videos have become easier for technology platforms like Facebook and Snapchat to detect, The New York Times reports. Just five years ago, the number of videos reported was less than 350,000. A record-breaking 70 million total images and videos were reported to the center last year; many of them were reported more than once across multiple platforms as users shared the illegal content. Facebook reported almost 60 million photos and videos, the Times report states, based on some 15.9 million reports. Facebook tells The Verge that not all of that content is considered “violating” and that only about 29.2 million met that criteria. Google reported 3.5 million total videos and photos in about 449,000 reports, and Imgur reported 260,000 photos and videos based on about 74,000 reports. It’s worth noting that the number of reports and the number of actual images discovered weren’t always proportional. For instance, Dropbox only made about 5,000 reports in 2019, but found more than 250,000 photos and videos, according to the Times. Apple was apparently one of the lower-reporting big companies, tipping 3,000 images and no videos. And Amazon was almost entirely absent from the list. It makes sense that Facebook would have the highest number of reports; it’s the largest social media platform with more than 2.3 billion users. And last August, Facebook open-sourced the algorithms it uses to identify child sexual exploitation and other graphic content on its platform, so it could remove such content more quickly, which may have played a role in its much higher number. So even though it’s number one on this list, that may be because it’s actively doing more to find this content. “The size and expertise of our team, together with our sophisticated technology, have made us industry leaders in detecting, removing and reporting these images, and thwarting people from sharing them,” Antigone Davis, Facebook global head of safety said in a emailed statement to The Verge, adding that the company “would continue to develop the best solutions to keep more children safe.” But even with better detection of video content, it’s still not possible to fully map the problem of online videos of child sexual abuse. As the Times notes, some cloud storage services, including Amazon, don’t scan for illegal content. And content on Apple’s messaging app is encrypted, so Apple can’t scan it to find illegal material. Privacy is at the heart of a debate over how to detect and remove this content without introducing unnecessary friction for users. Facebook is considering moving toward encryption, but taking a lot of flak for it for it. And a draft bill to create a National Commission on Online Child Exploitation Prevention would reduce legal protections for websites while establishing rules for detecting and removing content that exploits children — potentially including limits on encryption.
  3. Hoaxes are spreading quickly — are Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter up to the challenge? One result of a world in which everyone has more or less equal access to publishing tools has been what’s sometimes called an epistemic crisis: a scenario in which large groups of people muddle along with very different understandings of reality, undermining the ability of elected officials to govern. This might be particularly scary during a catastrophe, when citizens are relying upon their government for accurate and potentially life-saving information. If you can’t trust official government announcements — or you are misled into thinking that an official-sounding hoax is real — catastrophes might begin compounding upon one another. https://www.theverge.com/interface/2020/1/29/21111849/coronavirus-misinformation-hoaxes-facebook-youtube-twitter-china
  4. Barely over a year ago, we pointed out how dystopian it seemed when Chinese schools added “smart uniforms” to track their students’ attendance. But US colleges are already testing out a similar tactic with a location tracking app, which students are now apparently expected to install on their phones. I say “apparently” because there’s some confusion over whether the schools are actually forcing this on their students. The Kansas City Star reported that at the University of Missouri, new students “won’t be given a choice” of whether to install the SpotterEDU app, which uses Apple’s iBeacons to broadcast a Bluetooth signal that can help the phone figure out whether a student is actually in a room. https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/28/21112456/spotteredu-degree-analytics-student-location-tracking-app-attendance
  5. Facebook is halting all non-essential employee travel to the country, and the company is also telling employees who recently returned from China to work from home, according to Bloomberg. Although Facebook is banned in China, the company does have offices in the country and uses Chinese suppliers for manufacturing its Oculus virtual reality headsets and its Portal family of video chat devices. California-based Razer, known for making popular gaming laptops and accessories, has separately confirmed to The Verge that it is taking similar measures. “Our company has already been restricting travel and advising employees to work from home,” a Razer spokesperson said on Monday. Razer, like Facebook and countless other tech companies, has offices throughout China and uses Chinese suppliers to manufacturer some its hardware, which includes gaming mice and keyboards, as well as headsets and laptops. LG has implemented a complete ban on travel to China, according to Reuters, and has advised its employees already in China on business to return home as quickly as possible.
  6. Your Independence Day visits to r/technology will be short indeed -- Reddit's tech subreddit is offline as part of a stand against social media. Wikipedia cofounder Larry Sangler led the push to "demand that giant, manipulative corporations give us back control over our data, privacy, and user experience." "Following on from the announcement by Larry Sangler of a Social Media Strike," the notice reads. "/r/technology is joining the #SocialMediaStrike Click the links above for more info. Normal service will resume on the 5th." https://www.cnet.com/news/reddits-rtechnology-goes-offline-for-july-4-social-media-strike/
  7. Self-driving venture Waymo has been given permission by California authorities to transport people in its robotaxis. According to TechCrunch, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) gave Waymo the green light this week, issuing a permit that will allow the company to participate in the state's Autonomous Vehicle Passenger Service pilot. This means that Waymo employees will be able to hail a self-driving vehicle and take guests on rides within the company's South Bay territory. There are some restrictions, of course. Waymo can't charge for these rides, and every vehicle must have a safety driver behind the wheel. Interestingly, the CPUC will allow Waymo to contract out its safety driver operations to a third party -- a decision prompted by Waymo's assessment that operating and scaling a "meaningful pilot" requires a large group of drivers who are "more efficiently engaged." They will still go through Waymo's proprietary driver training program. This isn't the first milestone for Waymo in its bid to roll out a nationwide service -- the company launched its first commercial ride-hailing offeringlast year in Arizona, where there's less regulatory red tape for companies to deal with. Nor is this the first permit of its kind to be issued in California -- Zoox scored that accolade in December last year. Nonetheless, the news represents an important advance for Waymo's efforts in the state, where the race is perpetually on to achieve firsts in what is essentially the tech capital of America. More Here https://www.engadget.com/2019/07/03/waymo-test-self-driving-taxis-employees-california/
  8. The government of Singapore has announced its third bug bounty program aimed at assessing the level of security implemented for government systems exposed online. The bug bounty program sees the involvement of the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) and the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech). Like previous programs, this bug bounty initiative program will be operated through the HackerOne platform. The bug bounty program will run from July to August and will see the participation of 200 international hackers and 100 local hackers. The organization will offer payouts between $250 and $10,000 for each vulnerability reported by the experts. The Government will present the results of the program in September. “The Singapore Government’s latest bug bounty program is part of a strategic initiative and commitment to build a secure and resilient Smart Nation by strengthening collaboration with the cybersecurity industry and community.” reads the press release. “GovTech’s bug bounty program will run from July to August 2019 and will cover nine Internet-facing government digital services and information and communication technology systems with high user interaction.” In December 2017, Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) invited roughly 300 white hat hackers from around the world to participate its first bug bounty program. The hackers found 35 vulnerabilities that were paid a total of $15,000. The second program run earlier in 2019 and resulted in the discovery of 26 security flaws that were paid a total of $12,000.
  9. Government officials from Germany and the Netherlands signed an agreement for the building of the first-ever joint military Internet, so-called TEN (Tactical Edge Networking). The agreement was signed this week in Brussels, during a meeting of NATO defense ministers. “The accord was signed on Wednesday in Brussels, Belgium, where NATO defense ministers met this week.” reads the post of ZDnet that first reported the news. “The name of this new Dutch-German military internet is the Tactical Edge Networking, or TEN, for short.” The Tactical Edge Networking (TEN), is the first-ever project that allows states to merge their military networks. Military and defense analysts believe that in the future, the NATO alliance will create for all its members a unique military network. The TEN will be located in Koblenz, Germany, while a design and prototype center will be located at the Bernard Barracks in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. In the first phase of the project, TEN will unify communications between the German army’s (Bundeswehr) land-based operations (D-LBO) and the Dutch Ministry of Defence’s ‘FOXTROT’ tactical communications program. Under the TEN project, soldiers from both governments will use the same equipment (i.e. Computers, radios, tablets, and telephones). The cost for the overall project will be very high, analysts believe it will reach millions of euros. TEN’s deployment is expected to cost the two countries millions of euros in costs to re-equip tens of thousands of soldiers and vehicles with new compatible equipment. According to German newspaper Handelsblatt, both governments aim at a full integration of the defense netwotks. “The digitization of their land forces will tackle the Netherlands and Germany together. The goal: At the latest in the 2030s, the armies of both countries should be networked at all levels and communicate with each other electronically without any restrictions.” reported the Handelsblatt “It’s a really big step, we’ve never done so before,” said Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld-Schouten on Tuesday to Handelsblatt on the sidelines of the meeting of the Nordic NATO defense ministers in Berlin.” Even if Dutch and German army have already conducted joint foreign missions, they have never exchanged information across national borders. “Today we cannot even communicate across borders with our radios,” said Bijleveld-Schouten.
  10. Reaching out to all former affiliates and associates of myself (Pent), Fang, Pandora, Wolf Pack and msn's religion category in general.  I can be contacted via fb "Nexus Oblivion". We've already gathered 40 + known associates in light of so disheartening news which i will not do the disrespect of delivering in this fashion.  
  11. Shortly before ten o’clock on the morning of May 10 last year, Jim Balsillie, cofounder of Research in Motion (rim), the Waterloo, Ontario, company that created BlackBerry phones, took a seat in a conference room across from Parliament Hill. Next to him sat Colin McKay, an executive from Google, the company whose Android operating system was responsible, in part, for BlackBerry’s fall from grace. rim (now BlackBerry) was an industry powerhouse a decade ago, but the success of Android and Apple phones cut its share of the global smartphone market to nearly zero by 2016. Despite this history, it was Balsillie, sporting a neon green tie, who exuded confidence. The men had been called to testify before the House of Commons ethics committee about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, triggered less than two months prior by Canadian whistle-blower Christopher Wylie when he revealed that a British firm had pilfered the personal information of up to 87 million people on Facebook, which was later used by Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential-election campaign. But the hearing quickly devolved into an interrogation of the data-collection practices of a tech industry that, for years, has been hell bent on fending off calls for oversight. McKay, visibly uncomfortable, an uncooperative strand of his combed-back hair dangling above his glasses, was there in part to convince the MPs that Google was not guilty of the negligent privacy practices that Facebook had been accused of. Balsillie, who had cut ties with rim in 2012, joined in the takedown of his former industry, his zeal scarcely concealed. The data-driven economy, Balsillie warned, was developing faster than the ability of policy makers to reckon with its consequences. “We are cascading toward a surveillance state,” he said, conjuring a world divided into the watchers and the watched, a world where Big Tech piles up astronomical profits by distilling our everyday experiences into data to monetize—in some instances, doing so “without a moral conscience.” He mentioned how, in Australia, Facebook had been caught designing algorithms to identify stressed, overwhelmed, and anxious teenagers on its network, presumably to assist advertisers who might want to target them. Google has faced its own parade of scandals, which include the accusation that it illegally collects children’s personal information through YouTube, a subsidiary with algorithms that can push viewers toward increasingly polarizing and vile content—from neo-Nazis to Trump-bashing conspiracy theorists. Why? Because that’s likely to keep us most engaged, thus maximizing Google’s ad revenue. https://thewalrus.ca/are-you-afraid-of-google-blackberry-cofounder-jim-balsillie-says-you-should-be/
  12. According to the media, 1600 motel guests between November 24 and March 2 were spied by the indicted individuals that now face up to five years in prison, as well as a ₩30 million fine along with a ₩10 million penalty for porn distribution. The group wireless micro IP cameras hidden in motel rooms at 30 motels in 10 cities in the North and South Gyeongsang and Chungcheong Provinces. The cameras with 1-millimeter lenses were planted in TV media boxes and power sockets. Image source: Yonhap News AgencyThe group transmitted the videos via a streaming website that was using servers abroad. According to the investigators the site had 4099 registered users, the gang sold 803 videos and earned $6,200. “The site had more than 4,000 members, 97 of whom paid a $44.95 monthly fee to access extra features, such as the ability to replay certain live streams. Between November 2018 and this month, police said, the service brought in upward of $6,000.” reported the CNN. The South Korean authorities confirmed that other similar cases have happened in the past. “There was a similar case in the past where illegal cameras were (secretly installed) and were consistently and secretly watched, but this is the first time the police caught where videos were broadcast live on the internet,” police said. South Korea authorities confirmed that spy-cam sites and revenge porn are common crimes in the country, as reported in a press release published by the Copyright Protection Division of South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. “The police agency strictly deals with criminals who post and share illegal videos as they severely harm human dignity,” reads a statement issued by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency. It is quite easy to buy spy cam detectors in South Korea, The KoreaTimes revealed that the sales of these devices have a spike in March 2019 after media reported the case of a South Korean singer who secretly recorded videos of his partners and shared them with friends. In September 2018, the South Korean government carried out a campaign that led to the inspection of thousands of public toilets for hidden cams The fight against this kind of crime included doubled prison sentences for people involved in such kind of illegal activities.
  13. After being hit with the Cryptolocker ransomware, the City of Westland realized it needed more insight into network traffic, not just at the perimeter. Local governments have been under siege from ransomware attacks in recent years. Colorado announced a state of emergency and called in the National Guard’s cyber team to help after its Department of Transportation was hit with SamSam ransomware in February 2018. March 2018 saw the City of Atlantacrippled by SamSam in an attack that cost an estimated $2.6 million to fix (against an original ransom of $52,000). In January 2019, the website for Dublin’s Luas tram system also fell victim to an extortion attack. “Just like everybody else in the world, local government is attacked very, very heavily,” says Craig Brown, chief innovation officer for City of Westland, Michigan. “Right now, it seems like there's a trend that hackers consider local governments to be low-hanging fruit because of the lack of budgets you find in a lot of technology departments, and it's unfortunate.” In February 2018, Westland suffered a ransomware attack that, despite not causing as much damage as it might have, made the city realize it needed to change how it thought about security. https://www.csoonline.com/article/3367798/ransomware-attack-drives-city-to-seek-greater-network-visibility-into-cyber-threats.html
  14. The White House said Trump intends to redirect money from the military and the Treasury to fund his wall — a plan likely to meet with swift legal challenge. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/trump-declare-national-emergency-obtain-billions-border-wall-n972021
  15. Went around looking and see there's a new chat server called TUSHAT seems to be a spanish network. so I'm going to say welcome to the chat world TUSHAT!!

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