Rapport – People, Power and Technology: The Tech Workers’ View

  Executive Summary People, Power and Technology: The Tech Workers’ View is the first in-depth research into the attitudes of the people who design and build digital technologies in the UK. It shows that workers are calling for an end to the era of moving fast and breaking things. Significant numbers of highly skilled people are voting … Lees verder

Exclusive: Government officials around the globe targeted for hacking through WhatsApp – sources

  WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior government officials in multiple U.S.-allied countries were targeted earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) WhatsApp to take over users’ phones, according to people familiar with the messaging company’s investigation. Sources familiar with WhatsApp’s internal investigation into the breach said a “significant” portion of the known … Lees verder

2020 Voters Are Already Being Inundated by Fake News on Facebook

  A year out from the election, the sharing of fake news is accelerating, and this time it’s homegrown. A year out from the 2020 presidential election, a flood of fake news is already consuming Facebook, with U.S. voters hit with a “tsunami of disinformation” in the last three months. But unlike in 2016, this … Lees verder

Drie Amsterdammers uit de DDR over opgroeien aan de oostkant

  Zaterdag precies 30 jaar geleden gebeurde wat niemand voor mogelijk hield: de Berlijnse Muur viel. Amsterdammers uit de DDR over opgroeien aan de oostkant. ‘Mijn moeder heeft de Stasi-dossiers achteraf niet ingezien. Ze wilde niet weten wie ons had bespioneerd.’ Ursula van Vlerken-Rothenburger (1952) is geboren in Thüringen. Ze was wijnboer in de DDR … Lees verder

We must stop smiling our way towards a surveillance state

  Allowing facial recognition technology to spread without understanding its impact could have serious consequences. In the last few years facial recognition has been gradually introduced across a range of different technologies. Some of these are relatively modest and useful; thanks to facial recognition software you can open you smartphone just by looking at it, … Lees verder

Database leaks data on most of Ecuador’s citizens, including 6.7 million children

  Elasticsearch server leaks personal data on Ecuador’s citizens, their family trees, and children, but also some users’ financial records and car registration information. The personal records of most of Ecuador’s population, including children, has been left exposed online due to a misconfigured database, ZDNet has learned. The database, an Elasticsearch server, was discovered two weeks ago … Lees verder

Freedom on the Net 2019 – The Crisis of Social Media

What was once a liberating technology has become a conduit for surveillance and electoral manipulation. Internet freedom is increasingly imperiled by the tools and tactics of digital authoritarianism, which have spread rapidly around the globe. Repressive regimes, elected incumbents with authoritarian ambitions, and unscrupulous partisan operatives have exploited the unregulated spaces of social media platforms, … Lees verder

What happened when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came face to face with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

  The New York politician has exposed the firm’s shameless disregard for the truth It was 1am the night before we published the Cambridge Analytica files in March last year and I got an urgent message from my fellow reporter, Emma Graham-Harrison. Facebook, which that day had sent us a letter threatening legal action if we … Lees verder

‘Blijf met je klauwen van m’n wijkie af’: vier vragen over fraudedetector SyRI

  Is het een slimme manier om met behulp van algoritmes fraude op te sporen, of een systeem dat vooral inwoners uit armere wijken raakt en mensenrechten schendt? Die vraag staat vandaag centraal in de rechtbank Den Haag, waar burgerrechtenorganisaties tegenover de staat staan in een zaak over fraudeopsporingssysteem SyRI. Wat willen ze en hoe … Lees verder