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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

Onderzoek: ‘Simple Demographics Often Identify People Uniquely’

1. Abstract In this document, I report on experiments I conducted using 1990 U.S. Census summary data to determine how many individuals within geographically situated populations had combinations of demographic values that occurred infrequently. It was found that combinations of few characteristics often combine in populations to uniquely or nearly uniquely identify some individuals. Clearly, … Lees verder

Aan Googles liefde voor onderwijs zit iets dubbels – creëert Google klanten voor het leven?

  Grote techbedrijven hebben hun oog laten vallen op het onderwijs. Met Google voorop. 70 procent van de basisscholen in Nederland werkt met laptops en software van het bedrijf. ‘Dit is geen liefdadigheid van Google. Zo creëer je klanten voor het leven.’ Met grote ogen staart Justin naar de laptop voor hem. De 8-jarige scholier – blonde … 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

An AI app that “undressed” women shows how deepfakes harm the most vulnerable

  DeepNude has now been taken offline, but it won’t be the last time such technology is used to target vulnerable populations. The attention around deepfakes and synthetic media has grown in recent months. But while the conversation has primarily focused on its potential impact on politics, several experts in human rights and tech ethics have warned that another … Lees verder

I Got Access to My Secret Consumer Score. Now You Can Get Yours, Too.

  Little-known companies are amassing your data — like food orders and Airbnb messages — and selling the analysis to clients. Here’s how to get a copy of what they have on you. As consumers, we all have “secret scores”: hidden ratings that determine how long each of us waits on hold when calling a … Lees verder

Most people don’t understand privacy, and that’s a huge opportunity for design

  New research highlights just how clueless we are when it comes to digital privacy. It’s time for companies to step up and fill in the gaps. Nobody reads privacy policies before joining a platform like Facebook or Google. They constitute thousands of words of legalese, a construction that literally requires a law degree to … Lees verder