YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Letting Toxic Videos Run Rampant

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Proposals to change recommendations and curb conspiracies were sacrificed for engagement, staff say.

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Wojcicki, YouTube’s chief executive officer, is a reluctant public ambassador, but she was in Austin at the South by Southwest conference to unveil a solution that she hoped would help quell conspiracy theories: a tiny text box from websites like Wikipedia that would sit below videos that questioned well-established facts like the moon landing and link viewers to the truth.

Wojcicki’s media behemoth, bent on overtaking television, is estimated to rake in sales of more than $16 billion a year. But on that day, Wojcicki compared her video site to a different kind of institution. “We’re really more like a library,” she said, staking out a familiar position as a defender of free speech. “There have always been controversies, if you look back at libraries.”

Since Wojcicki took the stage, prominent conspiracy theories on the platform—including one on child vaccinations; another tying Hillary Clinton to a Satanic cult—have drawn the ire of lawmakers eager to regulate technology companies. And YouTube is, a year later, even more associated with the darker parts of the web. Continue reading “YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Letting Toxic Videos Run Rampant”

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US needs an internet data privacy law, GAO tells Congress

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Chief auditor cites Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data scandal as an example of why a privacy law is necessary.

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The federal government’s chief auditor has recommended Congress consider developing legislation to beef up consumers’ internet data privacy protections. much like the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.

The recommendation was included in a 56-page report (PDF) issued Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office, the government agency that provides auditing, evaluation and investigative services for Congress. The report was prepared at the request two years ago by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has scheduled a hearing to discuss the subject for Feb. 26.

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In Vietnam, Fake Death Certificates Are Weaponized to Hack Facebook Accounts

Published on Monday, 24 December 2018 16:00Written by Saigoneer.

Vietnam’s fake document industry has upgraded for the information age.

Vietnam has one of the largest populations of Facebook users in the world. According to Noudhy Valdryno, a representative from Facebook’s Asia-Pacific Division, the country has 42 million daily users, accounting for 17% of Southeast Asia’s total 242 million. With a robust local Facebook user base comes darker implications, however, such as the manifestation of fake news, bullying or porn bots. Continue reading “In Vietnam, Fake Death Certificates Are Weaponized to Hack Facebook Accounts”

Mại dâm và nhân phẩm con người

VNN – Vượt qua nhiều chủ đề, vụ phát hiện mấy người mẫu đi khách với giá cao nhất lên đến 25.000 đô la ngay lập tức tràn ngập mạng xã hội và thậm chí là một số tờ báo.

Mại dâm và nhân phẩm con ngườiNhân phẩm con người vẫn cần được tôn trọng. Ảnh Tư Liệu.

Kể cũng đúng thôi, những chủ đề liên quan đến đời sống cá nhân, gây tò mò như vậy bao giờ chả thu hút được số đông độc giả.

Chỉ có điều, thông tin “được xì ra” mất cân đối, chỉ tập trung vào các cô người mẫu bán dâm và lờ tịt đi người mua dâm và số tiền khủng được cho là họ trả. Continue reading “Mại dâm và nhân phẩm con người”

Detecting ‘deepfake’ videos in the blink of an eye

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A new form of misinformation is poised to spread through online communities as the 2018 midterm election campaigns heat up. Called “deepfakes” after the pseudonymous online account that popularized the technique – which may have chosen its name because the process uses a technical method called “deep learning” – these fake videos look very realistic.

So far, people have used deepfake videos in pornography and satire to make it appear that famous people are doing things they wouldn’t normally. But it’s almost certain deepfakes will appear during the campaign season, purporting to depict candidates saying things or going places the real candidate wouldn’t. Continue reading “Detecting ‘deepfake’ videos in the blink of an eye”

Đừng biến mình thành con rối dưới tay Việt Tân

Kết quả hình ảnh cho Nghiêm trị hành vi sử dụng internet phá hoại nội bộ, xâm hại lợi ích quốc gia, dân tộc
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Lợi dụng những vấn đề nhạy cảm, phức tạp về chính trị, xã hội để kích động bạo loạn, biểu tình là chiêu bài nguy hiểm của tổ chức phản động Việt Tân. Đáng tiếc, nhiều người vì các lý do khác nhau đã bị rơi vào bẫy của Việt Tân, bị chúng lợi dụng làm con rối chống phá đất nước, gây bất ổn về an ninh chính trị, xã hội.

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Cambridge Analytica controversy must spur researchers to update data ethics

A scandal over an academic’s use of Facebook data highlights the need for research scrutiny.
Revelations keep emerging in the Cambridge Analytica personal-data scandal, which has captured global public attention for more than a week. But when the dust settles, researchers harvesting data online will face greater scrutiny. And so they should.

At the centre of the controversy is Aleksandr Kogan, a psychologist and neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge, UK. In 2014, he recruited people to complete a number of surveys and sign up to an app that handed over Facebook information on themselves — and tens of millions of Facebook friends. Kogan passed the data to SCL, a UK firm that later founded controversial political-consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica in London. (All those involved deny any wrongdoing.) Continue reading “Cambridge Analytica controversy must spur researchers to update data ethics”

Vietnam’s new internet law will make the economy lag

Author: Phan Le, ANU

Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security (MoPS) thinks it is killing two birds with one stone by passing new laws regulating data storage. But it could soon find out it has no use for two dead birds while the stone flies off and damages the economy.

In June 2017, the MoPS proposed a draft cybersecurity law that requires all foreign online service providers (including Facebook, Google and Twitter) to store their Vietnamese users’ data exclusively in Vietnamese data centres — a practice known as ‘data localisation’. Foreign tech firms would likely have Vietnamese partners run their local data centres, manage domestic service sales and handle government requests for user data. The proposal has sparked a heated debate between those who believe in its benefits and those who warn against its serious threats to economic development. Continue reading “Vietnam’s new internet law will make the economy lag”

FOSSASIA Summit 2018: OpenTechSummit March 22-25, 2018

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OpenTechSummit March 22-25, 2018 Singapore

FOSSASIA Summit 2018:

The Open Conversational Web” with Open Source AI at Asia’s Leading Open Technology Conference

FOSSASIA teams up with Science Centre Singapore and Lifelong Learning Institute for Asia’s premier open technology summit. The FOSSASIA OpenTechSummit is taking place from March 22-25, 2018 under the tagline “The Open Conversational Web” with a strong focus on Artificial Intelligence and Cloud for the Industry 4.0. More than 200 speakers will fly in to present at the event. International exhibitors will showcase their latest advancements and meet developers in a careers fair.

The FOSSASIA Open Tech Summit is an annual tech event featuring tech icons from around the world since 2009. The event is all about the latest and greatest open source technologies and their impact and applications on business and society. With more than 3,000 attendees the FOSSASIA Summit is the biggest gathering of Open Source developers and businesses in Asia. A great feature of 2018 is the expanded exhibition space where tech businesses, SMEs and startups converge with developers and customers and meet potential candidates in a careers fair. Continue reading “FOSSASIA Summit 2018: OpenTechSummit March 22-25, 2018”

Why Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Is Cozying Up With China’s Cops

By SCOTT CENDROWSKI October 26, 2016

Eight months after Apple CEO Tim Cook staged a very public spat with U.S. law officials over accessing users’ private data, Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma is moving in the opposite direction. Sort through our country’s data, he told Chinese law officials last Friday, it can help pinpoint terrorist activity. Continue reading “Why Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Is Cozying Up With China’s Cops”

Mặt trái của mạng xã hội

Thái Bình Thứ Sáu,  5/1/2018, 07:07 

Uber là một trong những ông lớn công nghệ bị công chúng phản đối năm 2017 sau khi bùng ra nhiều vụ tai tiếng đến nỗi nhà sáng lập công ty phải từ chức. Ảnh: The Guardian

(TBKTSG) – Khi cuốn sách của Jonathan Taplin “Move Fast and Break Things” (Di chuyển nhanh và Phá vỡ mọi thứ) được xuất bản ở Anh hồi tháng 4-2017, cái nhan đề phụ của nó “How Facebook, Google và Amazon cornered culture and undermined democracy” (Facebook, Google và Amazon đã lũng đoạn văn hóa và xói mòn nền dân chủ như thế nào) đã bị gạch bỏ bởi vì nhà xuất bản nghĩ rằng nhận định đó không có cơ sở. Nhưng lần tái bản vào đầu năm 2018, nhan đề phụ đó sẽ được khôi phục. Tác giả Taplin cho rằng “Đã có sự thay đổi rất lớn trong sáu tháng qua; trước đó mọi người dường như đang ngủ mê”.

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