Space Force will be a Marines-like branch under Air Force authority

February 26, 2019

President Trump is expected to sign into creation the Space Force today, as a special limb of the army overseen by the Air Force Department, according to a report in The Washington Post. The president’s decision is considered a win for the Us air force and Defense Department broadly, which had argued against setting up an independent military department based on their concerns that it would add brand-new layers of…

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UK parliament calls for antitrust, data abuse probe of Facebook

February 26, 2019

A final report by a British parliamentary committee which invested months last year analyse online political disinformation shapes very uncomfortable speaking for Facebook — with the company singled out for “disingenuous” and “bad faith” responses to democratic concerns about the misuse of people’s data. In the report, published today, the committee has also called for Facebook’s use of user data to be investigated by the UK’s data watchdog. In an…

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Trump agrees to reopen the federal government through mid-February

February 25, 2019

On Friday, President Trump announced his intentions to back off of his demand for border wall fund, permitting the federal government to reopen for three weeks through February 15. The chairwoman touted the decision to reopen the government as a deal in spite of his failure to obtain a multi-billion-dollar agreement toward a physical boundary for the southern border. At 35 days, the federal shutdown has been the lengthiest to…

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Hola Code tackles the real migration crisis

February 22, 2019

Tamara Davison He had expended 14 years in Florida and was leaving behind his wife and three children restored to Mexico so he could go through the process of returning to the United States legally. Upon his return to Mexico, Hernandez had worked in structure, call centers and sold CDs before ultimately being given an opportunity that made a return to the United States less appealing. Hernandez now works as…

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Facebook removes hundreds of accounts linked to fake news group in Indonesia

February 22, 2019

Facebook said today it has removed the thousands of Facebook and Instagram accounts with linked to an organization that peddled fake news. The world’s fourth largest country with a population of more than 260 million, Indonesia is in an election year alongside Southeast Asia neighbors Thailand and the Philippines. Facebook said this week it has set up an” election integrity” team in Singapore, its APAC HQ, as it tries to…

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OpenAI built a text generator so good, its considered too dangerous to release

February 22, 2019

A storm is brewing over a new expression model, built by non-profit artificial intelligence research corporation OpenAI, which it says is so good at generating convincing, well-written text that it’s worried about potential abuse. That’s angered some in the community, who have accused the societies of reneging on a promise not to close off its research. OpenAI told you so new natural language example, GPT-2, was trained to predict the…

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Is Europe closing in on an antitrust fix for surveillance technologists?

February 14, 2019

The German Federal Cartel Office’s decision to order Facebook to change how it processes users’ personal data this week is a sign the antitrust tide could at last be turning against platform power. One European Commission source we spoke to, who was noting in a personal ability, described it as” clearly pioneering” and “a big deal”, even without Facebook being penalty a dime. The FCO’s decision instead censors the social…

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Facebook finds and kills another 512 Kremlin-linked fake accounts

January 26, 2019

Two years on from the U.S. general elections, Facebook continues to have a major problem with Russian disinformation being megaphoned via its social tools. In a blog post today the company uncovers another tranche of Kremlin-linked fake activity — saying it’s removed a total of 471 Facebook pages and reports, as well as 41 Instagram reports, which were being used to spread propaganda into areas where Putin’s regime has sharp…

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Politiscope, an app to track Congressional voting records and bills, launches on android devices

January 25, 2019

Last September, two former National Football League musicians launched an app called Politiscope to track the voting records of members of Congress and the statutes that they were introducing — and furnish non-partisan informed about what those bills and votes would mean to voters. The pro-football-playing brothers, Walter Powell Jr. and Brandon Williams, launched the app to provide an accurate accounting of what Congressional leadership was doing — something the…

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Watch Google CEO Sundar Pichai testify in Congress on bias, China and more

January 3, 2019

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has managed to avoid the public political grillings that came here for tech commanders at Facebook and Twitter this year. But not today. Today he will be in front of the House Judiciary committee for a hearing entitled: Transparency& Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices . The hearing kickings off at 10:00 ET — and will be streamed live via our…

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Coinbase abandons its cautious approach with plan to list up to 30 new cryptocurrencies

December 30, 2018

Coinbase is the most conservative exchange in cryptoland, largely because it is operating the U.S. under the watchful eye of the SEC. The$ 8 billion-valued company trades fewer than ten cryptocurrencies to customers but on Friday announced it announced a major expansion that could see it list up to 30 brand-new tokens. The company said it is considering support Ripple’s XRP, EOS — the Ethereum challenger that comprised a year-long…

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WTF is happening to crypto?

December 18, 2018

Four weeks ago the crypto sells were gate-crashing hard. Now they’re crashing harder. Bitcoin, which hasn’t fallen past $6,000 for months, has dumped to $4,413.99 as of this morning, and nearly everything else is falling in unison. Ethereum, flying high at $700 a few months ago, is at $140. Coinbase, that bastion of crypto stability, is currently sporting a series of charts that was like Aspen black-diamond ski runs. When…

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Big tech must not reframe digital ethics in its image

November 20, 2018

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s visage loomed big over the European parliament the coming week, both literally and figuratively, as global privacy regulators gathered in Brussels to interrogate the human impacts of technologies that obtain their influence and persuasiveness from our data. The eponymous social network has been at the center of a privacy storm this year. And every fresh Facebook content concern — be it about discrimination or dislike speech…

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Europes parliament calls for full audit of Facebook in wake of breach scandal

November 14, 2018

The European Parliament has called for a full audit of Facebook following a string of data used breach scandals — including the Cambridge Analytica affair. MEPs are recommending the company to allow European Union forms to carry out a full examination to assess personal data protection and security of users’ personal data, next following the scandal in which the data of 87 million Facebook consumers was improperly procured and misused….

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Twitter widens its view of bad actors to fight election fiddlers

October 30, 2018

Twitter has announced more the alteration of its rules to try to make it harder for people to use its platform to spread politically charged disinformation and thereby erode democratic processes. In an update on its” elections integrity study” yesterday, the company flagged several brand-new changes to the Twitter Rules which it said are intended to provide “clearer guidance” on behaviors it’s cracking down on. In the problem area of”…

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Facebook hires former UK Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg, as global policy chief

October 26, 2018

Facebook has confirmed it has hired the former commander of the UK’s former third largest registered political party — Nick Clegg of the middle ground Liberal Democrat — to head up world policy and comms. The news was reported earlier by the Financial Times. Elliot Schrage, who has been in post for a decade is abiding on as an advisor, is in accordance with Facebook, and in a post announcing…

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Presidential alerts we really hope Trump wont send

October 8, 2018

Move over Twitter, President Trump now has the power to send every phone in the land a simultaneous message — thanks to the new “presidential alert”, tested by FEMA yesterday. What’s it for? The idea is to enable the president of the United States to warn the nation of major threats — such as a natural disaster or terrorist attack. FEMA did already have the power to mass text US phones,…

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Coinbase plots to become the New York Stock Exchange of crypto securities

September 28, 2018

The future of Coinbase seems something like the New york stock exchange. That’s according a eyesight laid out by CEO Brian Amstrong who was interviewed on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today. Coinbase is known for being the most popular exchange for converting fiat currency into crypto — most of the largest traded exchanges are crypto-to-crypto — but he foresees a future in which it plays host to…

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Highlights from the Senate Intelligence hearing with Facebook and Twitter

September 21, 2018

Another day, another political grilling for social media platform giants. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s fourth hearing took place this morning, with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey present to take questions as bearded wiseman CEO Jack Dorsey (whose experimental word of the month appears to be “cadence” — as in he frequently said he would like a greater “cadence” of meetings with intelligence tips from law enforcement). But…

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Fake news inquiry calls for social media levy to defend democracy

August 29, 2018

A UK parliamentary committee which has been running a multi-month investigation into the impact of online disinformation on political campaigning — and on republic itself — has published a preliminary report highlighting what it describes as” substantial concerns” over the risks to” shared values and the soundnes of our democratic institutions “. It’s calling for “urgent action” from government and regulatory bodies to” build resilience against misinformation and disinformation into…

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