Facebook has become a critical surveillance tool for governments, from tracking dissidents to building facial recognition systems, reinforced by its latest Russian data leak. Other web companies may know us better, but only Facebook makes its observations available to the world. Read The Full Article.
The sad truth is that Facebook's network has become so ingrained in society across the world that we simply cannot function without it anymore and thus we'll look past the latest breach. What must change to make the Facebooks of the world more like the Googles? Read The Full Article.
BigQuery’s unique ability to couple petascale query infrastructure with thousands or even tens of thousands of cores and apply it on demand will allow us to fundamentally rethink both the scale of how we incorporate space into our analyses and the kinds of questions that are now within our reach. Read The Full Article.
From their early roots as absolute defenders of free speech, social media platforms have embraced black box filtering without any accountability into how what we see and say are being profoundly reshaped every day. Bullying is far too important of a societal issue to address in secrecy and shadows. Read The Full Article.
Google's presentation captures a company not presenting a vision for global internet censorship, but rather a company asking the most important question of all: how to preserve the freedom of the web while protecting it from the darkest corners of society and to do so before it is too late. Read The Full Article.
The biggest privacy threat from smart devices is not companies mining our data, but rather governments waking up to their immense mass surveillance potential. Read The Full Article.
Hash-based blacklisting has become the dominate approach to fighting terrorism online, but fails to understand context. We have the tools to truly combat terrorist posts, but will Silicon Valley finally decide to bring its immense capabilities to bear on its terrorism problem? Read The Full Article.
As major web hosting companies embrace free automatic SSL services like Let’s Encrypt, securing the web should be easier than ever. Read The Full Article.
We are increasingly inviting Orwellian surveillance devices into our homes, filling our most intimate spaces with internet-connected cameras and microphones and simply blindly trusting that those who built them didn’t make any security mistakes and won’t misuse the information they collect from them Read The Full Article.
The social media platforms that once empowered the world’s citizenry have instead today silenced those voices, elevated the elites and created a surveillance state that George Orwell would be proud of. Read The Full Article.
Standing between a safe and privacy-first web and an Orwellian online dystopia is the empathy and ethics of those creating our digital world – what would happen if technical curriculums prioritized those two concepts with the same intensity they emphasize technical understanding? Read The Full Article.
The pinpoint targeting of social media ads allows for for one-click discrimination, but what responsibility do the platforms have for stopping illegal ads? Read The Full Article.
The Washington Post's Erik Wemple used the Television Explorer to explore trends in how the major networks have covered the national debt story. Read The Full Article.
The modern public cloud is increasingly abstracting away the impact of geography, allowing companies to deploy globalized applications without changing a line of code. Read The Full Article.
Bloomberg's story of the Chinese government covertly installing 'spy chips' on computers used in major commercial and US Government data centers reminds us that in the digital world, all roads lead to China, though the public cloud offers hope. Read The Full Article.
Facebook’s silent practice of mining uploaded address books for contact information on other users reminds us that little has changed post-Cambridge Analytica, while questions about the company's transparency remind us that it is truly time to stop blindly trusting the social platforms. Read The Full Article.
Twitter announces it will involve its users in setting policy, but its inaugural attempt falls short. Instead, we need transparency and local policies that embrace diversity and our international differences. Read The Full Article.
Facebook's breach raises questions about Single Sign On systems, but if the web embraced Estonia's model of hardware cryptographic identities instead of treating two factor as an anti-phishing feature and socials saw our data as being as valuable as we do, we could finally have a secure web. Read The Full Article.
Most remarkable about the Facebook story is not that a breach happened, but rather that the company took so long to detect it and the risk of blackmail or election interference from the stolen data, while the breach itself reminds us of the incredible value of our data. Read The Full Article.
Historically the DOC 2.0 API has sorted its results according to the default ElasticSearch textual relevancy scoring model. Given GDELT's incredibly deep reach across the world, this means the API frequently returns as its top results coverage that is highly textually relevant but which originates from obscure small outlets that lack the broader focus and contextualization […]
Vox: Fox News Won’t Say Kavanaugh’s Accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, Is Lying. They Say She’s Misremembering.
Vox's Alvin Chang uses the Television Explorer to examine how often the major networks covered the Kavanaugh story from the standpoint of memory. Read The Full Article.
We have the technologies to automatically verify many aspects of photographs and videos online, from examining their provenance to verifying their description and evaluating embedded memes. Why don’t companies like Facebook embrace them? Read The Full Article.
A new study shows the limits of social media in connecting the world and that for all their technological might, Silicon Valley cannot simply bend human nature to its will. Read The Full Article.
What can we learn about how we “see” the world through the news by processing half a billion global news images through Google’s deep learning Cloud Vision API and new Cloud Inference API? Read The Full Article.