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Facebook's Pivot To Groups Could Help It Create Privacy-Protecting Ads

Could Facebook's pivot to fostering community through Groups actually help it reinvent its advertising business for this new regulatory climate?…

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The US Has Stopped Talking About 'Fake News' But Not The Rest Of The World

A closer look at both media coverage and search interest shows the phrase "fake news" has steadily faded from interest…

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The Web That Once Sought To Destroy Community Is Working To Rebuild It

After a quarter century of ceaseless efforts to minimize and even eradicate the very concept of togetherness, the web is…

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Could Data Analytics Force Electric Scooters To Obey Traffic Laws?

Would it be feasible to force the electric ride sharing scooters that are increasingly deluging our cities to integrate technological…

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Deep Learning Will Be The End Of End To End Encryption

Rather than governments demanding encryption backdoors, it will likely be technology companies themselves building in those bypasses to ensure the…

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Trump Era Coverage of AG 'Contempt' Dwarfs Obama Era 'Crisis'

A White House citing executive privilege in refusing to hand over subpoenaed documents to Congress. An attorney general held in…

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Countering Online Extremism Is Too Important To Leave To Facebook

Facebook reminds us how little we actually know about the success or failure of Silicon Valley's counter-terrorism efforts. Read The…

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Facebook's Disaster Maps And The Limits Of Privacy Preservation

As Facebook provides additional details of its Disaster Maps' inner workings, it reminds us how it sees our personal data…

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What Happens When Television News Gets The Deep Fake Treatment?

In our era of "fake news" and foreign influence, we are likely to see the rise of "falsified newscasts" in…

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Why Web Archives Need To Engage With Researchers

Web archives preserve the only record of our ephemeral digital evolution. It is imperative that they get that record right…

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Data Science Must Embrace Creating Not Just Collecting Data

Data science will fail to achieve its full potential until it lets go of this idea of "cheap and fast"…

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Data Isn't 'Truth'

As data science matures it must become far more like the hard sciences, especially a willingness to expend the resources…

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Is Digital Age Propaganda Fundamentally Different From That Of Past Eras?

If we truly hope to understand misinformation, disinformation, "fake news" and foreign influence, we must let go of the idea…

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As GDPR Turns One Is It A Success Or A Failure?

GDPR has been merely public posturing rather than privacy protection, offering the public empty promises that their governments have yet…

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As Orwell's 1984 Turns 70 It Predicted Much Of Today's Surveillance Society

As we rush towards an ever more Orwellian world of surveillance and censorship, perhaps we might all take the time…

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Will Social Media's Active Algorithmic Moderation Lead To 1984?

Algorithmic moderation might at first glance seem like the ultimate solution to all of the online world's evils, but in…

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Would Facebook's Move To The Edge Really Solve The Privacy Problem?

Facebook's move to the edge will create a useful public relations story for it but do little to constrain the…

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FiveThirtyEight: Cable News Is Covering Biden As Much As Every Other Democratic Candidate Combined

FiveThiryEight's Dhrumil Mehta graphs the state of the 2020 Democratic field. Read The Full Article.

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Would Facebook's Phone-Based Content Moderation Solve Its Globalization Problem?

Could Facebook's move towards shifting its content moderation algorithms from its centralized datacenters out to users' phones help it transition…

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How Edge AI Could Solve The Problem Of Personalized Ads In An Encrypted World

One of the greatest challenges confronting social media companies as they push towards their "privacy first" visions of our digital…

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Facebook Just Gave Repressive Regimes The Ultimate Surveillance Blueprint

Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of Facebook's new initiative to move content moderation to the edge, running their algorithms directly…

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Could Facebook Turn The World's Smartphone Microphones Into Batman's Massive Surveillance Network?

Could Facebook realize the vision of Batman's The Dark Knight in turning the world's smartphone microphones into a global surveillance…

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Could Facebook's Edge AI Message Scanning Save Encryption?

Could Facebook's efforts to scan users' decrypted messages directly on their phones offer a potential solution that would enable governments…

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Facebook's Edge AI Content Scanning Brings NSA-Style Surveillance And Censorship To The Planet

Will the future be Facebook-produced AI algorithms running directly on our phones, monitoring every second of our lives, eliminating encryption,…