Who is watching you online?

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Around 40 million UK adults – 78% of us – go online every day or almost every day. By posting on social media, booking tickets or buying a DVD, we add to the 2.3 billion gigabytes of internet data created daily.  The data trail we leave on our online journey says much about our habits… Read more »

Facebook accused of suppressing news about conservatives and links to right-leaning websites.

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The Commerce Committee, led by Republican John Thune of South Dakota, asked CEO Mark Zuckerberg to respond to anonymous allegations that former contractors suppressed news about conservatives and links to right-leaning websites. Thune demanded to know who is ultimately responsible for approving stories for the “trending” box on the Facebook home page; what steps Facebook… Read more »

How Google is endangering police officers

Posted by & filed under App Economy, Civil Liberties, Emerging Technologies, Ethical issues, IT and Politics, IT Trends, Web 3.0.

For the fifth year in a row, ambush attacks on police officers were the No. 1 cause of felonious deaths of law enforcement officers in the line of duty. Nevertheless, Google continues to market a smartphone application that lets lawbreakers pinpoint the location of police officers in the field. Google’s executives won’t even discuss the… Read more »

Cracked iPhone: Should you be worried?

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Source: BBC Technology News Date: March 31, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35916857 Discussion 1) Apple was clear when it rejected the court order to crack into the iPhone held by the FBI that doing so would expose all iPhone users to the possibility of having an unprotected iPhone.  With the iPhone now cracked open, what does Apple need to do… Read more »

Crash test: The tech driving down car insurance fraud

Posted by & filed under Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Civil Liberties, Competitive Advantage, Consumer Technology, Electronic Surveillance, Ethical issues, Fraud, IT Trends.

Like everything from watches to refrigerators, cars are fast becoming internet-connected and laden with sensors monitoring their every move.  A “black box” can be found in millions of cars globally, now that more and more drivers are choosing so-called telematics insurance policies.  And these devices, that monitor speed, acceleration, braking, cornering – all aspects of… Read more »

Facebook gets 1 million user violation reports a day

Posted by & filed under AI/Artificial Intelligence, Civil Liberties, Ethical issues.

“You can criticize institutions, religions, and you can engage in robust political conversation,” said Bickert, of where Facebook draws the line. “But what you can’t do is cross the line into attacking a person or a group of people based on a particular characteristic.”  For Facecbook crafting the policy is “tricky,” especially given that 80%… Read more »

Can technology bring lawyers into the 21st Century?

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Source: BBC Technology Date: February 25th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35459433 Discussion 1) A lot of the article is about how much of what happens in the legal system is about written details and how to dig through and organize that better: “You actually need the data to drive these more advanced tools. In the 21st Century, data is the… Read more »

The disturbing consequences of ultra-connectivity

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When we share pictures of our kids on Flickr, we probably don’t expect to see them turn up as faces on coffee mugs for sale on website Koppie-Koppie. Using Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) to comment on politics wasn’t supposed to land us in jail, as is happening in Turkey. Having a mobile phone with a SIM card wasn’t… Read more »

LA Hospital Pays Hackers Nearly $17,000 To Restore Computer Network

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A Los Angeles hospital paid a nearly $17,000 ransom to hackers who breached and disabled its computer network, the hospital said in a statement Wednesday.  Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid the ransom of 40 bitcoins, which is currently worth $16,664, in order to restore the computer system that was infiltrated on Feb. 5.  The hackers… Read more »