Uber’s Secret Tool for Keeping the Cops in the Dark

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At least two dozen times, the San Francisco headquarters locked down equipment in foreign offices to shield files from police raids. Source: BusinessWeek Date: January 16th, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-11/uber-s-secret-tool-for-keeping-the-cops-in-the-dark?cmpid=socialflow-facebook-business&utm_content=business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social Discussion 1) Should it be okay for a U.S. company to be able to avoid local government inspections based on legally obtained search warrants? 2) In what other ways might… Read more »

The Tricky Ethics of Knightscope’s Crime-Fighting Robots

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  THE San Francisco SPCA deployed a 5-foot-tall, 400-pound robot to patrol its campus. Not for muscle, mind you, but for surveillance. The SPCA, a large complex nestled in the northeast corner of the city’s Mission neighborhood, has long dealt with vandalism, break-ins, and discarded needles in its surrounding parking lots. Fearing for the safety of… Read more »

A Three-Digit Score Could Dictate Your Place in Society

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In 2015 Ant Financial was one of eight tech companies granted approval from the People’s Bank of China to develop their own private credit scoring platforms. Zhima Credit appeared in the Alipay app shortly after that. The service tracks your behavior on the app to arrive at a score between 350 and 950, and offers… Read more »

HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger

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Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models. Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make the keyboard work. HP said more than 460 models of laptop were affected by the “potential security vulnerability”. Source: BBC Technology… Read more »

Will tech firms challenge China’s ‘open’ internet?

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China has been smart and ruthless in its control of the internet within its borders. It blocks some foreign sites altogether and it censors – heavily – what Chinese are allowed to see.  Nonetheless the big idea at this gathering is openness.  There wasn’t much openness about the “great firewall” that keeps out Twitter, Facebook, Google and… Read more »

Everything we knew about money is up for grabs. So will we end up smiling?

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“Thanks to mobile payments, it is entirely possible that we will see a major country such as China become a predominantly cashless society in five years’ time, if not sooner.” Source: BBC Technology News Date: November 21, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/The_disruptors_money_changing Discussion 1) What would it mean in your country to have it operate completely cashlessly? 2) Friction-free transactions… Read more »

‘We’re designing minds’: Industry insider reveals secrets of addictive app trade

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The average teenager is on track to spend nearly a decade of their life staring at a smartphone, and that’s no accident, according to an industry insider who shared some time-sucking secrets of the app design trade. CBC Marketplace travelled to Dopamine Labs, a startup in Venice, Calif., that uses artificial intelligence and neuroscience to help companies… Read more »

Russia, Facebook, the US election and when 126 million isn’t 126 million

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As many as 126 million Americans may have seen content uploaded to Facebook by Russia-based operatives since 2015.  That’s nearly half of the 270 million Americans who are old enough to be allowed a Facebook profile.  The figure comes from the social network itself, which along with Google and Twitter, is preparing for a Senate hearing where… Read more »