U.S. internet service providers get green light to sell user data — but what about Canada?

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Privacy protections designed to prevent U.S. internet service providers from sharing or selling subscribers’ personal information with third parties — without permission — were dismantled by U.S. Congress on Tuesday. It means that information about the apps American internet subscribers use, the websites they visit, and the things they purchase online — among other things… Read more »

Smart TV hack embeds attack code into broadcast signal—no access required

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A new attack that uses terrestrial radio signals to hack a wide range of Smart TVs raises an unsettling prospect—the ability of hackers to take complete control of a large number of sets at once without having physical access to any of them. The proof-of-concept exploit uses a low-cost transmitter to embed malicious commands into… Read more »

Investigative reporter for CBS News continues to fight government electronic surveillance

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As an investigative reporter for CBS News, Ms. Attkisson was responsible for investigating and reporting on national news stories. Between 2011 and 2013, she investigated and prepared various high-profile news reports, including ones related to the “Fast and Furious” “gunwalking” operation and the attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya… In 2011——at the… Read more »

Is robotics a solution to the growing needs of the elderly?

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The receptionist at the Institute of Media Innovation, at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, is a smiling brunette called Nadine.  From a distance, nothing about her appearance seems unusual. It’s only on closer inspection that doubts set in. Yes – she’s a robot.  Nadine is an “intelligent” robot capable of autonomous behaviour. For a machine, her… Read more »

Google advertising row spreads to US brands

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At least four major US firms have pulled millions of dollars in advertising from Google’s platform amid rows over extremist content.  The Times reported that telecoms firms AT&T and Verizon, as well as car rental company Enterprise and pharmaceutical giant GSK, have withdrawn all non-search advertising.  An investigation by the newspaper found major brands were… Read more »

Are your shoes giving away data?

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Hoxton has come up with a novel way of measuring footfall – literally by filming people’s shoes.  Sherlock Holmes-like, its system can deduce a remarkable amount of information such as age, gender and social class of shoppers from their footwear.  “We have cameras at about 50cm off the ground and it points down so it… Read more »

To Make Us All Safer, Robocars Will Sometimes Have to Kill

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Let’s say you’re driving down Main Street and your brakes give out. As the terror hits, a gaggle of children spills out into the road. Do you A) swerve into Keith’s Frozen Yogurt Emporium, killing yourself, covering your car in toppings, and sparing the kids or B) assume they’re the Children of the Corn and… Read more »

WikiLeaks Releases Trove of Alleged C.I.A. Hacking Documents

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Wikileaks recently released thousands of documents that it said described sophisticated software tools used by the CIA to break into smartphones, computers and even Internet-connected televisions. Source: New York Times Date: March 7th, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/world/europe/wikileaks-cia-hacking.html?action=Click&contentCollection=BreakingNews&contentID=64996424&pgtype=Homepage&smid=fb-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur&_r=0 Discussion 1) “The WikiLeaks release said that the CIA has managed to bypass encryption on popular phone and messaging services.”  Does this… Read more »

Why your car servicing costs could be about to rise

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An almighty row has broken out over who should have access to all the data new cars generate.  Manufacturers want to have control of it all, but independent repair shops, fleet operators, insurance companies and anyone else who could benefit from this data, argue that this would be blatantly anti-competitive. Source: BBC Technology News Date: March 1st,… Read more »

Facebook uses AI to spot suicidal users

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Facebook has begun using artificial intelligence to identify members that may be at risk of killing themselves.  The social network has developed algorithms that spot warning signs in users’ posts and the comments their friends leave in response.  After confirmation by Facebook’s human review team, the company contacts those thought to be at risk of… Read more »