Mark Sullivan
Mark Sullivan
Fast Company senior writer Mark Sullivan covers emerging technology, politics, artificial intelligence, large tech companies, and misinformation. An award-winning San Francisco-based journalist, Sullivan's work has appeared in Wired, Al Jazeera, CNN, ABC News, CNET, and many others.Source
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Why using Facebook and YouTube should require a media literacy test

Why using Facebook and YouTube should require a media literacy test

We don’t let people begin operating motor vehicles until they’ve taken driver’s education and then a test for a very good reason: Vehicles are dangerous to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Social networks and the misleading and harmful content they circulate are dangerous for society too, so some amount of media literacy education—and a test—should be a condition of using them. Social media companies like Facebook and Twitter would surely object to such an idea, calling it onerous and extreme. But they willfully misunderstand the enormity of the threat that misinformation poses to...

Feb 16
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These crowdsourced maps will show exactly where surveillance cameras are watching

These crowdsourced maps will show exactly where surveillance cameras are watching

advertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementAmnesty International is producing a map of all the places in New York City where surveillance cameras are scanning residents’ faces.advertisementadvertisementThe project will enlist volunteers to use their smartphones to identify, photograph, and locate government-owned surveillance cameras capable of shooting video that could be matched against people’s faces in a database through AI-powered facial recognition.The map that will eventually result is meant to give New Yorkers the power of information against an invasive...

Jan 26
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The Capitol riot is spurring new interest in gun-detection AI

The Capitol riot is spurring new interest in gun-detection AI

advertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementA new round of debate over surveillance technology broke out after the  on January 6. As some oberservers wisely , such events make it tempting to loosen restrictions on surveillance technologies such as facial recognition in the name of safety, but yielding to those temptations could lead to a rapid erosion of privacy and civil liberties. The Congress adopted after 9/11 (and the mass surveillance programs that followed) is a notable example.advertisementadvertisementCapitol security is already requiring lawmakers to , which...

Jan 15
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Biden campaign manager: Public polling failed because people inflated their education

Biden campaign manager: Public polling failed because people inflated their education

advertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementDuring an invitation-only virtual event Thursday, Joe Biden’s campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon, said public pollsters may have underestimated support for Donald Trump in part because respondents said they were more educated than they really were. That may have reduced the sample of nondegreed Trump supporters and increased the need for public pollsters to use statistical weighting to estimate the impact of those voters on election results.advertisementadvertisementPublic polls consistently gave Biden a comfortable...

Dec 17
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YouTube has slapped pro-Trump OAN with a temporary suspension

YouTube has slapped pro-Trump OAN with a temporary suspension

advertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementYouTube has banned One America News Network from posting new videos for a week after OANN posted a video promoting a phony cure for COVID-19, Axios . OANN is also barred from profiting from its content on YouTube for the next week.advertisementYouTube has faced criticism for allowing the spread of disinformation about COVID-19 and about the presidential election. And OAN is full of it: The network is obsessively loyal to Trump and has been gaining in popularity by being to Trump than the president’s traditional ally, Fox...

Nov 24
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Facebook’s and YouTube’s algorithms might soon be a bit less mysterious

Facebook’s and YouTube’s algorithms might soon be a bit less mysterious

advertisementadvertisementFacebook and Google aren’t that interested in putting social content in front of you that will broaden your horizons or introduce you to a diversity of viewpoints. They’re interested in finding out what you like and then putting as much of that stuff in front of you as possible. In recent years these companies have put some guardrails around the kinds of content they’ll use for that, but the main idea is still the same.advertisementadvertisementFurthermore, the algorithms tech companies use to curate content live in a black box. They’re a secret, even though their...

October 19, 2020
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‘He’s actively cheating already’: Mary Trump reviews her uncle’s campaign

‘He’s actively cheating already’: Mary Trump reviews her uncle’s campaign

advertisementadvertisementI talked to Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, the morning after Tuesday’s presidential debate, perhaps the worst debate in the history of U.S. politics. The spectacle was made miserable by Donald Trump, a political animal whom after almost four years as our president we still don’t know quite how to handle.advertisementadvertisementMary Trump brings perhaps the best view of anyone into the inner workings of the brain of the man who simply would not stop talking on the stage on Tuesday night. She’s seen him from the inside of the family, has been burnt by him, and...

October 1, 2020
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‘He’s actively cheating already’: Mary Trump reviews her uncle’s campaign

‘He’s actively cheating already’: Mary Trump reviews her uncle’s campaign

advertisementadvertisementI talked to Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, the morning after Tuesday’s presidential debate, perhaps the worst debate in the history of U.S. politics. The spectacle was made miserable by Donald Trump, a political animal whom after almost four years as our president we still don’t know quite how to handle.advertisementadvertisementMary Trump brings perhaps the best view of anyone into the inner workings of the brain of the man who simply would not stop talking on the stage on Tuesday night. She’s seen him from the inside of the family, has been burnt by him, and...

October 1, 2020
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Why you should probably vote in person after all

Why you should probably vote in person after all

advertisementadvertisementMany of us thinking about the election read Barton Gellman’s excellent feature “” in The Atlantic this week. It scared the shit out of me.advertisementadvertisementWe already knew that Donald Trump and his minions had been working hard to sow doubt in the integrity of mail-in ballots, in a year when millions would like to use them to avoid the health risk of voting in person. They’re working to develop a pretext for declaring the election illegitimate in the event of a defeat. A contested election could result in two candidates showing up on January 20 to take the...

September 25, 2020
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Facebook would let Trump run ads on election night prematurely claiming victory

Facebook would let Trump run ads on election night prematurely claiming victory

Facebook banned political ads a week before the election, but it’s the period after the election that it should be worried about. Here’s why. At 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time on election night, millions of ads could show up on Facebook saying something along the lines of, “We won—Donald Trump is president for four more years! MAGA!”—even if mail-in ballots haven’t been fully counted. There’s no law and no Facebook policy to stop the Trump campaign from falsely claiming victory in this way. The same goes for the many House and Senate candidates in the running this year. Facebook CEO Mark...

September 23, 2020
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