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FaceApp Is Everyone’s Problem

FaceApp Is Everyone’s Problem

When you’re mad at “the man,” it’s easier to direct your anger at an actual person: parents, bankers, lawyers, and so on. When you’re heartbroken at how systemic inequality leaves people clinging to the edges of society lest they fall off forever, you may donate a few dollars to a homeless person. And when you’re mad about the tightening noose of , fastened so snugly around daily life that even our toilets are hackable and appearing in a database, you get mad at FaceApp. The backlash against FaceApp, which uses artificial intelligence to apply a filter that ages users’ selfies by 50 years,...

July 19, 2019
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A New York Lawmaker Wants to Ban Police Use of Armed Robots

A New York Lawmaker Wants to Ban Police Use of Armed Robots

councilmember Ben Kallos says he “watched in horror” last month when city police situation in the Bronx using ’ Digidog, a remotely operated robotic dog equipped with surveillance cameras. Pictures of the Digidog went , in part due to their with world-ending machines in the Netflix sci-fi series Black Mirror.Now Kallos is proposing what may be the nation’s first law banning police from owning or operating armed with weapons.“I don't think anyone was anticipating that they'd actually be used by the NYPD right now,” Kallos says. ”I have no problem with using a robot to defuse a bomb, but it...

Mar 18
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How your digital trails wind up in the hands of the police

How your digital trails wind up in the hands of the police

Michael Williams' every move was being tracked without his knowledge—even before the fire. In August, Williams, an associate of R&B star and alleged rapist R. Kelly, allegedly a potential witness’s car. When police arrested Williams, the evidence cited in a Justice Department was drawn largely from his smartphone and online behavior: text messages to the victim, cell phone records, and his search history.The investigators served Google a “,” asking the company to provide information on any user who had searched for the victim’s address around the time of the arson. Police narrowed the...

Dec 29
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How Your Digital Trails Wind Up in the Police’s Hands

How Your Digital Trails Wind Up in the Police’s Hands

move was being tracked without his knowledge—even before the fire. In August, Williams, an associate of R&B star and alleged rapist R. Kelly, allegedly a potential witness’s car. When police arrested Williams, the evidence cited in a Justice Department was drawn largely from his smartphone and online behavior: text messages to the victim, cell phone records, and his search history.The investigators served Google a “,” asking the company to provide information on any user who had searched for the victim’s address around the time of the arson. Police narrowed the search, identified Williams,...

Dec 28
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How Police Can Crack Locked Phones—and Extract Information

How Police Can Crack Locked Phones—and Extract Information

have grown increasingly sophisticated in recent years, evolving from passcodes to thumbprints to and advanced . A from the Washington, DC-based research nonprofit Upturn uncovers how police have maintained access to suspects’ phones even as these defenses grow more complex: by contracting with digital forensic firms that specialize in bypassing locks and accessing and copying encrypted data.Law enforcement in all 50 states have contracted with vendors like Cellebrite and AccessData to access and copy data from locked phones, according to the report. While police have relied on the evidence...

Oct 23
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Companies Can Track Your Phone’s Movements to Target Ads

Companies Can Track Your Phone’s Movements to Target Ads

have taken steps this year they say will help users shield themselves from hundreds of companies that compile profiles based on online behavior. Meanwhile, other companies are devising new ways to probe more deeply into other aspects of our lives. In January, said third-party on its Chrome browser, making it harder for advertisers to track our browsing habits. Publishers and advertisers use cookies to compile our shopping, browsing, and search data into extensive user profiles. These profiles reflect our political interests, health, shopping behavior, race, gender, and more. Tellingly,...

September 18, 2020
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Creepy ‘Geofence’ Finds Anyone Who Went Near a Crime Scene

Creepy ‘Geofence’ Finds Anyone Who Went Near a Crime Scene

Jorge Molina was arrested and jailed for six days on suspicion of killing another man. Police in Avondale, Arizona, about 20 miles from Phoenix, held Molina for questioning. According to , officers told him they knew “one hundred percent, without a doubt” his phone was at the scene of the crime, based on data from . In fact, Molina wasn’t there. He’d simply lent an old phone to the man police later arrested. The phone was still signed into his Google account.The information about Molina’s phone came from a geofence warrant, a relatively new and increasingly popular investigative technique...

September 4, 2020
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An Audit Slams Facebook as a Home for Misinformation and Hate

An Audit Slams Facebook as a Home for Misinformation and Hate

who instigated an unprecedented of renewed criticism of the social media company for tolerating . In a meeting with Facebook executives on Tuesday, and a civil rights released Wednesday, activists demanded the company act more forcefully against specific posts, and change its management structure and business model.The audit, commissioned by Facebook in 2018, found the company has been slow to adopt changes to protect users from discrimination and harassment. “Facebook has made notable progress in some areas, but it has not yet devoted enough resources or moved with sufficient speed to...

July 8, 2020
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New York lawmaker wants to ban police use of armed robots

New York lawmaker wants to ban police use of armed robots

New York City councilmember Ben Kallos says he "watched in horror" last month when city police situation in the Bronx using ' Digidog, a remotely operated robotic dog equipped with surveillance cameras. Pictures of the Digidog went , in part due to their with world-ending machines in the Netflix sci-fi series .Now Kallos is proposing what may be the nation's first law banning police from owning or operating armed with weapons."I don't think anyone was anticipating that they'd actually be used by the NYPD right now," Kallos says. "I have no problem with using a robot to defuse a bomb, but it...

Mar 21
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Protests Renew Scrutiny of Tech's Ties to Law Enforcement

Protests Renew Scrutiny of Tech's Ties to Law Enforcement

over the murder of George Floyd has led to nationwide , renewed calls for police reform, and uncharacteristically swift support for racial equity from .The backlash has been swift as well. Critics are calling out many companies now pledging support for Black Lives Matter, accusing them of failing to stop racist language on their platforms and, in some cases, enabling the over-policing and that protesters now march against.Related StoriesAmazon CEO Jeff Bezos last week to share an essay by the writer Shenequa Golding, commenting on the “long reach” of racial trauma. The next day, the tweeted...

June 2, 2020
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