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The Government Wants to Hear Your Creepy Plan to Predict Behavior With AI and Ankle Monitors The Government Wants to Hear Your Creepy Plan to Predict Behavior With AI and Ankle Monitors

Have a plan to track and predict the behavior of ex-cons using artificial intelligence? The U.S. Department of Justice is all ears.

Google's New App Policy May Break a Vital Tool for Sex Workers in the UK and Ireland Google's New App Policy May Break a Vital Tool for Sex Workers in the UK and Ireland

When President Trump last year passed anti-trafficking legislation that led to the removal of online resources sex workers relied on to discuss violent clients, sex workers feared for their safety and fought back. The erasure of these online spaces for the community have continued to proliferate the web, and now, due…

Facebook Blames Users for Its Latest Privacy Scandal as Lawmakers Ask to Chat Facebook Blames Users for Its Latest Privacy Scandal as Lawmakers Ask to Chat

Members of Congress on Tuesday requested a briefing with Facebook over allegations that the social network potentially misled users who discussed their medical conditions in “closed” groups that they believed to be private and anonymous. But Facebook says users who shared information in these groups should have…

YouTube Updates Its Three-Strikes Policy—But Not the One You're Mad About YouTube Updates Its Three-Strikes Policy—But Not the One You're Mad About

Making bullshit copyright claims to get content removed from YouTube remains a tried-and-true way to screw with creators, which is why the company’s plan to overhaul its “three-strikes” policy sounds like the much-needed improvement users have been asking for. But confusingly, YouTube’s new policy update has…

The Mystery of That Taylor Swift Face Recognition Kiosk Has Been Solved The Mystery of That Taylor Swift Face Recognition Kiosk Has Been Solved

In December of last year, Rolling Stone reported that at a Taylor Swift concert at the 2018 Rose Bowl, there was a mysterious kiosk playing clips of the singer that doubled as a facial recognition system to flag any of Swift’s stalkers. A number of reports covered the alleged kiosk—including Gizmodo—but little was…

Actually, Secretly Filming Students' Cleavage Is Illegal, Canada's Supreme Court Rules Actually, Secretly Filming Students' Cleavage Is Illegal, Canada's Supreme Court Rules

In 2015, Ontario high school teacher Ryan Jarvis was caught secretly recording the chests of female students with a spy pen. But Jarvis was acquitted after the Ontario Court of Appeal reasoned that the students didn’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy at the public school. Today, the Supreme Court of Canada…

You Can Add Sudden-Acceleration Attacks to the List of Electric Scooter Dangers You Can Add Sudden-Acceleration Attacks to the List of Electric Scooter Dangers

People keep injuring themselves on electric scooters. Some are illegally scooting down sidewalks, others are riding with someone else on the vehicle, breaking traffic laws, using them underage, and many are reportedly not wearing helmets. But now there’s a new reason to think twice before taking one of these…

Tinder, Grindr, and Other Dating Services Failed to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation: UK Report Tinder, Grindr, and Other Dating Services Failed to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation: UK Report

Dating apps including Tinder and Grindr have failed to prevent child sexual exploitation on their platforms, in part due to weak age verification measures, according to a new report by the Sunday Times.

Researchers Study How X-Rays Can Be a Flag for Domestic Violence   Researchers Study How X-Rays Can Be a Flag for Domestic Violence  

New research published on Tuesday may help radiologists identify survivors of domestic abuse through the study of x-rays.

Someone Uploaded Child Pornography to a Blockchain Ledger, and It's Almost Impossible to Delete Someone Uploaded Child Pornography to a Blockchain Ledger, and It's Almost Impossible to Delete

Someone added images of child sexual abuse to an immutable blockchain ledger, the BBC reported. The images were added to the Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) core ledger through the payment processing app Money Button.

Researchers Create Hotel-Recognition System to Aid Human Trafficking Investigations Researchers Create Hotel-Recognition System to Aid Human Trafficking Investigations

Researchers have built a massive dataset of hotel images with the intention of helping law enforcement in human trafficking investigations. The dataset, called Hotels-50k, consists over more than 1 million images from 50,000 hotels globally.

Irish Government Investigating Alleged Leak of Abortion Patient’s Information: Report Irish Government Investigating Alleged Leak of Abortion Patient’s Information: Report

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner and public health services agency are reportedly investigating how the private data of a patient who had an abortion may have landed in the hands of a harasser.

Apple Breaks Google’s Employee-Only iOS Apps After Search Giant Broke Its Rules: Reports Apple Breaks Google’s Employee-Only iOS Apps After Search Giant Broke Its Rules: Reports

Google’s internal iOS apps are now borked just like Facebook’s were yesterday. That’s all thanks to Apple, which revoked Google’s enterprise certificate today after the search company broke its developer rules.

Hulu Is Experimenting With a Charmin Bear Chilling on Your Pause Screen Hulu Is Experimenting With a Charmin Bear Chilling on Your Pause Screen

If there’s one thing consistent in this world, it’s how companies are always finding new and creative ways to shove ads in your face. Hulu’s latest experiment involves a less abrasive strategy than the usual video ad break—it’s going to place static banner ads on the screen when you pause your video starting in the…

Google May Also Be Violating Apple's Policies Just Like Facebook [Updated]  Google May Also Be Violating Apple's Policies Just Like Facebook [Updated] 

Facebook may not be the only tech giant violating Apple’s developer program policies.

San Francisco Lawmaker Moves to Ban City's Use of Face Recognition Tech San Francisco Lawmaker Moves to Ban City's Use of Face Recognition Tech

The deployment of facial recognition technology by government bodies in cities around the world continues to spread, even as lawmakers and technologists point out the ethical issues still plaguing these systems. That’s why a San Francisco elected official’s recent proposal is so important—it effectively bans the city…

Fan Unearths Footage From David Bowie's 1972 Ziggy Stardust TV Debut—But Can Technicians Restore It? Fan Unearths Footage From David Bowie's 1972 Ziggy Stardust TV Debut—But Can Technicians Restore It?

In June 1972, David Bowie made his debut as Ziggy Stardust on British TV show Lift Off with Ayshea, but years later a technician accidentally wiped the only known footage of the performance instead of converting it to digital. Audio of the show is available online, but a video archive of the iconic moment was…

Facebook Shares More Details About the Content Oversight Board You'll Be Getting Pissed Off About in the Future Facebook Shares More Details About the Content Oversight Board You'll Be Getting Pissed Off About in the Future

Facebook, which turns 15-years-old next week, has yet to figure out how to moderate its increasingly destructive platform. In November, the company announced that it had plans to establish an independent board that would help oversee some of the more contentious and complex issues, and on Monday, it released even more…

Very Important Brexit App Still Only Works on Android as Shitshow Continues Very Important Brexit App Still Only Works on Android as Shitshow Continues

There are just 60 days until the United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union, and for EU citizens looking to stay living in the UK, the process currently has an exasperatingly dumb roadblock.

Robots Ruin Robot Hotel

Hotel owner Hideo Sawada said he wanted to run “the most efficient hotel in the world” by staffing it almost exclusively with robots. According to a new report, however, the hotel has laid off more than half of its bots for being inefficient since its launch in 2015.

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