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'Do the right thing': ads on Facebook and Google seek big tech whistleblowers
Posted on Tuesday February 19, 2019

Initiative by not-for-profit Fight for the Future offers employees of Silicon Valley firms a way to organize and leak information

Silicon Valley activists have launched a whistleblower campaign to help workers organize against “unethical tech”, including ads on social media platforms targeting the employees of those companies.

Fight for the Future, a not-for-profit digital advocacy group, unveiled an initiative Tuesday to provide support for tech employees seeking to blow the whistle on their companies’ harmful products and practices. A new website, SpeakOut.Tech, encourages workers to safely leak information and organize their colleagues and includes a video ad that the group is promoting by using the micro-targeting ad features of Facebook and Google.

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Huawei founder: US cannot crush technology firm
Posted on Monday February 18, 2019

Ren Zhengfei hits back at criminal indictments he calls politically motivated

The US cannot crush Huawei, the company’s founder has insisted, as he hit back against criminal indictments levelled at the firm and allegations that it poses a security threat.

Washington has warned allies off using Huawei products in recent weeks. But Ren Zhengfei, whose daughter Meng Wanzhou – a fellow senior Huawei executive – is among those charged by US prosecutors, told the BBC on Monday that the firm would survive the pressure.

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Stop the online conspiracy theorists before they break democracy | Julia Ebner
Posted on Monday February 18, 2019

Cannibals, aliens and clandestine lizard overlords: thanks to algorithms, such ideas threaten the future of Europe

Organised conspiracy theorist networks have launched an all-out information war across Europe. At the heart of this is the QAnon movement. It expanded from the US to Europe and the UK at rapid speed, hijacking political debates on social media as well as mass protests in the streets in recent months. Our new analysis at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue shows that European conspiracy theorists run increasingly sophisticated campaigns around critical junctions in national, regional and global politics. They even carried out social media operations to influence voters in German state elections, including the 2018 election in Bavaria.

The QAnon community, which began on the message-board site 4chan, strongly overlaps with the support networks of far-right movements such as the EDL and Pegida. Most recently, it co-opted yellow vest demonstrations and boosted hardline Brexit campaigns and Tommy Robinson protests. By injecting conspiratorial narratives into these movements, its members can leverage existing networks and alter their political direction. A commonly used tactic is to combine conspiricist hashtags with those of viral campaigns and trending topics. The scale this generates is disproportional enough to distort public perception: In 2018, ISD identified close to 30m uses of the word “QAnon” across Twitter, YouTube and forums such as Reddit and 4chan.

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Facebook needs regulation to combat fake news, say MPs
Posted on Monday February 18, 2019

Damian Collins warns of ‘deepfake films’ showing doctored footage of politicians

Online disinformation is only going to get more sophisticated, the chair of the committee investigating disinformation and fake news, Damian Collins, has warned.

Related: Facebook labelled 'digital gangsters' by report on fake news

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Tesla big battery is holding its own in a burgeoning energy storage market | Giles Parkinson
Posted on Monday February 18, 2019

The South Australian battery pockets $4m as the market looks to unlock multiple potential value streams

The Tesla big battery at Hornsdale in South Australia continues to make its mark on the Australian energy market, pocketing another $4m in the fourth quarter from the provision of frequency and ancillary services.

Related: South Australia's Tesla battery on track to make back a third of cost in a year

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UK security chiefs: Huawei risk in 5G can be contained
Posted on Sunday February 17, 2019

US has pressured its allies not to use Chinese group amid fears of cyber espionage

UK security chiefs have advised that the risk of using Huawei technology in the new superfast 5G could be contained despite US warnings about opening the telecoms network up to Chinese cyber-espionage, according to sources.

The US has reportedly been pressuring the UK and other allies not to use Huawei technology for critical infrastructure, arguing that it could be too risky when the Chinese state is engaged in spying.

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TV industry calls for Facebook news feed transparency and journalism tax breaks
Posted on Monday February 18, 2019

Broadcasters tell ACCC that Facebook and Google algorithms should be regulated and they should pay fair rate of ad revenue

Facebook should be compelled to identify trusted sources of Australian news and be more transparent about what it chooses to appear in its news feed, TV broadcasters have told the competition watchdog’s inquiry into digital platforms.

The free-to-air TV industry has also asked for tax breaks for Australian news producers – a “news production tax offset” – and a new regime to ensure Facebook and Google are accountable for paying local content producers a fair rate of advertising revenue.

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Key points from parliamentary inquiry into disinformation
Posted on Monday February 18, 2019

At 108 pages and covering a wide terrain, comprehensive report damns Facebook

Weighing in at 108 pages, the final report of the parliamentary committee investigating disinformation makes devastating reading for Facebook, which is accused of greedily squeezing as much profit out of user data as possible, while deceiving or obstructing anyone daring to scrutinise the company’s activities.

The committee’s inquiry has covered an extraordinary amount of terrain in its 18-month lifespan, from Russian election interference to cash-for-passport schemes, and the report is similarly comprehensive.

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Facebook labelled 'digital gangsters' by report on fake news
Posted on Monday February 18, 2019

Company broke privacy and competition law and should be regulated urgently, say MPs

Facebook deliberately broke privacy and competition law and should urgently be subject to statutory regulation, according to a devastating parliamentary report denouncing the company and its executives as “digital gangsters”.

The final report of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee’s 18-month investigation into disinformation and fake news accused Facebook of purposefully obstructing its inquiry and failing to tackle attempts by Russia to manipulate elections.

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Parliamentary report set to savage ‘duplicitous’ Facebook
Posted on Sunday February 17, 2019

Westminster will also urge investigation into foreign meddling in UK elections

Facebook cannot be trusted to regulate itself and must be subject to sweeping new legislation, a parliamentary report will announce on Monday.

It will also call on the government to launch an independent investigation into foreign interference in British elections since 2014. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee will publish what is expected to be a landmark report into fake news and disinformation at midnight on Sunday night.

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Delete your account: leaving Facebook can make you happier, study finds
Posted on Friday February 01, 2019

New study from Stanford and NYU finds logging off causes ‘small but significant improvements in wellbeing’

Despite all the scandals of the past year, here we are, still on Facebook, a couple of billion of us spending about an hour a day in its iron grip. Now a new study suggests it’s making us feel bad.

That’s in part because we may be addicted. Want to feel better? Delete Facebook. As some experts have said, the system of rewards set up by Facebook and other social media platforms is akin to gambling or substance abuse cravings. Sean Parker, an early Facebook executive, explained that the thought process behind driving user engagement is akin to delivering “a little dopamine hit”.

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What's the best Windows all-in-one or iMac for illustrators?
Posted on Thursday February 14, 2019

AT wants to replace her MacBook Pro with an all-in-one computer with a bigger screen

I’m an illustrator, and I’m looking to replace my old MacBook Pro with a PC. I have a budget of up to £1,500, but would love to spend less if possible (about £1,300). I mainly use Adobe Photoshop for digital painting and editing scanned artwork, InDesign and occasionally Illustrator.

For space and comfort reasons, I would ideally buy an all-in-one. I want a fast processor, lots of RAM (16GB at least) and a good screen display.

Last September, Bernadette, a writer and photographer, asked for a cheaper Windows alternative to her MacBook, and I was criticised for recommending that she stuck with what she knew. Guess what: I’m going to do it again. Anyone who switches either way will lose some of the benefits of years of experience, and will spend time relearning. Lost productivity is a cost.

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How can I back up my bookmarks and access them online?
Posted on Thursday February 07, 2019

Jenifer wants a backup while EC wants a replacement for Google+, which is shutting down

I have a lot of bookmarked sites for medieval manuscripts on my laptop, which it took a long time to collect. How can I back them up in case the laptop dies? Jenifer

As you know, Google is closing Google+ in April. I currently use the site as my online bookmarking tool. Can you suggest something that is easy to use both online and on mobile? EC

First things first, Jenifer. You should have a backup of your whole hard drive in case your laptop dies. Your operating system almost certainly includes usable backup software. Otherwise, there are more than 30 free third-party alternatives for Windows including BackUp Maker, AOMEI Backupper Standard and EaseUS Todo Backup Free.

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How do I recover an email address I lost when my phone was stolen?
Posted on Thursday January 31, 2019

Tay’s mobile was taken and his password changed. How can he get back into his inbox?

Somebody stole my phone and changed my email password. I’ve tried to recover it, but I don’t have the phone number linked to my account because my phone was stolen. What should I do? Tay

First, recover your phone number, which is much more important than the phone.

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Can I buy a monitor for photo editing that shows colour like print?
Posted on Thursday January 24, 2019

Pa wants the screen image to be true to the print image, but his budget is only £300

I read your answer about the best computer monitor for under £200. I’m looking for a monitor for serious photo editing. I want to get as true to what the print will be like (when printing via online printers). My budget is about £300. Pa

Sad to say, prints can never look like screen images. Screens are bright and display colours using combinations of red, green and blue pixels (RGB). Prints don’t light up so they can’t have the same brightness or contrast range, and they’re printed using cyan, yellow, magenta and black inks (CMYK).

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A digital gangster destroying democracy: the damning verdict on Facebook
Posted on Monday February 18, 2019

Parliament’s report into fake news raises many questions, but will the government act?

Facebook is an out-of-control train wreck that is destroying democracy and must be brought under control. The final report of parliament’s inquiry into fake news and disinformation does not use this language, precisely, but it is, nonetheless, the report’s central message. And the language it does use is no less damning.

Facebook behaves like a “digital gangster”. It considers itself to be “ahead of and beyond the law”. It “misled” parliament. It gave statements that were “not true”. Its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has treated British lawmakers with “contempt”. It has pursued a “deliberate” strategy to deceive parliament.

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Shopping, songs, TV, transport … new tech has many sectors in disarray
Posted on Saturday February 09, 2019

While Ocado is trying to turn the grocery sector on its head, other industries also find themselves the target of disruptors

Netflix has helped change the way we watch television and film, further weakening our reliance on traditional TV schedules and providing a cheaper alternative to a cinema trip.

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The key players in the Bezos-Pecker scandal
Posted on Friday February 08, 2019

Who’s who in saga involving world’s richest man Jeff Bezos, and Donald Trump ally and National Enquirer owner David Pecker

The founder of Amazon was until recently perceived to a be a nerdy technocrat bent on nothing more than dominating every single aspect of world commerce through ruthless efficiency. Now, the richest man in the world has transformed himself into the bulked-up, leather jacket-wearing owner of the Washington Post, willing to take on both rival media barons and the US president after details of his love life were made public. The 55-year-old struggled to control the scandal when the National Enquirer first revealed details of his affair with a TV presenter, Lauren Sanchez, last month but he has since gone on the warpath, responding to threats from the tabloid by publishing his correspondence with the outlet, including detailed descriptions of intimate images he sent to his lover.

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Instagram heads off regulations with ban on self-harm images | analysis
Posted on Friday February 08, 2019

Tackling non-graphic related content, however, presents harder challenge than graphic

Instagram has bowed to public pressure and introduced a series of policies aimed at protecting vulnerable young people who use the site.

Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, has committed to tightening up a number of policies relating to self-harm and suicide on the photo-sharing platform after weeks of pressure spearheaded by the father of Molly Russell, a 14-year-old who took her life in 2017. Ian Russell believes Instagram was partly to blame.

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Is the era of artificial speech translation upon us?
Posted on Sunday February 17, 2019

Once the stuff of science fiction, technology that enables people to talk using different languages is now here. But how effective is it?

Noise, Alex Waibel tells me, is one of the major challenges that artificial speech translation has to meet. A device may be able to recognise speech in a laboratory, or a meeting room, but will struggle to cope with the kind of background noise I can hear surrounding Professor Waibel as he speaks to me from Kyoto station. I’m struggling to follow him in English, on a scratchy line that reminds me we are nearly 10,000km apart – and that distance is still an obstacle to communication even if you’re speaking the same language. We haven’t reached the future yet.

If we had, Waibel would have been able to speak in his native German and I would have been able to hear his words in English. He would also be able to converse hands-free and seamlessly with the Japanese people around him, with all parties speaking their native language.

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Child abuse images being traded via secure apps
Posted on Tuesday February 19, 2019

Stolen credit cards and other illegal material are also on sale, a File on 4 investigation discovers.

Millions of medical calls exposed online
Posted on Tuesday February 19, 2019

Some 2.7 million sensitive Swedish conversations about illnesses are exposed online.

Drone no-fly zone to be widened after Gatwick chaos
Posted on Wednesday February 20, 2019

It will be illegal to fly a drone within three miles of an airport, following drone disruption at Gatwick.

AI fake face website launched
Posted on Tuesday February 19, 2019

Users can generate false faces, using artificial intelligence.

Oculus founder sends free repair kits for Rift headsets
Posted on Tuesday February 19, 2019

Despite leaving Facebook in 2017, Palmer Luckey is shipping his custom repair kit to gamers free of charge.

Roger Stone sorry for judge crosshair post
Posted on Tuesday February 19, 2019

An Instagram post featuring the image has since been taken down.

The US cannot crush us, says Huawei founder
Posted on Monday February 18, 2019

Ren Zhengfei says the firm will survive despite security concerns and his daughter's legal troubles.

Facebook security app used to 'spy' on competitors
Posted on Monday February 18, 2019

A cross-party group of MPs says Facebook used its Onavo app to gather information on competitors.

YouTube backtracks after Pokemon 'child abuse' ban
Posted on Monday February 18, 2019

Google backtracks after "mistakenly" deleting YouTubers for "sexual content involving minors".

Rail firms say pre-paid ticket issue 'now resolved'
Posted on Tuesday February 19, 2019

Passengers were not able to collect pre-paid tickets from machines across the country.