A computer science graduate student exposes that 87 percent of all Americans could be uniquely identified using only three bits of information, highlighting that almost all information can be "personal" when combined with enough other relevant bits of data. The article looks at examples of anonymization failures.
Startup companies, government agencies and academics are racing to combat deepfakes, amid fears that doctored videos and photographs will be used to sow discord ahead of the U.S. presidential election.
Studies have shown that people are being treated differently online based on their race, actual or perceived. Websites have been found to use demographic data to raise or lower prices, show different advertisements, or steer people to different content.
In part one of this week's newsletter: Why people are already dismissing a Wall Street Journal article about teens developing severe tics after watching numerous TikToks from influencers diagnosed with Tourette syndrome.
Discusses the complexity behind "reasonable expectation of privacy" after Duke, Stanford, and Yale universities were discovered to be creating databases off surveillance footage of students outdoors, without their knowledge, and made part of a permanent dataset.
How Yelp is replacing restaurant's real phone numbers with numbers owned by Grubhub so they can record calls and can charge a 15-20% referral fee, unbeknownst to restaurant owners. As of May 2020, NYC has passed a bill to end this practice.
Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials.
In what may be the first known case of its kind, a faulty facial recognition match led to a Michigan man’s arrest for a crime he did not commit.
A group of computer science students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and North Carolina State University examined how gender impacts the acceptance of contributions on the open source code repository site GitHub. They found women's contributions tended to be accepted more that mens, if they hid their gender.