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‘hanging out the dirty linen’ to delve into the ethics of IT’s role in society.

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Decentralisation: the next big step for the world wide web | Technology | The Guardian “The proponents of the so-called decentralised web – or DWeb – want a new, better web where the entire planet’s population can communicate without having to rely on big companies that amass our data for profit and make it easier […]

What is the Red Queen Effect?

Delving deeper into the thoughtful book “Liars and Outliers” by Bruce Schneier, this time we move onto the Natural History of Security where Schneier takes us through the course of history, informing us about the origins of security and how its development has affected modern day’s society. Beginning the chapter he begins with “Security is […]

In the continuation of Cory Doctorow’s Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, he explains the concept behind the digital lock through Doctorow’s First Law. In the first title, “Anti-Circumvention Explained”,  he explains that the phrase is a law that is against getting around a digital lock. A digital lock is something that prevents an action […]

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Schneier’s “Click Here To Kill Everyone”: pervasive connected devices mean we REALLY can’t afford shitty internet policy / Boing Boing “I’ve got a theory of change I call the “peak indifference” theory. The early stage of a crisis involves trying to convince people that the crisis even exists, because things haven’t gotten really terrible yet […]

In Cory Doctorow’s Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, his knowledge on the topics of copyright, money making and jobs are all summarized in chapter 0. The “Detente” explains the history of copyright and it’s wars from five hundred years ago, between the religious centres of Canterbury and Rome, and the 1930s, between ASCAP and radio […]

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New facial recognition system catches first imposter at US airport – The Verge Tags: ITGS, facial, recognition, security, airport Facial recognition out, knife arches in at Notting Hill carnival | Culture | The Guardian Tags: ITGS, facial, recognition, privacy and anonymity Facial recognition tech a threat to privacy: Microsoft, United States News & Top Stories […]

Consistency DOES NOT EQUAL Trustworthiness

Liars & Outliers by Bruce Schneier is a book about trust and how it affects society. Additionally, trust links to security as there are always Liars and Outliers in every society. Society is all based on trust and without it, many big corporations will not be able to function. Business strategist Don Tapscott described trust […]

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Facial Recognition Is the Perfect Tool for Oppression “The future of human flourishing depends upon facial recognition technology being banned before the systems become too entrenched in our lives.” Tags: ITGS, facial recognition, ban, people and machines, politics and government – By dr tech Touring the haunting ruins of abandoned Second Life university campuses / […]

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Why US elections remain ‘dangerously vulnerable’ to cyber-attacks | US news | The Guardian “Cybersecurity experts have warned for years that malfeasance, technical breakdown or administrative incompetence could easily wreak havoc with electronic systems and could go largely or wholly undetected. This is a concern made much more urgent by Russia’s cyber-attacks on political party […]

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Magical thinking about machine learning won’t bring the reality of AI any closer | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian ” Critics have pointed out that the old computing adage “garbage in, garbage out” also applies to ML. If the data from which a machine “learns” is biased, then the outputs will reflect those […]

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