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

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Zoom Is a Nightmare. So Why Is Everyone Still Using It? “Princeton computer science professor Arvind Narayanan calls Zoom a “privacy disaster,” filled with “creepy” features that send tracking data to Facebook even if you don’t have a Facebook account and tell meeting hosts if attendees aren’t paying attention. Zoom’s privacy policy allows it to […]

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Special report: The simulations driving the world’s response to COVID-19 “But, as he and other modellers warn, much information about how SARS-CoV-2 spreads is still unknown and must be estimated or assumed — and that limits the precision of forecasts. An earlier version of the Imperial model, for instance, estimated that SARS-CoV-2 would be about […]

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‘More scary than coronavirus’: South Korea’s health alerts expose private lives | World news | The Guardian “As the number of coronavirus cases in South Korea exceeded 6,000 this week, there was a rise, too, in complaints about information overload in the form of emergency virus text alerts that have included embarrassing revelations about infected […]

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Smartphones could help us track the coronavirus – but at what cost? | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian “There’s a technology that could be really useful in providing a real-time measure of the effectiveness (or otherwise) of public policy. But it’s so intrusive that in “normal” times we would be very hesitant to […]

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Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve” – Washington Post Tags: ITGS, simulation, models, education, people and, people, and, machines, app, visualization Computer Scientists Are Building Algorithms to Tackle COVID-19 “Computer scientists and machine learning researchers are tackling the pandemic the way they know how: compiling datasets and building algorithms […]

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Chinese police now have AI helmets for temperature screening Tags: ai, facial recognition, privacy and anonymity, ITGS, helmet, control, governments and politics, COVID-19 The Surgeon Who Wants to Connect You to the Internet with a Brain Implant “Eric Leuthardt believes that in the near future we will allow doctors to insert electrodes into our brains […]

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The messy, cautionary tale of how Babylon disrupted the NHS | WIRED UK “To date, the presence of Babylon’s GP surgery in London has forced the NHS to reallocate millions of pounds in funding to mitigate for the disruption it has caused. Its expansion plans have been blocked before being allowed to proceed. But concerns […]

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The Hidden Signs That Can Reveal a Fake Photo “A picture may say a thousand words, but what if the photograph has been fabricated? There are ways to spot a fake – you just have to look closely enough.” Tags: ITGS, fake, photoshop, authenticity – By dr tech Whose job is it to stop the […]

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The Debate Around Data Privacy is Missing The Point “As we move towards this collective humanity mindset, the idea of withholding data to make ourselves feel safer becomes a moral conundrum. If our value is most derived from the data we create for AI to process and discover insights, to withhold that means we are […]

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Why you need to teach your kids about data privacy “We are talking about vast fields of aggregate data, the scale of which is difficult to comprehend; this data can be parsed by the artificial intelligence recommendation algorithms that Google has pioneered, and that now steer everything from employment application processes to dating apps.” Tags: […]

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