Keep Calm, We’re Watching Every Last One Of You

As technology evolves it seems like humans want devices to solve all of our problems. We don’t need to know the history of our country’s involvement with war and policing of other countries when we can just google it. Remembering the phone numbers of important people in our life is now the responsibility of our smartphones in our pockets....

Facebook Knows Exactly How Many Times You’ve Searched For Your Ex-Lover

Facebook knows a lot about you—including every time you’ve searched for an ex, a crush, or any other person on the platform. This little tidbit is part of a 225-page document which includes more than 2,000 questions for Facebook from senators from the U.S. Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees, and the company’s answers, submitted June 8. They are follow-ups to Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony...

On The Download: With Issa Rae

The demand for creator, actress and executive producer Issa Rae is at an all time high. While Rae and her talented team put the finishing touches on the third season of HBO’s hit series Insecure, the rising star continues to shine with numerous television and movie projects in the works and recently being the first black woman to host...

Attention Facebook Users: Your Data Is Being Shared With ‘Selected’ Companies

Facebook shared personal information culled from its users’ profiles with other companies after the date when executives have said the social network prevented third-party developers from gaining access to the data, the company confirmed Friday. The records included information about the friends of Facebook users, including phone numbers and breakdowns analyzing the degrees of separation between people on the social...

WTF! The Country of Scotland Now Has A Treatment Center For People Addicted To Trading Bitcoins

People who are addicted to trading Bitcoin and other digital assets could soon attend a residential treatment course in Scotland. A treatment centre is opening in the Scotland to treat people who are addicted to trading cryptocurrencies. The residential treatment course for "crypto addicts" is based in Castle Craig Hospital in Peeblesshire. The medical facility already runs treatment programmes for drug...

YouTube Deletes Half of ‘Violent’ Music Videos, With Police Singling Out ‘Drill Music’

Supporters of drill say it 'offers a voice to those without one' YouTube have announced that they’ve deleted more than half of the music videos considered to be ‘violent’, with police specifically singling out ‘drill music’. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick asked for any music videos that appear to glamorise violence – singling out ‘drill music’ as what a particularly...

New Tech Startup’s Racial-Profiling Algorithm Shows AI Can Be Dangerous Way Before Any Robot Apocalypse

The new algorithm which promises to accurately look at images of people and determine their ethnic background. The biggest danger AI poses today isn’t the potential of killer robots or Roko’s Basilisk—it’s the potential to scale bias and racism to the size of the internet. The latest example of this is an “ethnicity detection” algorithm marketed by Moscow-based NtechLab as an “upcoming...

How To Break Your Smartphone Addition

Why are we checking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, then Facebook again when we just wanted to check the weather? Turns out, smartphone addiction is by design. Think of the constant stream of notifications, color schemes in apps and all the “likes,” followers and in-game trophies. Our phones and apps are designed to give us short-term, feel-good rewards, so we’ll use them...

California’s Supreme Court To Vote On Social Media Access

The California Supreme Court will decide whether Facebook and other social media companies must turn over user content to criminal defendants. The justices are expected to rule Thursday in a case that has pitted some of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies against public defenders. At issue are requests by a defendant accused in a San Francisco slaying who wants videos and...

ACLU Speaks Up: Amazon Stop Selling Facial Recognition Tools To The Police

The American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to police, saying law enforcement agencies could use the technology to “easily build a system to automate the identification and tracking of anyone.” The tool, called Rekognition, is already being used by at least one agency — the Washington County...