20 Sep 2016

Accenture to unveil blockchain editing technique

“Accenture is courting controversy in the blockchain community by patenting a technique for editing information stored using the nascent technology in a move designed to make it more commercially viable. By allowing a central administrator to amend or delete information stored on a blockchain, the consultancy says that its prototype

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19 Sep 2016

Inside Google’s Internet Justice League and Its AI-Powered War on Trolls

“All this abuse, in other words, has evolved into a form of censorship, driving people offline, silencing their voices. For years, victims have been calling on—clamoring for—the companies that created these platforms to help slay the monster they brought to life. But their solutions generally have amounted to a Sisyphean

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19 Sep 2016

At BlackRock, a Wall Street Rock Star’s $5 Trillion Comeback

“And through its big data-mining risk platform, Aladdin, or Asset Liability and Debt and Derivatives Investment Network, BlackRock says it has developed the market’s most highly evolved framework for stress-testing how securities will respond to certain situations — such as a sudden rise in interest rates or what happens in

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07 Sep 2016

Google’s Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring ISIS Recruits

“GOOGLE HAS BUILT a half-trillion-dollar business out of divining what people want based on a few words they type into a search field. In the process, it’s stumbled on a powerful tool for getting inside the minds of some of the least understood and most dangerous people on the Internet:

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05 Sep 2016

The Man Who Lit The Dark Web

“White’s Memex project would be a portfolio approach. Some tools would dive into the dark Web and present all the hidden onion sites to be found there as a list, something previously considered too difficult to bother with. Others would index and sort the enormous flows of deep and dark

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25 Aug 2016

CIA training artificial intelligence to spy on Earth from SPACE

“A CIA-linked firm has joined forces with Amazon in a bid to use ‘computer vision’ to snoop on the Earth in unprecedented detail. CosmiQ Works, a firm closely associated with the US intelligence agency, is working with the online retail giant and the satellite mapping firm DigitalGlobe to train algorithms to work out

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20 Aug 2016

China’s Master Plan for IT Dominance

“The Strategy reinforces official sloganeering that China must control foreign-owned ‘core technologies’ in integrated circuits, large-scale software, and core hardware components. China’s backwardness in these technology building blocks is listed among China’s most ‘prominent challenges.’ Beijing previously sought to adopt ‘core technologies’ through joint ventures and partnerships with leading foreign

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18 Aug 2016

Obama Administration to Privatize Internet Governance on Oct. 1

“The Obama administration said Tuesday it will formally shift authority for much of the internet’s governance to a nonprofit multi-stakeholder entity on Oct. 1, a move likely to spark a backlash from parts of Congress. The administration—as well as many in the high-tech community—regard the long-planned move as necessary to maintain international support for the

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18 Aug 2016

Twitter targets extremism, suspends an additional 235,000 terror accounts

“Over the last year, Twitter has been suspending accounts for promoting terrorism. The social network had already made it public that 125,000 accounts were suspended between mid-2015 and early 2016. Today we learned that Twitter has added an additional 235,000 suspensions, brining their two year total to 360,000 accounts. By Twitter’s

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09 Aug 2016

See Every Internet Connection in the World on One Giant Map

“On August 5, Matherly showed off a map he made of every phone, computer, smart home, connected cow, and Internet of Things device around the globe. To make the map, Matherly sent out Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) Echo requests to some four billion devices connected to the internet, Matherly

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