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  • Facebook’s new name: grandiose, banal or honest?
    Oct 20 (Reuters Breakingviews) - Facebook’s (FB.O) new name – to be revealed next week, according to The Verge – is best thought of as a statement of intent. Whether silly or dull, it will give a sense of how co-founder Mark Zuckerberg wants the $959 billion group and its eponymous social network to be viewed by users, investors and regulators. There are three...
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  • South Koreans are bemused by the global success of “Squid Game”
    When “squid game” appeared on Netflix in mid-September, many South Korean reviewers were underwhelmed by the home-grown survival drama. They found the characters clichéd, the plot unconvincing and the violence gratuitous. The whole thing, they complained, was too similar to older films, such as the Japanese “Battle Royale”, and added nothing new to the...
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  • Gone in Minutes, Out for Hours: Outage Shakes Facebook
    When apps used by billions of people worldwide blinked out, lives were disrupted, businesses were cut off from customers — and some Facebook employees were locked out of their offices. SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook and its family of apps, including Instagram and WhatsApp, were inaccessible for hours on Monday, taking out a vital communications platform used by billions and...
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  • What does it mean to be famous on TikTok for young children by Pinki Sris Rana
    Psychologists warn that exposure to fame at an early age can have a negative psychological impact on children.Sabina Thapa, 25, makes a TikTok video of her three-year-old daughter Samaira Thapa, who is a TikTok sensation.  Drishna Sthapit/ TKP In August 2020, when Samaira Thapa was only two years old, her 30-second dance video to the song 'Fulpati Bhakera Manakamana' went viral on TikTok....
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  • “People do not trust that Facebook is a healthy ecosystem”
    Leading social media researcher Laura Edelson explains her misinformation fight with Facebook.  New York University researcher Laura Edelson is at the center of the latest major Facebook controversy over the misinformation that’s eroding our democracy and encouraging Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy. Earlier this week, Facebook abruptly shut down the personal Facebook accounts and research...
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  • Unban Crypto and adopt it as Digital Currency, says co-founder and CEO of Unelma Platforms Santosh Kalwar
    Jul 28, 2021 (Vehement Media via COMTEX) -- Since the rise of the 21st century, the world has seen many changes. Still, it has been changing a lot with the height of pandemic and economic crisis and new technological advancement, threatening the entire financial ecosystem. Fin-tech or financial technology is a new epoch in the field of computer science and technology. Things that were once...
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  • Technology is revolutionising finance and the potential for it to transform the industry further is enormous.

    FinTech is turning traditional banking and investment on its head, questioning the wisdom of legacy systems and providing customers with choice, new features and above all else access.


    The promise of artificial intelligence and digitisation is limitless for banking and finance, bringing down the barriers to access and empowering people with more options.

    Three key emerging developments were forecast including the further
    growth of crypto assets, such as bitcoin; the tokenisation of existing assets on to a digital medium; and finally the emergence
    of new customers such as the currently unbanked, and other economic actors, including machines as part of the internet of
    things (IoT).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUiFZF4Q2hY
    Technology is revolutionising finance and the potential for it to transform the industry further is enormous. FinTech is turning traditional banking and investment on its head, questioning the wisdom of legacy systems and providing customers with choice, new features and above all else access. The promise of artificial intelligence and digitisation is limitless for banking and finance, bringing down the barriers to access and empowering people with more options. Three key emerging developments were forecast including the further growth of crypto assets, such as bitcoin; the tokenisation of existing assets on to a digital medium; and finally the emergence of new customers such as the currently unbanked, and other economic actors, including machines as part of the internet of things (IoT). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUiFZF4Q2hY
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  • So the question is, why, a year after Zuckerberg touted AI moderation tech, did Instagram, and its parent company Facebook, reportedly take most of a day to remove the Devins post? A post that has terrorized, traumatized, and enraged the victim’s family? A post that could not more obviously violate Facebook and Instagram’s community guidelines? On Facebook, the fact that posts depicting ‘Violence and Incitement’ will be banned is the subject of the very first part of the very first section of its guidelines—a lengthy, 22-point document. Instagram’s community guidelines similarly state, “Sharing graphic images for sadistic pleasure or to glorify violence is never allowed.”

    https://gizmodo.com/the-great-failure-of-facebook-s-ai-content-moderation-s-1836500403
    So the question is, why, a year after Zuckerberg touted AI moderation tech, did Instagram, and its parent company Facebook, reportedly take most of a day to remove the Devins post? A post that has terrorized, traumatized, and enraged the victim’s family? A post that could not more obviously violate Facebook and Instagram’s community guidelines? On Facebook, the fact that posts depicting ‘Violence and Incitement’ will be banned is the subject of the very first part of the very first section of its guidelines—a lengthy, 22-point document. Instagram’s community guidelines similarly state, “Sharing graphic images for sadistic pleasure or to glorify violence is never allowed.” https://gizmodo.com/the-great-failure-of-facebook-s-ai-content-moderation-s-1836500403
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    How a Horrific Murder Exposes the Great Failure of Facebook's AI Moderation
    When 21-year-old Brandon Andrew Clark posted a series of graphic images on Sunday of the slain corpse of 17-year-old Bianca Devins to Instagram and Discord, users immediately began spreading the gory pictures online, often alongside brutal, misogynist commentary. Some said the victim, an ‘e-girl’ who was popular on 4Chan, deserved it, and others called for even more violence against women. Clark, who appears to have live-posted the murder itself on Instagram—a series of posts reportedly showed the body, the road near the crime scene, and an act of bloody self-harm—took the time to change his bio to hint at his forthcoming suicide attempt, and to attempt to craft a multi-platform narrative around the killing as it unfolded.
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  • Facebook’s business model is built on capturing as much of our attention as possible to encourage people to create and share more information about who they are and who they want to be. We pay for Facebook with our data and our attention, and by either measure it doesn’t come cheap.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/09/opinion/sunday/chris-hughes-facebook-zuckerberg.html
    Facebook’s business model is built on capturing as much of our attention as possible to encourage people to create and share more information about who they are and who they want to be. We pay for Facebook with our data and our attention, and by either measure it doesn’t come cheap. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/09/opinion/sunday/chris-hughes-facebook-zuckerberg.html
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  • The F.T.C. opened a new investigation last year after Facebook came under fire again. This time, the company was accused of not protecting its users’ data from being harvested without their consent by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm that was building voter profiles for the Trump campaign. Facebook also suffered a data breach that exposed the personal information of nearly 50 million users.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/24/technology/facebook-ftc-fine-privacy.html
    The F.T.C. opened a new investigation last year after Facebook came under fire again. This time, the company was accused of not protecting its users’ data from being harvested without their consent by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm that was building voter profiles for the Trump campaign. Facebook also suffered a data breach that exposed the personal information of nearly 50 million users. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/24/technology/facebook-ftc-fine-privacy.html
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  • In his new book, “Coders,” the longtime Wired magazine writer Clive Thompson works to describe those humans and exactly what their hands do. With an anthropologist’s eye, he outlines their different personality traits, their history and cultural touchstones. He explores how they live, what motivates them and what they fight about. By breaking down what the actual work of coding looks like — often pretty simple, rote, done in teams rather than by loner geniuses — he removes the mystery and brings it into the legible world for the rest of us to debate. Human beings and their foibles are the reason the internet is how it is — for better and often, as this book shows, for worse.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/01/books/review/clive-thompson-coders.html
    In his new book, “Coders,” the longtime Wired magazine writer Clive Thompson works to describe those humans and exactly what their hands do. With an anthropologist’s eye, he outlines their different personality traits, their history and cultural touchstones. He explores how they live, what motivates them and what they fight about. By breaking down what the actual work of coding looks like — often pretty simple, rote, done in teams rather than by loner geniuses — he removes the mystery and brings it into the legible world for the rest of us to debate. Human beings and their foibles are the reason the internet is how it is — for better and often, as this book shows, for worse. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/01/books/review/clive-thompson-coders.html
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  • They respond to nearly every problem with the same approach that created the problem in the first place: more AI, more code, more short-term fixes. They do not do this because they are bad people. They do this because success has warped their perception of reality. They cannot imagine that the recent problems could be in any way linked to their designs or business decisions. It would never occur to them to listen to critics–How many billion people have the critics connected?–much less to reconsider the way they do business. As a result, when confronted with evidence that disinformation and fake news had spread over Facebook and may have influenced a British referendum or an election in the U.S., Facebook followed a playbook it had run since its founding: deny, delay, deflect, dissemble. Facebook only came clean when forced to, and revealed as little information as possible.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/an-early-facebook-investor-throws-up-his-hands-weve-been-zucked/2019/02/07/1e7bdfd2-2ad0-11e9-b011-d8500644dc98_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.50efb178d25f
    They respond to nearly every problem with the same approach that created the problem in the first place: more AI, more code, more short-term fixes. They do not do this because they are bad people. They do this because success has warped their perception of reality. They cannot imagine that the recent problems could be in any way linked to their designs or business decisions. It would never occur to them to listen to critics–How many billion people have the critics connected?–much less to reconsider the way they do business. As a result, when confronted with evidence that disinformation and fake news had spread over Facebook and may have influenced a British referendum or an election in the U.S., Facebook followed a playbook it had run since its founding: deny, delay, deflect, dissemble. Facebook only came clean when forced to, and revealed as little information as possible. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/an-early-facebook-investor-throws-up-his-hands-weve-been-zucked/2019/02/07/1e7bdfd2-2ad0-11e9-b011-d8500644dc98_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.50efb178d25f
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    Perspective | An early Facebook investor throws up his hands: We’ve been ‘Zucked.’
    Roger McNamee once mentored Mark Zuckerberg. Now, in a new book, he says Facebook is a ‘catastrophe’ wrecking democracy.
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  • Ismo: Ass Is The Most Complicated Word In The English Language - CONAN on TBS

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAGcDi0DRtU
    Ismo: Ass Is The Most Complicated Word In The English Language - CONAN on TBS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAGcDi0DRtU
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  • How AI can save our humanity | Kai-Fu Lee

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajGgd9Ld-Wc
    How AI can save our humanity | Kai-Fu Lee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajGgd9Ld-Wc
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  • How do you measure the national-security or societal impact of having people targeted with divisive and exploitative ads? How do you determine the collective impact of consumers’ being stripped of control over information they own and having intimate details of their life, like relationship status and political views, shared with countless entities?

    Industry players often seek to take advantage of the extreme difficulty that most people face in showing exactly how they have been hurt by a privacy violation.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/06/opinion/facebook-privacy-violation.html
    How do you measure the national-security or societal impact of having people targeted with divisive and exploitative ads? How do you determine the collective impact of consumers’ being stripped of control over information they own and having intimate details of their life, like relationship status and political views, shared with countless entities? Industry players often seek to take advantage of the extreme difficulty that most people face in showing exactly how they have been hurt by a privacy violation. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/06/opinion/facebook-privacy-violation.html
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  • For years, Facebook gave some of the world’s largest technology companies more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/18/technology/facebook-privacy.html?module=inline
    For years, Facebook gave some of the world’s largest technology companies more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed... https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/18/technology/facebook-privacy.html?module=inline
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  • Russian meddling, data sharing, hate speech — the social network faced one scandal after another. This is how Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg responded.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/14/technology/facebook-data-russia-election-racism.html?module=inline
    Russian meddling, data sharing, hate speech — the social network faced one scandal after another. This is how Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg responded. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/14/technology/facebook-data-russia-election-racism.html?module=inline
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  • “The same way I’m not going to start wearing ties, I’m also not going to buy into the fake politeness, the lying, the office politics and backstabbing, the passive aggressiveness, and the buzzwords. Because THAT is what ‘acting professionally’ results in: people resort to all kinds of really nasty things because they are forced to act out their normal urges in unnatural ways.”

    https://www.newyorker.com/science/elements/after-years-of-abusive-e-mails-the-creator-of-linux-steps-aside?mbid=social_twitter
    “The same way I’m not going to start wearing ties, I’m also not going to buy into the fake politeness, the lying, the office politics and backstabbing, the passive aggressiveness, and the buzzwords. Because THAT is what ‘acting professionally’ results in: people resort to all kinds of really nasty things because they are forced to act out their normal urges in unnatural ways.” https://www.newyorker.com/science/elements/after-years-of-abusive-e-mails-the-creator-of-linux-steps-aside?mbid=social_twitter
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    After Years of Abusive E-mails, the Creator of Linux Steps Aside
    The celebrated coder Linus Torvalds, known for the operating system he created and his aggressive style of communication, says he is seeking help.
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