Children’s Privacy: Who’s tracking our kids & are they safer for it?

School children are being monitored online as never before, particularly following the mass increase in remote engagement that occurred because of COVID and due to new concerns about the student mental health and on-site  physical safety. A report from the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) found student monitoring nearly ubiquitous, but also with minimal use training and a lack of safeguards against bias. Findings included: 1) monitoring is used more for discipline than safety; 2) teachers often lack training; 3) monitored students are at increased risk for encounters with law enforcement; 4) LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities and students of color are disproportionately targeted for action.

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Cybercrime thriving, growing, and expected to hit $10T by 2025

August 9, 2022

The Cost of a Data Breach report from Black Kite looks at the financial and reputational damage caused by 2,400 cyber incidents that took place globally between 2017-2022 and can help companies understand where vulnerabilities have been to date and where things are trending. Clearly, companies need to act to protect themselves as cybercrime costs grows exponentially – up from $7 trillion in 2015 and expected to hit $10 trillion in the next three years. The report also compares attack methods and cybercrime’s impact on individual sectors.

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Meta Releases Lying, Offensive AI and Pretends to Be Surprised

November 23, 2022

Like trouble, bad behavior by Meta shows up whether you look for it or not.  The latest is an open-source language model that was supposed to provide reliable search results because it was trained on academic papers.  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia, and misogyny.”  How can this be a surprise?

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