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Consumer Reports gains grant to teach consumers about cybersecurity; prepare them for advocacy

With a $5 million grant in hand from the Craig Newmark (Craigslist founder) Philanthropies, Consumer Reports plans to give consumers tools they need to gird against cyber threats – and to advocate for the same from business and government. This is part of a much larger initiative by the charity to build civic infrastructure and policy frameworks.

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IT’S THE LAW (06/07/2022)

June 7, 2022

Switzerland is under pressure from the UN to change long-standing bank secrecy laws and allow its Federal Intelligence Service (FIS) access to bank accounts considered a security risk. This follows a February Credit Suisse data leak, which showed criminals & human rights abusers were using bank services there. The UN says the country’s Article 47, which allows jailing or fining whistleblowers for revealing secret bank data, is in violation of human rights agreements Switzerland has signed.

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Children’s Privacy: London’s Metropolitan Police criticized for youth profiling with Project Alpha initiative

June 7, 2022

A program designed to curb youth violence and curtail gang activity is proving controversial for London’s Metropolitan police. Project Alpha, which is funded by the Home Office, has claimed it consulted with a range of youth organizations before launching its initiative to monitor social media favored by youth for warning signs of threats. But several of the organizations listed as being contacted for consultation have said they had never been formally approached and questions have been raised about whether racial profiling of teens has taken place.

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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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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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