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Ro Khanna, the Bernie Guy Who's Okay With Billionaires

Ro Khanna, the second-term Democratic Congressman from Silicon Valley and a national co-chair of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, has the tricky job of appealing to both internet zillionaires and DSA members. We spoke to him about impeachment, class war, the Bernie vs. Warren primary, and more. Read more...
Tags: Interviews, Ro Khanna, Congress, Politics, Democrats, Trump, Class War, The Rich, Silicon Valley, Tech


New AI can create fake videos of people from a single picture

Samsung researchers improve AI modeling to quickly create realistic (but fake) videos.The model uses "single-shot learning" to create videos from a single picture.The application of the tech could be in telepresence, video conferencing and gaming. None An AI can now take a single picture of a person's face and animate it convincingly. This can lead to animating paintings and photos but also add to the mistrust of images and deepfakes online. The new method from researchers at the Samsung AI Cent...
Tags: Computers, Ai, Journalism, Machine learning, Future, Politics, Invention, Technology, Artificial intelligence


WikiLeaks’ Assange charged under the Espionage Act in a ‘major test case’ for press freedom

Julian Assange, founder of whistleblowing site WikiLeaks, has been charged with more than a dozen additional charges by U.S. federal prosecutors, including under the controversial Espionage Act — a case that will likely test the rights of freedom of speech and expression under the First Amendment. Assange, 47, was arrested at the Ecuadorean embassy in London in April after the U.S. government charged him with conspiracy to hack a government computer used by then army officer Chelsea Mannin...
Tags: Security, Politics, London, Sweden, Media, Obama, Snowden, Iraq, Tech, Bloomberg, Afghanistan, United States, United Kingdom, Edward Snowden, Army, Julian Assange


Kenya is allegedly selling citizen data to highest corporate bidder

According to Dr. Roselyn K. Akombe, Chief of Policy Planning and Guidance at the United Nations and ex-commissioner of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the country’s government is going to sell all the citizen data collected through the Huduma Namba exercise to the highest bidder. Her statement came after President Uhuru Kenyatta extended the deadline for Huduma Namba registration by another week. Kenya’s Huduma Namba initiative, which the government has stated is ...
Tags: Security, Startups, Politics, Africa, Tech, World, United Nations, Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, Syndication, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Roselyn K Akombe, Huduma Namba


Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for graduates to overcome "political noise" and algorithms

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a commencement speech at Tulane University on May 18th.Cook cautioned the graduates to not get caught up in echo chambers and algorithms.He acknowledged the failures of his generation. None Are we so caught up in technology that we don't notice any more the plight of people around us? On May 18th, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a commencement speech at Tulane University where he addressed modern narcissism and how to combat it. "In a world where we obsessively document our own l...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Politics, Cook, Education, Future, Computers, Teaching, Innovation, Tim Cook, Algorithm, Speech, Personal Growth, Tulane University, Tulane University on May 18th Cook, Cook Push


Research indicates the only defense against killer AI is not developing it

A recent analysis on the future of warfare indicates that countries that continue to develop AI for military use risk losing control of the battlefield. Those that don’t risk eradication. Whether you’re for or against the AI arms race: it’s happening. Here’s what that means, according to a trio of experts. Researchers from ASRC Federal, a private company that provides support for the intelligence and defense communities, and the University of Maryland recently published a paper on pre-print serv...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots


Electoral Commission to visit Brexit party offices over funding concerns

Body makes announcement after Gordon Brown highlighted issues over PayPal paymentsThe Electoral Commission has said it will attend the offices of Nigel Farage’s Brexit party to “review its systems” after Gordon Brown urged them to investigate concerns over the legality of the party’s funding.The former prime minister told a Labour rally in Glasgow the commission had the powers to carry out live investigations during elections, and issue interim statements on whether it believes there are unanswe...
Tags: Politics, Technology, UK News, Paypal, Labour, Nigel Farage, Gordon Brown, Arron Banks, Brexit Party, European parliamentary elections 2019


Unions lobby investors to press Amazon over UK working conditions

GMB tells shareholders that warehouse workers endure targets that cause sufferingTrade unions are lobbying City investors to put pressure on Amazon to improve conditions for its workers in the UK.At a meeting at the TUC’s head office this month the GMB union made presentations, including one from an Amazon employee, to a dozen leading fund managers and pension funds that own stakes in Amazon including Legal & General, Baillie Gifford and Aberdeen Standard. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Politics, Technology, Internet, UK News, E-commerce, Work & careers, Trade unions, TUC, Jeff Bezos


Fascism and conspiracy theories: The symptoms of broken communication

The world was saner when we spoke face-to-face, argues John Cameron Mitchell. Not looking someone in the eye when you talk to them raises the potential for miscommunication and conflict.Social media has been an incredible force for activism and human rights, but it's also negatively affected our relationship with the media. We are now bombarded 24/7 with news that either drives us to anger or apathy.Sitting behind a screen makes polarization worse, and polarization is fertile ground for conspira...
Tags: Politics, Technology, Media, Internet, Social Media, Communication, Society, Innovation, Cameron, Fear, Emotions, John Cameron Mitchell, Humanity, Big Problems


South African voters fear mobile political campaigns will steal their personal info

Mobile technology will arguably go down in history as the most successful innovation of our lifetime. Mobile devices, especially phones, are ubiquitous in large parts of the world. On the African continent, the rates of mobile phone ownership and access are rising exponentially. Many organisations have recognized the opportunities this presents. Political parties are no exception. The 2008 election in the United States is widely regarded as a tipping point for the use of mobile devices in politi...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Africa, Tech, World, United States, Syndication


China Social Credit System Already Has 13 Million Blacklisted

China’s Orwellian social credit system (which will rate the everyday activities of the country’s 1.4 billion citizens) will “help the country restore social trust” according to a state-run tabloid, with over 13.49 million citizens already being blacklisted by the system as “untrustworthy” – despite the fact that it has not officially launched yet. Data divulged […]
Tags: Politics, Technology, Privacy, China, International, Anime, Made In China


Pete Buttigieg was Facebook’s 287th user. Now he says the company has too much power.

When Pete Buttigieg joined Facebook as a Harvard undergrad in 2004, he was the 287th user registered on the site. The social network’s founders were friends of friends, and it felt like an insular message board for Harvard classmates, he remembered in an interview in San Francisco last week. “I don’t think any of us could have guessed what implications that technology would have in the long run,” Buttigieg said. Fifteen years and 2.4 billion users later, as Facebook wrestles with cascading scand...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Politics, News, La, California News, San Francisco, Sport, Joe Biden, Afghanistan, David, Harvard, Soccer


This tool lets you check if a website is blocked in China

China‘s Great Firewall just got higher as Wikipedia has been added to Beijing’s no-no list. The government hasn’t explained why it’s blocking the free online encyclopedia, but frankly it’s not surprising. Shutting down a platform that has endless information makes sense if the mere presence of Winnie the Pooh was too much for President Xi Jinping and his crew to handle. But what other websites are currently blocked? Well, that’s where Comparitech’s tool comes in. You can use it to see whether a ...
Tags: Startups, Politics, China, Wikipedia, Tech, Beijing, Xi Jinping, Winnie, Comparitech


China Promotes Social Credit System with Propaganda Music Video

In an attempt to brainwash youths into believing China’s upcoming social credit system is fair, just and noninvasive, the Chinese government has recruited various popular Chinese singers to take part in a propaganda music video promoting the system. The music video stars the pop song “Live up to Your Word” and was produced by the […]
Tags: Music, Politics, Technology, China, Marketing, International, Anime, MV, Made In China, China Promotes Social Credit System


Presidential candidates Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg come to LA for a little speaking, more fundraising

LOS ANGELES — Former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg will both be conducting fundraisers in the Los Angeles area Thursday for their campaigns for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Buttigieg is also set join Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in speaking at a rally with various union leaders in support of a parcel tax on the June 4 ballot to increasing funding for the Los Angeles Unified School District. According to Variety, Buttigieg is planning to...
Tags: Google, Politics, News, Obama, Colorado, California, Kaiser Permanente, La, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Spain, Sport, Joe Biden, Ap, Soccer, Kaiser


Mike Pompeo urges Tories to ask: 'What would Thatcher do?'

US secretary of state again calls on UK to resist Huawei’s efforts to gain access to 5G networkThe US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has invoked Margaret Thatcher as he appealed to the Conservative right to take a firmer line with China, again urging the UK to resist efforts by Huawei to gain access to Britain’s new 5G network.Insisting he felt duty-bound to raise sensitive issues with close partners, Pompeo said the telecoms company was, as a matter of Chinese law, required to bow to Beijing’...
Tags: Politics, UK, Technology, China, US, UK News, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Beijing, Britain, Asia Pacific, US politics, Margaret Thatcher, Espionage, Huawei


How a 13-year-old boy was radicalized by the alt-right, then figured out they were full of it

A 13-year-old boy is wrongly accused of sexual harassment, then railroaded by zealous school administrators. Abused by the system and shunned by real-life friends, he finds new ones—on Reddit and 4chan. What Happened After My 13-Year-Old Son Joined the Alt-Right. Those online pals were happy to explain that all girls lie—especially about rape. And they had lots more knowledge to impart. They told Sam that Islam is an inherently violent religion and that Jews run global financial networks. (We’...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Politics, News, Tech, Reddit, Sam, Google YouTube Twitter


Google tells U.S. House it spends 'hundreds of millions' on content review each year, found +1M 'terrorist videos' on YouTube in Q1 2019

Alphabet, parent company of Google and YouTube, told a U.S. House panel that it spends hundreds of millions of dollars on reviewing content each year, and claims to have identified at least one million “terrorist videos” on YouTube in the first quarter of 2019. Alphabet/Google/YouTube disclosed this information to lawmakers in an April 24 letter that was made public on Thursday. The letter claims that a “manual review” by YouTube content moderation workers found 90,000 videos violated YouTub...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Post, Politics, Technology, News, Youtube, Social Media, Tech, US news, New Zealand, Terrorists, Reuters, Rose, Microsoft Corp


Facebook bans Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, Louis Farrakhan, as 'dangerous'

Facebook says it has banned accounts for Infowars, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, Louis Farrakhan, and others from both Facebook and Instagram, citing its “dangerous individuals and organizations” policy. Some accounts are still up, however, at the time of the coordinated, multi-publication, embargoed news release. The ban apparently hasn't fully gone into effect as of 1130am PT, and Milo even posted something to Instagram mocking the news, and promoting his email newsletter. Fa...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Post, Business, Politics, Technology, News, Instagram, Washington Post, Cnn, Atlantic, Terrorism, Islam, Watson, Hate Speech


When American Financiers and Business Leaders Plotted to Overthrow Franklin D. Roosevelt and Install a Fascist Government in the U.S. (1933)

Economist and columnist Paul Krugman recently wrote about a current nominee for the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors who called cities like Cincinnati and Cleveland “armpits of America” to laughs from an audience of business leaders. This same nominee has made headlines for saying “capitalism is a lot more important than democracy” and calling the 16th Amendment establishing the income tax the “most evil” law passed in the 20th century. As crude as the comments are, many wealthy peop...
Tags: Google, Politics, New York, College, Washington, US, America, West Virginia, History, New York Times, Connecticut, Npr, Cleveland, Fdr, Paul Krugman, Warner Brothers


Fallout from Gavin Williamson sacking | Letters

Readers respond to the sacking of the defence secretary Gavin Williamson over accusations of leakingWhile I am delighted that Gavin Williamson (May tells defence secretary: ‘You leaked, you are fired’, 2 May) has been removed from the government – remember he said that all British jihadists should be hunted down and killed in the Middle East rather than returned for trial here – I am sorry that as a result Rory Stewart no longer has responsibility for prisons. His is a deserved promotion, but as...
Tags: Politics, UK, Technology, China, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Theresa May, Ministry Of Defence, Middle East, UK security and counter-terrorism, Data and computer security, Data Protection, Defence, National Security Council, Huawei


The Guardian view on the Gavin Williamson sacking: a man who leaked ambition | Editorial

There are good reasons for leaking in the public interest. But the desire to be prime minister is not one of themThe chaos of Brexit has provided a number of political shocks which have seen parliamentary institutions lose their credibility with the voters. Yet none have been quite as dramatic as tonight’s sacking from the cabinet by the prime minister of defence secretary Gavin Williamson. An investigation had found “compelling evidence” that Mr Williamson was behind the leak of a controversial...
Tags: Politics, UK, Technology, China, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Theresa May, Defence policy, Philip Hammond, Defence, National Security Council, Huawei, Pacific, Brexit, Williamson


Huawei says alleged router 'backdoor' is standard network tool

Vodafone found security failings in firm’s internet routers a decade agoVodafone discovered security failings in Huawei internet routers used by millions of people almost a decade ago.Europe’s biggest mobile phone operator said on Tuesday that it found “vulnerabilities” in consumer equipment supplied by the Chinese telecoms company to Vodafone Italia between 2009 and 2012. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, Technology, Internet, China, Bloomberg, UK News, World news, Surveillance, Asia Pacific, Computing, Vodafone, Espionage, Huawei, Vodafone Italia


Alleged Huawei router 'backdoor' is standard networking tool, says firm

Media reports of a secret spying device in millions of domestic routers are ‘misleading’ says under-fire Chinese telcoVodafone discovered security failings in Huawei internet routers used by millions of people almost a decade ago.Europe’s biggest mobile phone operator said on Tuesday that it found “vulnerabilities” in consumer equipment supplied by the Chinese telecoms company to Vodafone Italia between 2009 and 2012. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, Technology, Media, Internet, China, Bloomberg, UK News, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Surveillance, Cybercrime, Asia Pacific, Computing, Espionage


The digital farming revolution will cost workers their power, dignity, and possibly their jobs

There’s a lot of talk about digital technology and smart cities, but what about smart farms? Many of us still have a romantic view of farmers surveying rolling hills and farm kids cuddling calves, but our food in Canada increasingly comes from industrial-scale factory farms and vast glass and steel forests of greenhouses. While the social and environmental consequences of agri-food industrialization are fairly well understood, issues around digital technology are now just emerging. Yet, technolo...
Tags: Startups, Business, Politics, Tech, Canada, Syndication


Can we trust Ireland to enforce GDPR on big tech?

GDPR is complicated business; even people like me who try to keep up with all its developments struggle to understand this mammoth set of European regulations and its effects. I believe one of the main reasons for that is we’ve yet to see a proper GDPR case being brought against big tech companies like Facebook and Google — the companies GDPR should protect us from. This isn’t all too serious just yet, as findings are expected in the next few months. But Politico’s extensive new investigation fr...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Europe, Politics, Opinion, Politico, World, Ireland, Gdpr


Huawei tech would put UK-US intelligence ties at risk, official says

Chinese firm’s technology is security risk, says Strayer after council gives partial go-aheadA US official has said the UK and any other western countries that adopt Huawei technology for 5G mobile phone networks risk affecting intelligence cooperation with the United States.The escalation of the rhetoric comes days after a leak indicated the UK was prepared to give Huawei the go-ahead to supply “non-core” infrastructure – a security measure that the US said on Monday would not work in practice....
Tags: Politics, UK, Technology, China, US, UK News, World news, US foreign policy, US news, United States, Foreign Policy, UK security and counter-terrorism, Huawei, UK US, Strayer


Huawei tech would risk UK-US intelligence ties, official says

Chinese firm’s technology is security risk, says Strayer after council gives partial go-aheadA US official has warned that the UK and any other western countries that adopt Huawei technology for 5G mobile phone networks risk affecting intelligence cooperation with the United States.The escalation of the rhetoric comes days after a leak indicated the UK was prepared to give Huawei the go-ahead to supply “non-core” infrastructure – a security measure that the US said on Monday would not work in pr...
Tags: Politics, UK, Technology, China, US, UK News, World news, US foreign policy, US news, United States, Foreign Policy, UK security and counter-terrorism, Espionage, Huawei, UK US, Strayer


Artist Sebastian Errazuriz Makes Classical Sculptures Of Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, And Jeff Bezos

Elon Musk, Exile and Escape. Artist, Designer and Activist Sebastian Errazuriz has received international acclaim for his original and provocative works on a variety of areas and disciplines. Tackling everything from political artworks to giant public art projects, experimental furniture to product design and women’s shoes to motorcycles. His work is always surprising and compelling... Source
Tags: Politics, Design, Technology, Classical, Sculptures, Silicon, Sebastian Errazuriz, Valley


Who really pulls the strings at Huawei? | Letters

Readers air their views on the role of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in the development of Britain’s 5G networkThe government is right that Huawei is not owned by the Chinese regime, but it seems to have missed – or ignored – the fact that it is probably controlled by the Chinese Communist party (Conservatives will push next party leader to scrap Huawei’s ‘non-core’ 5G contract, 25 April). Huawei is technically majority-owned by its employee union. As with all legal trade unions in China, howeve...
Tags: Politics, Technology, China, UK News, World news, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Asia Pacific, Huawei, 5g



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