John Oliver on Face Recognition and a #Cyberculture roundup…

Protesters are especially at risk, warns the Last Week Tonight host.

Between 2014 and 2019, 1,653 Black people died at the hands of the US police. Here are just some of their stories.

Sci-fi perpetuates a misogynistic view of AI — Here’s how we can fight it

Fiction helps us imagine the future of AI and the impact that it will have on our lives. But it also perpetuates stereotypes
Microsoft won’t sell facial recognition to police without federal regulation

Microsoft is following Amazon and IBM in limiting access to facial recognition technology in light of protests denouncing

Amazon is pausing its facial recognition program for police for a year — but that’s not enough

Days after IBM pulled out of facial recognition tech used for mass surveillance, Amazon said yesterday that

It matters how platforms label manipulated media. Here are 12 principles designers should follow

By Emily SaltzTommy ShaneVictoria KwanClaire LeibowiczClaire Wardle. This post has been republished with permission by the Partnership on AI. The original postwas published on Medium.

Manipulated photos and videos flood our fragmented, polluted, and increasingly automated information ecosystem, from a synthetically generated “deepfake,” to the far more common problem of older images resurfacing and being shared with a different context.

How Wikipedia Became a Battleground for Racial Justice

Contributors are rethinking what Wikipedia’s commitment to neutrality actually means.

After a black bird-watcher filmed a white dog-walker on May 25 calling the police on him in response to his request she obey the dog-leash laws in the Ramble woodlands area of Central Park, New York, the video went viral. “I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life”, Amy Cooper informed Christian Cooper (no relation) before she called 911 and made a deliberately dramatic false accusation. Melody Cooper, discussing her decision to post her brother’s footage online, told hosts of American talk show The View that she “wanted to shine a light on” Amy Cooper’s…

The Protests Prove the Need to Regulate Surveillance Tech

US policymakers too often argue that regulation is about geopolitical competition. But algorithms have

The news: IBM has said the company will stop developing or selling facial recognition software due to concerns the technology is used to promote racism. In a letter to Congress, IBM’s CEO Arvind Krishna said the tech giant opposes any technology used “for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms.”

Publishers are suing the Internet Archive over 1.3M ‘free’ ebooks


A group of publishers is suing the Internet Archive over its trove of free ebooks. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, John Wiley & Sons, and Penguin Random House, claims the Internet Archive is practically committing theft by putting over 1.3 million titles up for free for anyone to download, The New York Times reports.
Plus: Facebook in its early days, reasonable speech on the internet, and an overdue decision in Philadelphia.

Podcasting platform Stitcher said number podcasts have grown by 129,000% (that’s not a typo) in the last decade. In its annual podcasting report, the company said creators published 7 million episodes on the platform in 2019, as compared to 350,000 episodes published in 2010. Stitcher said that while people are publishing more podcasts, the average episode length is now 2.4 minutes shorter, as compared to an average episode in 2013. The report has some interesting tidbits about genres (true crime being the #1), formats, listening habits, and age group of listeners. I wish the study covered the topic of podfasters — p

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