#Cyberculture agenda: “How Cryptography Lets Down Marginalized Communities

How Cryptography Lets Down Marginalized Communities

Speaking at a prestigious crypto conference this month, Seny Kamara called on the field to recognize its blind spots—and fix them.

BuzzFeed News – Ryan Mac – Aug 28, 10:07 AM

Pool / Getty Images Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies in front of a House of Representatives subcommittee via video conference in July. Frustrated Facebook employees slammed CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday during a company-wide meeting

Here’s a life-or-death question: Do apps that notify people of potential exposure to the coronavirus help save lives, or are they a waste of precious time and money?

A new study from Oxford University and Google says contact tracing apps reduce infections, hospitalizations, and deaths at almost any level of adoption, showing that the technology can act as a complement to other countermeasures like social distancing and manual contact tracing.

Yet another individual associated with notorious dark web marketplace AlphaBay is going to jail. Bryan Connor Herrell, who served as a moderator, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison, the US Department of Justice has revealed. Back in January, Herrell pled guilty to conspiring to engage in a racketeer influenced corrupt organization — a sentence that carries a maximum of 20 years in prison. But according to a statement from the Department of Justice, US District Court Judge Dale Drozd has sentenced Herrell to only 11 years. [Read: We asked 3 CEOs what tech trends will dominate post-COVID] “This sentence serves as further proof…

Every day, over 1 billion kilometers are driven with Google Maps in more than 220 countries and territories around the world. When you hop in your car or on your motorbike and start navigating, you’re instantly shown a few things: which way to go, whether the traffic along your route is heavy or light, an estimated travel time, and an estimated time of arrival (ETA). While all of this appears simple, there’s a ton going on behind the scenes to deliver this information in a matter of seconds.

The Department of Homeland Security issued an intelligence bulletin on Wednesday warning that Russia is now focusing disinformation attacks on the subject of mail-in voting, as our election process in the United States adapts to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Says DHS, “We assess that Russia is likely to continue amplifying criticisms of vote-by-mail and shifting voting processes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to undermine public trust in the electoral process.”

eBay is officially old. It turns 25 today, joining the likes of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Yahoo, both of which also had their quarter-century anniversaries earlier this year. Like Internet Explorer and Yahoo, eBay is showing its age. But whil…

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