crime
Security Installation Man Sentenced To Life in Prison for Secretly Recording Girls at Homes He Serviced

A 39-year-old man in the US state of Oklahoma who installed home security systems for a local company was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for hiding cameras in homes and secretly recording girls who lived there. Read More >>

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A Crackdown on the Use of Face Recognition Tech is Brewing in the EU: Report

European citizens may soon have protections most Americans lack: control over the use of their face recognition data. Read More >>

internet
Second Teen Arrested for Threats Posted on Meme-Sharing Site iFunny

On Monday, a 19-year-old man from the US city of Chicago was arrested after allegedly threatening to “slaughter and murder any doctor, patient, or visitor” in the area of an abortion clinic. The threats were reportedly made on iFunny, and he is the second young man this month to be charged over violent comments on the meme-sharing site. Read More >>

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Google’s Fix for Misleading Abortion Ads Is Weak and Ineffective

In June, Google began implementing a new policy that required companies running ads with abortion-related keywords to explicitly state whether or not they provide abortion services and then added a disclosure directly on the ad to prevent crisis pregnancy centres from deceiving users. But it appears the policy still allows these dangerously misleading clinics to show up in search results without that clarifying disclosure. Read More >>

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Google Will Now Let Visually Impaired Users See Live Edits In Google Docs

There are a lot of improvements to be made on the web to make it more accessible, and a lot of that is contingent on thorny legal issues, so it’s nice to see tech companies take the initiative to inject accessibility improvements directly into their own products. Especially basic but frequently used features like editing in Google Docs. Read More >>

security
Porn Site Luscious Leaks Personal Information of More Than One Million Users

Security breaches on widely used anonymous communities online threaten to out some of our most personal past-times, especially when those data leaks occur on platforms dedicated to user-created porn. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Face Recognition Tech Once Again Pegs Politicians as Criminals

Facial recognition systems are still far from accurate, and yet government agencies continue to push for their deployment. To illustrate the existing flaws of the tech, the ACLU conducted another test of Amazon’s Rekognition software, which inaccurately identified one in five lawmakers from the US state of California as matches to a mugshot database. Read More >>

security
Researchers Discover Malware That Records the Screen of French Internet Users Watching Porn

Security researchers discovered a new form of malware that specifically targeted users of a French telecom giant. One of the more disturbing features of this malware is its capability to identify when someone was likely viewing porn and record their screen. Read More >>

internet
Domino’s Could Screw Up the Internet for Everyone With Disabilities Because They Won’t Just Fix Their Website

In 2016, Guillermo Robles sued Domino’s because the pizza chain’s website and app didn’t work with screen-reading software, making their online services inaccessible to him and other users with visual impairment. Robles, who is blind, claimed that on at least two occasions, he was unable to order a custom pizza from the company’s website, so he sued, alleging that Domino’s had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read More >>

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Security Researcher’s ‘NULL’ Personalised Number Plates Cause Glitch That Lands Him Nearly £10,000 in Parking Tickets

You can’t put a price tag on the value of sticking it to the man—specifically, trying to own an official surveillance system. Except maybe when you are owned right back. Read More >>

internet
Police in the Philippines Investigating 8chan and Its Owner Following El Paso Shooting

After a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in the US city of El Paso, Texas on Saturday killing 22, and a manifesto posted online believed to be written by the shooter exalted previous mass shootings and referenced the “Hispanic invasion of Texas,” the link between real-world violence and extremist forums is being further scrutinised. Read More >>

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The White House Readies Draft of Executive Order That Could Break the Internet

It appears the Trump administration is drafting an executive order that has the potential to radically change how the content posted on social networks are governed, stripping crucial protections from tech companies and inserting much more government oversight. This is being done under the guise of a popular political talking point claiming that social media networks are censoring conservatives. Read More >>

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Teen Students Forced to Work Overtime Building Amazon Echo Devices In China

In July, a 17-year-old high school student in China was sticking protective film over 3,000 Amazon Echo dots a day at the Foxconn factory in Hengyang. She was working ten hours a day and six days a week. And she was among more than 1,000 students employed by the factory to work overtime on Amazon’s devices. Read More >>

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Google Fixed Its Algorithm So That Lesbian-Related Searches Are Less Pornographic

Google is one of the most powerful and popular search engines, but that oftentimes doesn’t conflate to being free from flawed results. And when a French news site and Twitter account campaigned against the sexualised search results for the word “lesbienne,” Google claimed that it fixed its algorithm. Read More >>

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Social Networks Should Design Their Platforms With More Gratitude In Mind

The role social networks play in affording a space for hateful and violent content has been put on disturbing display in recent times as these diatribes are directly connected to unimaginable acts of inhumanity. It’s hard not to see the throughline from these online forums to real-world atrocities. But researchers are exploring how the design of these platforms can have a meaningful influence on fostering more positive feelings online. Specifically, gratitude. Read More >>