Porn Regulators Powerless Against Horny British Teens

On Wednesday, the UK government announced that starting July 15, porn providers online would be required to roll out age verification systems on their websites, only allowing those 18 and older to access their content. But one should not underestimate the will of the horny—porn, uh, finds a way, and adult content providers have already figured out a workaround that even the regulatory body admits are effective. Read More >>

Google Pulls Selfie App With Over 50 Million Downloads for Secretly Clicking Ads

Six apps have reportedly been removed from the Google Play Store after a Buzzfeed investigation found that they were involved in ad fraud. The apps, which were all tied to Chinese app developer DU Group, were fraudulently clicking on ads and didn’t disclose to users that they were sending their data to China. Read More >>

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‘Automated Racism’: Chinese Police Are Reportedly Using AI to Identify Minority Faces

Facial recognition technology can target entire populations of a specific demographic, and in the wrong hands, can be used as a powerful tool for discrimination. In China, this isn’t a cautionary tale, it’s already happening. Read More >>

This Football Fan Makes a Great Case For Not Getting a QR Code Tattoo

Someone who really, really loves his team found out the hard way that QR codes are daft and copyright infringement has no mercy. Read More >>

Public Wi-Fi Kiosks Are Turning Into Public Censorship Machines

A telecommunications company, free Wi-Fi service, police and local councils have developed and deployed a new system that aims to identify suspicious behaviour on free Wi-Fi kiosks and then automatically block related calls. Read More >>

That Viral Story About Selfie-Takers on a Thai Beach ‘Facing the Death Penalty’ Is Totally Fake

Recently, you may have seen news stories claiming that tourists could “face the death penalty” for taking selfies on a certain beach in Thailand—which we can all agree is a little bit extreme. Thankfully, those claims are totally fake. Read More >>

China’s ‘Little Red Book’-Like App Is Blowing Up the Charts

The most downloaded app in Apple Store’s China region, with over 100 million users, awards points for reading articles, taking quizzes, learning about socialist theory and watching videos about President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party. The app, Study the Great Nation, was developed by the public opinion research division of China’s Central Propaganda Department and tech company Alibaba, and it’s being likened to Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book. Read More >>

US Hospital Accused of Secretly Recording 1,800 Women During Intimate Procedures Is Sued by 131 Patients

At the end of March, 81 women filed a lawsuit against a hospital in the US city of San Diego, California for allegedly recording them during intimate medical procedures without their knowledge or consent. Women were filmed during Caesarean births, birth complications, treatment after a miscarriage, and other operations, according to the lawsuit. On Thursday, 50 additional women joined the complaint against Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Read More >>

US Teacher Says She Was Fired for Not Being a ‘Role Model’ After Topless Selfie Leaks

A 25-year-old middle school teacher in the US state of New York was fired after a topless selfie she took was nonconsensually obtained by a student at her school. The teacher, Lauren Miranda, is now in the process of suing the school district for gender discrimination. Read More >>

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Leaked Microsoft Email Chain Reportedly Describes Hellish Workplace for Women

An internal Microsoft email chain, first reported by Quartz, reportedly details a litany of egregious acts of sexual harassment and discrimination experienced by women at the company. The chain received hundreds of responses since it began on March 20th, according to Wired, prompting employees to protest the toxic work culture at a Q&A with CEO Satya Nadella on Thursday. Read More >>

Google Employees Step Up to Demand Fair Treatment for Contractors

On Tuesday, more than 900 Google workers signed a letter urging the company to respect its contracted labour. As tech workers continue to call out unfair labour practices in the industry, they’re forming a coalition with contractors to acknowledge the rights of about half of Google’s workforce. The letter comes at a time when contractors are being laid off and treated as virtually non-existent. Read More >>

A Disturbing Complaint Against Google Tests Its Promise to Allow Employees to Sue

A former recruiter for Google is suing its parent company, Alphabet, for alleged disability discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and a failure to provide reasonable accommodations. Among a slew of upsetting allegations, the complaint says that instead of sending her medical devices and other personal items following her termination, someone at Google mailed her a bag of garbage. Read More >>

Facebook’s Misinformation Problem Is Only Getting More Complicated

In the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook’s potential to be a subversive political tool has been all too clear. And several years later, the social network still struggles to crack down on the very real dangers its platform creates for political systems. As the social network cracks down on its core product, new battlefronts are opening up in the fake news war and WhatsApp is proving to be a more troublesome product to police Read More >>

On the Early Web, People With Disabilities Found Community and Autonomy

Growing up in rural Oregon in the United States, Erin Lauridsen didn’t have a lot of contact with blind people like herself. She recalls there being one other blind person in her town, but they were much older and, unlike Lauridsen, had lost their vision later in life. So when her family got dial-up internet during her high school years in the late ‘90s, she said the first thing she did was find other blind students online, people she could relate to who were already out in the world living their lives. She read their stories. She got to know them. Read More >>

We Are One Step Closer To Birth Control Jewellery 

Currently, when it comes to not getting pregnant, the burden falls almost entirely on women. And unless you’ve had a harrowingly painful IUD insertion, a lot of commonly used methods require consistent use for peak effectiveness. That’s why researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology want women to have the option to wear their contraception in a piece of jewellery. Read More >>