NATO Group Catfished Soldiers to Prove a Point About Privacy

NATO Group Catfished Soldiers to Prove a Point About Privacy

Over four weeks, the researchers developed fake pages and closed groups on Facebook that looked like they were associated with the military exercise, as well as profiles impersonating service members both real and imagined.

What Happens When Techno-Utopians Actually Run a Country

What Happens When Techno-Utopians Actually Run a Country

“It’s imperative that this works, because this shows a model for industrial democracies from the US to Asia.” While Bannon gushed, members of Five Star like Nugnes and Fattori reeled at where their movement had ended up: tied to a party led by a man many of them regarded as a fascist.

Americans Are Abandoning Public Transit—but Don't Blame Uber

Americans Are Abandoning Public Transit—but Don't Blame Uber

And while Uber and Lyft have grabbed headlines for convincing people to abandon transit in big cities like New York and Chicago, the TransitCenter advocates argue that the effects of those services are limited to just a few dense, urban places.

The Howling: Why You’re Hearing Coyotes This Month

The Howling: Why You’re Hearing Coyotes This Month

Coyote researcher Brian Mitchell describes the sounds you’re likely to hear at this time of year: “Group yip-howls are produced by a mated and territorial pair of “alpha” coyotes, with the male howling while the female intersperses her yips, barks, and short howls.

Go Update iOS Right Now to Fix That Very Bad FaceTime Bug

Go Update iOS Right Now to Fix That Very Bad FaceTime Bug

When security threatens that, then it becomes a priority, so win-win." "It seems inexcusable that Apple allows this and many other bugs to make it into production code." Patrick Wardle, Digita Security The bug stemmed from a logic issue with FaceTime's group calling feature, which Apple introduced at the end of 2018 as part of launching its new iOS 12 mobile operating system.

A Facebook Crackdown, Amazon Facial Recognition, and More Security News This Week

A Facebook Crackdown, Amazon Facial Recognition, and More Security News This Week

Hackers, including Russian state-sponsored attackers, targeted the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and took down the event's Wi-Fi and database systems at one point.

Why'd the Polar Vortex Cancel So Many Flights? Blame Humans

Why'd the Polar Vortex Cancel So Many Flights? Blame Humans

“When you get below 35 degrees Fahrenheit, everything starts slowing down,” says Jeff Kohlman, of the Aviation Management Consulting Group. “When you get below 35 degrees Fahrenheit, everything starts slowing down,” Kohlman says.

The World Bank’s role in SDG monitoring

The World Bank’s role in SDG monitoring

Four years after their launch, the World Bank’s expertise in development data and its large repository of development indicators has played an important role in helping track progress made towards the achievement of the SDGs. How does SDG monitoring work and how is the World Bank involved?

Apple Takes Drastic Measures to Stop a Nasty FaceTime Bug

Apple Takes Drastic Measures to Stop a Nasty FaceTime Bug

Apple Takes Drastic Measures to Stop a Nasty FaceTime Bug Group FaceTime chats let people eavesdrop on whoever they called, a bug so bad that Apple pulled the plug until it comes up with a fix.

Real Facebook Oversight Requires More Than a 40-Expert Board

Real Facebook Oversight Requires More Than a 40-Expert Board

In its charter, the company suggests creating a body of up to 40 "independent experts" to review Facebook's most contentious content moderation decisions, in order to cast the final vote on whether a given post or comment should stay or go and how that should alter Facebook's policies in the future.

An Underwater Skin Sensor Lets Swimmers Track Their Sweat

An Underwater Skin Sensor Lets Swimmers Track Their Sweat

An Underwater Skin Sensor Lets Swimmers Track Their Sweat The device picks up sweat secretions from the person’s skin and channels the fluid into a chemical reagent mixed with food dye that turns the patch different colors—like a pH strip for sweat.

Facebook Cracks Down on Networks of Fake Pages and Groups

Facebook Cracks Down on Networks of Fake Pages and Groups

If a troll runs two fake news pages but only one of them violates Facebook’s policies, the company can’t take down the other until it breaks the rules as well.

No Binoculars Allowed: Learning to Bird by Ear

No Binoculars Allowed: Learning to Bird by Ear

As the khaki-clad birders start assembling in the parking lot, I joke to Hugh that the only way he’s going to get me to learn to bird by ear is to take away my binoculars.

Tech Workers Unite to Fight Forced Arbitration

Tech Workers Unite to Fight Forced Arbitration

Tech Workers Unite to Fight Forced Arbitration Organizers of a walkout by Google employees on Nov. 1 say employers use arbitration clauses to suppress workers facing harassment and discrimination.

One Species Loves Our Climate-Wrecking Ways: Fire Ants!

One Species Loves Our Climate-Wrecking Ways: Fire Ants!

With human-driven climate change not only heating up the world but exacerbating hurricanes and wildfires, fire ants are primed to reap their rewards. Fire ant colonies with multiple queens are denser—400 to 500 mounds an acre, instead of 40—and take more of a toll on the species around them.

Children Are Using Emoji for Digital-Age Language Learning

Children Are Using Emoji for Digital-Age Language Learning

Here's a string of animals and hearts from a three year old:🦄🐴🦋🐛🐤🐦🐦🐧🐔🐣🐶🐱🐭🐰🐰🐰❄️❄️🌦🌈🔥💥☀️🍓🥞❣️💙💚💛🧡🔒💕💜🖤💞💞💗💖💘🕉💝☸️💟These emoji texts are adorable, but as a linguist, I'm interested in what kids are trying to communicate.

Tackling climate change in the poorest countries

Tackling climate change in the poorest countries

Recognizing the urgent need for more action, the World Bank Group announced new and ambitious targets for our climate work with developing countries at COP24, this month’s global climate change conference in Katowice, Poland.

The Iran Hacks Cybersecurity Experts Feared May Be Here

The Iran Hacks Cybersecurity Experts Feared May Be Here

But while concrete attribution remains elusive, a wave of recent digital attacks has led some security analysts to suggest that Iranian state-sponsored hackers may have ramped up their digital assaults against the US and Europe as well."If you look at these groups, they’re not hacking for money, what they’re doing is very much nation state motivations," says Eric Chien, a fellow in Symantec's security technology and response division.

Crispr Babies, IVF, and the Ethics of Genetic Class Warfare

Crispr Babies, IVF, and the Ethics of Genetic Class Warfare

She is a contributing editor at New York Magazine, and maintains the Nobler Fellowship at The Nation Institute.It's easy to fear this kind of procedure: follow embryonic gene editing to its logical conclusion and we’ll end up with a society dramatically altered through eugenics, with generations of people engineered to fit a single vision of perfection.

Amazon Came to the Bargaining Table—But Workers Want More

Amazon Came to the Bargaining Table—But Workers Want More

Unsatisfied with the pace of progress toward improving working conditions, the group rallied a few hundred people, including local teamster chapters, to the Shakopee facility parking lot Friday afternoon to demand that Amazon reduce productivity rates to safe levels, respect the cultural differences of Muslim East Africans, and invest in a community fund to aid in affordable housing for workers.At 4 pm, as the winter sun was setting on the Shakopee business park, about 30 workers walked out of the fulfillment center to the cheers of the crowd gathered on the edge of the property.

How WhatsApp Fuels Fake News and Violence in India

How WhatsApp Fuels Fake News and Violence in India

New research shows that WhatsApp usage can exacerbate groupthink, sometimes mobilizing groups into acts of violence.Starting last spring, the platform began being linked to incidents of mob killings, most of which fit a similar pattern: People deemed to be “outsiders” were targeted by large mobs accusing them of being child kidnappers after rumors to be on the lookout circulated on WhatsApp. Some of these false rumors appeared in the form of highly convincing doctored bulletins from local police; others used the photos from Syria and manipulated videos.Killings occurred in May and June, but the high death toll in the Dhule incident marked a tipping point for the government.

Canada, France Plan Global Panel to Study the Effects of AI

Canada, France Plan Global Panel to Study the Effects of AI

After many positive discussions with Trudeau and his government, Mahjoubi said, it’s time for “delivery.”Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron first announced their interest in creating an international forum for the study of artificial intelligence in June, but gave few details, and left the initiative nameless.“It’s important that we have an international place where we can discuss all the impacts of AI in the transformation of society."Mounir Mahjoubi, French minister for digital affairsOn Thursday, Mahjoubi said IPAI would be modeled on the IPCC and bring together policy experts with researchers in AI, humanities, and the social sciences.

Congress Races to Pass a Self-Driving Car Law By Year's End

Congress Races to Pass a Self-Driving Car Law By Year's End

Those politicians, including Dianne Feinstein of California and Ed Markey of Massachusetts, have argued that the proposed rules do not give regulators sufficient oversight of self-driving car safety.Time to get everyone in line, though, is running out: If legislators don’t pass this bill by the end of the year, both the House and Senate will have to start over from scratch in the new Congress.

Instagram Now Lets You Share Pics With Just 'Close Friends'

Instagram Now Lets You Share Pics With Just 'Close Friends'

Instagram Now Lets You Share Pics With Just 'Close Friends'The photo-sharing platform now offers the ability to post photos and stories that are only visible to a tight circle of followers of your choosing.HotlittlepotatoThere was a time when social media was just for sharing things with your friends.

Russian Hackers Haven't Stopped Probing the US Power Grid

Russian Hackers Haven't Stopped Probing the US Power Grid

But grid hacking comes in less dramatic forms as well—which makes Russia's continued probing of US critical infrastructure all the more alarming.At the CyberwarCon forum in Washington, DC on Wednesday, researchers from threat intelligence firm FireEye noted that while the US grid is relatively well-defended, and difficult to hit with a full-scale cyberattack, Russian actors have nonetheless continue to benefit from their ongoing vetting campaign."There’s still a concentrated Russian cyber espionage campaign targeting the bulk of the US electrical grid," says FireEye analyst Alex Orleans says.

Scientist Who Crispr’d Babies Bucked His Own Ethics Policy

Scientist Who Crispr’d Babies Bucked His Own Ethics Policy

“Two beautiful little Chinese girls, Lulu and Nana, came crying into the world as healthy as any other babies a few weeks ago,” the scientist, He Jiankiu, said in the first of five promotional videos posted to YouTube hours after MIT Technology Review broke the news.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to CrisprLulu and Nana are reported to have a genetic mutation, courtesy of Crispr, that makes it harder for HIV to invade and infect their white blood cells.

Russia's Elite Hackers May Have New Phishing Tricks

Russia's Elite Hackers May Have New Phishing Tricks

It's not uncommon to see them come out with a new variant or a totally new malware family."Palo Alto Networks researchers have only found one sample of the special Cannon-laced malicious document so far, but it was part of a broader APT 28 phishing campaign they observed that focused on government targets in North America, Europe, and a former USSR state that the company declined to name.Meanwhile, investigators at FireEye observed an extensive phishing campaign launched last week that appears to come from APT 29 hackers, also called Cozy Bear.

Where Did the 'Freedom From Facebook' Campaign Really Come From?

Where Did the 'Freedom From Facebook' Campaign Really Come From?

While Facebook’s head of global policy Monika Bickert spoke, protesters from a group called Freedom From Facebook, seated just behind her, held signs depicting Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg’s heads atop an octopus whose tentacles reached around the planet.Freedom From Facebook has garnered renewed attention this week, after The New York Times revealed that Facebook employed an opposition firm called Definers to fight the group.

Surveillance Kills Freedom By Killing Experimentation

Surveillance Kills Freedom By Killing Experimentation

Of course the story is more complicated than that, but the ability for members of society to privately smoke weed was essential for putting it on the path to legalization.We don’t yet know which subversive ideas and illegal acts of today will become political causes and positive social change tomorrow, but they’re around.

Can a Facebook Ad Really Sway Your Vote? MoveOn Thinks So

Can a Facebook Ad Really Sway Your Vote? MoveOn Thinks So

MoveOn Thinks SoEthan Miller/Getty ImagesIf you are one of the 20 million potential voters that MoveOn, a progressive advocacy group, believes could help swing the midterm elections in Democrats' favor, then chances are, over the next few days, you will see a MoveOn–sponsored ad in your Facebook news feed.It'll be a video of a real voter—not an actor or a politician—explaining why he or she is voting for a given candidate.

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