Twitch Will Act on ‘Serious’ Offenses That Happen Off-Platform

Twitch Will Act on ‘Serious’ Offenses That Happen Off-Platform

In the course of investigating those problem users, Twitch COO Sara Clemens tells WIRED, Twitch’s moderation and law enforcement teams learned how challenging it is to review and make decisions based on users’ behavior IRL or on other platforms like Discord.

Covid Spilled From Animals to Humans. Now It’s Spilling Back

Covid Spilled From Animals to Humans. Now It’s Spilling Back

But within a few months, as the coronavirus spread rapidly through the world’s human population, it leapt from people back into an animal species: minks, being raised in confinement on fur farms.

The UK Is Secretly Testing a Controversial Web Snooping Tool

The UK Is Secretly Testing a Controversial Web Snooping Tool

The tests, which are being run by two unnamed internet service providers, the Home Office and the National Crime Agency, are being conducted under controversial surveillance laws introduced at the end of 2016.

‘Retaliation’ for Russia's SolarWinds Spying Isn't the Answer

‘Retaliation’ for Russia's SolarWinds Spying Isn't the Answer

The Times reported that the Biden administration plans to respond with "a series of clandestine actions across Russian networks" intended to signal that Russia's hacking campaign crossed a line—"clarifying what the United States believes are in bounds and out of bounds, and what we are prepared to do in response," as national security adviser Jake Sullivan told the paper.

The Biden Administration Weighs the Social Cost of Carbon

The Biden Administration Weighs the Social Cost of Carbon

The federal government began incorporating the social cost of carbon in climate-related regulations in 2010, factoring it into requirements for the fuel economy of cars and trucks, the levels of air pollution from power plants, and the energy efficiency of consumer appliances.

Million-Year-Old DNA Rewrites Mammoths' Evolutionary Tree

Million-Year-Old DNA Rewrites Mammoths' Evolutionary Tree

DNA from three ancient molars, one likely to be over a million years old, has revealed that there is a ghost lineage of mammoths that interbred with distant relatives to produce the North American mammoth population.

Biden Wants the Government to Run on EVs. It Won’t Be Easy

Biden Wants the Government to Run on EVs. It Won’t Be Easy

“If people see that their mail delivery people are driving electric vehicles, they’ll get the confidence they’ll need,” says Doug Kettles, director of the Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition, a Department of Energy-supported group that promotes advanced vehicle technologies.

Facebook’s Oversight Board Has Spoken. But It Hasn’t Solved Much

Facebook’s Oversight Board Has Spoken. But It Hasn’t Solved Much

In a statement Thursday, Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president for content policy, said the company would follow the board’s decisions to restore four items, including the Instagram post from Brazil.

WhatsApp Has Shared Your Data With Facebook for Years, Actually

WhatsApp Has Shared Your Data With Facebook for Years, Actually

As part of that privacy policy refresh, WhatsApp also removed a passage about opting out of sharing certain data with Facebook: "If you are an existing user, you can choose not to have your WhatsApp account information shared with Facebook to improve your Facebook ads and products experiences.".

FAO - News Article: FAO’s Investment Centre is stepping up its support for creating more robust and sustainable agri-food systems

FAO - News Article: FAO’s Investment Centre is stepping up its support for creating more robust and sustainable agri-food systems

The Centre offers a range of investment support services helping countries to create long-term investment policies and plans, to design and implement investment projects with financing partners and to generate knowledge and build capacities related to investment.

Humanity Is in Danger of Becoming Obsolete in LX 2048

Humanity Is in Danger of Becoming Obsolete in LX 2048

It's a flawed yet thought-provoking, surreal science-fiction film, chock-full of big ideas on our relationship to technology and what it means to be human, all beautifully anchored by D'Arcy's fantastic performance.

Nice Try, Facebook. iOS Changes Aren’t Bad for Small Businesses

Nice Try, Facebook. iOS Changes Aren’t Bad for Small Businesses

Late last week, Facebook bought full-page ads in the leading national dailies contending that Apple’s new policy, which will require apps running on iOS to allow users to opt out of tracking beginning early next year, will hurt small businesses.

11 Early Cyber Monday Deals on Earth-Friendly Gear

11 Early Cyber Monday Deals on Earth-Friendly Gear

This Showerhead Uses Half the Water You'd Expect ($215, $54 off).Uses about half the water of a normal showerhead.This T-Shirt Helps Support National Parks ($29, $7 off).

Biden Must Repair—and Reinvigorate—Tech Diplomacy

Biden Must Repair—and Reinvigorate—Tech Diplomacy

The Trump administration did no favors with respect to the diplomats responsible for digital issues; it cut the State Department’s overall budget, minimized the importance of its technology work, and pulled the rug out from underneath those working in areas like free internet access and 5G supply chain policy.

Rebuilding Trump’s Broken Global Tech Policy Won’t Be Easy

Rebuilding Trump’s Broken Global Tech Policy Won’t Be Easy

This is precisely why the incoming Biden administration, which emphasized multilateralism throughout the campaign, must found its global technology policy on alliances as well.

Social Media’s Dance With Donald Trump Is Getting Clumsier

Social Media’s Dance With Donald Trump Is Getting Clumsier

But it turns out that when Trump got into stuff that really violated policy—like Covid or election misinformation, or what might be interpreted as calls to violence—Facebook and Twitter began to place warning labels on his posts.

Trump’s Attacks on Climate Science Are Coming to Fruition

Trump’s Attacks on Climate Science Are Coming to Fruition

On October 19, Reilly’s office sent around a draft of a new chapter for the US Geological Survey Manual called, “Application of Climate Change Models to Scientific Investigation and Policy.” The Survey Manual serves as an operational handbook for agency employees, and includes bureau directives and policies on everything from budgeting and contracting to the agency’s Fundamental Science Practices, which govern its publishing and peer review process.

Trump's Un-American Failure to Protect Internet Freedom

Trump's Un-American Failure to Protect Internet Freedom

By the time Edelman was at the White House, “these issues were occupying the agenda of the [National Security Council] Deputies Committee on a very regular basis.” Far from inevitable, it was an intentional bolstering of global work on internet issues—as the internet in other spots on the globe looked increasingly different than that in the United States.

Twitter’s ‘Hacked Materials’ Rule Tries to Thread an Impossible Needle

Twitter’s ‘Hacked Materials’ Rule Tries to Thread an Impossible Needle

On Thursday evening, Twitter's head of trust and safety, Vijaya Gadde, posted a thread of tweets explaining a new policy on hacked materials, in response to the firestorm of criticism it received—largely from the political right and President Donald Trump—for its decision to block the sharing of a New York Post story based on alleged private data and communications of presidential candidate Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden.

A Plan to Fix the US Bike Shortage

A Plan to Fix the US Bike Shortage

Paramount among these reasons is the support of China’s and Taiwan’s governments to build up their manufacturing industries, mass-produce selected products, and increase exports.The number of Chinese manufacturers of bicycles or bike products increased from 38 in 1978 to 1,081 by 1995.

Trump’s ‘Miracle Cure’ for Covid Is a Logistical Nightmare

Trump’s ‘Miracle Cure’ for Covid Is a Logistical Nightmare

If the new therapies are meant for people who are newly diagnosed with the disease, then the ability of patients to get their Covid test results quickly will determine whether and when they get access.

The Trump Team Has a Plan to Not Fight Climate Change

The Trump Team Has a Plan to Not Fight Climate Change

“It’s based on modeling, which is extremely hard to do when you’re talking about the climate.” As the new director of the agency, Reilly hadn’t made any public statement on the matter, and it wasn’t clear exactly where he stood.

Google's Autocomplete Ban on Politics Has Some Glitches

Google's Autocomplete Ban on Politics Has Some Glitches

After WIRED flagged them to the company, Google said Friday it had blocked those suggestions for breaking its new election-related policies for autocomplete.Typing "donate bid" on Thursday suggested searches related to the Biden campaign.

Facebook's Zuckerberg Says He's Got Election Stuff Under Control

Facebook's Zuckerberg Says He's Got Election Stuff Under Control

In a blog post, Mark Zuckerberg laid out Facebook’s latest election-related policies, including its plan to deal with the possibility that a winner won’t be officially declared on Election Day. The company plans to use its new Voting Information Center “to prepare people for the possibility that it may take a while to get official results.” On Election Day, the information center will include authoritative information from Reuters and the National Election Pool.

The Future of American Industry Depends on Open Source Tech

The Future of American Industry Depends on Open Source Tech

Open source is a technology development and distribution methodology, where the codebase and all development—from setting a roadmap to building new features, fixing bugs, and writing documentation—is done in public.

Facebook's ‘Kill Switch’ Solves the Wrong Problem

Facebook's ‘Kill Switch’ Solves the Wrong Problem

The company was underlining how critical it is to provide trustworthy information during an election period, while simultaneously defending its ambivalent political ads policy, which allows politicians and parties to deliver misleading statements using Facebook’s powerful microtargeting tools.

Twitter Cracks Down on QAnon. Your Move, Facebook

Twitter Cracks Down on QAnon. Your Move, Facebook

Twitter’s announcement, she said, suggests that the company has gotten more serious about the real-world consequences of activity on its platform.

India's TikTok Ban Dispels the Myth of the 'China Bogeyman'

India's TikTok Ban Dispels the Myth of the 'China Bogeyman'

On Monday, Indian regulators enacted a hard ban on TikTok and 58 other Chinese applications, citing concerns over national security triggered by radical privacy violations that these apps committed against Indian users.Bangorlol, who apparently reverse-engineered the app, suggested that TikTok collects troves of data on its users.

A Startup Is Testing the Subscription Model for Search Engines

A Startup Is Testing the Subscription Model for Search Engines

Ramaswamy's startup company, Neeva, is that "something different"—and though it, too, is a search engine, it seeks to sidestep some of Google's problems by avoiding the ads altogether.

President Trump Just Suspended the Tech Industry's Favorite Visa

President Trump Just Suspended the Tech Industry's Favorite Visa

The executive order also suspends for the rest of the year most J-1 visas, designed for research scholars and professors participating in cultural exchange programs; H-2B visas for seasonal nonagricultural workers; and L-1 visas, which companies use to transfer existing employees to offices in the US.