MED 9.11.18

– Mediaeater Digest Tuesday 11th September 2018  –
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AI/NMT: Expanding automatic machine translation to more languages  [FB]
The results of those efforts and announce that we have added 24 new languages to our automatic translation services. We are now serving translations for a total of 4,504 language directions (a pair of languages between which we offer translation, e.g., English to Spanish).

SPECTRUM: Supercharged connected future powers ahead of customer enthusiasm  [FT]
A British researcher, Adrian Braine, who works on the technology with Surrey University, says: “If we get 5G right, there’ll never need to be a 6G. It will be like electricity, with everybody getting what they want anytime, anywhere.”

PAPER: Unveiling and Quantifying Facebook Exploitation of Sensitive Personal Data for Advertising Purposes [Usenix]
The results of our study suggest that Facebook labels 73% EU users with potential sensitive interests. This corresponds to 40% of the overall EU population. We also estimate that a malicious third party could unveil the identity of Facebook users that have been assigned a potentially sensitive interest at a cost as low as €0.015 per user

PAPER: Eye Movements During Everyday Behavior Predict Personality Traits   []
Using a state-of-the-art machine learning method and a rich set of features encoding different eye movement characteristics, we were able to reliably predict four of the Big Five personality traits (neuroticism, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness) as well as perceptual curiosity only from eye movements. Further analysis revealed new relations between previously neglected eye movement characteristics and personality.

[PRIVACY] Are New York’s Free LinkNYC Internet Kiosks Tracking Your Movements? [Intercept]

In May of this year, Charles Meyers, an undergraduate at New York City College of Technology, came across folders in LinkNYC’s public library on GitHub, a platform for managing files and software, that appear to raise further questions about location tracking and the platform’s protection of its users’ data. Meyers made copies of the codebases in question — “LinkNYC Mobile Observation” and “RxLocation” — and shared both folders with The Intercept.

[PRIVACY] Silicon Valley siphons our data like oil. But the deepest drilling has just begun [Guardian]
The only solution is political. As consumers we’re nearly powerless, but as citizens, we can demand more democratic control of our data. Data is a common good. We make it together, and we make it meaningful together, since useful patterns only emerge from collecting and analyzing large quantities of it.

[PRIVACY]  Dozens of popular iPhone apps caught sending user location data to monetization firms [Techcrunch]
A group of security researchers say dozens of popular iPhone apps are quietly sharing the location data of “tens of millions of mobile devices” with third-party data brokers.


PRIVACY: Facial Recognition Tech Is Ready for Its Post-Phone Future  [Wired]
BIZ: Alibaba takes joint venture route to Russia expansion [Reuters]
BLOCKCHAIN:  IBM Blockchain World Wire  PDF  [IBM]
AI: AI-powered API for music [galiboo]
PHOTO: The Falling Man  [Esquire]




Editors note:  17 years ago I was under those towers and saw them fall, It’s hard to look at the photos taken that day or reckon the feelings that have persisted since. This was everything it was said to be in the years after.  The cost was more than the lives lost and families and friends effected.  We saw to it that all of America would feel pain from that day and helped amplify its effects by curbing our freedoms and way of living.   This was and is a mistake..  #neverforget