MED 010119

Mediaeater Digest Tuesday 1st January, MMXIX
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Hackers Threaten to Dump Insurance Files Related to 9/11 Attacks [Twitter] thedarkoverlord @tdo_h4ck3rs

What Is Going To Happen In 2019 [avc] The drama in Washington will have serious impacts to the economy in the United States starting with our capital markets.

Wielding Rocks and Knives, Arizonans Attack Self-Driving Cars [nyt] He carried out his attack with an unidentified sharp object, swiftly slashing one of the tires. The suspect, identified as a white man in his 20s, then melted into the neighborhood on foot.  The slashing was one of nearly two dozen attacks on driverless vehicles over the past two years in Chandler, a city near Phoenix where Waymo started testing its vans in 2017.

The Dating Brokers [Tactical Tech] In May 2017 Tactical Tech and artist Joana Moll purchased 1 million online dating profiles for 136€ from USDate, a supposedly US-based company that trades in dating profiles from all over the globe. The batch of dating profiles we purchased included pictures (almost 5 million of them), usernames, e-mail addresses, nationality, gender, age and detailed personal information about all of the people who had created the profiles, such as their sexual orientation, interests, profession, thorough physical characteristics and personality traits. Purchasing this data exposed a vast network of companies that are capitalising on this information without the conscious consent of the users, whom ultimately are the ones being exploited. [An extensive report on the origin of the profiles and the vast network of companies that are capitalising on them can be found here >>] 

Chinese schools are using ‘smart uniforms’ to track their students’ locations [theverge] The implementation is just about as unsettling as “using smart technology to track students’ whereabouts” sounds. Each uniform has two chips in the shoulders which are used to track when and where the students enter or exit the school, with an added dose of facial recognition software at the entrances to make sure that the right student is wearing the right outfit

In Screening for Suicide Risk, Facebook Takes On Tricky Public Health Role [nyt] “It’s hard to know what Facebook is actually picking up on, what they are actually acting on, and are they giving the appropriate response to the appropriate risk,” said Dr. John Torous, director of the digital psychiatry division at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “It’s black box medicine.”

Fake-porn videos are being weaponized to harass and humiliate [wapo] “It did manage to break me. It was overwhelming. All I could think of was my character: Is this what people will think about me?” she said. “This is a lot more intimidating than a physical threat. This has a lasting impact on your mind. And there’s nothing that could prevent it from happening to me again.”

Renton post office renamed to honor Jimi Hendrix, while new exhibition looks at icon’s early years  [seattletimes] Last week a bill was signed into law re-christening the Renton Highlands Post Office the James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix Post Office in the legendary guitarist’s honor.

100+ UK AI/ML Start Ups Launched in 2018

osfpmsa [osfpmsa]A new pluggable form factor with eight high speed electrical lanes that will initially support 400 Gbps

Must-see biennials, triennials and festivals in 2019 [theartnewspaper]

Siri shortcut to delete EXIF metadata from pictures before sharing them [icloud]

 NASA New Horizons Retweeted Johns Hopkins APL  at 10:15 a.m. (ET) from : New Horizons Signal Acquisition from the Flyby. Watch live on NASA TV:



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