Internet: (Austria is moving to ban internet anonymity with significant penalties for non compliance. Your SIM is your ID.) Federal Act amending a Federal Act on Care and Responsibility in the Network and amending the KommAustria Act. fines § 7. (1) Depending on the seriousness of the offense, the supervisory authority shall impose a fine of up to 500,000 euros, in case of recurrence up to 1,000,000 euros on a service provider….fines § 8. (1) Anyone who, as the responsible officer, does not comply with the obligation stipulated in § 5 (3) commits an administrative offense and shall be punished with a fine of up to € 10,000.
AI:Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2019 Bill Text.pdf would require big companies to audit their machine-learning systems for bias and discrimination and take corrective action in a timely manner if such issues were identified. It would also require those companies to audit not just machine learning but all processes involving sensitive data—including personally identifiable, biometric, and genetic information—for privacy and security risks. Should it pass, the bill would place regulatory power in the hands of the US Federal Trade Commission, the agency in charge of vvconsumer protection and antitrust regulation. [technologyreview]
OPSEC: Why You Can No Longer Get Lost in the Crowd NYT Op-ed “Understanding obscurity means paying attention to how space, time and people’s cognitive limitations make it difficult for others to surveil us or find out things about us” (Is this piece pro privacy? I can’t tell its so obscure. It obscures civil rights + liberties issues associated with not being ‘obscured’ Their fait complete/that its done, obscuring that meaningful public protest and legislation can change things. They get the closing line right “the opposite of obscurity isn’t fame, but chillingly oppressive fear.” -ED)
Owned: Luxury Cars Missing After Fraud by Ap [wsj] Chicago police were searching on Thursday for dozens of missing luxury cars that were fraudulently rented via the mobile app used by car-sharing service Share Now. The company temporarily suspended its service in Chicago on Wednesday as police began tracking down the missing cars. … as of Wednesday afternoon, 100 remained un- accounted for, including about 50 Mercedes-Benzes that were believed to still be in the Chicago area.
Trend: [ChinaDaily] In the third quarter of last year more than 14.5 million wearables were shipped within China. Sales of gadgets that support third-party applications rose about 74%, the market research company International Data Corp. says. In comparison, global shipments of wearable devices reached 32 million units during the three months. So China accounted for more than one third of sales in the industry.
–Single Cortical Neurons as Deep Artificial Neural Networks !!
-This Is Silicon Valley : I feel myself becoming part of the machine
–Utah Bans Police From Searching Digital Data Without A Warrant,
Closes Fourth Amendment Loophole
https://www.reuters.tv/l/PFoT . LDN