Introducing Golden: Mapping human knowledge [golden] Golden’s mission is to collect, organize and express 10+ billion topics in an accessible way, presented in neutrally-written and comprehensive topic pages.
Amazon’s facial-recognition technology is supercharging police in Oregon – [Washington Post] Rekognition is easy to activate, requires no major technical infrastructure, and is offered to virtually anyone at bargain-barrel prices. Washington County spent about $700 to upload its first big haul of photos, and now, for all its searches, pays about $7 a month.
When manipulation is the digital business model [ft] “The whole point of modelling children better is to manipulate them better through advertising,” Poulson tells me. “Am I OK with children being manipulated for some unaccountable business’s purposes? There are all kinds of fraudulent ads that Google makes a lot of money from selling… you’re going to obviously lead to more cases of children being [targeted] with fraudulent ads.” (Poulson left Google last August in protest over its China search engine.)
Would You Let the Police Search Your Phone? [nyt] In another study, we tested what happens when we tell people they “have the right to refuse”the request to search their phone. We found that this notification altered people’s beliefs about the consequences of refusal, but it did not change how free they felt to refuse
U.K. Police Have a Message for Crime Victims: Hand over Your Private Data [nytimes] Under the new approach, victims and witnesses will routinely be asked to sign a form saying that they consent to the police extracting data from their electronic devices, which can mean text messages, emails, contacts, social media records, internet browsing history and more. Otherwise, the case might not proceed.
ODNI Releases Annual Intelligence Community Transparency Report [ondi] Consistent with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA), as amended (codified in 50 U.S.C. § 1873(b)), and the Intelligence Community’s (IC) Principles of Intelligence Transparency, we are releasing our sixth annual Statistical Transparency Report Regarding Use of National Security Authorities presenting statistics on how often the government uses certain national security authorities.
VR market realities tested at Frieze New York [artnewspaper] Yet VR works are often costly to produce and time-consuming to implement, according to Carla Camacho, a partner at Lehmann Maupin, which represents VR artists like Jennifer Steinkamp. “One misconception is that these are videos, but they are actually custom computer programs,” she says. “Once a piece is acquired, the client has to provide architectural plans so that it can be coded site-specifically.”
Teen Suicide Spiked After Debut Of Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why,’ Study Says [npr] In the month following the show’s debut in March 2017, there was a 28.9% increase in suicide among Americans ages 10-17, said the study, published Monday in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The number of suicides was greater than that seen in any single monthover the five-year period researchers examined. Over the rest of the year, there were 195 more youth suicides than expected given historical trends……Researchers warn that their study could not prove causation. (sometimes you don’t need a personal computer to understand the correlation / causation –