Face recognition technology follows a long analog history of surveillance and control based on identifying physical features

Sharrona Pearl, Drexel University American Amara Majeed was accused of terrorism by the Sri Lankan police in 2019. Robert Williams was arrested outside his house in Detroit and detained in jail for 18 hours for allegedly stealing watches in 2020. Randal Reid spent six days in jail in 2022 for supposedly using stolen credit cards… Continue reading Face recognition technology follows a long analog history of surveillance and control based on identifying physical features

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Australians are concerned about AI. Is the federal government doing enough to mitigate risks?

Toby Walsh, UNSW Sydney Today, the federal Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic revealed an interim response from the Australian government on the safe and responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI). The public, especially the Australian public, have real concerns about AI. And it’s appropriate that they should. AI is a powerful technology entering… Continue reading Australians are concerned about AI. Is the federal government doing enough to mitigate risks?

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Prince Harry and the Mirror: how court victory reopened the phone hacking scandal the British press had hoped was over

Steven Barnett, University of Westminster A pivotal court judgment has found evidence that “habitual” phone hacking went on at Mirror Group newspapers for years. The high court judgement from Mr Justice Fancourt left no doubt: “There is compelling evidence that the editors of each newspaper knew very well that [phone hacking] was being used extensively… Continue reading Prince Harry and the Mirror: how court victory reopened the phone hacking scandal the British press had hoped was over

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Wikipedia’s volunteer editors are fleeing online abuse. Here’s what that could mean for the internet (and you)

Ivan Smirnov, University of Technology Sydney We’re now sadly used to seeing toxic exchanges play out on social media platforms like X (formerly Twitter), Facebook and TikTok. But Wikipedia is a reference work. How heated can people get over an encyclopedia? Our research, published today, shows the answer is very heated. For example, one Wikipedia… Continue reading Wikipedia’s volunteer editors are fleeing online abuse. Here’s what that could mean for the internet (and you)

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Why do so many people fall for fake profiles online?

Arun Vishwanath, University at Buffalo The first step in conducting online propaganda efforts and misinformation campaigns is almost always a fake social media profile. Phony profiles for nonexistent people worm their way into the social networks of real people, where they can spread their falsehoods. But neither social media companies nor technological innovations offer reliable… Continue reading Why do so many people fall for fake profiles online?

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Can Face ID be hacked?

Face ID, Apple’s facial recognition technology, is designed with several security features to protect against unauthorized access and hacking. It uses a combination of hardware and software to create a secure and unique facial recognition system. Here are some key aspects that make Face ID difficult to hack: While Face ID is a robust security… Continue reading Can Face ID be hacked?

The personal details of Northern Ireland’s main police force have been leaked – three reasons why that’s incredibly dangerous

Kevin Hearty, Queen’s University Belfast Data breaches are not a good look for any institution or organisation. But depending on the nature of the data leaked and the organisation, some breaches can be more serious and have greater consequences than others. This is certainly true of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), which has… Continue reading The personal details of Northern Ireland’s main police force have been leaked – three reasons why that’s incredibly dangerous

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What is the Dark Web, and How Can We Combat It?

The Dark Web refers to the encrypted and hidden part of the internet that cannot be accessed through standard search engines or web browsers. It is a subset of the Deep Web, which includes any web content that is not indexed by traditional search engines. The Dark Web is known for its anonymity and lack… Continue reading What is the Dark Web, and How Can We Combat It?