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Daily Archives: October 23, 2022

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cybersecurity issues – October 22, 2022

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cybersecurity issues – October 22, 2022 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and online security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Weakness in Microsoft Office 365 Message Encryption could expose email contents; How Facebook Became the Internet’s Covid-19 Misinformation Hub; TX AG Ken Paxton Sues Google Over Facial Recognition in Photos; TikTok Parent ByteDance Planned To Use TikTok To Monitor The Physical Location Of Specific American Citizens; and Here’s 5 of the world’s riskiest connected devices.

Visualizing Economic Growth in Dictatorships

Center for Data Innovation: “The Economist has created a visualization illustrating irregularities in dictatorships’ reported economic growth. The visualization groups countries by the level of freedom in their political system, with free countries appearing as yellow circles, partly free countries appearing as pink circles, and not free countries appearing as red circles. It then uses… Continue Reading

More Americans are getting news on TikTok, bucking the trend on other social media sites

Pew: “A small but growing share of U.S. adults say they regularly get news on TikTok. This is in contrast with many other social media sites, where news consumption has either declined or stayed about the same in recent years. In just two years, the share of U.S. adults who say they regularly get news… Continue Reading

Plastic recycling a “failed concept”

CBS News – only 5% of plastics recycled in U.S. last year as production rises: “Plastic recycling rates are declining even as production shoots up, according to a Greenpeace USA report out Monday that blasted industry claims of creating an efficient, circular economy as “fiction.” Titled “Circular Claims Fall Flat Again,” the study found that… Continue Reading

The Trump Tapes: 20 interviews that show why he is an unparalleled danger

Washington Post – Bob Woodward: “…In the “The Trump Tapes,” I share my personal reporting journey through the eight hours of interviews. I provide commentary at more than 200 points in the audiobook, explicitly offering my own reactions, hesitations, conclusions, and explanations of my method of gathering and confirming information. When Trump came on the… Continue Reading

Stress in America 2022 – Concerned for the future, beset by inflation

“The U.S. population has experienced an intense range of stressors over the past few years, as the Covid-19 pandemic, racial injustice, and political divisiveness have dominated news cycles and social media. A new survey, conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of APA, tells a story of uncertainty and dissolution. Stress in America 2022: Concerned… Continue Reading

Don’t expect your car’s safety technology to save you

The Verge: “…The companies are referring to technologies, typically known as advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), that can manage aspects of the driving experience and intervene if the human behind the wheel makes a mistake. Such features include automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and pedestrian detection. With billions of dollars invested, automakers,… Continue Reading

Tracking Misleading Tweets

Center for Data Innovation: “The Verge, a U.S.-based technology news publication, has created a dataset of tweets flagged for misinformation in Twitter’s Birdwatch program. Twitter’s Birdwatch program serves as a content moderation ecosystem in which users can identify misleading tweets, annotate them with additional context, rate each others’ notes, and view all submitted notes. The… Continue Reading