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Daily Archives: November 27, 2023

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 25, 2023

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 25, 2023 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, finance, 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: Secretive White House Surveillance Program Gives Cops Access to Trillions of US Phone Records; Commercial Flights Are Experiencing ‘Unthinkable’ GPS Attacks and Nobody Knows What to Do; ChatGPT Has Been Turned Into A Social Media Surveillance Assistant; and Microsoft lays hands on login data: Beware of the new Outlook.

Discarded toys are creating an e-waste disaster. Here’s how to stop it.

Grist – Toys that move, make noise, and light up are winding up in landfills — but they could be recycled, with better policies. “…According to a recent report by the WEEE Forum, a multinational nonprofit organization focused on the management of “waste electrical and electronic equipment,” the world threw out more than 7 billion… Continue Reading

‘Unmasking AI’ and the Fight for Algorithmic Justice

Via LLRX – ‘Unmasking AI’ and the Fight for Algorithmic Justice – Nabiha Syed is the chief executive officer of The Markup. She interviews Dr. Joy Buolamwini who has been thinking about collective harm and AI for years, especially when it comes to algorithmic accountability and justice. Her new book, “Unmasking AI: My Mission to Protect What Is… Continue Reading

The political economy of social media

CEPR: The political economy of social media: A new eBook. Filipe Campante, Ruben Durante, Andrea Tesei. 27 Nov 2023. “The emergence of social media has reshaped the way humans communicate, interact and coordinate with each other. Assessing the impact of this transformation on politics has been one of the great social science questions of the… Continue Reading

The Rule of Law Without Separation of Powers: Legality in the Classical Tradition

Vermeule, Adrian, The Rule of Law Without Separation of Powers: Legality in the Classical Tradition (September 28, 2023). Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 23-29, Available at SSRN: or  – “Among theorists of legal liberalism, a common assumption is that the rule of law, rightly understood, entails some version of the separation of… Continue Reading

There is a scientific fraud epidemic and we are ignoring the cure

Financial Times [read free] “…As the Oxford university psychologist Dorothy Bishop has written, we only know about the ones who get caught. In her view, our “relaxed attitude” to the scientific fraud epidemic is a “disaster-in-waiting”. The microbiologist Elisabeth Bik, a data sleuth who specialises in spotting suspect images, might argue the disaster is already… Continue Reading

Developing a library strategic response to Artificial Intelligence

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) AI Special Interest Group: “The purpose of this working document is to set out considerations relevant for libraries developing a strategic response to Artificial Intelligence. The text is organised around developing a set of questions that prompt reflection and action (section 4). It is hoped that the… Continue Reading

Report – AI in the Public Interest: Confronting the Monopoly Threat

“The Open Markets Institute and the Center for Journalism and Liberty at Open Markets on November 15, 2023, published a major new report, AI in the Public Interest: Confronting the Monopoly Threat. The report shows how just a handful of Big Tech companies – by exploiting existing monopoly power and aggressively co-opting other actors –… Continue Reading

Sports Illustrated Published Articles by Fake, AI-Generated Writers

Futurism: “We asked them about it — and they deleted everything…Regardless, the AI content marks a staggering fall from grace for Sports Illustrated, which in past decades won numerous National Magazine Awards for its sports journalism and published work by literary giants ranging from William Faulkner to John Updike. But now that it’s under the… Continue Reading