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Mysterious company with government ties plays key internet role

Washington Post: “An offshore company that is trusted by the major web browsers and other tech companies to vouch for the legitimacy of websites has connections to contractors for U.S. intelligence agencies and law enforcement, according to security researchers, documents and interviews. Google’s Chrome, Apple’s Safari, nonprofit Firefox and others allow the company, TrustCor Systems,… Continue Reading

Mastadon – Democratizing Social Media

“Mastodon’s popularity is soaring, and it’s all due to the chaotic actions of one man. As people explore what else is on offer for social media, Mastodon has emerged as a viable open-source alternative, with no ads. Reuters has an explainer, as does CNN, New York Times, and the Guardian.” [via Metafilter] NOTE: Follow beSpacific… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 5, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 5, 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… Continue Reading

What is Google Lens?

Google Lens “is a set of vision-based computing capabilities that can understand what you’re looking at and use that information to copy or translate text, identify plants and animals, explore locales or menus, discover products, find visually similar images, and take other useful actions. Google Lens lets you search what you see. Using a photo,… Continue Reading

Facebook’s Going Back to Only Using Algorithms to Curate News

Gizmodo: “If at first the algorithms don’t succeed at stopping disinformation, just simply add humans. But if the algorithms grow too burdensome, then simply go back to the algorithm. So round and round the social media carousel we go. Meta, which owns Facebook, confirmed that the human-curated “Top Stories” section in the news tab will… Continue Reading

How we’re using AI to help address the climate crisis

Google Blog: “…Natural disasters are increasing in frequency and intensity due to climate change. As part of our Crisis Response efforts, we’re working to bring trusted information to people in critical moments to keep them safe and informed. To do so, we rely on the research and development of our AI-powered technologies and longstanding partnerships… Continue Reading

New connects genealogy enthusiasts, educators, and historians to the world’s libraries

OCLC: “For genealogy enthusiasts, educators, and historians, the new offers an improved experience to uncover family lineages and investigate historical events. By exploring the billions of library resources from more than 10,000 libraries worldwide represented on, users can find an unparalleled pool of genealogical information…As more and more hobbyists and professionals alike seek… Continue Reading

2023 Privacy Guide

Via LLRX – 2023 Privacy Guide – The fundamental concept of privacy has changed dramatically as more individuals have shifted most of their data to online platforms. There are however a wide range of personal, professional, corporate and legal issues that present significant barriers to the goal of maintaining privacy on the internet. Online privacy… Continue Reading

Global South Climate Database

“The Global South Climate Database is a publicly available, searchable database of scientists and experts in the fields of climate science, policy and energy. The project, set up by Carbon Brief with the support of the Reuters Institute’s Oxford Climate Journalism Network, aims to ensure that journalists from all over the world can contact climate… Continue Reading