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Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, June 4, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, June 4, 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… Continue Reading

Subak launches ‘Google of climate data’ portal

British Business Focus: “Global tech accelerator Subak today launches the Data Catalogue – a curated online portal connecting shared climate datasets around the world to accelerate climate impact. An extension of Subak’s core ethos of sharing data to accelerate climate impact, the Data Catalogue has been built to make climate data reliable and accessible for academics, analysts, policymakers and… Continue Reading

A Face Search Engine Anyone Can Use Is Alarmingly Accurate

The New York Times – “For $29.99 a month, a website called PimEyes offers a potentially dangerous superpower from the world of science fiction: the ability to search for a face, finding obscure photos that would otherwise have been as safe as the proverbial needle in the vast digital haystack of the internet. A search… Continue Reading

Language matters when Googling controversial people

Via LLRX – Language matters when Googling controversial people – Ahmed Al-Rawi, Assistant Professor, News, Social Media, and Public Communication, Simon Fraser University – identifies and explains how features of search engine autocomplete functions enables users to find fast answers to their questions or queries. However, autocomplete search functions are based on ambiguous algorithms that… Continue Reading

8 reasons to ditch Chrome and switch to Firefox

PCWorld: “Chrome may be the most used browser, but it isn’t necessarily the best one out there. Alternatives exist that could better meet your needs. One such option is Firefox. It’s a rare browser not based on Chromium, the project that powers Chrome, unlike other rivals like Edge or Opera. It’s also backed by a… Continue Reading

Abortion Surveillance After Roe

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project Report, May 24, 2022: “Abortion rights will soon be a thing of the past for millions of Americans. At the time of publication, a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion shows a majority of justices are poised to strike down Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and any federal constitutional right… Continue Reading

How much longer can Google own the internet?

“The synonym for search finds itself in big antitrust trouble. This story is part of a Recode series about Big Tech and antitrust. Over the last several weeks, we’ve covered what’s happening with Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Meta, and Google. “There’s a new Big Tech antitrust bill in town, and this one is especially painful for… Continue Reading

Google Immersive view coming soon to Maps

engadget: “Google Maps is getting an “Immersive View” that will offer users digitally rendered looks at major US cityscapes, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai told the audience at Google’s I/O 2022 keynote [on May 11, 2022].  The new feature uses computer vision and AI to blend Maps’ existing Street View function with aerial photography to create high-resolution… Continue Reading

EU launches database to help consumers on energy efficient products

“A new EU-wide public database enabling consumers to compare the energy efficiency class and other data about different household products has been launched by the European Commission this week. With detailed information on well over 1 million products, the European Product Registry for Energy Labelling (EPREL) breaks new ground in helping EU consumers become more energy… Continue Reading