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NIST Reports First Results From Age Estimation Software Evaluation

Software algorithms that estimate a person’s age from a photo offer a potential way to control access to age-restricted activities without compromising privacy. NIST’s new report, its first on the topic in a decade, evaluates the capabilities of six algorithms, finding none that clearly outperforms the others. Moving forward, the agency plans to update its… Continue Reading

You Think You Know How Misinformation Spreads?

Wired [unpaywalled]- How Advertising Broke the World. “The internet is a cesspool of misinformation, and the biggest blue-chip brands and their ad agencies are the ones funding it—by stuffing money into a Rube Goldberg machine called programmatic advertising…You Are the Product Being Sold. Spending on programmatic advertising globally is estimated to reach more than $300… Continue Reading

How to Detect and Guard Against Deceptive AI-Generated Election Information

Brennan Center – “Time-tested fact-checking practices will help limit the effectiveness and spread of misleading election information. Generative artificial intelligence is already being deployed to mislead and deceive voters in the 2024 election, making it imperative that voters take steps to identify inauthentic images, audio, video, and other content designed to deceptively influence their political… Continue Reading

What are location services and how do they work?

Proton: “Location services refer to a combination of technologies used in devices like smartphones and computers that use data from your device’s GPS, WiFi, mobile (cellular networks), and sometimes even Bluetooth connections to determine and track your geographic location. This information can be accessed by your operating system (OS) and the apps installed on your… Continue Reading

Latinos in US get their news from social media, exposing them to risks

International Journalists’ Network: “Latinos in the U.S. who use social media in Spanish are more likely to believe disinformation when they come across it, according to new research about the news consumption habits of Latino communities.  Among the false narratives that have spread widely are the “Big Lie” that U.S. President Joe Biden did not… Continue Reading

If using LinkedIn makes you feel like an imposter at work, here’s how to cope

Via LLRX – If using LinkedIn makes you feel like an imposter at work, here’s how to cope –  Dr. Sebastian Oliver acknowledges when it comes to professional social media, LinkedIn, with its billion-plus members, stands unrivalled. The platform for career updates, networking and job searches has effectively become a requirement in the professional world. It… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, May 18, 2024

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, May 18, 2024 – 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… Continue Reading

New browser extension empowers users to fight online misinformation

Farnaz Jahanbakhsh et al, A Browser Extension for in-place Signaling and Assessment of Misinformation, arXiv (2024). DOI: 10.48550/arxiv.2403.11485 MIT News: “Most people agree that the spread of online misinformation is a serious problem. But there is much less consensus on what to do about it. Many proposed solutions focus on how social media platforms can… Continue Reading

The effects of Facebook and Instagram on the 2020 election: A deactivation experiment

PNAS – The effects of Facebook and Instagram on the 2020 election: A deactivation experiment. Crossref DOI link: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2321584121, Published Online: 2024-05-13. Published Print: 2024-05-21 Significance – We provide the largest-scale evidence available to date on the effect of Facebook and Instagram access on political knowledge, attitudes, and behavior in a presidential election season. This… Continue Reading