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I guess this depends how you define privacy. One solution may be Particl, but I haven’t tried it so far.

I just stumbled upon that, too, and am wondering how this compares to Librewolf (+VPN) …

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A probably highly topical question these days: Are computational word-sense disambiguation and computational word-sense induction possible?

Fair. The article is not specifically about TikTok, though. For example, it mentions the case of Whitney Duan and her ex-husband (here’s an article about it) who wrote a book about that topic. One book review reads:

The Chinese Communist Party depicted in Shum’s firsthand account is the epitome of capitalist excess, with the sons and daughters of high-ranking party officials going on global shopping and gambling sprees, spending the vast sums their parents and relatives amassed through rampant corruption, influence-peddling, ruthless political maneuvering and backstabbing.

But just read the book yourself.

"It’s not uncommon for Chinese authorities to forcibly “disappear” business executives, a practice that has increased in recent years under President Xi Jinping. Some executives have never been heard from again. Some have returned to work as if nothing had happened. Some ended up going to prison. Some even mysteriously died when incarcerated."

Yes, it’s bad if people are that naive, and it’s even worse when others appear to exploit the despair of people. The app has 32 permissions and contains 4 trackers that openly say that they would collect behavioral data and advertise their trackers using slogans like “we help marketers make better decisions”.

The government is right to prohibit the use of Tiktok on work devices, but experts think that the ban should also apply to other apps. "I don't think it's as simple as TikTok - bad; American companies - good. I think they're all bad," Australian National University cybersecurity researcher Vanessa Teague says.

dont think its controversial to think that governement officials shouldnt have any form of social media on their government issued phones. Its insane that governements have worse digital practices than a lot of mid size businesses

Yes. And what makes this thread even more weird is the fact that Tiktok is not even available in China. ByteDance offers a similar service, Douyin, that looks and works just like it, but the Western version is unavailable, and not just for government officials but the entire population.

Furthermore, a lot of other social media is blocked in China not just for officials but for the entire population, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat and many others. Not that I think these apps are needed, I just don’t understand the critics for blocking Tiktok here.

TikTok execs had doubled down on efforts to convince UK policy advisers that their data is safe, but the UK will join the EU, US, Canada and other countries in banning TikTok. The move comes after a UK security review.

Exposed data include patient names, birth dates, insurance information, and people's responses to mental health self-evaluations.

Calling the FBI’s past abuses of Section 702 “egregious,” Darin LaHood—who is leading the House Intelligence Committee's working group pushing to reauthorize Section 702 amid a steeply divided Congress—said that “ironically,” being targeted by the FBI gives him a “unique perspective” on “what’s wrong with the FBI.”

Software development tool GitHub will require more accounts to enable two-factor authentication (2FA) starting on March 13. That mandate will extend to all developers who contribute code on GitHub.com by the end of 2023.

… an attempt to take over the territorial waters of other countries

Sometimes this appears to happen in somewhat irritating ways as reports say: Micronesia’s President David Panuelo has accused China of making ‘direct threats against my personal safety’

National cybersecurity agency deems TikTok a threat to Czechia

The Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NÚKIB) has today warned Czechs against downloading the Chinese video application TikTok. It has labeled the app a “security threat” and said the public should “think twice” before using it.

Danish public broadcaster advises staff against using TikTok

"TikTok is a Chinese company that currently is mandated to cooperate with Chinese intelligence services,” Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said in a statement. The Belgian ban is based on a risk analysis by the country's intelligence services and recommendations by the national cybersecurity center.

Yeah, especially from Facebook and other big tech. They never sell user data. Never. Pinky swear.

“Our facial age estimation is a privacy-preserving solution," says Julie Dawson, chief policy and regulatory officer at Yoti.

You are not just being tracked by a network of cameras, new tech can also detect who has been with you. US-based firm Vintra sells its co-appearance feature to the San Francisco 49ers, the IRS and police departments across the country, and the Chinese government uses co-appearance to spot protesters and dissidents.

This is likely only for US people living in the Boston area: Journalists in the Boston area

I don’t know the person who wrote this post, but accusing someone of extremism (no matter if it’s left or right) because of linking to a news article like this is unnecessary to say the least.

The linked article describes more than “a few incidents”. I think we all read about the death of Mahsa Amini because she refused to wear a hijab or about the 16-year-old Asra Panahi who was beaten to death for refusing to sing pro-regime anthem.

It’s rather a systemic opression as women and girls as well as other minorities are treated like second-class citizens in Iran, and the situation in 2022 has worsened.

A few isolated incidents? How women and girls are treated in Iran has been covered by multiple media “in the west” and everywhere else. You can also ask Iranian women who were able to emigrate and learn more about these “few isolated incidents”.

And, no, this is not a cultural issue nor a ideological one.

This is not new. It happens offline and online (fake product reviews to promote your item, or faked bad reviews on your competitors’). We encountered that for the first time in the early 2000’s. What’s new about it is maybe that they advertise it so openly.

This appears to be one of the hottest market trends with China having the most extensive public surveillance system, but we may assume other regions to gain ground.

Here is the recording (5 min): https://nitter.net/jbrowder1/search?f=tweets&q=Wells+fargo&since=&until=&near=

Global Spyware Scandal: Exposing Pegasus [Documentary Video, 54 min]
Cross-posted from https://feddit.it/post/120321

An investigation into the powerful spyware Pegasus, sold to governments around the world by the Israeli company NSO Group. This two-part series, part of the Pegasus Project, examines how the hacking tool was used on journalists, activists, the wife and fiancée of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and others. Edit: Part II of the series is out to whom it may concern.

[Question] Does anyone know or use Heads?
Comments are highly appreciated :-)

Google has a new initiative called “Info Intervention.” It’s a plan couched in the idea of keeping people safe from misinformation and harmful language—and the way to do that is to control ever more what we are able to see and say online.

Instead of enjoying a late Thanksgiving meal with his mother in Georgia, 28-year-old Randal Reid spent nearly a week in jail in November after he was falsely identified as a luxury purse thief by Louisiana authorities using facial recognition technology.

"A scenario in which someone is accused of something and doesn't know if the evidence presented against them is real or not is truly dystopian."

Do you really have nothing to hide?
"[The TSA officer] told me to write down all of the communication and social media apps that I use, along with my corresponding usernames. I balked." - A brief story of a US citizen traveling back home.

Descriptions of protest activity listed include “gathering crowds to disrupt order in public places”, “unlawful assembly, procession, demonstration” and threats to “petition”.

We can all see media and NGO websites riddled with trackers, and so are possibly many journalists’ devices. So yes, I’d agree that’s worrying how easy it obviously was.

Human rights groups have accused the fruity cargo cult Apple of selling the lives of their users in authoritarian regimes such as Russia and China to make profits.

Amid anti-government views and posts in the wake of the massive public protests across the country over Covid lockdowns and a fresh outbreak, Chinese social media platforms were found to be erupting with anti-government views. This was followed by a heavy crackdown not just in the physical sphere but also on the internet.

The revised Online Safety Bill still incentivises Big Tech to turn its algorithms against legal speech.

While ThreeUK, a British ISP, says the applied adult filter was standard for any email provider, other services are not blocked. "Regardless of what is causing the issue, this shows why net neutrality is so important for internet users and online services alike", Tutanota says.

The Center for Countering Digital Hate compiled a data set of 58,588 tweets containing the words “Ukraine,” “vaccine” and “climate” posted by Twitter Blue users, who have paid the platform £8 a month for benefits including a blue “verified” badge. The researchers analysed 100 tweets on each topic with the most user interactions, each posted after Twitter Blue was launched on November 9. The tweets had a total of 930,879 likes, retweets and comments.

TikTok owner ByteDance confirmed reports from this fall that claimed some of its employees used the popular app to track multiple journalists. The goal was to identify anonymous sources who were leaking information to the media on the company’s ties to the Chinese government.

In August, LastPass said that a threat actor "took portions of source code and some proprietary LastPass technical information." Now the company revealed that they copied customer account information and related metadata including company names, end-user names, billing addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, and the IP addresses from which customers were accessing the LastPass service.

In the largest fine imposed in 2022, the National Commission for Technology and Freedoms (CNIL) said Microsoft's search engine Bing had not set up a system allowing users to refuse cookies as simply as accepting them.

World map of encryption laws and policies
Depending on where you are in the world, the legal status of encryption varies significantly. In some countries, the use of encryption-related technologies is relatively unconstrained; in others, companies and users face significant restrictions.

Gmail's end-to-end encryption project seemed dead in 2017. Now it's back, but only for key account customers.

This is one of the most insightful, straight-to-the-point short articles about Web3 and decentralization I’ve ever read if I may say so.

"This isn’t a problem that can be solved by technology or the rhetoric of 'algorithmic governance'. Instead, it requires addressing fundamental rights that precede capitalist exchanges. [...] the problem won’t be solved by new tech, but by better articulation of what rights individuals have to assert: what information is collected about them, how it’s used, with whom it’s shared, and for what purposes."

Many Zimbabweans fear their government could abuse citizens' data to intimidate them. Before an election in 2018 party thugs forced people to hand over their registration slips, telling them these would reveal whom they voted for. The same thugs have in the past burned the homes of those who voted the wrong way.

From Beijing to Jerusalem to Hyderabad, India, and Perth, Australia, authorities used technologies and data to halt travel for activists and ordinary people, harass marginalized communities and link people’s health information to other surveillance and law enforcement tools.

US online company Meta appears to have "breached EU antitrust rules" in the online classified section of its Facebook social network, the European Commission says. If the EU's concerns stand, Meta could face a fine of up to 10 percent of its total global annual turnover according to new EU legislations. Meta's worldwide revenue for the 12 months ending September 30 was USD 118 billion.

The company behind the popular video game Fortnite has agreed to pay USD 520m (GBP 427m, EUR 490m) to settle claims that it violated child privacy laws and tricked users into making purchases.

Surveillance technologies permeate all aspects of our lives. They collect swathes of data from us in various forms, and often without us knowing.

Money gets people to leave their jobs, but it won't always make them stay, Stackoverflow says.

Aha, that’s good question. I don’t know, unfortunately, but I am sure there is someone around more capable than me …

I am not sure whether I understand the question, but I understand Blokada is a VPN. So they’re certainly able to track you across the web. If you don’t trust them, don’t use them.

Researchers at UC San Diego have for the first time sought to quantify the frequency of UID smuggling, a new method for tracking users across the Web, which does not require third-party cookies. The research team is also releasing both their complete dataset and their measurement pipeline for use by browser developers.

Amazon has made becoming "Earth's best employer" one of the company's top priorities, but an 11-page document, created in October 2021 for Amazon's most senior leaders, gives a brutally honest assessment of employee sentiment. Confronted with the paper, an Amazon spokesperson said the company has been "rated one of the top employers for many years."

I found this on tbe web, but I don’t understand that either. So take it with a pinch of salt.

Not yet. They just started, but I thought it’s interesting for the community here.

Don’t know what the best are, but there is The Conversation and Rest Of World, and you may find information also here.

How would you organize the payment processing in a federated marketplace?

Radicle is still in its earky stages. Don’t know where they are heading, but, yes, it’s far from being perfect :-)

Federated marketplace, ie a federated amazon or etsy.

What do you think of Particl? Never tried it myself.

Federated code collaboration

You will know Radicle, but it’s in early development.

It depends what you’re going to do. For example, it could be useful if you collect data of many individuals, and then you want to publish (or sell) the aggregated statistics without revealing data of individuals. So you could share statistics while people’s privacy remains protected.

I hope there will be millions of similar instances one day, because this is part of being federated. This is a distributed network. I can join any community if I want, I can configure my own server if I want, and so can you and everyone else. If your community then scales faster than mine because your content is more relevant or better by any means, that’s fine with me. I can either stay small or learn from you and grow later, and so can all others, just as they themselves want it to be.

At least this is my opinion, this is why I am here.

Yes. I’d be happy if history teaches me wrong, but somehow I feel they won’t do it.

I’d like to see more from these wealthy jocks than complaints about being controlled.

Yes, our comments have crossed. See mine above.

I didn’t understand it as against me, I just didn’t understand :-). All fine. The super rich footballer appears to feel understandably uneasy given that he is “controlled” as he says. The point is that he and his peers could say ‘no’ to this exactly because they are “super rich”, but they literally play to their sponsors in an industry that seems to have lost any human dignity.

Unfortunately his sentiment could be a foretaste of a society which we may be heading into. How will ( or already do?) citizens feel in a world of ubiquitous CCTVs and client-side scanning technologies where everything you do and say is constantly monitored and logged? What does this mean for the freedom of opinion and other human rights we in the so-called “western world” are so proud of?

Harsh reality finally coming into contact with super rich football players.

I don’t understand this. Where’s the context?

Yeah, it’s even said in the first sentence of the article. Should have read it more carefully before posting. I stand corrected.