Nearly 80 civil rights groups and supporters are accusing Facebook of racially biased censorship and want to meet with the company about their concerns.Facebook engages in consistent and disproportionate censorship of Facebook users of color or Facebook s interactions with law enforcement, according to a letter signed by the ACLU, Color of Change, SumOfUs and more.The letter, dated this week, is the coalition s second letter to the world s largest social network about the issue.The group says Facebook s response did not adequately address the issues it raised in an October letter.In a time when democracy is under great threat, we strongly urge you to reconsider our recommendations, the coalition said in its latest letter.It asks for a meeting at Facebook s Menlo Park headquarters later this month or early February.We received the letter and are looking into the concerns they raise, a Facebook spokeswoman told SiliconBeat in an email Thursday.We truly value input from our community so appreciate the thoughtfulness of their feedback on these important issues.
The party holds no branch of the federal government and fewer than half of state legislatures.Longtime Democratic fundraiser and political operative Jonathan Zucker today is launching It Starts Today, an online donation platform he believes can reassemble the Democratic Party for less than five dollars per month—$4.68, to be exact.Because every candidate will get the same amount, whether a far-left Bay Area progressive or pro-gun, anti-abortion blue dog, the PAC—if it actually works—could act as a kind of de facto public financing that lifts all Democrats.At 3 AM on election night, after it started to sink in that Clinton had no path to victory, I saw the sniping start between the Bernie people and the Hillary people on my Facebook feed, Zucker says.He s the founder of Democracy Engine, a suite of digital tools that candidates and organizations can use to raise money.The key to his strategy: Instead of focusing on fractious primaries or specific candidates, back everyone in the general election equally.
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Here s an Inauguration Day challenge: There are about 519,000 elected officials in the U.S.Using any app or website, can you name the roughly 30 who represent you?Not just members of Congress, but comptrollers, school board members and mosquito-abatement district officials, too.It won t be easy.In our pockets, we have the tools to get...
Technology giants Google, Twitter and Facebook may be hauled before a UK parliamentary committee later this year to explain what measures are in place to combat the spread of so-called "fake news."The social media platforms, each with millions of users, were reportedly singled out by British members of parliament MPs who – in light of the recent US election – fear the spread of false or malicious news could have a detrimental impact on democracy.To analyse the issue, a Commons Culture Committee, chaired by conservative Damian Collins, is hoping to set up official meetings with the US-based firms by early summer, according to The Telegraph."The concern is a fake story can get out and be distributed on the internet and become the received wisdom before the truth can get out."Collins said he believes social media firms have a "responsibility to democracy" to make sure their platforms are not being used to intentionally spread news from dubious or unknown sources."What's interesting is we've accepted that search engines have a responsibility to combat piracy on their websites," he noted.
Facebook is introducing new tools to help stem the spread of fake news stories online ahead of Germany's federal elections later this year.The decision to add a fact-check button for users of the social network in Germany comes amid fears that misinformation could influence the result of the election.It follows the discovery of multiple Facebook pages that have been publishing fake news stories including rumours about Chancellor Angela Merkel and one claiming 1,000 protesters set fire to the country's oldest church.The tool, designed to crack down on media hoaxes, lets users flag stories they think could be misleading.Facebook will then use an independent organisation to verify the pieces.If found to contain falsehoods, stories will be marked "disputed" and have an explanation attached.
Russians are hacking American democracy… shouldn t you know how a nation can protect itself?That may sound like a lofty goal, but with the IT Security and Ethical Hacking Certification Training, your ability to defend a country may not be so far-fetched.You can get this comprehensive package of training right now for just $29.99 from TNW Deals.With this bundle, you ll work through 48 hours of courses and over 50 hours of advanced training en route to becoming a certified IT security specialist.Learn how to protect Windows systems from attack, crack passwords, and defeat spyware and malware — ultimately learning to foil some of the most diabolical attacks hackers can dream up.With all that learning under your belt, you ll be prepped and ready to take three elite-level security certification exams, including CompTIA Security , Certified Ethical Hacker and Cisco CCNA Security.
Smartphone ownership is at an all-time high and microphones are an essential hardware feature on every phone.Voice-controlled intelligent assistants like Apple s Siri, Google Assistant, and Microsoft s Cortana are commonplace now.Smartphones are small tracking devices, Michelle De Mooy, Acting Director, Privacy & Data Project for the Center for Democracy and Technology CDT told Digital Trends.We may not think of them like that because they re very personal devices, they travel with us, they sleep next to us, but they are in fact collectors of a vast amount of information including audio information.But companies are certainly applying algorithms to look for patterns and determine potentially useful things about your behaviors and interests.It uses audio beacons to track your activities across devices.
March 16. the day held a networking event is a division of 600 free tickets.do you Feel that it is difficult to find a party that represents the root of your values?journalist and communications entrepreneur Ville Blåfield and communications agency Ellun chicken of the managing director Taru Tujunen sat years ago for lunch.the Coalition party, the former party secretary Tujunen was just writing a Business delegation EVA:for feisty the pamphlet to Save the party.as well As Tujunen that Blåfield had come to the conclusion that representative democracy is slow and Finland's current political structure alienate citizens in decision-making.was Born the idea of the matter fixed for Finland 100-year anniversary.
Barack Obama s final speech as president was as much a warning as it was a farewell—a warning to Americans that they re still in the middle of crafting their country s history.Democracies are most vulnerable, the president said, when their citizens forget they re pursuing a common goal.What he didn t say, but really didn t have to, is that such a unified sense of purpose is currently in short supply.Quoting George Washington s own farewell speech, Obama said Americans should reject the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest or to enfeeble the sacred ties that make the country one.When Obama was elected in 2008, social media was still young.Now it has become the fault line along which political discourse fractures, making the country s commonly held ideals—and commonly enjoyed successes—all too easy to overlook.
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The crowdfunding campaign by Liberty & The Civil Liberties Trust to pull together money to challenge the Investigatory Powers Act -- or Snoopers' Charter -- has been a roaring success, with the £10k target being hit in less than a day.The initial battle is not particularly glamorous, though.As it stands, the money will be used to put the case forwards that the rights groups should be allowed to go ahead with call for a High Court judicial review of the Government's implementation of the IP Bill, rather than anyone actually briefcasing-up to have it repealed or altered in the near future.Read More: Snowden and the Creep of PowersLiberty's case has four major complaints about the mass harvesting of our internet histories the IP Act introduces; the bulk hacking and control of devices, the bulk interception of communications, the acquisition of masses of data from ISPs, and the "personal datasets" that could potentially be bought in from outside agencies.Liberty director Martha Spurrier said: "Last year, this Government exploited fear and distraction to quietly create the most extreme surveillance regime of any democracy in history.
The crowdfunding campaign by Liberty & The Civil Liberties Trust to pull together money to challenge the Investigatory Powers Act -- or Snoopers' Charter -- has been a roaring success, with the £10k target being hit in less than a day.The initial battle is not particularly glamorous, though.As it stands, the money will be used to put the case forwards that the rights groups should be allowed to go ahead with call for a High Court judicial review of the Government's implementation of the IP Bill, rather than anyone actually briefcasing-up to have it repealed or altered in the near future.Read More: Snowden and the Creep of PowersLiberty's case has four major complaints about the mass harvesting of our internet histories the IP Act introduces; the bulk hacking and control of devices, the bulk interception of communications, the acquisition of masses of data from ISPs, and the "personal datasets" that could potentially be bought in from outside agencies.Liberty director Martha Spurrier said: "Last year, this Government exploited fear and distraction to quietly create the most extreme surveillance regime of any democracy in history.
One of the most recent examples of this was a live Facebook video broadcast by four young blacks in Chicago showing them physically abusing a white special needs teen.One need only read some of the comments posted in response to a blog on a sensitive or controversial topic and the exchanges between those persons with differences of opinion with either the blogger or each other to see this form of unsocial media in its unsavory and less than radiant glory.Or, sadly, one need only read many of the tweets from the President-elect from the time that he was accusing President Obama of not being born in America, to demeaning his opponents in the primary and presidential campaigns, to missives sent out from Trump Tower, Mar-a-Alago or points in between, since he has been elected to office.Only reason the hacking of the poorly defended DNC is discussed is that the loss by the Dems was so big that they are totally embarrassed!He asserts that social capital is a key component for sustaining and building democracyIn his classic book, Bowling Alone, published in 2000, Putnam identified and examined seven measures of social capital: 1 political participation, 2 civic participation, 3 religious participation, 4 workplace networks, 5 informal networks, 6 mutual trust and honesty, and 7 altruism and volunteering.
Twitter executive Kathy Chen, brought in to run the company's operations in Greater China just over eight months ago, has quit.It's the latest in a string of top executive departures for the struggling social network.A Twitter representative declined to comment.Twitter has been blocked in China since 2009, though it is still used through virtual private networks.Domestically, the Sina Weibo microblogging platform and Tencent's WeChat messaging app are more widely used.But Chinese organizations — including the state news agency Xinhua — do use Twitter to reach audiences abroad.Chen, who had worked with Microsoft and Cisco, was brought in to lure more Chinese advertisers to the platform.At the time, the company was criticized for her hiring by democracy activists because of her links to China's army and the security services, The Guardian reported."Now that the Twitter APAC team is working directly with Chinese advertisers, this is the right time for me to leave the company," she wrote in a tweet announcing her departure.7/12 Now that the Twitter APAC team is working directly with Chinese advertisers, this is the right time for me to leave the company.
Major governments around the world regularly conduct cyber-espionage to gain political leverage, collect intelligence and uncover secrets from deep within rival nations.Be it ally or adversary, any country with the ability to do so conducts clandestine activities.In 2015, the attention was on China, especially after the theft of federal records from the Office of Personnel Management OPM .As the treasures leaked emails were released into the public domain, US intelligence said the hackers – state-sponsored APT28 and APT29 – had actively plotted to influence the outcome of the vote and help elect Republican candidate Donald Trump.According to Toni Gidwani, a former Department of Defense DoD analyst who now heads up operations research at cybersecurity firm ThreatConnect, it was this move to aggressively influence democracy that separated the Russian hacking from US activities.In an interview with IBT, Gidwani said: "Any government that's not yours is a legitimate target", but added that, generally, the purpose of espionage is "to steal information for a decision advantage."
This controversial program – designed to bring thousands of German scientists into the US after WWII – was the result of Truman's recognition of US inferiority in the realm of the then critical rocket and space sciences.Werner Von Braun, the developer of Germany's V2 rocket, was one of those scientists.Are the constant pronouncements from within the US government that the US leads the world in cybersecurity just propaganda?Let's look at the facts: we live in a world where teenagers hack the Pentagon, NASA, and can even shutdown government networks around the world.The full personnel records of every employee of the US government, including every top secret cleared employee, for the past 50 years, were scooped up by an unknown agent in 2015 and virtually every covert agency and even Homeland Security are reportedly routinely hacked.One of the most frightening aspects of Trump's published cybersecurity platform is that of all the agencies of the DOJ – such as the Asset Forfeiture Division, the Environment and Natural Resources Division, the Office of Juvenile Justice, etc, – it is clearly the Federal Bureau of Investigation to which this obligation will fall.
From the cover of the reportPersonal wearables that track health data can boost your exercise routine or monitor a medical condition.The devices — including digital watches, sensor-equipped clothes, and apps in smartphones — can track heart rates, sleep patterns, calories, stress levels, and someday may store information on our DNA.But, according to an extensive new report from the Center for Digital Democracy CDD and American University, their information shouldn t be treated like ordinary marketing data.The report, Health Wearable Devices in the Big Data Era: Ensuring Privacy, Security, and Consumer Protection, says that many common techniques for utilizing marketing data — including lookalike modeling, predictive analytics, scoring, programmatic advertising, and buying and selling of individual consumers — threaten consumer privacy in unprecedented ways when it comes to health data and status.Health data is personal information and should get higher standards than other kinds of data, CDD executive director and report co-author Jeffrey Chester told me.
To continue reading, please turn off your ad blocker or whitelist us.The Removal of Terror-Inciting Content from Social Media bill, also known as the "Facebook bill," passed a Ministerial Committee for Legislation vote on Sunday 25 December and would apply to content that "call for an act of violence or terrorism," The Jerusalem Post reported."We have zero tolerance for terrorists, praise for their acts and incitement to real-world violence.We work aggressively to remove it from our platform as soon as we become aware of it."The representative also noted that it hopes to continue a "constructive dialogue" with Israeli authorities, which includes "careful consideration of the implications of this bill for Israeli democracy, freedom of speech, the open Internet and the dynamism of the Israeli Internet sector.""I'm happy to see the Internet companies are cooperation, but it's important that this cooperation be required, and not according to their whims," Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said.
The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency CIA , John Brennan, weighed in on the ongoing discourse on Russia's alleged attempts in interfering in the US presidential elections.Brennan expressed concerns over the US government retaliating against Russian hacking, warning that the downside of using similar tactics used by America's opponents would be "beneath" them."We're fighting for our country, our democracy, our way of life, and to engage.And the skullduggery that some of our opponents and adversaries engage in, I think is beneath this country's greatness," Brennan told National Public Radio in an interview."I don't think we should resort to some of the tactics and techniques that our adversaries employ against us.I think we need to remember what we're fighting for."
According to company co-founder and CEO Jim Gilliam, who spoke to Digital Trends earlier this month, the reality is that just about everyone in politics is using NationBuilder in some way.This apparently ubiquitous software has already played a role in two prominent public votes that produced incredibly divisive outcomes.NationBuilder helps individuals and organizations cast their influence into the wider world.Political campaigns can request voter files from NationBuilder, gaining a frequently updated pool of information that includes voter history and contact details, like email addresses and phone numbers.Nonprofit software for managing donor information, digital marketing, online fundraising, online advocacy, event registration and peer to peer fundraising have all been around for a long time, said Dan Quirk, marketing manager for Salsa Labs, a company that designs engagement software for nonprofits.Salsa started out in 2003 as a non-profit called Democracy in Action, which specialized in developing open-source software for progressive causes.
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