If the claims are accurate, Facebook contractors have depressed some conservative news, and their curatorial hand affects the Facebook Trending list more than the public realizes.As this conversation swirls around intentions and explicit manipulation, there are some significant issues missing.As we move into the development of algorithmic models to shape editorial decisions and curation, we need to find a sophisticated way of grappling with the biases that shape development, training sets, quality assurance, and error correction, not to mention an explicit act of human judgment.What is of concern right now is not that human beings are playing a role in shaping the news — they always have — it is the veneer of objectivity provided by Facebook s interface, the claims of neutrality enabled by the integration of algorithmic processes, and the assumption that what is prioritized reflects only the interests and actions of the users the public sphere and not those of Facebook, advertisers, or other powerful entities.As part of this process, we convened a workshop and have produced a series of documents that we think are valuable to the conversation:These documents provide historical context, highlight how media has always been engaged in power struggles, showcase the challenges that new media face, and offer case studies that reveal the complexities going forward.My hope is that we quickly leave the state of fear and start imagining mechanisms of accountability that we, as a society, can live with.
That approach comes in addition to a series of letters from a number of senators, including Ted Cruz, asking pointed questions of the organization and its links to the Chinese government.Reflecting a repeated assurance by assistant commerce secretary Larry Strickling that the National Telecommunications and Information Association NTIA is able to extend the current contract that it has with ICANN beyond September, Rubio's letter specifically asks Strickling to "consider an extension."Most significantly, back in July 2014 – four months after the transition was announced – he wrote a letter PDF to ICANN outlining a number of reforms that he felt needed to be in place before ICANN could be allowed to take over the IANA contract.That legal assessment was later abandoned when it was revealed to have been built on an almost comic interpretation of the law that comprised ignoring the parts of corporate code that didn't fit with its argument, sometimes even with wording contained in the same paragraph.Money, money, moneyAs well as frustrating reform efforts and hiding its true expenditures, a lack of accountability has also been highlighted in the company's wages.But in every case, the same corporate culture has managed to re-impose itself and undermine the very changes that were designed to cause a turnaround in its behavior.
Help desk deals with PC exploded in Iraq.Jackson told us the client had a number of contracts and had civilians supporting military operations in Iraq.Caller: I need a new laptop Jackson: Ok. At which point Jackson heard more and sharper cracking sounds, by now clear enough to be identified as gunfire.We were going from somewhere in Iraq to somewhere else in Iraq and insurgents attacked our convoy.Jackson: Acts of insurgency in a combat zone are not covered under manufacturer's warranty.Jackson understands the call was later used in staff training, making it an example of your call may be recorded for quality assurance or training purposes actually coming true.
Analysis: Cloud strategies from migration to mitigation and financial services running agile development in the cloudIndustry watchers say numbers show accelerated cloud take up but users continue to express concerns about security, flexibility, control and compliance.Says Bob Welton, senior director NTT Communications, "we've seen the early days of people moving cloud ready workloads into hyper scale data centres and public cloud providers.Though not generally known for its bleeding edge technology adoption, the advantages of containerisation and micro services is generating a lot of activity within Financial Services technology and this is even pushing the cloud agenda within FS organisations.In two or three years we'll see firms saying we've got a massive workload to move to hybrid cloud and that they'll be looking for is to improve risk mitigation from cloud suppliers and for cloud assurance from across the globe.From a data perspective it can appear to be quite a segmented market.Does it ensure the necessary compliance for your industry or market in areas such as security and risk.
With its new patent-pending design, QuickStix are intended to give you insane grip, according to the company.The final design is based on their findings and looks to make the utensils easier to handle from top to bottom.The upper part of the sticks is round so they fit comfortably in your hand, and then the part you hold with your fingers is hexagonal to improve your grip.Furthermore, they feature innovative concave hexogonal tips, which increase the amount of contact points so that food stays put.Additionally, it is non-thermal conductive, non-electrical conductive, and non-magnetic.The company welcomes any support, but you have to contribute at least $15 in order to get a pair of their limited early bird QuickStix.
The venerable ICSA Laboratories – these days a subsidiary of Verizon – has added Internet of Things certification to its cyber security certification.Some kind of improvement is therefore welcome.ICSA Labs' announcement is here, and a white paper describing the program is here.The organisation says its IoT security testing targets organisations that will brand and resell devices and sensors; those implementing devices and sensors in their businesses; and manufacturers interested in delivering secure products to their customers .ICSA Labs' testing covers alert/logging, authentication, communications, crypto, physical security, and platform security.ICSA's certification will be competing with the April launch of a similar program by Underwriters' Laboratories, its Cybersecurity Assurance Program.
Securing the rapidly-expanding universe of connected technology just got a helping hand from a new assurance testing program for Internet of Things IoT sensors and devices.According to a press release, ICSA Labs is launching a new security testing program that will focus on assurance testing for IoT.The new IoT Security Testing and Certification Program will see ICSA Labs test six key components: communications, alert/logging, platform security, cryptography, physical security and authentication.A projected 25.6 billion IoT devices are expected to enter the marketplace in 2019, rising from 9.7 billion in 2014, according to Verizon s State of the Market: Internet of Things 2016 report.UL s move was a response to the Cybersecurity National Action Plan launched by the White House in February, with UL s IoT standards developed with the help of several government departments.ICSA Labs is an independent security testing division of Verizon Business covering anti-virus, firewalls, IPsec VPN, cryptography, SSL VPN, network IPS and anti-spyware technology.
There are times when being a TV fan involves agonizing over whether or not your favorite show will be renewed, but for Outlander die-hards, that won t be the case anytime soon.Starz CEO Chris Albrecht announced today that the premium network has ordered Book Three and Book Four, emphasizing that the renewal serves as assurance that the popular show will run for several more years.As the show continues, Book Three will be based on Voyager, the third of Diana Gabaldron s eight-book hit series, while Book Four will be based on the fourth, Drums of Autumn.The series has built a strong fan base since its August 2014 premiere, and its popularity is only growing.Not only did its premiere set a Starz record for an original series/season premiere, the second season has made the show one of the highest rated across all of cable over the first seven episodes.The series earned three 2016 Golden Globe nods including Best Drama Series and was even named the Most Bingeworthy Show of 2016 at the Critics Choice Awards.
After suing several hoverboard makers over patent violations last year, Segway, which is now owned by Chinese company Ninebot, revealed its own self-balancing scooter in January at CES.The hope, of course, is that the brand name and accompanying expertise means the new personal transporter won t explode while you re riding it.While nowhere near as popular as hoverboards were before the U.S. banned their import, the original Segway has been in use for over a decade now without making headlines for burning up.And the company promises its new MiniPro—which is something of a cross between a hoverboard and its full-sized self-balancing scooter—will be just as safe to ride.Aside from a smaller form factor, the 28-pound Segway MiniPro differentiates itself from the original, and other hoverboards, with a knee control bar that s used to steer the scooter by simply leaning to the left or right.It s also the first hoverboard-like scooter to receive the Underwriters Laboratories 2272 electrical system safety certification, which is another assurance you re not scooting around on a fire waiting to happen.
Until the end of this month, Oracle users can migrate their databases to SQL Server 2016 and receive the necessary licenses for free with a subscription to Microsoft's Software Assurance maintenance program.Among the more notable enhancements it brings are updateable, in-memory column stores and advanced analytics.The software's new Always Encrypted feature helps protect data at rest and in memory, while Stretch Database aims to reduce storage costs while keeping data available for querying in Microsoft's Azure cloud.The software comes in Enterprise and Standard editions along with free Developer and Express versions.Support for SQL Server 2005 ended in April.Though Wednesday's announcement didn't mention it, Microsoft previously said it's planning to bring SQL Server to Linux.
1 hit in the Chinese iOS mobile game market, but it accomplished it by self-publishing the title.Kabam s free-to-play Marvel: Contest of Champions has generated well over $100 million in the West to date, and the company was eager to take it to China.How that happened is an instructive lesson for Western game companies who want to succeed in China, which has the largest mobile game market in the world with $7.1 billion in revenue.Kent Wakeford, the chief operating officer of Kabam, said in an exclusive interview with GamesBeat that the company initially partnered with Longtu to make the game.But Kabam saw that the opportunity on Apple devices, where file sizes could be larger, could enable a big game and a big investment.In China, it s OK to create pay to win free-to-play games, where players who spend a lot of money can gain VIP advantages over those who don t. We had to redesign the game so that it catered to the VIPs, Wakeford said.There s a feature dubbed auto-fight, where you could skip the fight and then move on to the loot grinding and the meta game.We sensed a different perspective working with a different third-party.We have the marketing infrastructure set up, the customer support system, and we have now tested the devices and operating systems and worked through all of the quality assurance and certification issues in China.
After suing several hoverboard makers over patent violations last year, Segway, which is now owned by Chinese company Ninebot, revealed its own self-balancing scooter in January at CES.The hope, of course, is that the brand name and accompanying expertise means the new personal transporter won t explode while you re riding it.While nowhere near as popular as hoverboards were before the US banned their import, the original Segway has been in use for over a decade now without making headlines for burning up.Aside from a smaller form factor, the 28-pound 12.7kg Segway MiniPro differentiates itself from the original, and other hoverboards, with a knee control bar that s used to steer the scooter by simply leaning to the left or right.It s also the first hoverboard-like scooter to receive the Underwriters Laboratories 2272 electrical system safety certification, which is another assurance you re not scooting around on a fire waiting to happen.Any availability beyond the US has not been announced.
Walmart is getting into the drone game.Walmart's VP of Emerging Sciences Shekar Natarajan demoed the retailer's new technology to reporters from a Bentonville, Arkansas distribution center on Thursday, on the eve of its annual shareholders meeting.The drone technology will be replacing the jobs of inventory quality assurance employees, cutting inventory checks across massive distribution centers — the one in Bentonville is 1.2 million square feet — from one month down to a single day.When Natarajan joined Walmart in November 2014, he and his team were tasked with investigating cutting edge technologies, asking, "How can we can converge them in ways that make sense for us?"he said.The application at the top of the list was using drone technology to improve the safety and efficiency of Walmart's 190 US distribution centers.In collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration and NASA, Walmart is developing internally autonomous drone technology that allows a quad-copter drone, roughly 3 x 3 feet, to take 30 images per second from a top-mounted camera.The camera is linked to a control center and scans for tracking number matches.Matches are registered as green, empty spaces as blue, and mismatches as red.An employee monitors the drone's progress from a computer screen.Natarajan said that the technology is six to nine months from maturation.The company also noted that employees who served as inventory checkers will be given new job opportunities to ensure a smooth transition.Walmart did not reveal how much money it has invested in its Emerging Sciences division, but noted that future applications of the drone, as well as other artificial intelligence and virtual reality projects, are in the works.BI Intelligence takes an in-depth look at the most important aspects, including market forecasts for commercial applications, regulatory process, and the leading players.
Founded in the 9th century, the Monastery of Sant Cugat ushered in Spain s era of ink and scrolls.Nearby, a 21st century HP facility perfected the art through bus-sized printers capable of precisely depositing a picoliter of ink as massive reams of paper whizz by.More than mere vestiges, the reuse of such modules underlies how HP can leverage billions of dollars in previous R expense to bring economies of scale to its 3D printing supply chain.Although all systems use a similar base material, a nylon powder, MJF additionally deposits a liquid plastic fusing agent.While less relevant to desktop 3D printing, such details are critical to automotive and aerospace manufacturing, where new processes must go through exhaustive quality assurance processes.Existing plastics must be modified for compatibility with Carbon s light- and oxygen-based process.
- It may be that sensitive information must be encrypted, for example. Those who are responsible for IT security should not have to be limited by it but must be able to think broader and more long-term, he says, adding: - I think absolutely not compliance assurance and regulatory are just evil. Procurement is another area where IT security is often pinched by the requirements are vague and open to interpretation. Then it can sometimes be easier to re-use requirements of an old contract. And cyber security becomes something only to be ticked off. It would really simplify would be if there were a default to get all the security to be able to talk to each other, he believes.
- It may be that sensitive information must be encrypted, for example. Those who are responsible for IT security should not have to be limited by it but must be able to think broader and more long-term, he says, adding: - I think absolutely not compliance assurance and regulatory are just evil. Procurement is another area where IT security is often pinched by the requirements are vague and open to interpretation. Then it can sometimes be easier to re-use requirements of an old contract. And cyber security becomes something only to be ticked off. It would really simplify would be if there were a default to get all the security to be able to talk to each other, he believes.
This agreement will see NASA and the UAE Space Agency cooperating in the use of airspace and the exploration of said airspace for peaceful purposes, said the space agency, with the deal ultimately serving to aid NASA s ambitious plan to get humans to Mars.Yesterday in Abu Dhabi, NASA Administrator Charles Boden and the UAE Space Agency s chairman Dr. Khalifa Al Romaithi signed the deal.According to Bolden, experts from both space agencies have already been in talks about mutual interest categories; this deal will see the two working together in the areas of aeronautics, space operations, space science, operational Earth observation and Earth science, mission assurance and safety, and more.As well, both the UAE Space Agency and NASA have signed an Implementing Arrangement that, among other things, aims specially to open the doors for talks about future projects that will get humans to Mars.The first collaboration between the two agencies will focus on getting to explore Mars.The reason why cooperation and collaboration are important to the UAESA is because we believe that working alongside international partners is the best way to accelerate the development of space technologies and the space sector within the UAE.
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HONG KONG—When the names and birth dates of more than 11 million children and adults were leaked from its online learning database last November, toy maker VTech Holdings Ltd didn't discover the breach until a reporter emailed the company nine days later.Company executives said VTech took four more days after being notified before it asked users to change their passwords—and another 16 days before it issued a public statement about the breach.People think hacking only happens in the West and that Asia is a safe haven, said Kok Tin Gan, risk assurance partner at consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Hong Kong.Some Asian countries such as South Korea require companies to notify their customers when personal information has been leaked, while Japan last year set up a new government entity to help counter cyberattacks.Its privacy regulator fined four businesses and issued warnings to seven others in April for failing to enact adequate protection of personal information, which led to the leak of up to 317,000 users data.In the past year China has drafted several controversial security laws that tighten regulation over suppliers of technological equipment and services.
White House Photo by Pete Souza November 10, 2010 .When he took office, Obama pushed to keep a mobile device for unclassified use.In an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Barack Obama noted that he now carries a secure "smartphone" that is so locked down that he compared it to an infant's toy phone.While Obama didn't mention the type of handset he now carries, there's only one mobile device supported by the Defense Information Systems Agency—the agency that provides the White House with communications services.And the S4, layered with services managed by DISA, is the first commercial phone to get approval to connect to the Secret classified DOD SIPRNet network.DISA has been working with vendors and the National Security Agency's Information Assurance Directorate to develop a Top Secret-capable mobile device for use by the Defense Department and the national leadership both on the move and within secure facilities.
Energy secretary Amber Rudd has made an assurance that consumers will be able opt out of having their smart meter energy data shared with companies, in a letter to Labour MP Chi Onwurah seen by The Register.In a Parliamentary response last month Rudd initially said: "The data are protected... and they belong not to the Government – which some people might, not unreasonably, fear – but to the energy companies."But Onwurah said the answer was "not reassuring" given the growing discomfort over companies such as Google and Facebook sharing data with third parties for profit.She said any access to more granular information - such as hourly energy consumption usage - requires the consumer's "explicit consent."The widely-hated and much-delayed smart meter programme has been labelled a huge waste of money, by a former Conservative Party energy adviser.Fears have also been raised that the scheme may create a backdoor for hackers.
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