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We know how to build an all-renewable electric grid

August 25, 2019 No Comments

By David Timmons5 minute ReadThat means running vehicles and trains on electricity, heating buildings with electric heat pumps, electrifying industrial applications such as steel production, and using renewable electricity to make hydrogen (similar to natural gas) for other requirements. So the focus is on powering the electric grid with renewable sources.There is debate, though, about…

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J’accuse! Amazon’s Rekognition reckons 1 in 5 Californian lawmakers are crims in ACLU test

August 25, 2019 No Comments

You gotta use 99% confidence setting before arresting anyone Amazon’s Rekognition system wrongly matched one in five Californian politicians with images from a database of 25,000 wanted criminals’ mugshots in tests by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). If this story sounds familiar, it’s because the ACLU ran a similar test last year – which…

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Survey finds high levels of harassment in multiplayer games, as well as white supremacist recruiting attempts

August 25, 2019 No Comments

The ADL surveyed 1,045 US adult gamers (oversampling Jewish, Muslim, African American and Hispanic/Latinx individuals) and asked them about their experiences in multiplayer games: on the one hand, they found that playing these social games brought many benefits: friendship, support, fun, connection and romance; on the other hand, they found that a very high proportion…

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Andrew Yang is running for president in 2020. Here’s everything we know about the candidate and how he stacks up against the competition.

August 25, 2019 No Comments

Andrew YangAndrew YangEntrepreneur Andrew Yang is running for president in 2020, and his unique policy platform has garnered a surge of attention in recent months. Yang is sounding the alarm about the impacts of automation on the American economy and is best-known for his Freedom Dividend plan, which would give a $1,000 per month to every…

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POLITICO Playbook PM: Debate table setting

August 25, 2019 No Comments

THE FAA announced flight restrictions over President DONALD TRUMP’S Bedminster, N.J., golf club between Aug. 8 and Aug. 18, a sign that the president will be there for some period of time next month. The FAA notice (h/t AP’s Zeke Miller)TRUMP commemorated the 400th anniversary of the first representative legislative assembly in Virginia today. He…

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Managing International Trade in Commercial Spyware

August 25, 2019 No Comments

Siena Anstis, Ronald J. Deibert, and John Scott-Railton of Citizen Lab published an editorial calling for regulating the international trade in commercial surveillance systems until we can figure out how to curb human rights abuses. Any regime of rigorous human rights safeguards that would make a meaningful change to this marketplace would require many elements,…

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Congress To Think About Expense Banning Facial Recognition From Public Real Estate

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Brooklyn tenants are fighting a plan by their landlord, Nelson Management, to install facial recognition technology at the entrances of their rent-regulated complex in Brownsville. (Brahmjot Kaur / Gothamist) On the heels of a broadening debate over facial recognition software and its use on minority communities, a Brooklyn Congresswoman has introduced a bill to ban…

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The Weird, Dark History of 8chan and Its Founder Fredrick Brennan

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Fredrick Brennan is a vivid dreamer, and toward the end of his time running the notorious website 8chan, one sequence would play out in his mind night after night as he slept.Brennan, wheelchair-bound from a genetic disorder, dreamed that he was being hauled away by police and locked behind bars while dressed in an orange…

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Rashomon of Disclosure

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In a world of changing technology, there are few constants – but if there is one constant in security, it is the rhythmic flare-up of discussions about disclosure on the social-media-du-jour (mailing lists in the past, now mostly Twitter and Facebook). Many people in the industry have wrestled with, and contributed to, the discussions, norms,…

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Better Than Political Disputes

August 25, 2019 No Comments

High-information voters already have access to all the data they need to make choices based on substantive differences; low-information voters are no more likely to tune in to nuanced policy lectures than they are to seek out the detailed plans that politicians have already released. The true obstacle to a less “demeaning” campaign isn’t greedy…

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