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15 Nonprofit Finalists Reported in 4th Annual Renewal Awards, from The Atlantic and Allstate

March 22, 2019 No Comments

Public voting now open for finalists, chosen from among 9,300 nominations and representing nine states and Washington, D.C. Feb 11, 2019 February 11, 2019—Fifteen nonprofits from across the country have been chosen from nearly 9,300 nominations to be named finalists in The Renewal Awards, a project of The Atlantic and Allstate. The national competition—now in…

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How Cloudflare straddles its function as personal privacy champion and hate speech enabler

March 22, 2019 No Comments

When it comes to the debate over online content, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Comcast, and Verizon get a lot more attention than Cloudflare. But the San Francisco-based content delivery network and cloud security provider is growing fast and gaining notoriety for a nearly absolutist free-speech ethos that benefits everyone from human rights activists to white-power and…

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Q&A with Katharine Viner: ‘Journalists and readers share an essential stake in our future’

March 22, 2019 No Comments

Katharine Viner, the Guardian’s editor-in-chief, reflects on the increasing inequality and fragmentation in our society, the far-reaching effects of austerity, and why the Guardian is making it its mission to seek out truth and use clarity and imagination to build hope. She also discusses how a pioneering business model keeps Guardian journalism entirely independent and…

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Can we ever assess technical debt?

March 22, 2019 No Comments

Every couple of months, I talk to an entrepreneur who is interested in building a marketplace for buying and selling app businesses (i.e. the actual IP and ownership of an app or other piece of software). These markets always seem to suffer from a lack of liquidity, and one reason why is that it’s really…

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How “dirty information” from civil liberties infractions leads to bad predictive policing

March 22, 2019 No Comments

In March 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois published a report on the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) stop and frisk practices. After looking at records from 2012, 2013, and four months of contact card data from 2014, ACLU of Illinois concluded that many CPD stop and frisks were unlawful, and that black…

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Microsoft’s CEO defends $480 million HoloLens military contract – CNET

March 22, 2019 No Comments

Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella is defending himself after a group of employees published an open letter calling on the company to ditch a multimillion dollar contract HoloLens contract with the US Army.Nadella told CNN Business in an interview Monday that the contract was not merely about supplying the military with HoloLens headsets, which overlay computer images on…

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Conventional Islamic technique can enhance CRISPR twins argument

March 22, 2019 No Comments

CORRESPONDENCE 26 February 2019 Rana Dajani & Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan. Wael K. Al-Delaimy University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA. As Benjamin Hurlbut advises, societal consensus on gene-editing applications should draw from “diverse traditions of thought” (Nature 565, 135; 2019). Given that Muslims make up one-quarter of the global community today, we…

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Facial acknowledgment tech sucks, but it’s inevitable

March 22, 2019 No Comments

Is facial recognition accurate? Can it be hacked? These are just some of the questions being raised by lawmakers, civil libertarians, and privacy advocates in the wake of an ACLU report released last summer that claimed Amazon’s facial recognition software, Rekognition, misidentified 28 members of congress as criminals. Rekognition is a general-purpose, application programming interface…

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How to Find a Trustworthy VPN

March 22, 2019 No Comments

We talk a lot about VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) around here, and with good reason. There are numerous reasons why using a VPN—both legal and otherwise—is in your best interest. As more internet users have become technologically savvy and security-minded, VPNs have broken into the mainstream. Some would even have you believe that a VPN…

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Traditional Islamic technique can enrich CRISPR twins argument

March 22, 2019 No Comments

CORRESPONDENCE 26 February 2019 Rana Dajani & Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan. Wael K. Al-Delaimy University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA. As Benjamin Hurlbut advises, societal consensus on gene-editing applications should draw from “diverse traditions of thought” (Nature 565, 135; 2019). Given that Muslims make up one-quarter of the global community today, we…

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