China launches online crackdown on ‘harmful’ content targeting children

China says the new internet curbs are aimed at protecting children. China on Saturday announced a new crackdown on its tightly controlled internet, taking aim at video apps and social media platforms to purge content deemed harmful to children. The ruling Communist Party strictly regulates the domestic web, censoring content deemed vulgar, ostentatious or politically […]

Meta lifts restrictions on Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during a rally in Doral, Florida. Meta said Friday it was lifting restrictions on US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, ending measures put in place after his supporters violently stormed the US Capitol in 2021. It said that “former President Trump, as the nominee of the […]

Musk’s X ‘deceives’ users with blue checks, EU charges

Elon Musk has overhauled X including changing its name from Twitter since his purchase in 2022. Tech billionaire Elon Musk’s X platform is misleading users with its blue checkmarks for certified accounts, and is also violating EU content rules, Brussels said Friday, in a finding that could lead to hefty fines. EU regulators are unhappy […]

User control of video autoplay can alter awareness of online video ‘rabbit holes’

To understand how autoplay and prior media consumption may work together to influence a user’s perception of falling down the rabbit hole of extreme content, researchers designed an experimental video platform dubbed VIDNATION. The platform had 12 versions, each with video combinations of consistently non-extreme content or increasingly extreme content—either jogging- or meal prep-related—under different […]

US says it broke up Russian AI bot farm on X

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain The United States has disrupted a Russian disinformation campaign involving AI-powered bots used to create fake profiles on the social media platform X, the Justice Department said Tuesday. Officials seized two internet domains and searched 968 social media accounts that Russian operatives allegedly used to create an artificial intelligence “bot farm” […]

Tapping social media and AI to speed supply chain assistance during disasters

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A doctoral candidate at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is lead author of a study in the International Journal of Production Research investigating the ways social media platforms can be leveraged with artificial intelligence (AI) to provide vital communication connecting victims of disaster to outside aid and support. Vishwa […]

AI is learning from what you said on Reddit, Stack Overflow or Facebook. Are you OK with that?

Stack Overflow CEO Prashanth Chandrasekar poses on May 21, 2024, in Cambridge, Mass. Chandrasekar said the company is trying to balance rising demand for instant chatbot-generated coding assistance with the desire for a community “knowledge base” where people still want to post and “get recognized” for what they’ve contributed. Credit: AP Photo/Matt O’Brien Post a […]

‘Google is broken’: How an algorithm tweak cost livelihoods

Online businesses have been facing layoffs and even closures after Google’s upgrade caused catastrophic drops in traffic. Google made major changes to its search algorithm and spam filters earlier this year to get rid of low-quality content—but the effects have proved devastating to some smaller websites. Online businesses have been left considering layoffs and even […]

Bot-like accounts spreading ‘hate’ during UK election: NGO

Global Witness found that 10 suspected bot profiles on X shared ‘disinformation and hate’ before the UK general election. Bot-like social media accounts have spread “disinformation and hate” in tens of thousands of posts viewed an estimated 150 million times during the UK general election campaign, a watchdog investigation revealed Tuesday. Global Witness found 10 […]

Meta risks fines over ‘pay for privacy’ model breaking EU rules

Facebook parent Meta has faced a wave of privacy complaints in recent years. The EU accused Facebook owner Meta on Monday of breaching the bloc’s digital rules, paving the way for potential fines worth billions of euros. The charges against the US tech titan follow a finding last week against Apple that marked the first […]

One Tech Tip: Too many passwords to remember? Try using a password manager

A visitor looks at his phone at the Mobile World Congress 2024 in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 27, 2024. According to some un-scientific studies, the average person has hundreds of passwords to their name. Credit: AP Photo/Pau Venteo, File Everyone has too many passwords. The credentials we need to remember to navigate online life keep multiplying, […]

Pioneering internet messenger ICQ shuts after 28 years

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A pioneering internet messaging service that once boasted 100 million accounts has shut down, a message on the Russian-owned ICQ website said Wednesday. ICQ—styled to sound like “I seek you”—was developed by a group of Israeli programmers in 1996 as a way for users to text chat in real-time, a novelty […]

Deepfake, AI or real? It’s getting harder for police to protect children from sexual exploitation online

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Artificial intelligence (AI), now an integral part of our everyday lives, is becoming increasingly accessible and ubiquitous. Consequently, there’s a growing trend of AI advancements being exploited for criminal activities. One significant concern is the ability AI provides to offenders to produce images and videos depicting real or deepfake child sexual […]

Security experts find millions of users running malware infected extensions from Google Chrome Web Store

Number of users with a benign, malware-containing, policy-violating, or vulnerable extension installed–The blue tick denotes the means and the red line the median Credit: arXiv (2024). DOI: 10.48550/arxiv.2406.12710 A trio of security experts at Stanford University has found that millions of people are running an infected version of Chrome web browser due to extensions installed […]

Transmitting the sense of touch via the internet

Researchers led by TUM Professor Eckehard Steinbach are testing the tactile internet. Credit: Andreas Heddergott / TUM What JPEG, MP3 and MPEG are for images, audio and video, haptic codecs are for transmitting the sense of touch via the internet. After eight years of standardization work under the consortium leadership of the Technical University of […]

New security loophole allows spying on internet users visiting websites and watching videos

The “SnailLoad” loophole is based on combining the latency of internet connections with the fingerprinting of online content. Credit: IAIK – TU Graz Internet users leave many traces on websites and online services. Measures such as firewalls, VPN connections and browser privacy modes are in place to ensure a certain level of data protection. However, […]

Indonesia says a cyberattack has compromised its data center but it won’t pay the $8 million ransom

Officers check the passports of passengers leaving for Singapore at the immigration checkpoint of the Bandar Bentan Telani ferry terminal on Bintan Island, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Indonesian authorities said Monday that the country’s national data center was compromised by a cyber attack, disrupting public services including the immigration check points and asked for […]

Booking.com sounds alarm on AI-enabled travel scams

Marnie Wilking, the chief information security officer of Booking.com is photographed during an interview at Collision 2024 in Torontoon June 18, 2024. As travelers rush to book their summer getaways, Booking.com’s internet safety boss says watch out for supercharged AI scams. Marnie Wilking, Chief Information Security Officer at the Netherlands-based travel giant, said generative AI […]

AI search answers are no substitute for good sources

Credit: CC0 Public Domain If you have used Google lately and been lucky—or unlucky—enough to encounter an answer to your query rather than a bunch of links, you have been subjected to something called AI Overviews. This is a new core feature that Google has been rolling out, a move widely anticipated since the company’s […]

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