Thinking about the social cost of technology

 All too often the fact that human lives are increasingly enmeshed with and dependent on ever more complex, and ever more inscrutable, technologies is considered a good thing. Negatives don’t generally get dwelled on. And for the most part people are expected to move along, or be moved along by the tech. Read More

from Social – TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/30/thinking-about-the-social-cost-of-technology/?ncid=rss
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Researcher Emilio Ferrara talks about the rise of fake news and botnets

 Emilio Ferrara has been thinking about botnets for over a decade. As the first social networks climbed out of the mire, he noticed that they were very easy to game. Now, it seems, all of those early tools have finally been weaponized.
I spoke to Ferrara about his research work as well as his fascinating study that found that Twitter bots can be used for good. In this episode of Technopia we… Read More

from Social – TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/29/researcher-emilio-ferrara-talks-about-the-rise-of-fake-news-and-botnets/?ncid=rss
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Facebook tests facial recognition for account recovery

 Facebook has its own version of Apple’s Face ID. If you get locked out of your Facebook account, the company is testing a way to regain access by using your face to verify your identity. That could be especially useful if you’re somewhere that you can’t receive two-factor authentication SMS, like on a plane or while traveling abroad, or if you lose access to your email… Read More

from Social – TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/29/facebook-face-id/?ncid=rss
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