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France: Let's make the internet safer. America, Russia, China: Let's go with 'no' on that

America has aligned with China and Russia to scupper a France-led initiative to improve the internet's security. However, French president Emmanuel Macron has promised to battle on. World leaders were meeting in France for the Paris Peace Forum, where French President Emmanuel Macron used the Internet Governance Forum to …

French president Macron insists new regulations needed to protect us all from Facebook's claws

French president Emmanuel Macron has insisted that new laws are needed to limit and protect online content and the internet itself. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Paris, Macron made repeated calls for additional regulation, and complained about the "false alternative" of self- …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Nov 2018
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Eye eye! AI could stop blindness, Facebook's after math, and how to get started in the ML biz

Roundup Hello, here is a very quick roundup of this week's AI goodies you may have missed. Floating point maths for AI chips: Facebook has published code that improves the efficiency of number crunching to train and deploy neural networks using AI chips. There’s a ton of matrix maths that’s performed when you feed a neural network …
Katyanna Quach, 10 Nov 2018
Wolf in sheep's clothing

Berners-Lee takes flak for 'hippie manifesto' that only Google and Facebook could love

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is doing the dirty work of giant internet companies, according to critics who want to see governments lay down effective regulation – and not what they regard as a wishy-washy "Magna Carta". It isn't the first time Berners-Lee has endorsed a "Magna Carta" – he did one in 2014 and another again this week ( …
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International politicos line up to get shot down by Facebook

What’s the old saying – misery loves company? Well, it's certainly true for British MPs and their efforts to grill Mark Zuckerberg, as another three parliaments have been added to Facebook’s group snub list. Mark zuckerberg in a buena vista style flat cap. Photo: shutterstock mashup Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has flunky …
Rebecca Hill, 7 Nov 2018
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Facebook quietly admits role in Myanmar killing fields – but fret not, it will do better next time

Late Monday afternoon, about the same time the FBI warned about Russia and other countries using social media to influence the US midterm elections, Facebook quietly released a report showing the company's platform was used to foment violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar. The Rohingya, a minority mostly Muslim ethnic …

If you want to inject AI into your apps, and you can stomach Facebook's code, then have we got some news for you

Facebook has unveiled a software toolkit to help programmers plug AI – in the form of reinforcement-learning models – into their applications. Reinforcement learning (RL) involves using simulated environments to teach programs how to perform certain tasks. This approach has been used to build code that beats folks at Go, chess …
ORLANDO, FLORIDA - JANUARY 18, 2012: Inventor and founder of World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee delivers an address to IBM Lotusphere 2012 conference

Worldwide Web wizard Tim Berners-Lee sticks wellington boot into Worldwide Web's giants: Time to break 'em up?

Worldwide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has had enough of internet giants Google, Facebook and friends, and reckons the time has come to look at breaking them up. Warning of the "danger of concentration", the grumpy 63-year-old Brit said it was often "natural" that one company comes to dominate a particular field, and that …

Facebook sets Linux kernel tools free

After years of making the world more open and connected – to everyone's delight – Facebook recently moved on to bringing the world closer together. Amid its pursuit of global compression, the data harvesting biz nonetheless developed a handful of difficult-to-pronounce Linux kernel components to make the open source operating …
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We're Zuckers for a sequel: Brit MPs' battle to grill Facebook boss continues

British MPs desperate to grill Mark Zuckerberg over misuse of Facebook data have teamed up with their Canadian counterparts in a last-ditch attempt to lure the boss to the first ever international "grand committee". Mark zuckerberg in a buena vista style flat cap. Photo: shutterstock mashup Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg …
Rebecca Hill, 31 Oct 2018
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Jeez, not now, Iran... Facebook catches Mid East nation running trolly US, UK politics ads

Facebook, the antisocial advertising platform on which anyone can promote just about anything, on Friday said it found people promoting political discord in the US and UK, yet again. Russia doesn't appear to be involved this time. In the latest round of Whac-A-Troll, the data harvesting site said it removed 82 Facebook Pages, …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Oct 2018

UK data watchdog fines Facebook 17 minutes of net profit for Cambridge Analytica brouhaha

Updated The UK's Information Commissioner has formally fined Facebook £500,000 – the maximum available – over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In a monetary penalty notice issued this morning, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) stated that the social media network had broken two of the UK's legally binding data protection …
Gareth Corfield, 25 Oct 2018

Facebook, Google sued for 'secretly' slurping people's whereabouts – while Feds lap it up

Facebook and Google are being sued in two proposed class-action lawsuits for allegedly deceptively gathering location data on netizens who thought they had opted out of such cyber-stalking. The legal challenges stem from revelations earlier this year that even after users actively turn off "location history" on their …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Oct 2018
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Facebook names former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg head of global affairs

Facebook has hired former British deputy PM Nick Clegg to head up its global affairs – a move that reportedly involved boss Mark Zuckerberg spending months “wooing” the Lib Dem has-been. The Financial Times reported that the ex-Liberal Democrat leader will move to Silicon Valley permanently in January to replace Elliot Schrage …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Oct 2018
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Facebook mass hack last month was so totally overblown – only 30 million people affected

Facebook users can relax and get back to interacting with quality content and authentic individuals on the social network. Last month's deliberate theft of private account records from the internet giant, initially believed to affect 50 million or maybe 90 million accounts, turns out to be nowhere near that bad. Cough. On …
Thomas Claburn, 12 Oct 2018
Facebook's Portal

Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

It's always listening to you and comes from a division of Facebook run by the former head of US military madtech arm DARPA*, so what could possibly be creepy about Facebook's new hardware experiment, Portal? Facebook bills Portal as a video-calling device designed to always be on – making distant friends and relatives more …

Facebook gives third-party apps the all-clear

Facebook has toned down its Friday warning that stolen credentials could be used to compromise third-party apps. Last week, the company 'fessed up to a bug in its “View As” feature that let miscreants harvest millions of account access tokens. At the time, the Silicon Valley behemoth reckoned a mere 50 million accounts were “ …

What do Zuck, Sergey, @Jack and Bezos have in common? They don't want encryption broken

Opposition to the Australian government's proposed crypto-busting legislation is gathering pace, with internet and telco giants deciding to speak with a single voice. Local companies like Telstra and Optus have added their names to the Alliance for a Safe and Secure Internet, which is opposed the Australian government's plans …

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