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The proof-of-concept would be a breakthrough for healthcare, security, gaming (VR), and a host of other industries, and would overcome issues affecting regular cameras, such as poor lighting or simple obstacles like furniture blocking a camera lens, while also eclipsing traditional RBG sensors, LiDAR, and radar technology. It also would cost far less and consume less energy than the latter, researchers noted.

Innes FitzGerald, a leading junior endurance runner, cited her “deep concern” over the issue in a letter to British Athletics in which she asked not to be considered for selection for the world cross country championships.

The European Parliament committee investigating EU member nations' use of surveillance apps on mobile devices proposed a ban on the commercial buying and selling of zero-day exploits in a set of draft recommendations that also called for an immediate moratorium on the sale and use of advanced spyware. Here is the draft (pdf): https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/PEGA-RD-740554_EN.pdf

Can developers trust extensions downloaded for Microsoft’s popular Visual Studio Code editor? Researchers at Aqua Nautilus say they have found that attackers could easily impersonate popular extensions and trick unknowing developers into downloading them.

The Green Algorithms project aims at promoting more environmentally sustainable computational science. Here is the calculator: https://www.green-algorithms.org/

Octosuite is an advanced GitHub framework that uses GitHub’s Public API to make the process of investigating accounts and repositories on the platform more efficient, while also creating a set of automated and easily reproducible queries. Installation guide: https://github.com/bellingcat/octosuite/wiki/INSTALLATION

Large infrastructure projects and the severe COVID-19 pandemic could further increase deforestation and forest degradation, according to a new study. Both deforestation and forest degradation had severe potential impacts on biodiversity and carbon stock. Here is the study: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-022-01018-z

This appears to be one of the hottest market trends with China having the most extensive public surveillance system, but we may assume other regions to gain ground.


Scientists working for Exxon between 1977 and 2003 accurately forecasted the rate at which global average temperatures would rise as a result of carbon emissions, correctly predicted that human-caused global warming would first be detectable by around 2000 and reasonably estimated how much carbon dioxide would lead to dangerous warming, according to the study.


Danone was named, alongside Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé, as one of the world’s top 10 plastic polluters, according to a brand audit.

Here is the recording (5 min): https://nitter.net/jbrowder1/search?f=tweets&q=Wells+fargo&since=&until=&near=


An investigation into the powerful spyware Pegasus, sold to governments around the world by the Israeli company NSO Group. This two-part series, part of the Pegasus Project, examines how the hacking tool was used on journalists, activists, the wife and fiancée of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and others. Edit: Part II of the series is out to whom it may concern.


Google has a new initiative called “Info Intervention.” It’s a plan couched in the idea of keeping people safe from misinformation and harmful language—and the way to do that is to control ever more what we are able to see and say online.

This is sadly true. In my nearer environment literally everyone agrees, too, but politics is lagging behind.


Instead of enjoying a late Thanksgiving meal with his mother in Georgia, 28-year-old Randal Reid spent nearly a week in jail in November after he was falsely identified as a luxury purse thief by Louisiana authorities using facial recognition technology.



"A scenario in which someone is accused of something and doesn't know if the evidence presented against them is real or not is truly dystopian."

Do you really have nothing to hide?
"[The TSA officer] told me to write down all of the communication and social media apps that I use, along with my corresponding usernames. I balked." - A brief story of a US citizen traveling back home.

This is all the Empires’s fault

I see. As we know whose fault it is, the problem is solved, right?

When China’s colonialization projects will have produced the same environmental and social desasters as all the others in human history, will they also have to “pay reparations”? And if so, with an earth then being widely unhabitable, what do we do with the money?


A lot of topics here appear to trigger a debate of ideoligies or between “first world” and “third world” (I decry such terminology, but let’s put that aside now), as if that would solve any problem. It’s sort of of double standard: environmental pollution is bad and good, surveillance is bad and good … it just depends who commits the crime …

If you’ve got a couple of minutes, scroll through the images from around the globe to see where we’re all heading as a global human race. (Ah, yes, the current climate crisis has been and is still being caused mostly by the US and many countries in Europe, and, yes, these countries must change their lifestyles and they are financially liable for the crises. These are two of many issues I agree with my friends from China, South America and Africa.)


We can all see media and NGO websites riddled with trackers, and so are possibly many journalists’ devices. So yes, I’d agree that’s worrying how easy it obviously was.


This is one of the most insightful, straight-to-the-point short articles about Web3 and decentralization I’ve ever read if I may say so.



Aha, that’s good question. I don’t know, unfortunately, but I am sure there is someone around more capable than me …


I am not sure whether I understand the question, but I understand Blokada is a VPN. So they’re certainly able to track you across the web. If you don’t trust them, don’t use them.


I found this on tbe web, but I don’t understand that either. So take it with a pinch of salt.



Not yet. They just started, but I thought it’s interesting for the community here.


Don’t know what the best are, but there is The Conversation and Rest Of World, and you may find information also here.


How would you organize the payment processing in a federated marketplace?

Radicle is still in its earky stages. Don’t know where they are heading, but, yes, it’s far from being perfect :-)


Federated marketplace, ie a federated amazon or etsy.

What do you think of Particl? Never tried it myself.

Federated code collaboration

You will know Radicle, but it’s in early development.


It depends what you’re going to do. For example, it could be useful if you collect data of many individuals, and then you want to publish (or sell) the aggregated statistics without revealing data of individuals. So you could share statistics while people’s privacy remains protected.


Yes. I’d be happy if history teaches me wrong, but somehow I feel they won’t do it.


I’d like to see more from these wealthy jocks than complaints about being controlled.

Yes, our comments have crossed. See mine above.


I didn’t understand it as against me, I just didn’t understand :-). All fine. The super rich footballer appears to feel understandably uneasy given that he is “controlled” as he says. The point is that he and his peers could say ‘no’ to this exactly because they are “super rich”, but they literally play to their sponsors in an industry that seems to have lost any human dignity.

Unfortunately his sentiment could be a foretaste of a society which we may be heading into. How will ( or already do?) citizens feel in a world of ubiquitous CCTVs and client-side scanning technologies where everything you do and say is constantly monitored and logged? What does this mean for the freedom of opinion and other human rights we in the so-called “western world” are so proud of?


Harsh reality finally coming into contact with super rich football players.

I don’t understand this. Where’s the context?