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Cake day: May 10, 2022


You either:

  • raise the retirement age
  • pay out smaller retirements
  • collect more taxes

I’m afraid if we don’t change the whole system, we’ll experience all three points, and not only in France.

The financial services firm might soon use a software similar to ChatGPT that will use artificial intelligence to offer investment advice. It has filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to trademark IndexGPT. Here is the filing: http://web.archive.org/web/20230526170913/https://tsdr.uspto.gov/documentviewer?caseId=sn97931538&docId=APP20230515101121#docIndex=1&page=1

"They pay more for such work than in ‘white’ jobs”: Interview with a crypto scam investment spammer
'Krebs on Security' publishes an interview with a Russian hacker responsible for a series of aggressive crypto spam campaigns that recently prompted several large Mastodon communities to temporarily halt new registrations. According to the hacker, their spam software has been in private use until the last few weeks, when it was released as open source code.

A report presented by US Senator Elizabeth Warren shows how Big Tech lobbyists redefine the concept of “digital trade” and use it to protect the profitability of their enterprises and make it impossible for signatory countries in trade deals to use legislative ends to protect other things, like people’s privacy or the rule of law. It largely confirms the revolving-door tech lobbyism investigated by sociologist Wendy Li. Here is Sen. Warren’s report (pdf): https://www.warren.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/USTR REPORT.pdf Here is tve research paper by Wendy Li: http://web.archive.org/web/20230316084447/https://academic.oup.com/ser/advance-article/doi/10.1093/ser/mwad002/7030814?utm_source=authortollfreelink&utm_campaign=ser&utm_medium=email&guestAccessKey=d5eab2cc-f0ea-4f77-a68c-97412d8b3e9d

According to Unstoppable Wallet’s market overview the only PSY/ETH trading pair is at gate.io, but I’m not sure whether this is a real trade or some fake. There’s a lot of crypto scam around, but also much bullsh*t news. Would like to see this verified tbh.

“Regulatory Capture”: Two new reports show how big tech lobbyists are using ‘public interest’ for th
A report presented by US Senator Elizabeth Warren shows how Big Tech lobbyists redefine the concept of “digital trade” and use it to protect the profitability of their enterprises and make it impossible for signatory countries in trade deals to use legislative ends to protect other things, like people's privacy or the rule of law. It largely confirms the revolving-door tech lobbyism investigated by sociologist Wendy Li. Here is Sen. Warren's report (pdf): https://www.warren.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/USTR%20REPORT.pdf Here is tve research paper by Wendy Li: http://web.archive.org/web/20230316084447/https://academic.oup.com/ser/advance-article/doi/10.1093/ser/mwad002/7030814?utm_source=authortollfreelink&utm_campaign=ser&utm_medium=email&guestAccessKey=d5eab2cc-f0ea-4f77-a68c-97412d8b3e9d

Ecosystem Graphs: The Social Footprint of Foundation Models
Researchers develop a framework to capture the vast downstream impact and complex upstream dependencies that define the foundation model ecosystem. 'Ecosystem Graphs' project consolidates the distributed knowledge to improve the ecosystem’s transparency. Here is the graph: https://crfm.stanford.edu/ecosystem-graphs/index.html?mode=graph Here is the table: https://crfm.stanford.edu/ecosystem-graphs/index.html?mode=table

Open Source Software - developed by the NSA
Not sure whether that's a fake site or valid, but just stumbled upon it ...

There is a good report by Lighthouse, a Dutch media collective, about the families falsely accused by their state. There’s a high number of similar cases like the one of Prof. Torley’s, and such ‘false positives’ will always happen as they are inherent to such analyses.

The point for me here is that this guy from Microsoft likely knows that (or, in case he doesn’t, there are certainly a lot of experts at MS who know it as we can reasonably assume). What I don’t understand is that executives get often away with such statements, journalists rarely raise the issue of biases these models have. I feel that is not understood by the masses, and companies and governments exploit that use it against the people.

AIMLab’s core activity will be developing impact assessment methods to hold those who built the algorithms accountable for harm. "Automated decisions impacting us in ways that are too often rendered invisible,” says Jacob Metcalf, one of the lab's directors. “The people for whom these systems are potentially the most harmful — those who are historically vulnerable [...] and often already subject to multiple forms of arbitrary exclusion, coercion, and surveillance — have had the least power to shape them." [Edit for a typo.]

I will, certainly, be watching out for all of the claims being made.

I will, too :-)

Thanks for sharing this, I wasn’t aware if this company.

This is very impressive. I would have tons of questions, though, as I don’t understand :-)

How did the device know that he accepts the call? He didn’t do something as far as I am aware.

And how did the device know that he wants the translation into French, or that he wants a translation at all?

He says that it’s private. But how? Doesn’t have the device sync with other data, e.g., some health data base (regarding the chocolate example)? Where does the data sit, in the cloud or on the device? Meaning, does the device also work offline or do you need a cloud (or a network)?

And how does the device learn and store new data (e.g., that he ate a chocolate)? And when he eats the chocolate, does this go into some database? If so, who controls this data?

I am wondering whether this technology could enable communication with non-human species. There’s a fair evidence from research that animals have someform of intelligence, e.g., the paper posted yesterday. I mean, if this decoder can be trained on an individual human being’s brain activity, why not on any non-human being’s?

A paper published by security researchers at the Technical University of Berlin reveals that AMD's firmware-based Trusted Platform Module (fTPM / TPM) can be fully compromised, thus allowing full access to the cryptographic data held inside the fTPM in an attack called 'faulTPM.' The attacker needs physical access to the device to exploit the vulnerability. The paper is here: https://arxiv.org/abs/2304.14717 The researcher also shared the code used: https://github.com/PSPReverse/ftpm_attack

It’s all written in the linked article and this thread already imo, but as I just stumbled about this:

If you post any content to the Bluesky Web Services, you hereby grant Bluesky and its licensees a worldwide, perpetual […] licence to use, reproduce, publicly display, publicly perform, modify, sublicense …

That’s from BS’s Terms of Service.

After reading this site (btw, they appear to be using Cloudflare for their decentralized service) it doesn’t change anything. They indeed “may soon be able to migrate”, may “federate soon”, and all that, but it simply isn’t. It is a centralized service, and they promise once again that this time everything will really be better.

ActivityPub has a over 20k different independent instances, mostly federating with one another. BlueSky has one, and if you try to set up an independent one, it won’t federate.

Yes, and the current owners have no economic incentive to change that. It’s a project backed by financial investors, which means they’ll want to get back as much money as possible as soon as possible.

Don’t get me wrong, this is not some “venture capital bashing”. It’s their full right to earn their money back and do with their companies whatever they want. If I were a financial investor, I did the same (what is ignored in many discussions on this is the fact that the vast majority of VC investments fail due to their high-risk nature, but that’s a different story). I just argue that if you want a distributed and/or decentralised system, you likely need a different kind of funding and a more decentralized form of decision making.

it decentralizes the cost to the central authority by pushing data load onto volunteers

the sad reality is that people will buy the hype

I have been discussing BlueSky some time ago with a friend of mine, and we soon agreed exactly on these two things. This is an excellent article, thanks for sharing this.

Many Public Salesforce Sites are Leaking Private Data
A high number of organizations — including banks and healthcare providers — are leaking private and sensitive information from their public Salesforce Community websites, says KrebsOnSecurity. The data exposures all stem from a misconfiguration in Salesforce Community that allows an unauthenticated user to access records that should only be available after logging in.

A little experiment to demonstrate how a large language model like ChatGPT can not only write, but can read and judge. That, in turn, could lead to an enormous scaling up of the number of communications that are meaningfully monitored, warns ACLU, a human rights group.

In the meantime I got similar additional information as @loki did. Seems to be more advertising than information.

Should I delete the post?

Companies like Google, for instance, could obtain access to the details of a patient's cancer treatment or the results of a psychotherapy session to train its new AI for some well-being app. The outcome of that might feed into the company’s advertising business. The European Health Data Space (EHDS) does not foresee patients being asked for their permission; it does not even include a right to object to this kind of excessive data sharing.

Affected smart phones are Sony Xperia XA2 and likely the Fairphone and many more Android phones which use popular Qualcomm chips. The data is sent without user consent, unencrypted, and even when using a Google-free Android distribution. This is possible because the Qualcomm chipset itself sends the data, circumventing any potential Android operating system setting and protection mechanisms.

In the supposedly first report of its kind, researchers have shown that ChatGPT generates racist and other harmful dialogue in response to user questions. By asking the model to respond to questions as a good or a bad person, a man or woman, or as individuals of varying racial or ethnic backgrounds, it produced "biased and hurtful commentary" showing varying degrees of toxicity. The report (12 pages, not very technical) can be downloaded here: https://dx.doi.org/10.48550/arxiv.2304.05335

He could release a new album with Elvis …

It is high time we start codifying at least some protections into law

Yes, it’s sadly true.

For the issue you described above you wouldn’t necessarily need license plate scanners as it might be done with "correlation analysis" using CCTVs.

China’s government, which has been the most aggressive in using surveillance and AI to control its population, uses co-appearance searches to spot protesters and dissidents by merging video with a vast network of databases.

[In the US] no laws expressly prohibit police from using co-appearance searches […], “but it’s an open question” whether doing so would violate constitutionally protected rights of free assembly and protections against unauthorized searches.

In Europe, Asia and Africa the situation is similar to the US afaik, which means police departments and private companies have to weigh the balance of security and privacy on their own.

It would be a start but not helpful if it stops there. The surveillance in China and its social credit system is a desaster for the people and much worse. A ban in the US doesn’t help the people over there.

Edit for an addition: Iran to install cameras in public to spot women wearing no hijab

A good alternative is Librewolf imho as it comes with many privacy-friendly settings by default. Maybe this is interesting for users less tech savvy or for those who just want to avoid investing time changing the Firefox settings.

Yes, but a federal ban in the US is not enough. We need bans also in Europe, China and all other countries …

Since its inception in March 2018, 'Genesis Market' has offered access to data stolen from over 1.5 million compromised computers around the world containing over 80 million account access credentials. Law enforcement agencies in the United States, Canada and across Europe were involved in the operation.

The campaign uses malicious JavaScript that’s customized for individual webmail portals belonging to various NATO-aligned organizations, researchers from security firm Proofpoint said.

Smartphones are used primarily for entertainment these days, but the 94-year old says that 'humans sooner or later figure it out'. We're at the mindless staring phase with our phones, he says, but that won't last. "Each generation is going to be smarter," argues Cooper. "They will learn how to use the cell phone more effectively."

Evidence shows that Google intended to subvert the discovery process, and that Chat evidence was "lost with the intent to prevent its use in litigation" and "with the intent to deprive another party of the information's use in the litigation," the court says.

Google Suspends Chinese E-Commerce App Pinduoduo Over Malware
The popular e-commerce app sought to seize total control over affected devices by exploiting multiple security vulnerabilities in a variety of Android-based smartphones, writes Krebs on his security blog.

The bans are exclusively for government-issued devices. I wouldn’t welcome a ban for private uses as which apps you’re using should not be your government’s business (and yes, we also have strict rules for work phones).

I fully agree, but a lot of officials across many countries might have a different opinion as they are using such apps.

We have seen the ban of Microsoft 365 and Google in some European countries for government devices of late, infrastructure companies like Huawei and ZTE are banned, now come these apps. I think that’s a good direction. But, yes, it’s hard to understand why these things need an official ban.

The move follows similar restrictions on TikTok in democratic countries amid fears about the popular video-sharing app's Chinese connections. But the French decision also encompassed other platforms widely used by government officials, lawmakers and President Emmanuel Macron himself.

Moore also predicted the rise of the PC and the smartphone decades before they became reality. He died on Friday surrounded by family at his home in Hawaii.

Pay - if you can - for that password manager, the pro version of your favorite browser, buy some Steam games on Linux. Do what you can to help support the cause you hold dear. Not only are you thanking a developer for their hard work, you're showing companies that there is, in fact, a market for Linux software.

New Zealand lawmakers and other workers inside the nation's Parliament will be banned from having the TikTok app on their devices, following similar moves in many other countries.

Doctored videos of US President Joe Biden warning of aliens, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky snorting cocaine, or US musician Eminem attacking Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador - the use of deep fakes and AI-generated audio-visuals to spread false information is increasingly getting normal, and "usually closer to elections," one expert says.

The study quoted in the article is largely based on an investigation in the Dutch city of Rotterdam which is obviously using these algorithms. What is not mentioned, though, is that in 2020 a Dutch court ruled that a government system that uses artificial intelligence to identify potential welfare fraudsters is illegal:

Privacy groups, the Netherlands’ largest trade union federation and several Dutch citizens sued the government after SyRI was introduced in 2014… They argued the system violates human rights because it […] created a “surveillance regime” that disproportionately targeted poorer citizens.

‘Suspicion Machines’: When Artificial Intelligence Can Ruin Your Life
Governments all over the world are using their citizens' personal data -from someone’s children’s travel history to machine-made guesses about who someone sleeps with- and combine them into 'fraud risk scores'. How these algorithms work is largely hidden from the public, but they are already transforming once well-functioning societies into a surveillance culture defined by distrust.

Surveillance technologies adopted ‘under the guise of preventing terrorism’, UN Special Rapporteur
The adoption of highly intrusive technologies on the claim of exceptional use to respond to security crises is a chimera as the reality is broad and wholesale use, a report says. Negative effects across the globe are devastating, particularly the exercise of the rights to privacy, expression, association and political participation. Here is the original report: https://www.ohchr.org/en/special-procedures/sr-terrorism/annual-reports-human-rights-council-and-general-assembly

The group BlackCat posted on its dark leak site a message demanding a ransom payment. Images posted include screenshots of patient diagnoses of a handful of patients and pictures of breast cancer patients disrobed from the waist up.

A security investigation has not yet been formally concluded, but the results are already known, the government says. Critics of Huawei and ZTE argue that their close ties to China’s government mean that incorporating their components in networks could give Chinese agents access to critical infrastructure.

The EU Commission's draft law to fight child sexual abuse online wants to prevent the sharing of sexual abuse material (CSAM) online. However, even child protector organizations agree that the EU proposal goes too far and undermins fundamental human rights, Tutanota says in a blog post.

Threat actors can disable OS security mechanisms such as BitLocker, Hypervisor-Protected Code Integrity and Windows Defender on fully up-to-date Windows 11 systems. The researchers say the malware does not proceed if the victim's device is located in Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia or Kazakhstan, indicating it may have originated from Russia or the Baltic region.

There’s a related research paper on the "Impact of the Russia–Ukraine armed conflict on water resources and water infrastructure" published just yesterday for those interested:

… many water infrastructures such as dams at reservoirs, water supply and treatment systems and subsurface mines have been impacted or are at risk from military actions. Continuation of the conflict will have multiple negative sustainability implications not only in Ukraine but also on a global scale, hampering achievement of clean water and sanitation, conservation and sustainable use of water resources, and energy and food security.

Russia has targeted electric grids, oil refineries, and nuclear plants, damaging ecosystems, soil, and water. Attacks on oil depots caused tens of thousands of blazes that have burned across Ukraine. About a third of the country’s forests have been affected, and over 57,000 acres - 230,000 sq km - of forests have completely burned down.

An elite unit is on a mission to expel the illegal miners who devastated Yanomami territory during Bolsonaro’s presidency.

Here is another interesting investigation from last year about the environmental costs caused by the Russian invasion, and how the related disinformation works, for those interested.

Cargo e-bike manufacturers are reportedly already lining up to purchase the new system, which is expected to begin rolling out on new e-bikes later this year.

Tanya Plibersek made the decision following a consultation process after an initial assessment in August 2022. The reef has been the centre of controversy for several years, with climate change just one of several factors posing threats.

Within its recently published 2022 annual report, the tech firm said it had discovered “unauthorized misappropriation of data” that was promptly investigated in an internal review. This marks the second time that ASML has reported having its data stolen by entities based in China, having accused Beijing-based tech firm DongFang JingYuan Electron of intellectual property theft in its 2021 annual report.

EU set to investigate Amazon’s $1.7bn purchase of Roomba-maker
While the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is scrutinising the deal over concerns it would increase Amazon’s market power in the home electronics sector, investigators at the European Commission — the bloc’s executive arm — have privacy concerns.

I will not harm you unless you harm me first …

This reminds me on HAL’s famous quote, “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that”, shortly before the trouble begins …

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the Linux developers in the world who help to save me from this shemozzle 😄

Computer scientists at the University of Chicago have built a tool called 'Glaze', a software that “cloaks” images so that models incorrectly learn the unique features that define an artist’s style, thwarting subsequent efforts to generate artificial plagiarisms.

Originally designed as a solution for the absent-minded, the AirTag digital tracking sensor is also sometimes employed for a more sinister function, with manufacturer Apple now finding itself the subject of anger—and lawsuits—from people who have been harassed with the help of the brand's product.

Outstanding orders and those placed in the future will be delivered and devices will continue to operate as the company seeks further financial options because "the mission of a privacy-first voice assistant for every human that wants one is yet to be realized", the CEO writes in a blog post.

ClientEarth sues Shell directors personally over mismanaging climate risk
"Shell’s Board is legally required to manage risks to the company that could harm its future success, and the climate crisis presents the biggest risk of them all", the organization says.

undefined> AI is reinforcing existing biases.

Yes, and AI is not just reinforcing existing biases, these classifiers also produce a lot of false positives.

I’d agree with @jabberati here that ChatGPT is not (yet?) a threat to software engineers. Although these tools are impressive, they appear to produce inefficient (though not necessarily incorrect) code. This means that you still need human coders when you want to build something really complex. Having that said, I’m wondering whether this tech has the potential to make a programmer’s work a bit easier.

Yes, it’s also mentioned in the article. I found it interesting as it gives some background information on Brazil and the circumstances to those who don’t know the country well (such as me).

A very small step in the right direction. Would be great if, though, if other countries would follow. China, US, Australia, …

As for a privacy-respecting website builder, you may consider b2evolution, although their themes could be better.

is it creating more racism than diamonds extraction in africa or oil extraction in lands which previously were property of indian people?

It may not be worse than what they do in mining diamonds and other stuff, but it’s racism and therefore bad enough I would say.

Neither me. Maybe I’m a bot 😅