Category «Social Media»

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, June 18, 2022

Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and online security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Your connected car could be putting your privacy at risk; Deepfakes on Trial: a Call to Expand the Trial Judge’s Gatekeeping Role to Protect Legal Proceedings from Technological Fakery; Genetic paparazzi are right around the corner, and courts aren’t ready to confront the legal quagmire of DNA theft; and Why You Should Delete (All) Your Tweets.

Subjects: Courts & Technology, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Ethics, Healthcare, KM, Legal Research, Privacy, Search Engines, Social Media, Technology Trends

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, June 11, 2022

Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and online security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: How to Find Out if Your Passwords Are Being Sold Online; How Binance became a hub for hackers, fraudsters and drug sellers; Malware-Infested Word Documents Are Arriving in Email Inboxes; and Organizations hit by ransomware temporarily or permanently close.

Subjects: Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Gadgets/Gizmos, Legal Research, Privacy, Social Media

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, May 30, 2022

Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and online security, often without our situational awareness. Five highlights from this week: Cyber security 101: Protect your privacy from hackers, spies, and the government; Inside the Government Fiasco That Nearly Closed the U.S. Air System; My Instagram account was hacked and two-factor authentication didn’t help; Serious Warning Issued For Millions Of Google Gmail Users; and Report: Russian Botnet Can Spam Social Media on ‘Massive Scale’.

Subjects: Communications, Criminal Law, Cybercrime, Cyberlaw, Cybersecurity, E-Government, Economy, KM, Privacy, Social Media, Technology Trends, Travel

Language matters when Googling controversial people

Ahmed Al-Rawi, Assistant Professor, News, Social Media, and Public Communication, Simon Fraser University – identifies and explains how features of search engine autocomplete functions enables users to find fast answers to their questions or queries. However, autocomplete search functions are based on ambiguous algorithms that have been widely criticized because they often provide biased and racist results.

Subjects: AI, KM, News Resources, Search Engines, Search Strategies, Social Media

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, May 21, 2022

Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and online security, often without our situational awareness. – Four highlights from this week: How Often Do Ads Share Your Data Every Day? Hundreds of Times; Threat actors compromising US business online checkout pages to steal credit card information; Your Bosses Could Have a File on You, and They May Misinterpret It; and Hackers are Hijacking Phone Numbers to Empty Crypto Accounts.

Subjects: AI, Criminal Law, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Economy, Financial System, KM, Privacy, Social Media, Technology Trends

Elon Musk’s plans for Twitter could make its misinformation problems worse

As a researcher of social media platforms, Anjana Susarla, the Omura-Saxena Professorship in Responsible AI at the Broad College of Business, finds that Musk’s ownership of Twitter and his stated reasons for buying the company raise important issues. Those issues stem from the nature of the social media platform and what sets it apart from others.

Subjects: Civil Liberties, Free Speech, Legal Research, Securities Law, Social Media

Propaganda, Mis- and Disinformation, and Censorship: The War for Hearts and Minds

Author and blogger Dave Pollard addresses the incendiary global war of lies vs. truth, reminiscent of the MAD Magazine cartoon Spy Vs. Spy for those who of us who can recall the scenarios they played which remain eerily prescient. Pollard posits the most effective way to win and retain political power is by seizing the hearts and minds of citizens through a mix of propaganda, mis- and disinformation, and censorship. He continues, this is especially true now, living with a ubiquitous and unceasing firehose of often-conflicting information, and exploitative for-profit “social” media controlled by a handful of dimwitted and unstable western oligarchs.

Subjects: Communications, Competitive Intelligence, Ethics, Free Speech, Information Management, KM, News Resources, Social Media

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 16, 2022

Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and online security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Data From Friends and Strangers Show Where You Are; TSA’s Terrorist Watch List Comes for Amtrak Passengers; Facial recognition not required as tax ID – yet. But the tech spreads; You’re muted… or are you? Videoconferencing apps may listen even when mic is off; and Mismanaged Cloud Services Put User Data at Risk.

Subjects: AI, Big Data, Criminal Law, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Economy, Financial System, Privacy, Social Media, Travel

The Russian invasion shows how digital technologies have become involved in all aspects of war

Since Russia invaded Ukraine, we keep hearing that this war is like no other; because Ukrainians have cellphones and access to social media platforms, the traditional control of information and propaganda cannot work and people are able to see through the fog of war. For these communications scholars and historians, Professors Katharina Niemeyer, Dominique Trudel, Heidi J. S. Tworek, Maria Silina and Svitlana Matviyenko, it is important to add nuance to such claims. The question is not so much what is “new” in this war, but rather to understand its specific media dynamics. One important facet of this war is the interplay between old and new media — the many loops that go from Twitter to television to TikTok, and back and forth.

Subjects: AI, Communications, KM, Social Media, Technology Trends

Ukraine doomscrolling can harm your cognition as well as your mood – here’s what to do about it

What use are we in helping to solve difficult global challenges if we’re so depressed and cognitively depleted that we can’t think of the best actions to take? Ukraine doomscrolling can harm your cognition as well as your mood. Professors Barbara Jacquelyn Sahakian, Christelle Langley, Chun Shen and Jianfeng Feng describe their research findings on what to do about it.

Subjects: Healthcare, KM, Social Media