Two Former Facebook Executives Warn of Network's 'Unintended Consequences'

Two Former Facebook Executives Warn of Network’s ‘Unintended Consequences’

“But they, in many cases, have ignored the consequences of some of the downsides of the innovations they brought to our society”.

In a talk to the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Palihapitiya said he feels ” tremendous guilt ” about Facebook , a company he helped craft as vice president for user growth between 2007 and 2011.

“Researchers hypothesize that reading about others online might lead to negative social comparison “, wrote Facebook director of researcher David Finsberg and research scientist Moira Burke, “and perhaps even more so than offline, since people’s posts are often more curated and flattering”. This is a global problem.

There was “no civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth and its not just an American problem, it’s […]

Analysis: China’s AI revolution threatens US

Analysis: China’s AI revolution threatens US

A new report from the Washington-based Center for a New American Security raised the alert level of the US defence community over China’s rise as an artificial intelligence (AI) superpower, one that could effectively destroy the American military by 2030.

The meticulous report no doubt will send a chill through the halls of the Pentagon.

The report, ‘Battlefield Singularity: Artificial Revolution, and China’s Future Military Power’, by Elsa Kania, paints a disturbing picture of China’s AI military modernisation programmes. Kania, as co-founder of the China Cyber and Intelligence Studies Institute, is well suited to write the investigative report using available Chinese-language open-source materials that reveal China’s military thinking and progress on AI.

Kania reported that China’s military is pursuing advances in ‘impact […]

‘Mr. Robot’ Rewind: Pwning the Dark Army in Episode 9

‘Mr. Robot’ Rewind: Pwning the Dark Army in Episode 9

Elliot (Rami Malek) in Mr. Robot Season 3, Episode 9. (USA Network Photo) [Spoiler Alert] This article delves deep into the technical guts of Mr. Robot episode 9. Though it focuses on the show’s hacks, it might describe key plots points too. Only continue if you’ve seen the latest episode.

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Hello Friend. Hacker Elliot is back!

After a short flashback scene, this episode starts where the last left off; with Elliot considering the implications of Trenton’s email. He needs to hack the FBI if he wants to get his hands on Romero’s hardware keyloggers. Only, it seems Mr. Robot is up to some hacks of his own…

The Pentagon’s new tech focus: micro-electronics, hypersonics, and cyber

The Pentagon’s new tech focus: micro-electronics, hypersonics, and cyber

Department of Defense officials are working to shift focus onto research and development that fosters U.S. military dominance in emerging areas, such as hardened micro-electronics, hypersonics, and offensive and defensive cyber. (CharlieAJA) Defense Department leaders want to equip troops with high technology as much focus — and much money — is now going toward modernization and innovation. But against a backdrop of struggles with readiness after more than 16 years of war, can the military both prepare for war and offer leading-edge tools to fight it?

The answer has not always been “yes.” But officials are serious about changing that, focusing on research and development that fosters U.S. military dominance, according to Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology […]

LA Cyber Center Hopes to be a Model for Cities Nationwide

LA Cyber Center Hopes to be a Model for Cities Nationwide

blvdone/Shutterstock.com LOS ANGELES – Four years ago, cybersecurity operations for the city of Los Angeles were divided between four centers that didn’t regularly share information with each other. When they did communicate, it was a managed through phone calls and emailed spreadsheets.

Cybersecurity awareness among the city’s 48,000 employees was mixed. Protections at the city’s 40 departments were hit or miss. Top department officials often didn’t know all the computer systems they were running, making it impossible to defend them.

Despite these deficiencies, LA was a high-tech city and believed it was reasonably well defended. “We thought we were secure, but we just didn’t know,” the city’s Chief Information Security Officer Timothy Lee told Nextgov this week.

The truth, Lee said, was […]

Hacker Group Anonymous Threatens Cyberattack On US Govt. Again, Announces Target Websites

Hacker Group Anonymous Threatens Cyberattack On US Govt. Again, Announces Target Websites

The hacker group Anonymous issued a threat against quite a few U.S. government targets including state.gov, whitehouse.gov, data.gov, ssa.gov, federal reserve.gov, and usa.gov. Needless to say, those include websites of some of the most prominent government entities in the United States. The threat is made to protest America’s foreign policies concerning the Middle-East.

The text for the threat appeared on the blog of the website cyberguerilla.com on Dec. 7, and it reads thus:

“Government of Israel and United States, our patience is exhausted!

No more words! Now only acts.Anonymous can’t be silent when we see your actions.Now it’s Anonymous time.United State and Israel Government Target list. ( Main Attacks: Data Dump , Government Breach , Defacing , DDoSing )Targets:https://www.usa.gov/ = USAhttps://www.gov.il/ = […]