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Nicole Mirkin and Ahren Posthumus of SA Women Fight Back demonstrate defensive Krav Maga techniques. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks Protest against gender-based violence in Cape Town. First Published by GroundUp “I […] View full post on National Cyber Security
#parent | #kids | Dedham Public Works Launches New Citizen Request App | #parenting | #parenting | #kids
Public Works has launched a new citizen request app to enable individuals to report non-emergency issues in the community by using a web browser or mobile device. Visit the Service […] View full post on National Cyber Security
#cybersecurity | #hackerspace | Microsoft Acquires npm: A Healthy Move for Critical Public Infrastructure
At Sonatype we’ve been the stewards of the Central Repository (Central), the world’s largest component repository of Java and other JVM related components since 2007. Based on this experience, I’ve learned first hand how challenging it can be to serve as the steward for a public repository. I know how hard it is to gain and keep the trust of millions of open source software developers. In my humble opinion, earning trust starts with “picking up a shovel” and solving a problem on behalf of a community to help it grow and flourish. Community trust is further amplified when you can muster enough resources to solve the same problem in a reliable and scalable manner over a period of many years.
But, here’s the thing; operating a public repository in support of millions (Read more…)
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Over the past two years a cottage industry has emerged of media experts and journalists warning of the potential dangers of “deep fakes.” Videos of Vladimir Putin or Barack Obama saying whatever a video-editor wants them to say have been widely shared on mainstream networks to raise fears over privacy and the dangerous “post-truth” world of the Internet.
While most mainstream networks have a vested interest in questioning the legitimacy of digital and citizen-led news, there is no doubt that verifying video content is becoming more difficult.
On the one hand, deep fakes are likely to become a central component of internet culture, fueling the political caricature and memes of tomorrow. On the other hand, there is a darker side. It’s not unrealistic to envision a future in which videos from inside Syria or a protest in Iraq are doctored in a way that could alter our understanding of key events.
It’s not unrealistic to envision a future in which videos from inside Syria or a protest in Iraq are doctored in a way that could alter our understanding of key events.
The blockchain may have a solution. According to Amy James of Alexandria Labs, one of the fundamental problems of the web is that there is no public index. Today when we search the web, we’re searching a private index. This makes detecting changes to search rankings, or the de-platforming of certain ideas and even individuals, very difficult to determine.
Amy James of the’Open Index Protocol’ explains how a distributed global index for the web could help fight deepfakes.
There’s also a less obvious reason why a public index might be a good idea. James argues that “because the web doesn’t have a transparent, secure and version-controlled index it can be difficult to discern truth from fiction online.”
“the web was intended to be fully decentralised.”
On a blockchain immutable index in which every ‘transaction’ is public and recorded, it should be easier to notice when a video is first uploaded and edited, or if different versions of the exact same video are in existence.
James adds “the web was intended to be fully decentralised.” The apps we all know and love – from Spotify, to Netflix – provide customization and allow networks to scale. At the same time, “private companies build the walled garden infrastructure that we have today so the web could scale and be convenient.” While this model maybe profitable, it centralizes information and control in the hands of closed platforms. “When the web was developing in the early 90s the technology didn’t exist yet to build an index as an open standard protocol,” states James.
“When the web was developing in the early 90s the technology didn’t exist yet to build an index as an open standard protocol”
Alexandria Labs believes the future is a “fully decentralized open protocol for indexing and distribution.” Instead of artificial barriers to content access, an open-source and decentralized protocol would index all public data on the Web, recording it on the blockchain. That’s one way of figuring out if a video of Nancy Pelsoi drunk is actually real.
Full disclosure: Al Bawaba is exploring blockchain solutions on the Open Index Protocol.
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#infosec | #RSAC: Realize the Harms and Benefits of Technology and Create Policies to Enable the Public
Speaking at the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) summit at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, Alex Stamos, adjunct professor at Stanford University’s Freeman-Spogli Institute, said that issues and decisions made by technology companies have angered people.
Stamos, who previously served as CISO of both Facebook and Yahoo, said that once he stepped out of those roles and “out of constant emergencies” he could see the bigger picture.
He said that “tradeoffs from a policy perspective are poorly understood by the public and usually go back to the engineering adage of do you want it done correctly, cheaply, or quickly—pick 1 of 3.” Stamos said that this is a basic problem of society, as people say that they don’t want companies looking at their data, but to stop bad things happening you need to see bad things. “Politicians say companies have to find the bad guys, but you cannot have two things.”
Another issue Stamos highlighted is the balance that technology companies have for “solving societal ills,” as he pointed out that technology companies provide platforms while “every bad thing [that] happened [was] done by people.”
He said that companies have to “embrace transparency and make decisions in a transparent manner.” However, the line has to be drawn around bullying and harassment, as “nothing has changed since the last election.”
Stamos said that Google, Facebook, and Twitter came up with policies on political advertising “in closed rooms with no transparency,” and these will be the rules that the 2020 election will be fought on.
He recommended that the tech industry adopt a regulatory framework similar to what Germany did regarding what speech is allowed online, but should consider how this can be adopted by countries with reduced democratic freedoms. “Or you end up with tech companies who are happy if they get regulated if they can make money, as most people who use the internet don’t live in democracies, or if they do, it is with reduced free speech.”
Stamos concluded by saying that we “have to realize that technology has made changes in good and bad ways” and take responsibility for that.
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Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans by Alice Duckett Over the past couple of years, Sophos’ Director of Security Craig Jones has discovered a worrying amount of personal data on public Trello boards. Mark says companies shouldn’t microchip their employees and Duck discusses a bug that could have blown a hole in […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com
Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Cybersecurity researchers claim 3,2020 government emails have been leaked. The report claimed that the email IDs of 11 departments, including the Bhabha Atomic Research Center and the Ministry of Information, exist on the dark web. Sai Krishna Kothapalli, an IIT-Guwahati alumnus and founder of the cybersecurity […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com
Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans SEIU reaches tentative agreement at Cleveland Public Library in attempt to avert strike By Isaac Finn 25 January 2020 On the evening of January 23, Cleveland Public Library (CPL) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199 reached a tentative agreement covering roughly 400 librarians, assistants […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com