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AI is bringing a new set of rules to knowledge work

Thomson Reuters – When things go digital, they start following a new set of rules. “The rules of the physical world are either not applicable or are severely diminished. Things move from sparsity to abundance, where consumption does not lead to depletion. To the contrary, the more an object is consumed, the more valuable it becomes. Cost of production and distribution is no longer critical, and the concept of inventory is no longer applicable. When things go digital, they also move from linear to exponential –  a world in which new technologies and new players can enter and dominate an industry in just a few years. Consider that each year more people take online courses offered by Harvard than the number of students who attended Harvard in its 380-year history. Each year, three times more people use online dispute resolutions to resolve disputes on eBay® than lawsuits filed in the United States. Each day, five billion videos are watched on YouTube®. For context, the first YouTube video was uploaded in 2005. I was talking to a gentleman at Facebook® recently who said, “I joined Facebook three years ago and 70 percent of the company started after me.” Talk about hyper-growth businesses! This is the environment that we operate in: Not only must we adapt, but we must help our customers adapt as well…”

Categories: Law and Legal

The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views

The New York Times – The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views – “Plays can be bought for pennies and delivered in bulk, inflating videos’ popularity and making the social media giant vulnerable to manipulation…”

Categories: Law and Legal

PEG White paper: Towards a Standardized Framework for Media Blockchain

Via David Gerard – author of Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum & Smart Contracts – See JPEG White paper: Towards a Standardized Framework for Media Blockchain. “On the JPEG initiative for standardization of media blockchain, exploring relevant standardization activities, industrial needs and use cases.” ISO/IEC JT1/SC29/WG1 WG1 N80019 Editors: Frederik Temmermans, imec – Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Deepayan Bhowmik-University of Stirling, United Kingdom. “Fake news, copyright violation, media forensics, privacy and security are emerging challenges for digital media. JPEG has determined that blockchain technology has great potential as a technology component to address these challenges in transparent and trustable media transactions. However, blockchain needs to be integrated closely with a widely adopted standard to ensure broad interoperability of protected images. JPEG calls for industry participation to help define use cases and requirements that will drive the standardization process.”
Categories: Law and Legal

Paper – Why Britain Voted for Brexit

Britain’s Populist Revolt – A scholarly analysis of Why Britain Voted for Brexit, written by Matthew Goodwin, professor of politics at the University of Kent. [research paper, 2017]: “More than two years have passed since Britain voted for Brexit. Ever since that moment, the vote to leave the European Union has routinely been framed as an aberration; a radical departure from ‘normal’ life… Today, looking back, I see that most people never really had an interest in exploring what underpinned Brexit. To many on the liberal Left, Brexit is to be opposed, not understood….What seems remarkable to me is the sheer amount of energy that has been devoted to undermining or overturning the result versus that which has been devoted to exploring what led to this moment in the first place. There is no doubt that some of the short-term factors mentioned above were important. Brexit campaigners did make misleading claims and did spend more money than they should have. But this was also a campaign that saw the pro-Remain Prime Minister David Cameron suggest that Brexit might trigger World War Three, London’s elite prophesize about financial Armageddon, and political and economic leaders from across the globe descend on Britain to issue similarly dire warnings, including President Obama. In short, in the history of political campaigns this one was definitely not an example of best practice…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Fax Machines Are Still Everywhere, and Wildly Insecure

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 18:00
Researchers have demonstrated that sending a single malicious fax is all it takes to break into a network.
Categories: Just News

For Some Facebook Employees, Free Food Is Coming To An End

Some cities in the Bay Area want to stop tech companies from offering free or discounted food in their cafeterias. The idea is to make employees go to local businesses for their meals.

(Image credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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To Identify a Hacker, Treat Them Like a Burglar

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 17:00
A preliminary study shows that hackers penetrate systems in unique, documentable ways—just like criminals in the physical world.
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Washington Prepares For White Supremacist Rally

An update on the march by white supremacists in Washington D.C.

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A Clever Android Hack Takes Advantage of Sloppy Storage

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 16:00
The so-called man in the disk attack uses Android's permissive external storage to wreak havoc on devices.
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Hackers Turned an Amazon Echo Into a Spy Bug

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 15:00
Researchers found they could turn the smart speakers into surveillance devices—if they could get their own attack tool on the same Wi-Fi.
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Invisible Mouse Clicks Let Hackers Burrow Deep into MacOS

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 13:00
A former NSA hacker finds a new way malware can take control of a Mac's mouse for a powerful intrusion technique.
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Utah Sending The Nation's First Woman State Senator To D.C., As A Statue

Utah plans to send a statue of suffragette, senator and polygamist Martha Hughes Cannon to represent the state in the U.S. Capitol. It's a subtle approach to changing perceptions of women in Utah.

(Image credit: Julia Ritchey/KUER)

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D.C. Prepares For White Supremacist Rally And Counterprotests

A white supremacist rally is expected next to the White House on Sunday, one year after the "Unite The Right" demonstration by the same organizer turned deadly in Charlottesville, Va.

(Image credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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The Techies Turning Kenya Into a Silicon Savannah

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 10:00
The country is home to a $1 billion tech scene.
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Alex Jones Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 09:00
Last week the Infowars founder was booted from several platforms—but not Twitter.
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Elon Musk’s Tweets, Tesla Might Go Private, Uber Loses in NYC, and More Car News

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 09:00
Plus, we chat with Kodiak Robotics, a new autonomous trucking startup, and Steve McQueen’s Ford Mustang Bullitt is back.
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For Wisconsin's Dairy Farmers, Tariffs Could Reshape The Race For The Senate

Retaliatory tariffs on dairy may put dairy farmers in Wisconsin, a state won by Donald Trump in 2016, up for political grabs in this year's midterm elections.

(Image credit: Coburn Dukehart/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism)

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Growers Are Beaming Over The Success Of Lasers To Stave Off Thieving Birds

Laser beams that sweep erratically across crops have shown promise in protecting harvests from loss caused by birds. But researchers are still studying whether the beams may harm the animals' retinas.

(Image credit: Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)

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Police Departments Need to Stop Posting Mugshots on Twitter

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 08:00
Opinion: When police departments post photos of protestors on social media, it puts them at risk of harassment, or worse.
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Chasing A Dream: An Ambulance Service That People Can Trust

As Sierra Leone's first national ambulance service revs up, there are a few bumps in the road.

(Image credit: Tommy Trenchard)

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