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(title is bad, see comments) | ‘AI is reliant on mass surveillance’ and we should be cautious, warns head of messaging app ( youtu.be )

This was an interview on ABC (Australian public broadcaster) with Signal Foundation president Meredith Whittaker. It covered current events about Signal and encrypted messaging, with a small bit on AI at the end. The original title of the video is bad....

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This part of the interview felt relevant to the fediverse (note that this was pasted from a transcript, and you might find it easier to watch the video than read the transcript):

Australia's safety commissioner recently took on Elon Musk for example requesting the removal of vision of a stabbing in a church here in Sydney. It was unsuccessful, should tech platforms be held responsible for spreading that sort of content.

Well I think we need to break that question down and actually question the form that tech platforms have taken, because we live in a world right now where there are about five major social media platforms that are very literally shaping the global information environment for everyone. So we have a context where these for-profit surveillance tech actors have outsized control over our information environment, and present a very very attractive political target to those who might want to shape, or misshape, that information environment.
So I think we need to go to the root of the problem. The issue is not that every regulator doesn't get a chance to determine appropriate or inappropriate content. The issue is that we have a one-size fits all approach to our shared information ecosystem, and that these companies are able to determine what we see or not, via algorithms that are generally calibrated to increase engagement; to promote more hyperbolic or more inflammatory content, and that we should really be attacking this problem at the root: beginning to grow more local and rigorous journalism outside of these platforms and ensuring that there are more local alternatives to the one-size fits-all surveillance platform business model.

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I almost prefer lemons of Lemmy 🍋

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Those feathery antennae/whiskers are adorable

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Something else from the newletter for those who are interested:

City Limits: Is everyone in urban Canada getting the internet they need?

JOIN US on June 11, 2024 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM ET for our webinar focused on digital inequities in Canada's major cities. While conversations typically focus on rural and remote areas, many urban residents also struggle with insufficient internet access, impacting their work, education, health and connectivity. Discover how communities are taking innovative steps to bridge this .

Link to webinar (eventbrite.ca)

Has anyone ever heard of or used this webapp converter before? ( play.google.com )

It looks like a very well built app to convert web pages to lite apps. It also seems to be based on Firefox and seems to include something similar to that of Firefox Multiaccount Containers for every webapp, on top of an adblocker. Seems very neat. Just wondering if anyone knows anything about whether or not it is open source...

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It comes on sale somewhat often, I saw a sale post the other day on Lemmy somewhere.

There's also Native Alpha on Fdroid which does something similar

edit: decided to give it a try. Interestingly, both Lemmy and Mastodon are listed in the "popular" section of the built in apps

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For sure! Turns out I was subscribed to two, the later being an automated mirror of a subreddit

!playstoredeals

!googleplaydeals

There's also a community for the Hermit app it turns out !hermit. That one seems abandoned

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This makes me think of people who have trouble in airports because their name is similar to someone else's.

Only this is going to be much harder to deal with

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I'm curious, but not curious enough to watch it myself. If you have highlights or a summary later, I'd read it lol

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As a follow-up question, what are some open source satellite data sources, maybe orgs like NASA?

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It could also be A/B testing, so not everyone will have the AI running in general

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Wouldn't they be? They could measure how likely it is that someone clicks on the generated link/text

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More links

https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c3ggpe3qj6wo

https://apnews.com/article/icc-khan-netanyahu-070941d21ccd1f2b9611032b88527575

Karim Khan said that he believes Netanyahu, his defense minister Yoav Gallant and three Hamas leaders — Yehia Sinwar, Mohammed Deif and Ismail Haniyeh — are responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Gaza Strip and Israel.

The prosecutor must request the warrants from a pre-trial panel of three judges, who take on average two months to consider the evidence and determine if the proceedings can move forward.

Israel is not a member of the court, and even if the arrest warrants are issued, Netanyahu and Gallant do not face any immediate risk of prosecution. But Khan’s announcement deepens Israel’s isolation as it presses ahead with its war, and the threat of arrest could make it difficult for the Israeli leaders to travel abroad.

Both Sinwar and Deif are believed to be hiding in Gaza as Israel tries to hunt them down. But Haniyeh, the supreme leader of the Islamic militant group, is based in Qatar and frequently travels across the region.

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Welcome!

I don't have specific recommendations on hand because I'm on mobile, but you can look through this guide from !newtolemmy for other ways to discover communities

https://lemmy.ca/post/11285664

Following the promo communities works great so you can passively learn about new things when they get promoted

"Hacked" Instagram

My other half discovered that some dodgy person/company had managed to send instagram messages advertising handbags to all of her followers from her account. She changed her password immediately, but what could have happened here? Is it the case that a “hacker” had access to her full instagram account, or would they have...

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Are the messages in her outbox? What some scammers do is they make a new account with the same name and profile picture, to then send messages that look like they're from a friend.

I remember reading about an Facebook phishing thing going around, but that involved getting the password and then spamming out messages. She could try and remember if she got any weird links that she logged in with. Sometimes the scammer sends the harmful link to the followers, so the handbag site might be the problem link

Rant: vanilla local app search is ridiculously bad

For a search company I can't believe how terrible the Android app search is. I can't even search "bank" for my banking apps, and there doesn't really seem to be any metadata except for the title that goes into the search. Which is absolutely ridiculous given how many companies name their apps something cReAtIvE like "home" or...

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I'd love to have tags on apps. So many apps have a simple minimalistic name on the app, which is impossible to remember. I make do by renaming the app with terms I might search by.

ex. "Authenticator Microsoft", or "Vancollect City Garbage Trash Recycling"

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Others are covering the details of the article, I took a look at the source. It only started up last year:

Canadian Affairs was founded by Lauren Heuser in 2023. You can read why Lauren founded a publication for families and professionals in her founding essay.

Canadian Affairs is independent and nonpartisan. It is wholly owned by Lauren and has no outside investors. It is a Qualified Canadian Journalism Organization.

Links to the person's past work:

Police crackdown on Gaza protest encampments [at the University of Alberta] campus sparks outcry ( montrealgazette.com )

Students and academics at the University of Alberta reacted with outrage on Saturday after Edmonton police dismantled a pro-Palestinian encampment on campus, describing the operation as violent and contesting assertions that demonstrators were breaking the law....

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My thoughts:

A handful of these changes are things that Lemmy currently allows, or has Github issues for in the queue. Others (mainly moderation ones), are things that would be nice to have here as well. The temporary traffic spike feature could do wonders here with the spam waves

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Especially the new pinned posts, it looks like they might be new Reddit only. I guess we'll have to wait and try it once a few subs implement it

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Search engine indexing, rather than search inside Lemmy/threadiverse platforms

That way people come across the good content when searching for things

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Thanks! It has been added to both post and sidebar

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Thank you, it's been added to both!

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Thanks! Both have been added to the post & sidebar

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