The purge came too late for Heather Heyer. Last August, amid the fallout from the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, the major technology platforms on which the “alt-right” had arisen, recruited members and organized its violent event decided to clean house. Facebook and the video game chat application Discord moved to delete the groups and chatrooms affiliated with the violent white supremacist groups present at Charlottesville, where 32-year-old Heyer was killed and dozens were injured when a car plowed into anti-racist counter-protesters. The neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer was forced to move to the dark web after it lost its domain name registration and ability to fend off DDOS attacks. The horse may have bolted, but the stables were looking decidedly more clean. But a year later, as the remnants of the alt-right prepare for an anniversary rally in Washington DC and, pending a court case, Charlottesville, many of the players involved in the first … [Read more...] about A year after Charlottesville, why can’t big tech delete white supremacists?
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PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 June 2018 Albert Road, Silvertown, suffered 32 water leaks between 2011-18. Picture: PA IMAGES PA Archive/PA Images Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week. Urgent action needed over leaks Unmesh Desai Assembly Member, London assembly member for City and East, writes: Last week, it was revealed that Albert Road, Silvertown has suffered 32 water leaks between November 2011 and February 2018. This is atrocious and yet, sadly, not surprising when you consider London pipes have burst or leaked 36,000 times during the same period. It was also unsurprising to see Ofwat hand down £120 million of fines to Thames Water after their disastrous handling of a recent surge in incidents across London. We have heard appalling accounts from many who have seen their lives disrupted or businesses destroyed by leaks. Some have had their properties flooded, whilst others have had their water supply cut. Thames Water pledged some … [Read more...] about Recorder letters: Water leaks, West Ham Cemetery, Heathrow runway and online grooming
Many people are taking to social media in an attempt to tarnish the image of the Syrian Civil Defence Organisation, better known as “the White Helmets”, who help victims in combat zones.Social media users have been sharing several different amateur videos as “proof” of conspiracy theories claiming that the White Helmets are actually undercover Islamist terrorists who collaborate with jihadist groups. We gathered these videos and analysed them to sort fact from fiction.This is the third part of a 3-part series. Read the first part here and the second part here.The White Helmets are Syrian rescue workers who operate in zones under rebel control. They participate in all kinds of rescue operations, especially after bombs and air strikes. They claim to have saved nearly 100,000 people since the start of the war and are known for documenting the conflict by sharing photos and videos on social media.>> READ ON THE OBSERVERS: ‘White Helmets’, the … [Read more...] about White Helmets ‘staging fake attacks’ in Syria? We sort fact from fiction
Winston Churchill once said: ‘History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.’ That might well be the epitaph for our information age, in which facts seem to be made as much by the repetition of statements as by the complex process required to unwind and verify the content of what we hear. Alan Turing, father of machine learning, might have said as much, arguing in 1936 that we would reach machine completeness when a system of instructions given to a machine resulted in it creating an autonomous duplicate — its own verification. According to Turing, a computer could be said to ‘think’ if a human could not distinguish its processing of data from a potential human response. To do that, it would need an algorithm for learning to sort random data and its impact on the machine, much as James Maxwell’s imagined ‘demon’ of 1872 could, by rapidly sorting hot (fast) and cold (slow) molecules, decrease entropy. If a machine can account for the … [Read more...] about How to escape feedback
KIDS will be cut off social media after two or three hours under government plans to avoid a new generation of internet junkies. Tough new laws could force computer giants to impose daily screen-time limits amid evidence of that teens who spend too much time online are more likely to suffer mental illness. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has instructed the chief medical officer to recommend a “healthy screen time” for children – similar to recommended alcohol units for adults. He ordered the move after losing patience with “irresponsible” internet giants for failing to make their sites safe for children. Mr Hunt wants a recommended “healthy screen time” for children – and warned he will bring in laws to enforce it if necessary. It will mean youngsters would have a strictly limited daily limit for how long they spend on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube and Instagram. Children aged five to 16 spend an average of … [Read more...] about Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants a daily cap on kids’ screen time to fight internet dangers