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Thursday, July 09, 2020 7:10 PM ET

Christian Science Monitor - Technology

First Look -- Facebook audit finds biased algorithms, civil rights setbacks -- As hundreds of companies boycott Facebook, an audit highlighted recent civil rights setbacks – including the company's decision to exempt politicians from fact-checking, even when statements violated existing policies.

1 day ago

First Look -- Is TikTok, Facebook user data safe in Hong Kong? Maybe not. -- TikTok joined Facebook, Twitter, and other social media companies halting operations in Hong Kong as authorities demanded access to user data. While TikTok stores its data in U.S. servers, Secretary Pompeo still views it as a national security risk.

2 days ago

First Look -- How COVID-19, Black Lives Matter became the target of FB groups -- Like "creepy basements," private Facebook groups have enabled extremist views and misinformation to thrive. Private groups that first attacked stay-at-home orders now target the Black Lives Matter movement, spreading hate speech and conspiracy theories.

3 days ago

First Look -- Why Facebook removed $17,000 worth of Trump/Pence campaign ads -- A Trump campaign official said the inverted red triangle featured in the ad was a nod to antifa, but experts say the symbol is not common among U.S. antifa groups today. It is better known for identifying political prisoners in Nazi concentration camps.

20 days ago

First Look -- About-face: Amazon bars police from using Rekognition for a year -- Last year, Amazon publicly challenged a researcher who found racial bias in face-recognition software. Now, it's stepping back from the technology. The tech giant said they are banning use by law enforcement for a year to allow for better regulation.

28 days ago

First Look -- What's OK to tweet? Trump tweet tagged as glorifying violence. -- Twitter flagged tweets from the president and the White House encouraging the military to shoot crowds protesting George Floyd's death. "We've taken action in the interest of preventing others from being inspired to commit violent acts," Twitter said.

1 month ago

First Look -- Trump fires back at Twitter's fact-check with executive order -- After Twitter applied fact-checking to two of President Donald Trump's tweets, the president, citing political bias, intends to sign an executive order Thursday that aims to curb liability protections for social media companies. But Congress needs to weigh in.

1 month ago

First Look -- Twitter vs. Trump? President's tweets get fact-check warnings. -- Twitter launched its most direct initiative to counter the spread of misinformation this week. For the first time, the company sent fact-check warnings to its most prominent user: President Donald Trump.

1 month ago

Free movement or privacy? Pandemic forces new trade-offs. -- Without a coronavirus vaccine, some nations and states are turning to digital contact tracing to enable them to reopen the economy.

28 days ago

First Look -- Test, trace, isolate: Role of apps in combating coronavirus -- Protecting privacy or public health? Using smartphone apps to track COVID-19 raises privacy concerns. Some apps record a digital trail who you encounter and which restaurants or stores you visit.

2 months ago

First Look -- Washington DC's 'maker' community steps up to 3D print PPE -- Georgetown Day School students launched the Print to Protect campaign to help fight the coronavirus. In less than a month, they've developed a network of 100 3D-printer enthusiasts to create face shields for Washington-area hospitals.

2 months ago

'No longer a luxury': As life moves online, the offline fall behind -- With 42 million Americans lacking high-speed Wi-Fi access, the coronavirus pandemic exposes a sharp divide between the connected and the unconnected.

1 month ago

First Look -- Party crashers or tech terrorists? New hackers target Zoom. -- When confinement restrictions converted Zoom into a lifeline for work and socializing, the platform quickly became the target of a new form of cyberattack – "Zoom bombings." The attacks underscore the platform's focus on user-friendliness rather than privacy.

3 months ago

First Look -- 'We can do this': US engineers fix piles of broken ventilators -- One California engineering firm took on the challenge of helping its state by repairing ventilators to offset the short supply in hospitals. Armed with downloaded manuals and guided by lots of YouTube videos, they figured it out, and have already repaired 500 machines.

3 months ago