Can Facebook’s CSO be Held Liable for Atrocity Crimes?

New legal research moves us closer towards holding social media executives criminally liable for the Rohingya crisis and other global security failures under their watch: …this paper argues that it may be more productive to conceptualise social media’s role in atrocity crimes through the lens of complicity, drawing inspiration not from the media cases in international criminal law jurisprudence, but rather by evaluating the use of social media as a…

December 11, 2019
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America Stands Alone in Refusing Children Rights in the Digital Age

Happy Human Rights Day 2019! The final report from the 14th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has been released, and it carries important conclusions such as this one: With so many children making use of the Internet – 1 in 3 Internet users in the developed world, and 1 in 2 globally, are children – the main issue surrounding children’s rights in the digital age is how to interpret and uphold…

December 10, 2019
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When Jesters Were Messengers of War

The “official website for BBC History Magazine, BBC History Revealed and BBC World Histories Magazine” presents some graphic details for Medieval messaging protocols: …jesters were often required to go to the battlefield with their masters to carry messages between the leaders of warring armies, demanding that a city surrender to a besieging army or delivering terms for the release of hostages. Unfortunately for the jesters, the enemy did sometimes ‘kill…

December 10, 2019
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Detecting Different: How the CIA Caught a Spy

Aldrich Ames became famous for being a “slob” American spy, easily caught and convicted once suspected. (Source: FBI) Spoiler alert, WBUR News ran a story called “Can A Computer Catch A Spy?” that centers on this false premise: Grimes suspected [Aldrich Ames] for a reason no algorithm would have divined: He just seemed different. I call BS on this. Not only are algorithms incredibly able to divine different, they’re fast…

December 9, 2019
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Do Children Inherently Distrust Technology?

American children playing in a field by destroying a familiar piece of technology A researcher in America has posed a theory that children distrust technology because it is presented in an unfamiliar format to them: Danovitch’s theory as to why kids behave this way is that the idea of voice assistants—and by extension, the internet—is amorphous and hard to grasp. If you’re a child who thinks there’s a tiny woman…

December 6, 2019
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CIA History and Birth of Modern American Information Warfare

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) use of information warfare is often discussed and sometimes cited, yet is not clearly linked to any present day authorization regarding “cyber” active-defence (offense). The intelligence community is potentially in competition with the military over hacking capabilities, particularly in cases outside the U.S. government’s own systems. Perhaps an investigation of history would help here. The clandestine nature of any ongoing missions makes examples difficult to…

December 4, 2019
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Russia’s Big New Exports: Mercenaries and Election Tampering

The Moscow Times reports that Russia is on track to become the global leader in exports of low-cost mercenaries and election tampering. Wagner, a “businessman” working for Russia’s President, is dumping large numbers of low-quality talent at low-cost in Mozambique (as well as several other countries) to undercut local experts in the field: Gartner said he had proposed to bring around 50 highly qualified experts to Mozambique at a cost…

December 4, 2019
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Lithuania Under Attack in Information War on NATO

Useful analysis of information warfare attacks on NATO can be found in the breakdown of a campaign in Lithuania. “Eugenijus Lastauskas, head of the Lithuanian military’s Strategic Communication Department” is quoted in DefenseOne: September 26 & 27 operatives hack kasvyksta.lt, a genuine news organization, to post a fake story as training for a bigger attack in October October 17 operators again hack kasvyksta.lt to post a false story about purported…

December 4, 2019
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4MP Night Color Vision Cameras to Replace IR

Fundamentally I see artificial light at night as a form of pollution. It makes me cringe whenever I fly over cities at night all lit up like a garbage dump of lumens. Clear vision in low light seems like exactly the sort of thing that technology could solve at scale the right way (enhance human vision to see dark as day) and improve the world in so many ways, when…

November 29, 2019
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Popular Alabama County Sheriff Assassinated

Five on-duty law enforcement officers have killed in Alabama by gunfire this year, which carries a death penalty. Such a penalty not only proves to be no deterrent, in the latest killing the suspect was in no danger when he assassinated an extremely popular Sheriff and later just walked into custody with the gun in his hand. Sheriffs are essentially a political position. In this case the Sheriff’s political position…

November 27, 2019
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