Thursday, April 12, 2018

Better security?
Major web browsers will support web-based fingerprint, facial authentication
“The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the entity that maintains the standards used across the internet, said on Monday, April 9, that Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla signed on to support web-based technology for biometric authentication. In other words, Chrome, Edge, and Firefox will soon support signing into online accounts using fingerprint scanners, voice authentication, facial recognition, and so on without additional software. The support for biometric logins stems from the Web Authentication (WebAuthn) standard submitted by the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance, another consortium focused on security solutions. It defines how browsers can utilize a component built into web pages that can access biometric-based hardware without any additional software or browser plugins installed on the user’s machine. Moreover, WebAuthn supports FIDO’s Client to Authenticator Protocol (CTAP). This specification enables an external device, such as a security key or smartphone, to authenticate an account or service through USB, Bluetooth, or NFC connectivity. Thus, if your desktop or laptop doesn’t include a fingerprint scanner or infrared camera, an external device could work as a substitute...”

Tools for personal Privacy.
Latest update to Privacy Badger brings a new onboarding process and other improvements
The new onboarding process will make Privacy Badger easier to use and understand. These latest changes are just some of the many improvements EFF has made to the project, with more to come! Privacy Badger was created with the objective of protecting users from third-party tracking across the web—all users. To do this, Privacy Badger needed a couple of key features:
  • The ability to catch sneaky trackers without completely breaking your browsing experience when possible.
  • Simple to use and understand.
Privacy Badger uses heuristics, meaning it observes and learns who is tracking you rather than maintaining a manual list of trackers. Even if there is a third-party tracker that is rather unknown, or new, Privacy Badger will see that tracker. If your Privacy Badger sees the tracker three times, it will block that tracker so you don’t have to wait for someone to eventually update that list. It’s also a matter of trust—Privacy Badger blocks by behavior and not by a third-party controlled list that might be sold to advertisers. Second, we try to make Privacy Badger simple and informative. Your Privacy Badger learns on its own and displays a badge showing how many trackers it has seen. If it breaks a website’s functionality, you can quickly disable Privacy Badger on that site…”

Are you keeping score?
Transcript of Zuckerberg’s appearance before House committee

Perspective. If a disease is rare, doctors need a tool like this to ensure they catch it. Doctors already rely on experts for skills like reading x-rays, why not trust machines when diagnosis relies on simple measurements?
AI software that helps doctors diagnose like specialists is approved by FDA
For the first time, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved an artificial intelligence diagnostic device that doesn’t need a specialized doctor to interpret the results. The software program, called IDx-DR, can detect a form of eye disease by looking at photos of the retina.
It works like this: A nurse or doctor uploads photos of the patient’s retina taken with a special retinal camera. The IDx-DR software algorithm first indicates whether the image uploaded is high-quality enough to get a result. Then, it analyzes the images to determine whether the patient does or does not have diabetic retinopathy, a form of eye disease where too much blood sugar damages the blood vessels in the back of the eye. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common vision complication for people with diabetes, but is still fairly rare — there are about 200,00 cases per year.

Gee. It sounded like such a good idea.
Anti-Trafficking Bill May Endanger The Lives of Sex Workers
On Wednesday, President Trump signed House Resolution 1865, commonly known under the acronym FOSTA, or Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. The bill makes websites liable for what users say and do on their platforms, and gives federal and state prosecutors and attorney generals greater power to prosecute, in criminal and civil court, sites they believe are hosting sex trafficking ads.
Many advocacy groups have come forward to denounce the bill for undermining essential internet freedoms and endangering the lives of consensual sex workers.
On Friday, before the bill had gone into effect, Representative Mimi Walters tweeted that, “Thanks to #FOSTA with my #SESTA Amendment the Department of Justice has seized and affiliated websites that have knowingly facilitated the sale of underage minors for commercial sex.”
Counter to this claim, however, is the indictment that shows Backpage owners and staff have not been charged with trafficking, but rather with money laundering, and violation of the Travel Act for facilitating prostitution.
For many advocates, the distinction between trafficking and consensual sex work is conflated in this bill, creating dangerous situations for those engaged in sexual labor. By taking away relatively affordable advertising platforms for the sex trade that allow participants the time and agency to vet clients, the bill may, in fact, force sex workers to solicit unvetted clients on the streets and rely on pimps for safety.

Better student presentations?
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