Saturday, 17 February 2018

CYBER Blockchain Week 6: Confessions of a Bitcoin sceptic – TechnoLlama

Confessions of a Bitcoin sceptic – TechnoLlama: "While blockchain hype has been increasing, some scepticism started seeping in. Many projects that started out as blockchain ended up implementing different technologies, this is because institutions thinking of developing a blockchain face time constraints, barriers to adoption, and sheer complexity. More interestingly, of 26,000 blockchain projects listed in the open source repository GitHub in 2016, only 8% survive to this day.

 Perhaps the most scathing and interesting attack against blockchain hype has come from Kai Stinchcombe, who made a lot of waves by pointing out that in ten years the practical uses for the blockchain have been minimal, or even non-existent. While I disagree with the categorical statement, he does a good job of dissecting various case studies in favour of the blockchain, and finds them wanting.

Another fantastic critic of blockchain hype and Bitcoin in general is David Gerard, with his awesome book “Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain“." 'via Blog this'

Colloquium on Fake News and Disinformation Online 27 February

Colloquium on Fake News and Disinformation Online | Digital Single Market: "Since last November, the Commission has been consulting numerous stakeholders on the issue of fake news and online disinformation in order to define a strategy to tackle this phenomenon.

Given the high public interest, DG Connect has decided to organize a Colloquium on Fake News and Disinformation Online to allow the interested parties to contribute further to the ongoing discussions that will feed into a Communication in spring 2018.

The Colloquium is intended to fine-tune the scope of the fake news issue in complement to the public consultation and the work of the High Level Expert Group. The key outcomes of this Colloquium will enrich the Commission's reflection on this highly complex issue. 27 February 2018, 15:00 – 18:00" 'via Blog this'

Friday, 16 February 2018

Copyright: Anger at Google image search 'peace deal' - BBC News

Anger at Google image search 'peace deal' - BBC News: "As part of its agreement with Getty Images, the "view image" button has been removed.

While it is still easy for people to download an image, people are now encouraged to trawl through the website it appears on to find it.

Google said the change would "help connect users and useful websites".

Critics said the change made Google Images harder to use
It also removed the "search by image" button, which was an easy way of finding larger copies of photographs.

Getty Images said Google had also agreed to display image copyright information more prominently next to results." 'via Blog this'

Thursday, 15 February 2018

JUST Newsroom - Facebook, Google and Twitter accept to change their terms of services to make them customer-friendly and compliant with EU rules - European Commission

JUST Newsroom - Facebook, Google and Twitter accept to change their terms of services to make them customer-friendly and compliant with EU rules - European Commission: "Today they publish the changes Facebook, Twitter and Google+ made to their terms of services, to align them with the EU consumer protection rules and to ensure the rapid removal of illegal commercial content upon notification.

These changes will benefit more than a quarter billion of EU consumers who use social media. They come as the result of a joint action by national enforcers of the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) Network led by the French authorities and facilitated by the Commission, which started at the end of 2016." 'via Blog this'

Week 5 Surveillance - The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 - YouTube

UKNOF39 - The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 - YouTube: "The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 is the biggest change to the UK's surveillance law framework in 15 years.

Neil will explain the changes, and set out the current position in terms of obligations which can be imposed on telecommunications operators." 'via Blog this'

CYBER WEEK 11: Will Democracy Survive Big Data and Artificial Intelligence? - Scientific American

Will Democracy Survive Big Data and Artificial Intelligence? - Scientific American: "We are in the middle of a technological upheaval that will transform the way society is organized. We must make the right decisions now" 'via Blog this'

Union action 2018 : University of Sussex

Union action 2018 : University of Sussex: "The strike action is expected to take place over 14 days, starting from Thursday 22 February.

The dates for industrial action are:

Week 3 - Thursday 22 and Friday 23 February (two days)

Week 4 - Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 February (three days)

Week 5 - Monday 5, Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 March (four days)

Week 6 - Monday 12, Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14, Thursday 15 and Friday 16 March (five days)

The University recognises the rights of staff to take lawful industrial action" 'via Blog this'