• Copyrighting Copywrongs Caused By Notice+Notice – DMCA Bots

    Maybe it is time to fix the AI that is throwing random infringement notices at every IP out there for content that is readily available on Netflix and Amazon (to name a few). Users are being told to take down things they have zero control over (i.e. streaming services). In spite of the 2019 reform in the notice and notice regime, notices keep giving away an extortionary feel, hinting at possible settlements for stuff that everyone is already paying for. Moreover, these notices give zero possibility to users to respond and provide an immediate good-faith defense. The most honest of users are treated like infringers, are told to inform everyone…

  • Back To Square One

    Any pattern that repeats and replicates itself consistently for 400 years is an automated process, in that it is easy to predict, and correspondingly lends itself to algorithmic de-automation. In other words, the more rigid the stereotypes, the more replaceable the human. I wouldn’t waste my time re-educating anyone.

  • Augmented Reality Art Exhibitions

    (developing feature) The pandemic has transformed our ways to consume and engage with art. New art exhibition models emerge as new forms of public art evolve outside of the usual museums and arts institutions. In recent years, works including a virtual reality component have regularly been displayed in exhibitions in ways that obey traditional institutional structures. One compelling example is Marina Abramovic’ virtual reality performance on climate change. Immersive technologies like augmented reality (the juxtaposition of virtual and physical worlds) change the ways art is presented and make possible new forms of exchange for audiences who are no longer willing to travel. Art curators speculate that these new modes of…

  • Cassie: One Giant Leap For Robotkind

    (sorry, I just had to steal the allegory… ) Cassie the robot completed its first 5K run In 53min on a single battery charge. Watch it here. It could qualify as cringy. https://robbreport.com/gear/electronics/robot-runs-5k-in-53-minutes-1234627129/ I am looking forward to Robot Olympics 2028, dramatic gymnastics category.

  • Indica Records Cyber-Phishing Upgraded

    I don’t know why the Indica label is so popular among incompetent cyber-criminals. Even Desjardins impersonators are not that persistent, but here we go again. It is important to keep in mind that this can happen to any business. Every website out there can be used as a front to commit phishing and other attacks, with or without cyber-squatting, most of the time without the knowledge and consent of site admins. The less tech-savvy a business, the more vulnerable it is to have its identity used in this way. While dissecting my latest Indica Records incident, I noticed a new approach of fake ID layering to bypass spam filters (not…

  • Privacy Sandbox By Google: Updated Timeline

    Google has updated the schedule for its introduction of Privacy Sandbox browser technology and the phasing out of third-party cookies, but the dates are not set in stone. The Privacy Sandbox will lay new foundations for a safer, more sustainable, and more private web. The goals of the Privacy Sandbox are to: prevent tracking during web-browsing develop privacy-centric alternatives for key online business needs preserve the vitality of an open web. https://www.privacysandbox.com/timeline/ https://www.theregister.com/2021/07/26/google_privacy_sandbox_roadmap/

  • Anonymization Doesn’t Work; Phone-Tracked LGBTQ Priest Resigns

    Anonymization or data minimization is like Santa Claus. You want to believe in it and convince others to believe in it until reality hits and everyone hates you for lying to them. I’ve always wondered whether journalists and media outlets can track users and collect sensitive data on their readers. The answer appears to be an alarming Yes. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/21/technology/phones-location-data.html NYT reports on a really concerning incident of a catholic priest who had to resign after his sexual orientation was exposed by snoopy journalists. How do media outlets know that a reader is using the Grindr app? Data brokers (see below). This is extremely disheartening. I don’t even know where to…

  • Mobile Verification Toolkit To Detect Pegasus Spyware In Personal Devices

    The human rights organization Amnesty International has developed a utility called MVT (Mobile Verification Toolkit) that allows you to identify the Pegasus malware in your device and its source code is available on GitHub.The MVT utility is compatible with Android and iOS, but there are no ready-made solutions for the quick installation of the application. They need to be compiled for a specific device, which can be done only on a computer with Linux or macOS. The utility saves a backup copy of the data from the smartphone on the computer, scans all data and checks if the device is infected with the Pegasus spyware, and informs the user if…

  • Spyware Tracks Journalists And Activists Via Microsoft

    This just in. At least 100 activists, journalists and government dissidents across 10 countries were targeted with spyware produced by Candiru, according to cybersecurity researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, which tracks illegal hacking and surveillance. https://montrealgazette.com/news/world/activists-journalists-targeted-by-israeli-firms-spyware-researchers-say Using a pair of vulnerabilities in Microsoft Corp.’s Windows, cyber operatives operating in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Hungary, Indonesia and elsewhere purchased and installed Candiru’s remote spying software. According to Cristin Goodwin, general manager of Microsoft’s Digital Security Unit, the tool was used in “precision attacks” against targets’ computers, phones, network infrastructure and internet-connected devices,” —————– Being a frequent target of cyber-attacks (like any person in the world who needs to get…