Helping companies prioritize their cybersecurity investments

By securely aggregating sensitive data from cyber-attacks, the SCRAM platform from MIT CSAIL can quantify an organization’s level of security and suggest what to prioritize.

Adam Conner-Simons | MIT CSAIL • mit
Sept. 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: industry policy research cyber-security privacy school-of-engineering computer-science-and-technology sloan-school-of-management technology-and-society computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail security-studies-and-military electrical-engineering-and-computer-science-eecs mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing

The US has lots to lose and little to gain by banning TikTok and WeChat

Banning the Chinese-owned social media platforms raises free speech concerns and could worsen the US-China trade war.

Jeremy Straub, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, North Dakota State University • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: social-media cybersecurity china disinformation gdpr data-privacy technology privacy censorship free-speech authoritarian-regimes tiktok us-china-relations wechat first-amendment dissent dissidents

Facial recognition in schools risks making racism worse

Deploying the use of facial recognition technology in schools "without understanding its implications would be unethical and dangerous," experts argue.

U. Michigan • futurity
Aug. 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: schools bias facial-recognition racism privacy society-and-culture

Cyberspace is critical infrastructure – it will take effective government oversight to make it safe

Self-regulation by the technology industry has failed to keep people safe online. That's a job for government.

Francine Berman, Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute • conversation
Aug. 10, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus internet pandemic online data-protection regulation privacy online-privacy legislation data-protection-regulation cyberspace kirsten-gillibrand privacy-online data-protection-online

Private browsing: What it does – and doesn't do – to shield you from prying eyes on the web

Private mode browsing is a useful way to cover your online tracks. Just don't read too much into the word 'private.'

Hana Habib, Graduate Research Assistant at the Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cybersecurity internet privacy online-privacy web-browsers google-chrome world-wide-web online-ads

Photo tweaks could protect your privacy from algorithms

"It is too late to stop people from posting photos on social media in the interest of digital privacy. However, the reliance on AI is something we can target..."

National University of Singapore • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: social-media artificial-intelligence internet privacy faces science-and-technology photos

Digital contact tracing's mixed record abroad spells trouble for US efforts to rein in COVID-19

Effective national leadership and trust in government appear to be prerequisites for countries to achieve widespread digital contact tracing.

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business, The Fletcher School, Tufts University • conversation
July 6, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic india south-korea covid-19-testing germany privacy contact-tracing smart-phones smart-phone-apps contact-tracing-app digital-contact-tracing data-security covid-19-app

AI could help solve the privacy problems it has created

Artificial intelligence insatiable data needs has encouraged the mass collection of personal data, placing privacy at risk. But AI can help solve the very problem it creates.

Aryya Gangopadhyay, Professor, Information Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
June 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: machine-learning artificial-intelligence data privacy data-security data-collection deep-neural-networks

Workplaces are turning to devices to monitor social distancing, but does the tech respect privacy?

Smartphone apps and wearable devices can tell when workers have been within six feet of each other, promising to help curb the coronavirus. But they're not all the same when it comes to privacy.

Ari Trachtenberg, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, and Computer Science, Boston University • conversation
June 9, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic google apple social-distancing apps privacy contact-tracing wearables contact-tracing-app data-collection workplace employee employer

People think they’re too smart to fall for phishing scams

People tend to think other people are more vulnerable to phishing scams online. But that actually makes you less safe, researchers say.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: internet privacy security society-and-culture crimes

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