How an authoritarian regime will intercept all internet traffic inside its country

The new president of Kazakhstan is now proving that he will keep the old, oppressive systems alive for the 21st century, using advanced technical tools.The man in the middle: Beginning last week, Kazakhstan’s government is intercepting all HTTPS traffic inside the country, ZDNet reports.

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Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face

Large databases, built with images from social networks and dating services, contain millions of pictures of people’s faces. Some are shared worldwide.

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I, Black Box: Explainable Artificial Intelligence and the Limits of Human Deliberative Processes

“AI has an ‘explainability’ problem. Your algorithm did XYZ, and everyone wants to know why, but because of the way that machine learning works, even its programmers often can’t know why an algorithm reached the outcome that it did. It’s a black box. Now, when you enter the realm of autonomous weapons, and ask, ‘Why did you kill that person,’ the complete lack of an answer simply will not do — morally, legally, or practically.”

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Chinese border guards are putting a surveillance app on tourists’ phones

The spyware gathers everything from text messages to people’s contacts, and also looks for content China considers threatening.The news: An investigation by several publications, including Motherboard, the New York Times, and the Guardian, has uncovered a systematic effort by China to spy on devices carried into Xinjiang.

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