Myanmar: Time for Meta to pay reparations to Rohingya for role in ethical cleansing - Still nothing done 6 years later, the first thing I show people when they ask me why we should stay away from Big Tech and favour alternative models.

Facebook’s algorithms and Meta’s ruthless pursuit of profit created an echo chamber that helped foment hatred of the Rohingya people and contributed to the conditions which forced the ethnic group to flee Myanmar en masse […]. Even Facebook’s internal studies dating back to 2012 indicated that Meta knew its algorithms could result in serious real-world harms. In 2016, Meta’s own research clearly acknowledged that “our recommendation systems grow the problem” of extremism.

Amnesty International.

The Growing Threat of Cybercrime Law Abuse - A closer look at how cybercrime laws might specifically impact the LGBTQ+ community and activists in the Middle East and North Africa (and the dangerous precedent it sets for all minorities, alt communities and already censored groups).

Such provisions could result in heightened cross-border monitoring and potential repercussions for individuals, leading to torture or even the death penalty in some jurisdictions […]. This opens the door for nations to inadvertently assist in operations that might contradict global human rights norms.

Finished reading: The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche 📚

Reading it again 7 years later. A brilliant guide on the essence of death, the pursuit of perceiving the inner brilliance, and how to use this knowledge to break free from the cycle of existence (saṃsāra).

‘Who Benefits?’ Inside the EU’s Fight over Scanning for Child Sex Content - Very well documented investigation doing a great job following the money and exposing the underlying agenda.

The security and intelligence community have always used issues that scare lawmakers, like children and terrorism, to undermine online privacy.

Ross Anderson, professor of Security Engineering at Cambridge University.

Watching some french political debates today reminded me of this quote by Edward O. Wilson :

The real problem of humanity is the following: We have Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions and godlike technology. And it is terrifically dangerous, and it is now approaching a point of crisis overall.

Recent AI advances ask for a significant shift in our approach to innovation. Historically, our focus was on unleashing technology’s power; now, we must explore ways to contain it, remembering the adage, ‘Just because we can doesn’t mean we should’.

White faces generated by AI are more convincing than photos - Words fail me to express how concerning it is on so many levels, from political deepfakes to ethnic bias and much more.

Somewhat ironically, while humans seem unable to tell apart real faces from those generated by AI, the team developed a machine learning system that can do so with 94% accuracy.

Thought of the day from Pirkei Avot: If I am not for myself, who is for me? But if I am for my own self only, what am I? And if not now, when?

Nepal joins a growing list of countries banning TikTok. - Around 15 countries have now banned the social media giant, whether fully or on government phones, over cybersecurity, data protection and content moderation concerns.

TikTok’s refusal to curb hate content was affecting “social harmony,” the report said, citing the Nepal government. Specifically, Nepal’s officials are apprehensive about TikTok content that is “stoking religious hate, violence and sexual abuse and has led to clashes offline, forcing curfews and the deployment of the police.”

Finished reading: La Conscience Juive by Vladimir Jankélévitch 📚 - Deep thoughts on Judaism being inherently “untranquility” and how it has shaped Jewish identity throughout the ages.