Facebook moderators ‘keep child abuse online’
Jul17

Facebook moderators ‘keep child abuse online’

. Reuters Graphic videos showing children being abused remain on Facebook despite numerous requests to have them removed, an undercover film has suggested. Moderators also do not remove posts that violate hate speech and routinely ignore posts from children who may be under-age. The allegations are made in a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary. Facebook said mistakes had been made and the staff involved had been “retrained”....

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The cameras that know if you’re happy – or a threat
Jul17

The cameras that know if you’re happy – or a threat

. Affectiva . Affectiva says its algorithms can detect hidden emotions in facial expressions Facial recognition tech is becoming more sophisticated, with some firms claiming it can even read our emotions and detect suspicious behaviour. But what implications does this have for privacy and civil liberties? Facial recognition tech has been around for decades, but it has been progressing in leaps and bounds in recent years due to...

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Lift-off for Scotland: Sutherland to host first UK spaceport
Jul16

Lift-off for Scotland: Sutherland to host first UK spaceport

. Perfect Circle . Artwork: This is what a Scottish spaceport could look like in the early 2020s A remote, boggy stretch of land on the north coast of Scotland is likely to become the UK’s first spaceport. The A’Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland has been chosen as the most suitable place from which to launch rockets vertically to put satellites in orbit. The UK Space Agency is giving Highlands and Islands Enterprise £2.5m...

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Ghanaian boys use cassavas to generate electricity
Jul15

Ghanaian boys use cassavas to generate electricity

Ghanaian brothers James and Kwesi Ansah have come up with a novel way to use waste generated from cassavas. They use the root vegetables to create electricity that can power radios and mobile phones in their village in eastern Ghana. A BBC Africa One Minute Story by Favour Nunoo

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NHS still reliant on ‘archaic’ fax machines
Jul15

NHS still reliant on ‘archaic’ fax machines

. . . Doctors are using old-fashioned fax machines to communicate Hospitals are still reliant on “archaic” fax machines with thousands still in use, a survey shows. Senior doctors said the continued use of the outdated technology was “ludicrous”, and modern forms of communication were urgently needed. The poll, by the Royal College of Surgeons using freedom of information laws, revealed nearly 9,000 fax...

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Facebook will not remove fake news – but will ‘demote’ it
Jul14

Facebook will not remove fake news – but will ‘demote’ it

. Reuters Facebook says it will not remove fake news from its platform because it does not violate its community standards. The social network is currently running an advertising campaign in the UK that declares “fake news is not our friend”. But it said publishers often had “very different points of view” and removing fabricated posts would be “contrary to the basic principles of free speech”....

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