To fix the problem of deepfakes we must treat the cause, not the symptoms | Matt Beard

Once technology is released, its like herding cats. Why do we continue to let the tech sector manage its own mess? We havent yet seen a clear frontrunner emerge as the Democratic candidate for the 2020 US election. But Ive been interested in another race the race to see which buzzword is going to be a pivotal issue in political reporting, hot takes and the general political introspection that elections bring. In 2016 it was fake news. Deepfake is shoring …

Twitter wont ruin the world. But constraining democracy would | Kenan Malik

Tech empowering people was once seen as a good thing. Why do some now fear it? Has the retweet ruined the world? Chris Wetherell, the software developer who built Twitters retweet button, 2019 report on news consumption in Britain. It showed the continuing trend of young people abandoning TV news as a source of information. Those over 65 watch 33 minutes of TV news a day. For those aged 16 to 24 that figure falls to just two minutes. Almost …

Aural sex: erotic podcast offers stories to stimulate your ears

Unlike visual pornography, Dipsea is about your imagination, its founders say For the team at Dipsea, a a $1bn-a-year industry in the US, but those require time and commitment in a way that a visit to PornHub does not. There is online written erotica and even online audio erotica, but much of it is user-generated and of variable quality. They knew that in this day and age, plenty of women do find satisfaction in the available erotic content out there, …

Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner review social media storm lit up

Jasmine Lee-Joness play follows an online battle about the Instagram star and tackles racism, misogyny and colourism The lights are still dead when this play opens. A wrapped-up body is dragged on stage and dumped in a grave. This is not the outright murder it seems but the acting out of a digital fantasy. The imagined victim is the titular celebrity. Her virtual killer is Cleo (Danielle Vitalis), who has created a Twitterstorm with threatening messages suggesting ways to kill …

Trumps summit shows he needs the tech giants as much as they need him | Carl Miller

The White House social-media conference showed that big techs power will not be diminished any time soon, says technology writer Carl Miller Yesterday, Donald Trump constellation of people from the world of the alt-right, alternative media and conspiracy theorising. Step into this world, and there is a very different internet waiting to be found. Its one where members of the buzzing subreddit The_Donald call Trump daddy or GEOTUS God Emperor of the United States. One that sees Hillary Clinton at …

Trump violated US constitution by blocking critics on Twitter, federal court rules

First amendment calls for more speech, rather than less, on matters of public concern, federal appeals court says President Donald Trump cant ban critics from his Twitter account, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday, saying the first amendment calls for more speech, rather than less, on matters of public concern. The second US circuit court of appeals in Manhattan upheld a lower court judge who said Trump violates the constitution when he blocks critics. The irony in all of …

The Guardian says it was warned of cyber attacks by Saudi Arabia

London (CNN Business)The Guardian says that it was warned earlier this year about efforts by a cybersecurity unit in Saudi Arabia to “hack” its computer networks. The story published by the Guardian did not say whether any attempts to access its networks had been detected. Representatives of the government of Saudi Arabia did not immediately respond to questions from CNN. But Saudi officials told the Guardian they were “extremely concerned as to the provenance of the documents.” “The kingdom of …

It’s not a robocall: Elizabeth Warren calls supporters to talk issues

The Massachusetts senator has been calling donors to her campaign out of the blue this week, to ask about the issues that concern them Elizabeth Warren supporters who notice a strange phone call coming in from a 617 area code may want to pick up the phone for a change, as the Massachusetts senator has been calling donors to her campaign out of the blue this week. For most candidates, call time means calling wealthy donors and asking for money. …