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Machine Learning and Mass Manipulation

  • June 15, 2021
  • Heather Ferg

What are the consequences when machine learning techniques are brought to bear on the individual? Not only is large scale manipulation possible, it can be achieved with relative ease. By manipulating what people are exposed to, content providers can achieve…

The Algorithms Shaping Our World

  • May 15, 2021
  • Heather Ferg

Machine learning is supplementing or replacing human decision making in virtually all sectors of society. Law, medicine, education, insurance, banking, advertising, communication, dating. The list goes on. Netflix Recommendation Engine filters content and makes recommendations for subscribers. Google Street View…

Machine Learning: Privacy in Processing

  • April 15, 2021
  • Heather Ferg

Machine learning is shaping our society. It is used virtually everywhere. Simply living modern life has created an explosion of data. Improvements in processing capabilities allow for unprecedented levels of analysis. Machine learning is a core component of artificial intelligence….

Apple’s New iOS to End Invisible Tracking

  • March 31, 2021
  • Heather Ferg

We are tracked. All day, every day. We are tracked so that data brokers can learn what we are susceptible to and refine how to profit from exploiting what they know about us. The nature of this tracking is about…

An Affront to Privacy: Clearview AI in Canada

  • February 14, 2021
  • Heather Ferg

Clearview AI scraped billions of photos from the internet and turned them into a powerful facial recognition tool used by at least 30 Canadian law enforcement agencies. Earlier this month, Canadian privacy officials released a report of their investigation into…

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