La omnipresencia de los algoritmos en la vida cotidiana y en los grandes saltos de la tecnología – El Mostrador

En el siglo XXI, procesos como encontrar pareja, trabajo, reconocer rostros, tomar fotos, construir -y manejar- autos y enviar emails, entre otros servicios entregados por aplicaciones móviles, se basan también en el uso de algoritmos. Y Chile no está ajeno al avance científico y matemático en torno a ellos.

Fuente: La omnipresencia de los algoritmos en la vida cotidiana y en los grandes saltos de la tecnología – El Mostrador


Las empresas fallan en informar a los usuarios de Internet sobre cómo afectan sus derechos humanos | R3D: Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales

Las empresas de telecomunicaciones, Internet y entornos móviles del mundo no revelan suficiente información a los usuarios sobre sus prácticas que afectan la libertad de expresión y el derecho a la privacidad, concluye el Índice de Responsabilidad Corporativa 2017 de la iniciativa Ranking Digital Rights (RDR).

Fuente: Las empresas fallan en informar a los usuarios de Internet sobre cómo afectan sus derechos humanos | R3D: Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales


Seis plataformas alternativas a YouTube con las que puedes hacer dinero monetizando videos – El Mostrador

La plataforma de Google cada vez pone más restricciones a sus usuarios y creadores de contenido que ganan dinero en la plataforma. Pero existen otros sitios en internet para compartir videos. En BBC Mundo te explicamos cómo funcionan algunos de ellos.

Fuente: Seis plataformas alternativas a YouTube con las que puedes hacer dinero monetizando videos – El Mostrador


Vibrator maker ordered to pay out C$4m for tracking users’ sexual activity | Technology | The Guardian

Canadian manufacturer We-Vibe collected data about temperature and vibration intensity, revealing intimate information without customers’ knowledge

Fuente: Vibrator maker ordered to pay out C$4m for tracking users’ sexual activity | Technology | The Guardian


With the latest WikiLeaks revelations about the CIA – is privacy really dead? | World news | The Guardian

Both the Snowden revelations and the CIA leak highlight the variety of creative techniques intelligence agencies can use to spy on individuals, at a time when many of us are voluntarily giving up our personal data to private companies and installing so-called “smart” devices with microphones (smart TVs, Amazon Echo) in our homes.So, where does this leave us? Is privacy really dead, as Silicon Valley luminaries such as Mark Zuckerberg have previously declared?

Fuente: With the latest WikiLeaks revelations about the CIA – is privacy really dead? | World news | The Guardian


I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it | Tim Berners-Lee | Technology | The Guardian

It has taken all of us to build the web we have, and now it is up to all of us to build the web we want – for everyone

Fuente: I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it | Tim Berners-Lee | Technology | The Guardian


From sweaters to suits: the evolution of Silicon Valley CEO style | Fashion | The Guardian

Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel wore a sharp suit for his company’s IPO – a far cry from the relaxed look we’ve come to expect from tech entrepreneurs

Fuente: From sweaters to suits: the evolution of Silicon Valley CEO style | Fashion | The Guardian


¿Qué hacen las páginas de citas online para proteger a sus usuarios? – El Mostrador

Las autoridades advierten de que el fraude en las webs de citas está aumentando. La pregunta es: ¿cómo protegen estos portales a sus miembros?

Fuente: ¿Qué hacen las páginas de citas online para proteger a sus usuarios? – El Mostrador


Greyball: how Uber used secret software to dodge the law | Technology | The Guardian

Officials attempting to hail an Uber during a sting operation were “greyballed” – they might see icons of cars within the app navigating nearby, but no one would come pick them up. The program helped Uber drivers avoid being ticketed.

Fuente: Greyball: how Uber used secret software to dodge the law | Technology | The Guardian


Mark Zuckerberg says change the world, yet he sets the rules | Carole Cadwalladr | Opinion | The Guardian

one response to his letter is to think it’s inspiring, touching, even, that there’s a billionaire out there who wants to build an “infrastructure”, a word he uses 24 times, that “prevents harm, helps during crises and rebuilds afterwards”.But here’s another response: where does that power end? Who holds it to account? What are the limits on it? Because the answer is there are none. Facebook’s power and dominance, its knowledge of every aspect of its users’ intimate lives, its ability to manipulate their – our – world view, its limitless ability to generate cash, is already beyond the reach of any government.

Fuente: Mark Zuckerberg says change the world, yet he sets the rules | Carole Cadwalladr | Opinion | The Guardian


Estonia, la diminuta república báltica que pasó de ser un satélite soviético a convertirse en la meca tecnológica de Europa – El Mostrador

Conocida como el “Silicon Valley europeo”, Estonia fue el primer país del mundo en instaurar el voto por internet en unas elecciones generales. Y esa es sólo una de las razones por las que es considerada una de las sociedades digitales más avanzadas del planeta.

Fuente: Estonia, la diminuta república báltica que pasó de ser un satélite soviético a convertirse en la meca tecnológica de Europa – El Mostrador


Russia hacked the US election. Now it’s coming for western democracy | Robby Mook | Opinion | The Guardian

We have to take action now to root out Russian and other foreign influences before they become too deeply enmeshed in our political ecosystem. First and foremost, leaders in the US and Europe must stop any attempt by the Trump administration to ease sanctions on Russia. It must be abundantly clear that attacking our elections through cyberspace will prompt a tough and proportional response.

Fuente: Russia hacked the US election. Now it’s coming for western democracy | Robby Mook | Opinion | The Guardian


Empresas tecnológicas denuncian decreto antiinmigración de Trump ante la justicia

Varias decenas de empresas tecnológicas, incluidas Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft y Twitter, presentaron la noche del domingo un documento legal ante la justicia de Estados Unidos contra el decreto antiinmigración del presidente Donald Trump.

Fuente: Empresas tecnológicas denuncian decreto antiinmigración de Trump ante la justicia


The Observer view on artificial intelligence | Observer editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

This means that the move towards an algorithmically driven society also represents a radical power-shift, away from citizens and consumers and towards a smallish number of powerful, pathologically secretive technology companies, whose governing philosophy seems to be that they should know everything about us, but that we should know as little as possible about their operations.

Fuente: The Observer view on artificial intelligence | Observer editorial | Opinion | The Guardian


Is technology smart enough to fix the fake news frenzy? | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian

The debate about “fake news” and the “post-truth” society we now supposedly inhabit has become the epistemological version of a feeding frenzy: so much heat, so little light. Two things about it are particularly infuriating. The first is the implicit assumption that “truth” is somehow a straightforward thing and our problem is that we just can’t be bothered any more to find it. The second is the failure to appreciate that the profitability, if not the entire business model, of both Google and Facebook depends critically on them not taking responsibility for what passes through their servers. So hoping that these companies will somehow fix the problem is like persuading turkeys to look forward to Christmas.

Fuente: Is technology smart enough to fix the fake news frenzy? | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian


Russian cybersecurity experts suspected of treason linked to CIA | World news | The Guardian

Two of Moscow’s top cybersecurity officials are facing treason charges for cooperating with the CIA, according to a Russian news report.The accusations add further intrigue to a mysterious scandal that has had the Moscow rumour mill working in overdrive for the past week, and comes not long after US intelligence accused Russia of interfering in the US election and hacking the Democratic party’s servers.

Fuente: Russian cybersecurity experts suspected of treason linked to CIA | World news | The Guardian


How much can I help you? Alexa’s voice recognition skills tested – video | Life and style | The Guardian

With voice recognition software being used in household products, Dr Hannah Fry explores how it works – and what the future might bring.

Fuente: How much can I help you? Alexa’s voice recognition skills tested – video | Life and style | The Guardian


Popular Selfie App Sending User Data to China, Researchers Say

The code instructs users’ phones to send a large amount of data back to China, and possibly around the world.That information that could potentially be used to spy on users and their communications.

Fuente: Popular Selfie App Sending User Data to China, Researchers Say


Por un populismo digital / Blog AGETIC

no es falso considerar hoy en día que todos estos datos que proveemos a los gigantes de la economía digital en cada uno de nuestros actos digitales (simplemente, por ejemplo, desplazándonos con un teléfono geolocalizado), y que nos revenden luego bajo la forma de servicios diversos, constituye una de las expoliaciones del bien del pueblo más espectacular de la Historia.

Fuente: Por un populismo digital / Blog AGETIC


How two congressmen created the internet’s biggest names | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian

The key sentence in the clause that they eventually drafted read: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”Sign up to the new-look Media Briefing: bigger, better, brighterRead moreThis single sentence provided the legal underpinning for how the world wide web has evolved.

Fuente: How two congressmen created the internet’s biggest names | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian


Young Russian denies she aided election hackers: ‘I never work with douchebags’ | World news | The Guardian

Alisa Shevchenko is a talented young Russian hacker, known for working with companies to find vulnerabilities in their systems. She is also, the White House claims, guilty of helping Vladimir Putin interfere in the US election.

Fuente: Young Russian denies she aided election hackers: ‘I never work with douchebags’ | World news | The Guardian


El monopolio del roaming en Chile – El Mostrador

“Lamentablemente, en Chile y Latinoamérica aún no hay señales de que el roaming vaya a desaparecer, principalmente debido a falta de voluntad política y de los países en la región para llegar a un acuerdo beneficioso para todos. Sin embargo, sí hay opciones de avanzar. Como paso previo, son prioritarios los cambios normativos que resulten en tarifas sustancialmente menores para los usuarios. Esto pasa por una política de Estado para fijar un límite y, desde luego, se necesitan alianzas entre todos los países de la región y el trabajo conjunto de las operadoras para terminar con estos precios absurdos”.

Fuente: El monopolio del roaming en Chile – El Mostrador


Apple, Google and Others at Trump Tech Summit Have Stashed $560 Billion in Profits Overseas

So while some among the technology industry made muted sounds about refusing to attend a summit with someone who so flagrantly violates tech’s supposed values, they were never going to follow through: Trump is worth far much too much money to them.

Fuente: Apple, Google and Others at Trump Tech Summit Have Stashed $560 Billion in Profits Overseas


A cellphone is no substitute for a midwife, African tech prodigy warns | World news | The Guardian

Since the information platform launched in 2012 the young entrepreneur has been heralded as a saviour of Cameroon’s mothers and children, but he is very clear that a mobile phone can never replace a midwife. Nor should governments stop investing in energy infrastructure because people are using solar lanterns, or stop supporting teachers because children are learning with ebooks.

Fuente: A cellphone is no substitute for a midwife, African tech prodigy warns | World news | The Guardian


Could online shopping habits be used to predict mental illness?

Could our online banking transactions be used to predict a breakdown in our psychological health? An influential new charity believes the fintech industry, with support from the UK government, could use big data to break the link between mental illness and financial crisis.

Fuente: Could online shopping habits be used to predict mental illness?


Adult Friend Finder and Penthouse hacked in largest personal data breach on record

Over 412m accounts from pornography sites and sex hookup service reportedly leaked as Friend Finder Networks suffers second hack in just over a year

Fuente: Adult Friend Finder and Penthouse hacked in largest personal data breach on record


China’s new cybersecurity law sparks fresh censorship and espionage fears | World news | The Guardian

Legislation raises concerns foreign companies may need to hand over intellectual property and help security agencies in return for market access

Fuente: China’s new cybersecurity law sparks fresh censorship and espionage fears | World news | The Guardian


Invasion of the troll armies: ‘Social media where the war goes on’ | Media | The Guardian

Governments all over the world are manipulating social media for their own ends. That’s where the digital footsoldiers come in – smearing opponents, spreading disinformation and posting fake texts for ‘pocket money’

Fuente: Invasion of the troll armies: ‘Social media where the war goes on’ | Media | The Guardian


When the FBI Has a Phone It Can’t Crack, It Calls These Israeli Hackers

just as Apple has come to be seen as a warrior for digital protection and privacy against overreaching government surveillance, Cellebrite is emerging as its law-and-order counterpart, endeavoring to build tools to break through the barriers Apple and other phone makers erect to protect data.

Fuente: When the FBI Has a Phone It Can’t Crack, It Calls These Israeli Hackers


South African Spy Company Used by Gadaffi Touts its NSA-Like Capabilities

In a 2016 pamphlet produced by VASTech SA Pty Ltd., the company outlines its current capabilities for governments, militaries, and law enforcement agencies around the world, claiming it can conduct “passive detection” of communications transmitted from satellites, fix-and-mobile phones, and fiber optic cable.

Fuente: South African Spy Company Used by Gadaffi Touts its NSA-Like Capabilities


DDoS attack that disrupted internet was largest of its kind in history, experts say | Technology | The Guardian

The cyber-attack that brought down much of America’s internet last week was caused by a new weapon called the Mirai botnet and was likely the largest of its kind in history, experts said.

Fuente: DDoS attack that disrupted internet was largest of its kind in history, experts say | Technology | The Guardian


Spies for Hire

While cybersecurity companies traditionally aim to ensure that the code in software and hardware is free of flaws — mistakes that malicious hackers can take advantage of — DarkMatter, according to sources familiar with the company’s activities, was trying to find and exploit these flaws in order to install malware. DarkMatter could take over a nearby surveillance camera or cellphone and basically do whatever it wanted with it — conduct surveillance, interfere with or change any electronic messages it emitted, or block the signals entirely.

Fuente: Spies for Hire


Social media: Challenging the jihadi narrative

Mr Arshad is one of a growing group of digital media stars who use YouTube videos, Facebook posts, tweets, photos and standup comedy to counter the barrage of extremist propaganda online — particularly from social media-savvy terrorist groups such as Isis. His YouTube series, which tackles issues facing Muslim youth in London, has been watched more than 73m times. One video, “I’m a Muslim, not a terrorist” has been screened in more than 100 schools around the UK by the police.

Fuente: Social media: Challenging the jihadi narrative


Mark Zuckerberg and philanthropy: it’s not like it was in Rockefeller’s day | Evgeny Morozov | Opinion | The Guardian

Mark Zuckerberg has ploughed funds into health and education but there’s a fine line between philanthropy and speculation

Fuente: Mark Zuckerberg and philanthropy: it’s not like it was in Rockefeller’s day | Evgeny Morozov | Opinion | The Guardian


Ex-Yahoo Employee: Government Spy Program Could Have Given a Hacker Access to All Email

Contrary to a denial by Yahoo and a report by the New York Times, the company’s scanning program, revealed earlier this week by Reuters, provided the government with a custom-built back door into the company’s mail service — and it was so sloppily installed that it posed a privacy hazard for hundreds of millions of users, according to a former Yahoo employee with knowledge of the company’s security practices.

Fuente: Ex-Yahoo Employee: Government Spy Program Could Have Given a Hacker Access to All Email


Peer to peer insurers go back to the future — FT.com

some people in the industry are asking whether these companies really have an innovative strategy, or just a modern twist on the centuries-old concept of pooling risk.Although all of them have different business models, there are some common themes. Most tend to put their customers (along with most of their premiums) into small groups, or pools. The money in each pool is used to pay its members’ claims.

Fuente: Peer to peer insurers go back to the future — FT.com


Yahoo email surveillance: who approved the secret scanning program? | Technology | The Guardian

By what legal authority do the National Security Agency and the FBI ask Yahoo to search its users’ emails? Neither the government nor the tech company would say, after Reuters first reported on Tuesday that Yahoo “secretly built a custom software program” it used on behalf of the NSA and CIA to scan customer emails.

Fuente: Yahoo email surveillance: who approved the secret scanning program? | Technology | The Guardian


Yahoo may have let the government spy on emails. Now will we embrace encryption? | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian

Finally, Yahoo’s possible betrayal of its users is another example of why whistleblowers and leaks to the press are so important. The US government considers this type of surveillance “legal” even though it shocks the conscience of many ordinary Americans and dozens of civil liberties groups have been attempting to have courts rule it illegal for years.

Fuente: Yahoo may have let the government spy on emails. Now will we embrace encryption? | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian


Yahoo secretly monitored emails on behalf of the US government – report | Technology | The Guardian

Yahoo last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by US intelligence officials, sources have told Reuters.The company complied with a classified US government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency (NSA) or FBI, said two former employees and a third person who knew about the programme.

Fuente: Yahoo secretly monitored emails on behalf of the US government – report | Technology | The Guardian


FBI Says Edward Snowden Is Reason Companies Are Resisting Handing Over Phone Records

Companies became more resistant to the FBI’s collection of their customers’ information following revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, according to an inspector general report released Thursday.

Fuente: FBI Says Edward Snowden Is Reason Companies Are Resisting Handing Over Phone Records


In the age of the algorithm, the human gatekeeper is back | Technology | The Guardian

The rise of algorithms has been relentless, but we need human input in our world of technological innovations

Fuente: In the age of the algorithm, the human gatekeeper is back | Technology | The Guardian


A Walking Tour of New York’s Massive Surveillance Network

In her book, Burrington, a writer and artist, has sketched the pieces of the internet that are visible on and above the streets of the city, and has explained the business interests and politicking behind their installation. Her book is designed to make the internet tangible

Fuente: A Walking Tour of New York’s Massive Surveillance Network


Love me Tinder – tales from the frontline of modern dating | Life and style | The Guardian

Modern love is digitised. Letters and unrequited love have been replaced with modern iterations (saucy pictures and ghosting). You do not go on blind dates, you go on dates with people whose best photos you deem, at best, attractive and, at worst, passable. No one asks each other out in person any more, probably.

Fuente: Love me Tinder – tales from the frontline of modern dating | Life and style | The Guardian