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USDA Is Forcing Its Researchers to Label Their Peer-Reviewed Studies as Only ‘Preliminary’

The peer review process for scientific publications is a tedious and trusted mechanism by which papers are determined credible sources of information or not. While “peer reviewed” isn’t synonymous with conclusive, it’s long been a stamp of approval for other scientists and the public to weed out low-quality research.…

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Porn Regulators Powerless Against Horny British Teens

On Wednesday, the UK government announced that starting July 15, porn providers online would be required to roll out age verification systems on their websites, only allowing those 18 and older to access their content. But one should not underestimate the will of the horny—porn, uh, finds a way, and adult content…

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Google Pulls Selfie App With Over 50 Million Downloads for Secretly Clicking Ads

Six apps have reportedly been removed from the Google Play Store after a Buzzfeed investigation found that they were involved in ad fraud. The apps, which were all tied to Chinese app developer DU Group, were fraudulently clicking on ads and didn’t disclose to users that they were sending their data to China.

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The Internet Is About to Get Less Horny and That Sucks

The UK government is going to remarkably puritanical lengths to make sure the youth can’t look at online fucking. On July 15, porn companies will be required to have age-verification systems to make sure that anyone consuming their content online is 18 or older. If they don’t implement these checks on their websites,…

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Tech Executives Deleted Their Blog Posts Addressing Sexual Misconduct Allegations

A Buzzfeed report published on Tuesday illustrates that in the not-so-distant aftermath of sexual misconduct allegations, tech executives can still land some pretty sweet gigs. Their professional setbacks were fleeting, and as details buried in the report indicate, so were some of their apologies.

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‘Automated Racism’: Chinese Police Are Reportedly Using AI to Identify Minority Faces

Facial recognition technology can target entire populations of a specific demographic, and in the wrong hands, can be used as a powerful tool for discrimination. In China, this isn’t a cautionary tale, it’s already happening.

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Public Wi-Fi Kiosks in the UK Are Turning Into Public Censorship Machines

A telecommunications company, free Wi-Fi service, police departments, and local councils in the UK have developed and deployed a new system that aims to identify suspicious behavior on free Wi-Fi kiosks in the nation and then automatically block related calls.

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New Bill Aims To Hold Tech Companies Accountable For Their Shitty Algorithms

Over the years, tech companies have found a convenient scapegoat for some of their most egregious mistakes in a voiceless part of their operations—their algorithms. But a bill introduced on Wednesday seeks to effectively prevent these automated systems from being an acceptable excuse for bias, unintended or not.

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Police Respond to 911 Burglary Call, Guns Drawn—Turns Out to Be a Roomba

On Tuesday afternoon, police in Oregon received a 911 call claiming someone had locked themselves in the bathroom, according to a Facebook post from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. According to the law enforcement department, several police officers responded to the call, surrounded the house, commanded the…

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