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An academic who created an app which harvested data from 50 million Facebook users says he has been made "a scapegoat" for Facebook and UK firm Cambridge Analytica. Dr Aleksandr Kogan completed work for Cambridge Analytica in 2014, but said he had no idea the data would be used to benefit Donald Trump's US presidential campaign. Facebook says Dr Kogan violated the site's policies. Last night, Alexander Nix, the chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, was suspended, having been secretly filmed by Channel 4 News appearing to suggest the company could use tactics to discredit politicians online. The company says the programme "grossly misrepresented" Mr Nix's conversation.

Cambridge Analytica: Facebook data row academic says he is 'scapegoat'

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An academic who created an app which harvested data from 50 million users says he has been made "a scapegoat" for Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. Dr Aleksandr Kogan completed work for Cambridge Analytica in 2014, but said he had no idea the data would be used to benefit Donald Trump's campaign. The psychology academic said he wanted the data so he could model human behaviour through social media. Facebook says Dr Kogan violated the site's policies. The Cambridge University researcher developed a personality survey called This is Your Digital Life.

Can AI solve the internet's fake news problem? A fact-checker investigates.


You may have noticed: It's a weird time for facts. On one hand, despite the hand-wringing over our post-truth world, facts do still exist. On the other, it's getting really hard to dredge them from the sewers of misinformation, propaganda, and fake news.1 Whether it's virus-laden painkillers, 3 million illegal votes cast in the 2016 presidential election, or a new children's toy called My First Vape, phony dispatches are clogging the internet. Fact-checkers and journalists try their best to surface facts, but there are just too many lies and too few of us. How often the average citizen falls for fake news is unclear.

Using AI To Protect Your Personal Data - DZone AI


How many of us could accurately say what is happening with our data right now? Are we aware of how Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and others use the data we share online every day? I suspect the vast majority of us skip past the privacy policy when signing up for websites and are therefore largely in the dark as to how our data is used. It's a quandary that prompted a team of researchers from EPFL, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Michigan to develop an AI-driven program to check privacy policies for us. The work, which was documented in a recently published paper, aims to make it easier for users to understand the privacy policies they so often skip past. The team has developed a tool, called Polisis, which can be used for free either as a browser extension or from their website.

Blockchain Potential to Transform Artificial Intelligence


The research on improving Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) has been ongoing for decades. However, it wasn't until recently that developers were finally able to create smart systems that closely resemble the A.I. capabilities of humans. The main reason for this breakthrough in technology is advancements in Big Data. Recent developments in Big Data have allowed us the capability to organize a very large amount of information into structured components that can be very quickly processed by computers. Another technology that has the potential for rapidly advancing and transforming Artificial Intelligence is the Blockchain.

Facebook Was Letting Down Users Years Before Cambridge Analytica


Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University that examines emerging technologies, public policy, and society. It sounds like the stuff of spy novels. A secretive company backed by an eccentric billionaire taps into sensitive data gathered by a University of Cambridge researcher. The company then works to help elect an ultranationalist presidential candidate who admires Russian President Vladimir Putin. Oh, and that Cambridge researcher, Aleksandr Kogan, worked briefly for St. Petersburg State University.

New York joins Massachusetts investigation of Facebook's data use


All eyes are on Facebook as more and more information rolls out regarding Cambridge Analytica, its involvement in recent elections and forums and how it came to obtain 50 million Facebook users' profile information. Now, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is joining those demanding more information from the social network giant. "Consumers have a right to know how their information is used -- and companies like Facebook have a fundamental responsibility to protect their users' personal information," Schneiderman said in a statement. "Today, along with Massachusetts Attorney General Healey, we sent a demand letter to Facebook -- the first step in our joint investigation to get to the bottom of what happened."

Google is Designing An Advanced Hand Gesture Recognition Sensor


The Soli Sensor, being developed as part of a project of Google Advanced Technology and Projects group, is a low-power radar designed to use less energy and detect hand gestures on a sub-millimeter level. It operates in the 60-GHz ISM band using electromagnetic waves. The sensor detects a series of motions that are part of Soli's Virtual Tools Gestures: virtual slider, virtual button and even virtual button. The pluses for the chip are that it requires less energy, has no moving parts, can function regardless of the light conditions, and when developed further in the future, could be used in a number of products: wearables, IoT devices, phones and cars. Ivan Poupyrev, Poject Soli founder, said about the goal of the project, "The hand is the ultimate input device.

How To Limit the Amount of Data You Share on Facebook


With revelations emerging since last Friday that political data company Cambridge Analytica obtained private info from more than 50 million Facebook accounts beginning in 2014 and later used it to boost the Trump presidential campaign, Facebook's data collection and use has again come under scrutiny. For many users, it's been an abrupt wakeup call about how much data they've been sharing with the company and the third-party apps that it hosts. Cambridge Analytica, for example, reportedly had access to users' locations, "likes," and other personal details and used it to develop psychographic profiles of voters' behavioral traits. The recent news should give users pause about the privacy configurations of their own accounts. If you are one such user, here's a quick tutorial on how to minimize the amount of data available on your Facebook account.

Social Networking Without The Awkward History


Founded by Kent born businessman and entrepreneur William JD West; Invacio has spent the last 5 years in self imposed stealth mode. Undertaking a mammoth task, that of creating a humongous data devouring artificial intelligence system capable of virtually any type of data analysis that could be required by governments, commercial organisations or even the average man on the street. During the presentation they discussed AI driven wealth generation and crisis management. Drawing upon both historical data stores, and real time live feeds, Invacio's systems are capable of deciding how to organise the relief operations around a natural disaster, picking the best performing share or forex currency to buy on any given day or even helping someone to plan their itinerary for a trip to a new country: flights, hotels and even activities. It is the mixture of data streams and complexity of the analysis and decision making processes that makes their system so different and flexible.