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An AI App Can Predict and Prevent Money Laundering - Blinx AI - Medium


Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and fraud detection play a significant role in detecting money laundering activities. The App identifies all account types and analyses their deposits, withdrawals, and transactions past to scan for anomalies, fraud, or unusual activity. It can help alert the transactions made or predict any future transactions that could be Money Laundering into the financial institutions.

Coding protection: 'cyber humanitarian interventions' for preventing mass atrocities


In the contemporary digital age, mass atrocity crimes are increasingly promoted and organized online. Social media, encrypted chatrooms and messaging apps have been employed (by regimes and non-state actors alike) to stoke racial and political division, recruit sympathizers and facilitate atrocities. At the same time, there is increasing evidence of the power and promise of offensive cyberspace operations in conflict. Despite the parallel attention afforded to atrocity prevention and cyber operations (respectively), the overlap between these two scholarly investigations is thin. In fact, almost no attention has been afforded to the question of whether proactive cyberspace operations might be used for human protection purposes--specifically, to prevent genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing. In this article, I introduce the concept of'cyber humanitarian interventions'--the use of sophisticated cyber operations to frustrate perpetrators' means and motivations for mass atrocities--as a new tool in the atrocity prevention toolbox. This article therefore seeks to initiate a research agenda that considers how cyber humanitarian interventions could be used for human protection in the twenty-first century. Such an investigation is particularly timely and policy relevant, as international responses to violence have been mixed, and--in the absence of political will for costly armed military interventions--many atrocities continue unabated. If you go to Maiduguri [a Nigerian territory previously occupied by Boko Haram], you find people who don't have money to eat a proper meal, but for the sake of … a human inclination to remain connected to society … they will be holding some outdated model of a smartphone through which the internet would be used. In effect, this is an execution list. Mass atrocities--genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity--constitute a particularly unacceptable assault on'the moral conscience of mankind'.1 Such acts are certainly not unique to the twenty-first century, but what is unique now is the pervasiveness and sophistication of cyberspace. Cyberspace has had an unprecedented effect on how society functions, especially as a tool for fomenting division and organizing violence.2 The increasing focus on the politics and ethics of cyber operations has occurred alongside recognition of the need to protect vulnerable populations from mass atrocity crimes. In an effort to move away from the'right' to intervene militarily, at the United Nations' 2005 World Summit states unanimously agreed to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) norm.3

How Machine Learning tools are helping prevent identity fraud - Fintech News


  Most companies big and small tackle identity fraud daily and have come to rely on a fleet of tools, including multifactor authentication and CAPTCHA (completely automated public Turing test to tell computers and humans apart) codes, to help identify potential identity fraud. While these tools help to some extent, they don’t catch everything. According […]

10 AI trends to watch for in 2023


Artificial intelligence is, suddenly, all around. You may have tested ChatGPT, the AI-powered chatbot that headlined tech conversations at this year's World Economic Forum, seen AI-generated portraits on Instagram, or followed the wave of recent enthusiastic media coverage. But this technology hasn't just appeared from nowhere. Artificial intelligence has powered internet search, voice assistants, and more for years -- but has rapidly entered our public awareness and conscious engagement in the past few months. Delivery drivers, cleaners, grocery clerks, and hospitality staff all face the unsettling possibility of being replaced by bots.

The Supreme Court Considers the Algorithm

The Atlantic - Technology

When the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals considered a lawsuit against Google in 2020, Judge Ronald M. Gould stated his view of the tech giant's most significant asset bluntly: "So-called'neutral' algorithms," he wrote, can be "transformed into deadly missiles of destruction by ISIS." According to Gould, it was time to challenge the boundaries of a little snippet of the 1996 Communications Decency Act known as Section 230, which protects online platforms from liability for the things their users post. The plaintiffs in this case, the family of a young woman who was killed during a 2015 Islamic State attack in Paris, alleged that Google had violated the Anti-terrorism Act by allowing YouTube's recommendation system to promote terrorist content. The algorithms that amplified ISIS videos were a danger in and of themselves, they argued. Gould was in the minority, and the case was decided in Google's favor.

A Link to News Site Meduza Can (Technically) Land You in Russian Prison


When you run a major app, all it takes is one mistake to put countless people at risk. Such is the case with Diksha, a public education app run by India's Ministry of Education that exposed the personal information of around 1 million teachers and millions of students across the country. The data, which included things like full names, email addresses, and phone numbers, was publicly accessible for at least a year and likely longer, potentially exposing those impacted to phishing attacks and other scams. Speaking of cybercrime, the LockBit ransomware gang has long operated under the radar, thanks to its professional operation and choice of targets. But over the past year, a series of missteps and drama have thrust it into the spotlight, potentially threatening its ability to continue operating with impunity.

Dating app background and ID checks being considered in bid to fight abuse

The Guardian

Background checks and ID verification systems in dating apps are among the measures being considered as governments around the country grapple with how to keep people safe while they are looking for love online. The strategies were discussed by ministers, victim-survivors, authorities and technology companies as part of national dating app roundtable talks in Sydney on Wednesday. The federal communications minister, Michelle Rowland, said it was an "important first step", flagging discussion of possible longer-term changes like background checks for dating app users. "None of us underestimate the complex issues around privacy, user safety, data collection and management that are involved," she said. "There's no one law that is going to fix this issue."

Council Post: Why Explainability Should Be The Core Of Your AI Application


One of the most important aspects of data science is building trust. This is especially true when you're working with machine learning and AI technologies, which are new and unfamiliar to many people. When something goes wrong, what do you tell your customer? What do they think will happen next? With explainable AI, you can provide answers that prove your product's legitimacy.

The ever-evolving world of video content analytics


The world of video analytics has come a long way in the past few years. What started as a complementary security surveillance technology, has evolved into a critical decision-making solution for stakeholders beyond law enforcement and public safety. Powered by AI and deep learning, today's sophisticated video analytics have far-reaching and impactful applications, from accelerating investigations for criminal or commercial claims to increasing operational productivity across industries and end users, delivering cost efficiency, enhanced safety, and elevated experiences. These applications only continue to gain strength, and in this article, I'll walk you through some examples of diverse industries innovatively supporting operational and business decision making with the power of data-driven intelligence derived from video analytics. But first, a quick word on how it works: Video intelligence software detects and extracts objects in video, identifies each object based on trained Deep Neural Networks, and classifies each object to enable intelligent video analysis through search and filtering, alerting, data aggregation, and visualisation capabilities.

Dating burnout: meet the people who ditched the apps – and found love offline

The Guardian

When Georgie Thorogood's date made a sleazy joke about "horsey girls carrying whips", she knew it was time to make a hasty exit. After meeting Tom through a dating app in the summer of 2021, she had been hoping for some polite conversation over a few drinks, maybe some romantic chemistry if she was lucky. What she got was a two-hour rant about his ex-wife and some creepy innuendo. "I knew straight away he wasn't for me. I politely told him I didn't want to see him again, but he took the rejection really badly. I work in music communications and at the time I was setting up a festival. He started getting aggressive and telling me that I was destined to fail," she says.