The Hackable Home: Smart Devices, Dumb Security

From fitness trackers to connected cars, IoT (“Internet of Things”) devices have made our lives easier and more convenient. Despite their nifty features, many harbor poor design when it comes to security and privacy of the data they collect (and

Cleaning Up after Dirty Disinformation Tricks

“Falsehood flies…and the Truth comes limping after it,” wrote Jonathan Swift the Anglo-Irish writer and satirist in 1710. That was in the 18th century of course. Now in the 21st century, with the advent of the Internet, distribution platforms, and

Gaming the Players – QAnon

Have you ever wondered about the birth of bizarre conspiracy theories like QAnon on-line? And why, despite the farfetched fabric of these stories, so many people forsake their family and friends — the people they know — to join a

Paying for it in the Attention Economy

In early 1997 a UC Berkley based Theoretical Physicist wrote article in Wired Magazine, where he called “attention” the currency of the new economy. He foreshadowed its potential consequences: division, disparity of power, deepening inequality, disproportionate advantages for the most

(How) Can we dig ourselves out of a deepfake hole?

Guest: Andrew J. Grotto The term “Deepfake” was first coined by a Reddit user who  created a forum of the same name in  2017.  The forum was dedicated to the creation and use of deep learning software for digitally swapping

Can advances in technology help liberate us from the grip of disinformation?

The events of the last few years have underlined that we are awash in disinformation, AND that a large swath of society believes that disinformation to be reality.  But disinformation doesn’t just include easily refutable assertions, it also includes sophisticated

A disinformation playbook

Like it or not – we are at war: one of information and disinformation and the stakes cannot be higher.  How can we  better understand and mitigate, or at least anticipate what is next in a disinformation campaign? For example,

AI — Not your average governance challenge

Guest: Carl Gahnberg The field of AI ethics is relatively new, mostly because we are just starting to grasp the implications of advances in AI and therefore decisions that may need to be made by the machines then, or by

On the Nature of Intelligence and AI

Guest: Joanna Bryson Artificial intelligence and machine learning and data are inextricably linked.  Yet common misconceptions persist. What is intelligence and is machine intelligence same or better than human intelligence? What are implicit biases and can we eliminate them from

Real world retail comes with a side of digital surveillance

Guest: Keith Kirkpatrick Today, retailers collect a wealth of data on consumers, both online and offline. And consumers hand it over, sometimes willingly and sometimes unwittingly. In retail locations surveillance cameras have given way to unobtrusive “beacons” spaced out in