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  • Data ordering attacks | Light Blue Touchpaper

    Most deep neural networks are trained by stochastic gradient descent. Now “stochastic” is a fancy Greek word for “random”; it means that the training data are fed into the model in random order.

    So what happens if the bad guys can cause the order to be not random? You guessed it—all bets are off. Suppose for example a company or a country wanted to have a v, but still be able to pretend that its training was actually fair. Well, they could assemble a set of financial data that was representative of the whole population, but start the model’s training on ten rich men and ten poor women drawn from that set ­ then let initialisation bias do the rest of the work.

  • FTC fines Twitter $150M for using 2FA info for targeted advertising [Ed: "2FA" is very often just fake security; there are many technical issues with it as well, set aside privacy issue]
  • FTC Politely Asks Education Companies If They Would Maybe Stop Spying On Kids

    If you hadn’t noticed, the U.S. doesn’t give much of a shit about this whole privacy thing. Our privacy regulators are comically and intentionally understaffed and underfunded, we still have no meaningful privacy law for the Internet era, and when regulators do act, it’s generally months after the fact with penalties that are easily laughed off by companies rich from data over-collection.

  • DuckDuckGo’s “agreement with Microsoft” allows trackers to bypass privacy settings of DuckDuckGo “Privacy Browser”. – BaronHK's Rants

    DuckDuckGo’s “agreement with Microsoft” allows trackers to bypass privacy settings of DuckDuckGo “Privacy Browser”.

    Why would they block them?

    They’re hosted on Microsoft Azure and get their search results from Microsoft Bing.

    DuckDuckGo is just a thrall of Microsoft, and it lets them sell their products while hiding who they really are, from people who know that the Microsoft brand is toxic.

  • Warning: You should stop using Tails Linux NOW! [Ed: Brian Fagioli with another idiotic clickbait like Microsoft media operatives I saw hours ago; lots of actively exploited holes in Microsoft products are revealed by the dozens each day by CISA, so a distraction is sorely needed]
  • Blizzard: No Piracy Filters? That's Evidence of Intentional Infringement

    A recent DMCA notice sent by Blizzard to Github demands the takedown of an avatar depicting the gaming company's character 'Chef Nomi'. While legally sound up to this point, Blizzard's notice goes on to inform the coding platform that its failure to deploy piracy filtering technologies is "evidence of intentional facilitation of copyright infringement." In Github's case? Not even close.