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Facebook and the perils of a personalized choice architecture

Yafit Lev-Aretz Contributor Yafit Lev-Aretz is a Research Fellow at the Information Law Institute, New York University Law School. More posts by this contributor Free choice must be free If it talks like a government and acts like a government, it must be a tech giant The recent Facebook-Cambridge Analytica chaos has ignited a fire of awareness, bringing the risks of today’s data surveillance culture to the forefront of mainstream conversations. This episode and the many disturbing prospects it has emphasized have forcefully awakened a sleeping giant: people seeking information about their privacy settings and updating their apps permissions, a “Delete Facebook” movement has taken off and the FTC launched an investigation into Facebook, causing Facebook’s stocks to drop. A perfect storm.  ...

Russia starts blocking Telegram for failing to turn over encryption keys

The Russian state telecommunication regulator has began blocking Telegram as expected. This comes after the messaging company refused to give Russian security services encryption keys. The service is expected to be blocked within the coming hours. According to several reports Telegram is still operational in the country though several service providers have started blocking the company’s website. Ran by its Russian founder Pavel Durov, Telegram has over 200 million users and is a top-ten messaging service made popular by its strong stance on privacy. Telegram is recognized as an operator of information dissemination in Russia and therefore the company is required by Russian to provide keys to its encryption service to the Federal Security Service. This is so the FSS can reportedly read the...

How U.S. woman funded ISIS with Bitcoin

A U.S. woman from New York has been accused of using bitcoin and other crypto currencies which she bought with fraudulent bank loans to fund the so-called Islamic State. Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, was charged with bank fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and she is being held without bail. Bitcoin Ms Shahnaz was born in Pakistan and worked as a lab technician in the US. Prosecutors say she took out fraudulent loans of $85,000 (£63,000) in order to buy the bitcoin online. Bitcoin is an online currency. Despite not being legal tender – it can’t be used to pay for traditional goods and services – the value of bitcoin has rocketed this year going as high as 17,000 dollars Bitcoin has been exploited by criminals to launder money as many authorities push to increase regula...

Check out some of the women fighters who helped defeat ISIS militants

Kurdish female fighters have celebrated in Raqqa this week after the defeat of ISIS militants, whose brutal rule over the city has come to an end after almost four years. When asked what motivated them to dive into one of the fiercest battles against the terror group to date, the women said they did it both for the Kurdish cause and to liberate the women of Raqqa. ISIS ruled the Syrian city with a barbarity that gripped the world, and women in particular experienced an oppression many never thought imaginable. They were forced to cover their bodies head to toe or risk public lashings. ISIS also captured and sold girls and women as sex slaves, particularly Kurdish-Yazidi minority women trafficked into Raqqa from northern Iraq. After Tuesday’s announcement that ISIS had been defeated, the Ku...

As ISIS wanes, its founders are stronger – Owei Lakemfa

THE numerous victory songs and congratulatory messages flowing from various parts of the world following the Tuesday seizure of Raqqa, the ‘capital’ of the Islamic State, ISIS, Caliphate, drowned the victory songs from the Philippines.  On that same day, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared that Marawi City in Southern Philippines seized last May by the  pro-ISIS  Maute militants, had been liberated. ISIS Terrorists The Filipino victory  came at the cost of hundreds of civilian lives, loss of 160 soldiers, the claimed killing of 800 militants, the displacement of over 600,000  Filipinos, and the destruction of the town.   To cap the military victory, the Maute  leader Ipsilon Hapilon who crowned himself the Emir, and his fellow militant leader, Omar Maute were killed in the fighti...

ISIS releases chilling threat to attack the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

ISIS propaganda chiefs have released a chilling threat to attack the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The terrorist group published an image of a rifle-carrying ISIS fighter and a bomb baring the regime’s infamous black flag in front of a football stadium. The official symbol of the 2018 World Cup finals is also included in the alarming promise to bring mayhem to the tournament. The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be played across 11 cities in Russia from 14 June to 15 July, when the final will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. St Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city, was the scene of an horrific ISIS attack when a briefcase bomb detonated on the underground in April, killing 14 people. The blast was in retaliation to Russia’s airstrikes in Syria that have helped bring the regime to ...