Google’s secret cache of medical data includes names and full details of millions whistleblower

Whistleblower tells Guardian of growing alarm over secret transfer of medical history data, which can be accessed by Google staff A whistleblower who works in Project Nightingale, the secret transfer of the personal medical data of up to 50 million Americans from one of the largest healthcare providers in the US to Google, has expressed anger to the Guardian that patients are being kept in the dark about the massive deal. The anonymous whistleblower has posted a Wall Street Journal, involves the transfer to Google of healthcare data held by Ascension, the second-largest healthcare provider in the US. The data is being transferred with full personal details including name and medical history and can be accessed by Google staff. Unlike …

Republicans propose mass student surveillance plan to prevent shootings

A new Senate bill would give a federally mandated boost to Americas growing school surveillance industry Senate Republicans have a new plan for preventing mass shootings: require public schools to use surveillance technology to monitor students online behavior for signs of violence or self-harm. A new Republican bill that claims to help prevent mass shootings includes no new gun control measures. Instead, Republican lawmakers are supporting a huge, federally mandated boost to Americas growing school surveillance industry. Millions of American students, across thousands of school districts, monitored 24 hours a day, whether they are in their classrooms or their bedrooms. There is still no research evidence that demonstrates whether or not online monitoring of schoolchildren actually works to prevent violence. …

Revealed: catastrophic effects of working as a Facebook moderator

Exclusive: Job has left some addicted to extreme material and pushed others to far right The task of moderating Facebook continues to leave psychological scars on the companys employees, months after efforts to improve conditions for the companys thousands of contractors, the Guardian has learned. A group of current and former contractors who worked for years at the social networks Berlin-based moderation centres has reported witnessing colleagues become addicted to graphic content and hoarding ever more extreme examples for a personal collection. They also said others were pushed towards the far right by the amount of hate speech and fake news they read every day. They describe being ground down by the volume of the work, numbed by the graphic …

New tech to help disabled people

Latest developments in the pipeline for those struggling with mobility, sight, hearing or speech Electrical stimulation Nine years ago, David Mzee was left paralysed by a gymnastics accident and told he would never walk again. Last week, he competed in a charity run during which he walked 390 metres, thanks to an CloudMinds, Meta looks like a cycling helmet and uses sensors and cameras to map its environs, sending information to a cloud server to be processed by AI technology. The information can be communicated through speech, helping blind people and those with visual impairments to navigate streets, recognise objects and negotiate traffic lights and crossings. Loud and clear: the cognitive hearing aid. Photograph: Columbia University Next-generation hearing aid A …

Your period-tracking app could be sharing intimate details with all of Facebook

Womens health apps are again raising concerns of privacy as a new study finds some are sharing information without consent Sign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newsletter on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. Surveillance is a feminist issue When was the last time you had sex? For most of us, that isnt information wed like to share with just anybody. However, if youre using a period-tracking app, theres a decent chance Facebook knows all about your sex life. A encouraging its employees to use family-planning apps. These apps then shared user information with the company so it could keep track of how many of its employees were trying to get pregnant. And Ms Monopoly: The first game …

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Internet Marketing Newsletter PLR – Product Review You may have seen a lot of hype around Nick James’ Internet Marketing Newsletter PLR lately. They have just released their 100th issue and Nick is celebrating by offering a huge discount to new members. You might be wondering if this is any good and worth joining. I’m going to give you my full unbiased review here, but the short version is… yes, it’s definitely worth joining this while the discount is still available! However, this is obviously not a good fit for all marketers and businesses… so read on below to see if this will be a good investment for you.   Firstly… what is the Internet Marketing Newsletter PLR? This is …

JD Salinger estate finally agrees to ebook editions

Authors son explains that wish for accessibility has persuaded trustees to look past his fathers dislike of digital media After years of refusing to allow publishers to digitise his works, the estate of JD Salinger has announced that the authors famously small body of work will be published as ebooks for the first time. Salingers son Matt said that the author had always valued accessibility, but preferred the experience of reading a physical book. The Catcher in the Rye author, who died in 2010 at the age of 91, also hated the internet; Matt And in 2009, Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury told the New York Times: They wanted to put a book of mine on Yahoo! You know what …

Why are thirtysomethings lonely? Because society doesnt value friendship | Arwa Mahdawi

Social media has been made the scapegoat for millennials reporting loneliness, but the cultural primacy in adulthood of career and family has much to answer for, writes Arwa Mahdawi Millennials arent just the poorest generation; they are also the loneliest. According to data from YouGov, while digital habits undoubtedly affect mental health, research hasnt provided conclusive answers regarding the relationship between the two. When it comes to loneliness, I have a feeling that the culprit isnt so much technology as the fact that many millennials are in their 30s, which is a natural time for friendship dynamics to change: people start focusing on advancing their careers and building families rather than socialising with pals. It feels as if we are …

Charity urges Facebook to extend fact-checking to Instagram

Full Fact, the only UK member of scheme, offers 10 suggestions for improvements Facebook should immediately extend its fact-checking programme to also cover Instagram, according to Full Fact, a journalism charity that is the only UK member of the scheme. We do not see why the third-party fact-checking programme cannot be fully expanded to Instagram, Full Fact said in its report on the first six months of the programme. The potential to prevent harm is high here, and there are known risks of health misinformation on the platform. Full Fact joined the fact-checking programme in January. The programme gives fact-checking organisations tools to scan Facebook for factual claims and mark them as true or false, and provide a link to …

Major study suggests Apple Watch can detect irregular heartbeat

More work needed to see if wearables can help screen for heart problems, but researchers call study encouraging A huge study suggests the Apple Watch can detect a worrisome irregular heartbeat but experts say more work is needed to tell if using wearable technology to screen for heart problems really helps. More than 419,000 Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific