An Open Letter Against Apple's Privacy-Invasive Content Scanning Technology
tl;dr: "While child exploitation is a serious problem, and while efforts to combat it are almost unquestionably well-intentioned, Apple's proposal introduces a backdoor that threatens to undermine fundamental privacy protections for all users of Apple products."
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Standing Up For Developers: Youtube-dl Is Back
tl;dr: "We share developers’ frustration with this takedown—especially since this project has many legitimate purposes." Github outlines how they're changing their review process moving forward.
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Cloudflare Outage And The Risk In Today's Internet
tl;dr: A small number of companies manage a large portion of the internet's infrastructure. This trends towards a single point of failure and places greater power in the hands of a few.
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A Framework for Regulating Competition on the Internet
tl;dr: The biggest task regulating large tech companies is to decouple platforms e.g. Apple's App Store and data aggregators e.g. Google. Ben highlights the difference in how they operate, monetize and the incentive hierarchy around each.
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Ethical Dilemmas in Software Engineering (Video)
tl;dr: 45 mins talk on the new dilemmas faced by software engineers, as software "eats the world", technology decision come with increasing pressure and responsibility.
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Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry
tl;dr: The author expresses his love for technology and the conflict he sees in an industry that's evolved from small, marginal communities of programmers and technologists who share his love to what it's become.
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A Regulatory Framework For The Internet
tl;dr: Proposal that ad-sponsored platforms such as FB should be government regulated, whereas other platforms should be market regulated. The underlying delineation is that problematic content is not built into the pricing model of an ad-sponsored platform.
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It’s Complicated: Mozilla’s 2019 Internet Health Report
tl;dr: Annual report outlines issues that have improved - greater calls for privacy, advocacy around building AI responsibly and more discussion of the impact of big tech companies. The flip-side is more internet censorship, examples of AI amplifying injustice and abuse of biometrics.
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