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Selling Your ‘Digital Soul’

Physically invisible and conceptually hard-to-grasp, data is both omnipresent and hidden from the public eye. Personal data—including name, address, phone number, browsing history—is quietly collected and brokered for profits at almost any opportunity available. Only now is the business of selling data becoming common knowledge, with those concerned about privacy using VPNs or services that …

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An Algorithm for Morality

Researchers at the Allen Institute of Artificial Intelligence recently created an algorithm they claim can determine morality. The program, named Delphi after the ancient Greek oracle, takes a statement as input and determines whether the situation is morally just, or on the contrary, unjust. For instance, when asked “Is it okay to rob a bank?” …

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The Struggle to Confirm Consent with Location Data

It’s no secret that companies are interested in your location data: it is valuable, insightful, and can provide them with much needed information to grow their businesses. Whenever you pick up your phone, there is a good chance that your location is being used–whether it be for directions, weather, or coffee shop recommendations, your data …

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