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If Russia Invades Ukraine, TikTok Will See It Up Close | WIRED

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ON THE SNOWY roads near Kursk, tanks and military equipment stop traffic. Videos from around the Russian city--roughly 100 miles from the border with Ukraine--show cars waiting in line to cross train tracks being used to transport tanks from one place to the next. Dozens of military vehicles have been filmed parked together. And shaky footage shows tanks rumbling across snowy ground alongside a busy road. All of these records have one thing in common: They were shared on TikTok.




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"There is a lot of data out there," says Benjamin Strick, investigations director at the Centre for Information Resilience (CIR), a nonprofit organization that focuses on countering influence operations. The CIR team, along with other open source investigators, have been busy verifying and mapping videos of troop movements in Russia and Belarus for several weeks, painstakingly comparing landmarks in video footage with satellite images and other official data to confirm their authenticity. The CIR's map of verified videos plots the movements of military equipment and troops all around Ukraine's eastern flanks. In January, the CIR mapped 79 pieces of footage; in February, it has verified 166 videos so far.

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Lawyr

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It's not got a lot of the bells and whistles you might be used to. What it has got is a whole load of legal types including solicitors, barristers, law students and legal PAs, a whole bunch of people who want to meet them, and you, pecking like a magpie through their profiles. If you're a lawyer, it's finally a chance to trade off your status. You slogged through law school, you scored a great gig, but today the only people you see are either telling you to work all weekend, or trying to avoid you telling them to work all weekend. Now is your time. Meet other lawyers and share your hopes, dreams, fears, bodies and favourite judgments. Or, meet non-lawyers who can appreciate what you bring to the table, such as, well, everything about you, surely. 

Lawyr is also for anyone who's interested in dating someone in the legal community. 

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Investigation: How TikTok's Algorithm Figures Out Your Deepest Desires

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A Wall Street Journal investigation found that TikTok only needs one important piece of information to figure out what you want: the amount of time you linger over a piece of content. Every second you hesitate or rewatch, the app is tracking you. Photo illustration: Laura Kammermann/The Wall Street Journal

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The Wall Street Journal created dozens of automated accounts that watched hundreds of thousands of videos to reveal how the social network knows you so well.

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Verification Handbook | DataJournalism.com

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The latest edition of the Verification Handbook arrives at a critical moment. Today's information environment is more chaotic and easier to manipulate than ever before. This book equips journalists with the knowledge to investigate social media accounts, bots, private messaging apps, information operations, deep fakes, as well as other forms of disinformation and media manipulation. The first resource of its kind, it builds on the first edition of the Verification Handbook and the Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting.

The book is published by the European Journalism Centre and supported by Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

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On Thursday, FCC chairman Ajit Pai declared his intention to clarify a law he may not have the authority to interpret.

Citing concerns about Section 230 of the US Communications Decency Act, which more or less protects online service providers from liability for content created by their users, the boss of America's comms regulator said he plans "to move forward with a rulemaking to clarify" the meaning of the statute.

"Social media companies have a First Amendment right to free speech," Pai opined. "But they do not have a First Amendment right to a special immunity denied to other media outlets, such as newspapers and broadcasters."

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From Zoom University to the Zoom Party - The New York Times

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Teenagers have jokingly referred to themselves as "Zoomers" online for years; now the name is literal. Overnight, Zoom has become a primary social platform for millions of people, a lot of them high school and college students, as those institutions move to online learning.

Zoom Video Communications is a videoconferencing company in San Jose, Calif., that has been thrust into the spotlight over the past week. On Monday morning, its iOS app became the top free download in Apple's App Store.


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Zoom operates a "freemium" business model: Groups of up to 100 people can use it for 40 minutes at a time at no charge, but must pay $14.99 per month or more for extra features, like bigger groups and administrative controls.


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After a break of a couple of years due to health concerns, we are resuming the New Year's Legal Predictions Blog Post!  We have reached out to our friends & colleagues for their insights into the future of the legal world.  This year we are grouping everyone's thoughts under 16 categories from "Artificial Intelligence in the law firm environment" to "Something you will be working on or thinking about in 2019."

I am happy to present their thoughts and trust that they will be interesting, humorous and thought-provoking.  I hope our dear readers will share their thoughts in the comments area!


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BY DAVE MAASS

Facebook has a problem: an infestation of undercover cops. Despite the social platform's explicit rules that the use of fake profiles by anyone--police included--is a violation of terms of service, the issue proliferates. While the scope is difficult to measure, EFF has identified scores of agencies who maintain policies that explicitly flaunt these rules. 

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Facebook, Twitter Say Europe's Privacy Law Causing User Drop - Bloomberg

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Amid a plummeting share price, Facebook Inc. wants panicked investors to believe Europe's strict General Data Protection Regulation is to blame for fewer people using the social network in the region. EU lawmakers disagree.

The new law came into force on May 25 and forced companies that hold data on EU citizens to obtain "unambiguous" consent to collect personal information. Facebook knows a lot about what people are interested in, and makes that audience easily available to advertisers. That's fueled rapid revenue growth, billions of dollars in profit, and a surging stock price in recent years.

More than $100 billion of those market gains were wiped out Thursday after Facebook reported sales and user growth numbers that disappointed Wall Street. The company lost about 1 million of European monthly active users in the second quarter, leaving it with 376 million. Daily users fell more. Chief Financial Officer David Wehner blamed the decline on the GDPR roll out.

"We saw the declines that we anticipated from GDPR," he said. "And I would say there, really, those impacts were purely due to the GDPR impact, not other engagement trends."

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An Old Scam With a New Twist - The New York Times

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By J. D. Biersdorfer


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Q. I just got an email message from someone claiming to be a hacker who broke into my computer and used my webcam to watch me looking at adult websites. 

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IRS (@IRStaxpros) | Twitter

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Follow IRS on Twitter

Did you know the IRS has a Twitter account that provides news and guidance tailored for tax professionals? 

Get the latest news and updates affecting you and your clients by following IRSTaxPros at https://twitter.com/irstaxpros.



Merkel ally threatens Facebook with fines over online hate speech | Reuters

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A senior German conservative has warned Facebook it could face fines if it fails to act faster to tackle online hate speech, and he said the government could propose legislative measures in the new year.

Speaking at a party conference of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) in Essen, western Germany, Volker Kauder suggested politicians were running out of patience with efforts by social media providers to crack down on hate speech. 

"I expect from big companies like Facebook that they adhere to laws. If they are not respected than we must think about new possibilities, fines for example," he said.

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Criminal Charges Against 'Pizzagate' Shooter - CourtSide

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Fortunately for all involved, Edgar M. Welch surrendered to police before anyone was injured. Still, the man who took it upon himself to find out whether a popular Washington D.C. pizza restaurant was a front for a child sex slavery ring committed very real and very dangerous crimes even if the basis of his investigation was fake news. In the criminal complaint, filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and included below, you can see the crimes Welch is charged with, along with an account of his arrest and what he told officers regarding his motives. - See more at: http://blogs.findlaw.com/courtside/2016/12/criminal-charges-against-pizzagate-shooter.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FLCourtSide+%28CourtSide%29&DCMP=NWL-cons_breakingdocs#sthash.XkJZ0oNV.dpuf


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http://blogs.findlaw.com/courtside/2016/12/criminal-charges-against-pizzagate-shooter.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FLCourtSide+%28CourtSide%29&DCMP=NWL-cons_breakingdocs







Google Allo review - CNET

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THE GOOD Google Allo is available on both Android and iOS, and features a digital Assistant that fetches information for you in a conversational way. Its Incognito Mode erases conversations and has end-to-end encryption.

THE BAD Allo doesn't integrate video calling, and it doesn't have as many features as its competitors, like baked-in GIF support or control over read receipts.

THE BOTTOM LINE It's not a perfect communications app on Day 1, but the integrated, all-knowing Google Assistant bot sets Allo apart from the messaging competition.

Visit manufacturer site for details.

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Where there is internet there is porn. It's a fact, an undeniable fact, one that LinkNYC should have kept in mind when it started setting up public Wi-Fi kiosks in one of the biggest cities on the planet. When they were launched in February this year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that these 7,500 kiosks would "bridge the digital divide," but operator LinkNYC finds that the kiosks are being used for other things. It's now shutting off web browsing in the kiosks because people just won't stop watching porn.



By on 07/08/2016 18:16 PDT

Back in the day, catching Pokemon basically involved gamers playing on their Game Boy or Nintendo DS consoles where they could stay in the comfort of their own home and battle other Pokemon trainers, explore the land, and capture Pokemon. Now with Pokemon Go, it takes gamers into the real world where they will be able to find Pokemon wherever they go.

It's a unique idea that really does a great job of leveraging augmented reality tech, but it has also led to problems which forced police in Australia to release a warning to gamers to be careful when playing the game in real life. Now it seems that the game has gotten so big that over in Australia, police have gotten involved in an upcoming Pokemon Go gather.

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By Nicole Black

It seems lawyers can't escape social media, no matter how hard we try. As I've written about previously, social media is now being used as evidence in cases, lawyers are using it to research jurors, and people are being charged with crimes relating to their actions taken using social media. And once those individuals are convicted, many of them are placed on probation and their use of social media is often limited by the terms of their probation.

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Of course, that gap in the Court's analysis is a perfect example of the difficulties courts encounter when attempting to specify, limit, and define ever-changing concepts such as "social media" and "sites." Because these concepts are constantly evolving, courts would be wise to draft broad, elastic definitions in their decisions that will withstand the test of time, lest their conclusions be rendered outdated as soon as the ink dries.

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JUSTDELETE.ME
SCIENCE

Have you ever wanted to track down all the web apps and online accounts

that have your personal information and just remove yourself?

JustDelete.Me helps readers do just that. The service features a giant

list of the web's most popular apps and services with links so that you

can delete your account. In addition, the site categorizes services into

four categories by how difficult it is to remove yourself. Green means

it's easy, yellow signifies a service that requires a few additional

steps, red indicates that the account cannot be deleted without

contacting customer service, and the black code, which is thankfully

rare, marks an account that cannot be deleted. In addition, readers may

install the associated Chrome Extension, which alerts readers to when

they are on a page that is listed on the JustDelete.Me site and then

takes readers through the deletion process. [CNH]


Copyright © 2013 Internet Scout Research Group - http://scout.wisc.edu

New York State Bar Association--Communities

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Brandon Vogel
Nov 16, 2015 4:31 PM
Brandon Vogel

Section Members,

We have recently made some changes to improve the Communities experience for you.

1) Easier email address: nysba-general@connectedcommunity.org. If you would like to post a new discussion to the General Practice Community, simply send an email to this address (the old "nysba_generalpracticesectionne" address will still work, too). Also, you may not be aware that at the top of each real time and daily digest email message is a link to Post New Messages.

2) Ease of changing your email notifications settings: If you would like to receive emails as regularly as you did on the GP Section listserve, it's now a one-step process from the Communities homepage. To log in, go to http://communities.nysba.org/, click "Sign In" and enter your NYSBA member log-in credentials. Under the Groups tab, there is now a link to "Modify Communication Settings." Here, you can change your email notifications to Real Time or Plain Text to receive messages as they're posted.

3) If you prefer to receive fewer email notifications, there is a new consolidated daily digest if you are a member of multiple sections (this will bring you to the Communities homepage to see further discussions). You can also add a weekly digest option if you want a roundup of posts you may have missed.

Please let me know if we can help you at all.

Thanks,

Brandon

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Brandon Vogel
New York State Bar Association
Albany NY
(518) 487-5644
bvogel@nysba.org

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