Norfolk Gift and Food Fair Archant From a film festival to a gin and craft fair, there is plenty to keep you busy over the next seven days in Norfolk. Oxjam Norwich Credit: OxjamWhat: Norwich Film Festival Where: Various locations in NorwichWhen: Until November 18Cost: Various pricesNorwich Film Festival, which is supported by Norwich BID and the BFI Film Audience Network, is back for the eighth time with over 120 films from November 6 to 18 in venues across the city. The event kicked off on Tuesday night with a screening of Shallow Grave and a Q&A with star of the film Christopher Eccleston - best known for his role as the ninth Doctor Who. Other highlights include Vanessa Redgrave’s debut as a director in Sea Sorrow which will be shown and followed by a Q&A with the Oscar-winning Actress on November 11 at Cinema City and a BAFTA shorts evening at the Forum on November 17. Vanessa Redgrave Credit: Norwich Film FestivalWhat: Oxjam 2018Where: Various venues across … [Read more...] about 10 free and cheap things to do in Norfolk this week
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One reason I write this newsletter about social networks is to cover the new and exotic methods that state actors employ to bend the public to their will. Much of the conversation over the past two years has been around “troll farms” or “troll armies” — essentially, remote workforces that attempt to wreak havoc from their laptops on targets around the world. On Saturday we learned of a much more disturbing — and in-person — method of social media hacking. Katie Benner, Mark Mazzetti, Ben Hubbard and Mike Isaac had the tale of Ali Alzabarah, a Twitter engineer recruited by Saudi Arabia to use his position to identify government critics: Twitter executives first became aware of a possible plot to infiltrate user accounts at the end of 2015, when Western intelligence officials told them that the Saudis were grooming an employee, Ali Alzabarah, to spy on the accounts of dissidents and others, according to five people briefed on the matter. They … [Read more...] about Twitter’s lax account security should give pause to online activists
Have you ever noticed that web and mobile ads somehow seem to know what your interests are? Do you ever think about who all can access your emails that are stored on an email server? How about the gadgets in your home—do you ever wonder if they are spying on you?You’re not alone.Websites tracking usersWebsites have many ways of tracking users. You’ve probably heard of cookies, but cookies are just the tip of the iceberg. Websites can also track users through many other mechanisms including unique identifiers in cached content, web storage, and more.There are also sneakier means, such as browser fingerprinting, that don’t rely on a website storing data on your device. Techniques such as this often attempt to uniquely identify browsers rather than users. This might be all that’s required to track a user’s activities on a device.Why do websites want to track your activities?Generally, it is to show you ads for products or services that you might be … [Read more...] about How can we ensure our tech isn’t spying on us?
Yesterday Facebook took down 559 domestic political pages and 251 accounts for violating its terms of service on coordinated inauthentic behavior—“networks of accounts or Pages working to mislead others about who they are, and what they are doing.” While Facebook has been frequently critiqued for hosting and inadvertently aiding foreign disinformation campaigns, this is the first time a collection of domestic political pages have raised flags. Yet researchers who have watched the evolution of disinformation campaigns over the years have wondered when this difficult reckoning would start. Coordinated campaigns have never been the sole purview of outsiders. And yet, particularly in the United States, an aversion to anything that resembles censorship has resulted in a sustained reluctance to reckon with the the implications of mass manipulation on our public discourse. As Americans, we have deeply held beliefs about freedom of speech—that more speech, forthrightly … [Read more...] about Free Speech in the Age of Algorithmic Megaphones
Update 1: 2017/10/10 5:31pm PDT Google has just published a support page to address the reported issue. The company assures pre-order customers that their units won't be affected, and the defect should be limited to Update 2: 2017/10/11 5:28pm PDT Google has decided to permanently remove all top touch functionality. The company sent us the following statement: We take user privacy and product quality concerns very seriously. Although we only received Article Contents1 So what happened?1.1 Wednesday, October 4th1.2 Friday, October 6th1.3 Friday, October 6th - 4:22pm1.4 Friday, October 6th - 4:32pm1.5 Friday, October 6th - 5:58pm1.6 Friday, October 6th - 7:00pm1.7 Saturday, October 7th1.8 Sunday, October 8th1.9 Monday, October 91.10 Tuesday, October 102 Conclusion When the first home assistants were announced, I was excited. A device I could wake up with a simple hotword that would answer my questions, set reminders, turn on the TV, and dim the lights, all without … [Read more...] about Google is permanently nerfing all Home Minis because mine spied on everything I said 24/7 [Update x2]