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June 24, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Top EU official to U.S.: Don't 'throw away your shot’ to curb online harms

Washington Post | June 23, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

A top European official urged U.S. policymakers and tech industry leaders to step up and play a bigger role in countering online harms during an event Wednesday, just blocks from Capitol Hill where lawmakers' efforts to do just that have languished for years.

“Do not throw away your shot and help us protect democracy from the risk coming from both online and offline world,” Věra Jourová, vice president of the European Commission for Values and Transparency, said during a session I moderated for the E.U.-U.S. Defense & Future Forum in Washington.

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UNRWA teachers continue to support antisemitism, terrorism on social media - UN Watch

The Jerusalem Post | June 23, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Teachers working for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) continue to publish antisemitic posts on social media despite commitments by UNRWA and the US to ensure that antisemitism, violence and terrorism are not supported in UNRWA institutions, according to a new report by the NGO UN Watch published on Thursday.

The report came as the US and other Western countries gathered to pledge funding for the agency for Palestinian refugees.

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Instagram wants to use facial analysis to verify age

Protocol | June 23, 2022

Company Listed: Meta, Instagram

Instagram is testing using facial analysis tools to verify age on the platform, Meta announced in a blog post Thursday.

People will be able to verify their age on Instagram by submitting a picture of their ID card, taking a video selfie or by asking mutual followers how old they are. For the video selfies, Meta has partnered with Yoti, which analyzes facial features to verify a person's age without disclosing their identity. After the selfie is shared between the two companies, it's deleted, Meta said.

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Gender-based violence in private online spaces

Orfonline | June 23, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Cyberspace is growing rapidly to include the professional, personal, and social aspects of our lives. Users have found communities that allow even minority communities to reach a large audience. Finding communities to echo beliefs has entrenched the opinions of many; unfortunately, this newfound agency for the marginalized has triggered reactions from the privileged sections. With greater access and the allowance for anonymity; the associated abuse, oppression, and different forms of violence continue to fester.

This anonymity holds greater value in private online spaces than in public online spaces. In public spaces, the target of soft violence, especially women and other minority genders, can still call upon their own community and use that as a defence equal in number to the perpetrators of GBV (Gender-based Violence). Private spaces online allow the illusion of access since they are not enclosed as they may present in the physical world. Invasion of privacy and harassment have become much easier due to the perception of access, along with the deepening of para-social relationships. Even within the realm of the digital, GBV has formed a clear presence, especially towards those who are disenfranchised.

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Personal Data Breach At Government Agencies – What Measures Can Be Taken?

Mondaq | June 23, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

In the third week of May 2022, the public's attention was once again roused over an alleged data leak involving the personal information of 22.5 million Malaysians of the age between 18 and 82 years. It was reported that such personal information was allegedly leaked from the database of the National Registration Department ("NRD"). The allegation, however, has been denied by the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin, who said that the dataset did not belong to the NRD. Local tech forums such as Amanz and Lowyat.Net reported that the 160 GB size of the database is put on sale on the dark web for US$10,000.

Disappointed but not surprised - is probably the accurate public response towards the breach, considering that this is the second time that an alleged breach at the NRD has been reported when the same thing happened back in September last year involving the sale of personal details of 4 million Malaysians, stolen from NRD and the Inland Revenue Board.

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Clubhouse Tests Private Rooms, New Reactions as it Seeks to Maintain Relevance

Social Media Today | June 23, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Remember when Clubhouse was the thing in social media circles, with people doing anything that they could to get invited into the app - and some even buying invites for hundreds of dollars on eBay?

Those days are long gone, with more recent reports suggesting that the app is struggling to maintain relevance, which has led to a shift in strategy away from structured programming, and more towards ‘live chilling’ and facilitating virtual hangouts.

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Targeted Advertising in a Cookie-Free World

Total Retail | June 23, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Since the introduction of Apple’s App tracking transparency policy changes, retailers have been searching for ways to rebuild the lucrative world of highly targeted social media advertising. When you add today’s inflationary pressure, brands are being forced to rethink their growth strategies and determine how to keep up with other shifts happening in digital advertising. From the rise of new media channels, data privacy changes, tech innovations, and changing consumer behavior, it seems like the digital advertising world is being turned on its head.

But with advertising, as with most things, the only constant is change. Now, savvy brands are seizing the opportunity created by the chaos of the current environment to shift their strategies, experiment with new approaches, and come out ahead.

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Trudeau’s Party Passes Bill to Regulate Social Media, Streaming

Bloomberg | June 22, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Canadian lawmakers passed a controversial bill that aims to regulate programming distributed by media streaming services and social platforms like Facebook and YouTube, a measure that critics warn could infringe on individual speech.

The legislation drafted by Justin Trudeau’s government, known as Bill C-10, is meant to subject tech giants to the same requirements as traditional broadcasters -- effectively compelling companies like Netflix Inc. and TikTok Inc. to finance and promote Canadian content. It’s among the most far-reaching plans by governments anywhere to regulate the algorithms tech companies use to amplify or recommend content.

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Senators Introduce Bill To Protect Reproductive Health Data: ‘My Body, My Data’

MS Magazine | June 23, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

The digital surveillance threats to women’s reproductive health information are likely to escalate dramatically if the Supreme Court repeals abortion rights in the coming days and states criminalize abortion. In response, U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Representative Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.) introduced the My Body, My Data Act—a federal law protecting personal reproductive health data by minimizing the information that companies can collect and retain, for example through period tracking apps. The bill would prevent organizations from disclosing or misusing that information and create a new national standard to protect reproductive health data, enforced by the Federal Trade Commission.

“Extreme Republicans across the country aren’t only trying to take away women’s constitutional rights, they want to actually put people in jail for providing or seeking reproductive care,” said Hirono. “This legislation will take steps to protect women’s privacy and ensure that individuals cannot collect data from websites or apps and use it against them.

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