News story: New tool developed to tackle online child grooming

first_imgEngineers from some of the world’s biggest tech firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Snap and Twitter, worked for 2 days at a hackathon in the United States co-hosted by the Home Secretary and Microsoft, which tasked industry experts to come up with tools to identify online child grooming.A prototype tool has been developed that can be used to automatically flag potential conversations taking place between child groomers and children.Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: Hackathon participants analysed tens of thousands of conversations to understand patterns used by predators. This enabled engineers to develop technology to automatically and accurately detect these patterns.Potential conversations between a groomer and their victim will be flagged so a moderator can investigate further.Further work will take place on the prototype. Once completed it will be licensed free of charge to smaller and medium-sized technology companies worldwide.During his trip to the United States the Home Secretary met major tech firms so he can be updated on their efforts to tackle the crime. He used the meetings to explore how companies could make greater use of technology to proactively find and remove abusive content from their sites.He noted that, while some progress had been made, companies still had to go further and work faster to tackle online child sexual exploitation (CSE). The Home Secretary was thanked for his leadership and commitment to the issue of CSE.Online child sexual abuse will be the focus of the next Five Country Ministerial meeting in London in summer 2019, bringing together interior ministers and attorneys general from the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.Last week the government announced a package of measures to tackle online CSE. This included: We all have a responsibility to tackle online child sexual exploitation and the new tool developed during the hackathon is a positive step forward. Once complete, it will be rolled out for free to other tech companies that want to deploy it. This is just one thing we can do together to combat this appalling crime.center_img commissioning the Internet Watch Foundation to investigate how advertising is funding CSE activity a taskforce, chaired by the Home Secretary, bringing together representatives from ad agencies, trade bodies and brands to ensure criminals don’t have access to this funding stream a £250,000 innovation call for organisations to bid for funding to assist them in developing innovative solutions to disrupt live streaming of abuse new tools to improve the capabilities of the Child Abuse Image Database (CAID) – the database used by the NCA and UK police forces to search for indecent images of children and increase the ability to identify victimslast_img read more

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B’ville boys golfers tie for second at sectionals

first_img Tags: BaldwinsvilleBoys golf At times in the past, the fact that the Section III boys golf tournament for Salt City Athletic Conference Metro division teams often took place at nearby Radisson Greens benefited Baldwinsville in a big way.Many of the Bees’ golfers had played rounds at Radisson, and that familiarity led to victories in this tournament, something B’ville looked to achieve again when Wednesday’s sectional tournament got underway.But it didn’t quite happen. The Bees finished at 399, the same score as West Genesee, but both of them, along with SCAC Metro regular-season champion Fayetteville-Manlius (400), topped by Cicero-North Syracuse Blue, who won with 395. This win was particularly satisfying because the Northstars had beaten the Bees Sept. 5 at Lakeshore Country Club, which ended up costing B’ville the SCAC Metro division regular-season title since it split with first-place F-M.In the rematch with C-NS Blue, Alex Pompo went to the forefront, his one-over-par 37 supported by Anthony Petragnani and Victor Ianno, each of whom shot 38.Guild and Aidan Farmer followed with rounds of 39, while Brendan Wilcox had a 43 and Glavin contributed a 44. C-NS Blue got a 38 from Sam Thompson, a 39 from Austin Alberici and Sean Lawler and a 40 from Ryan Sisco.All of this was supposed to help the Bees’ confidence as it went to Radisson, but in cold, wet conditions that made the course play much longer than its listed 6,600-plus yards, scores were not going to be low.Pompo had a four-over-par 76, leading B’ville’s individuals  and tied for fourth place overall among all SCAC golfers, just four strokes behind Liverpool’s Dylan Husted, who took individual honors by shooting an even-par 72.Farmer finished with a 79, just ahead of Glavin’s 80, while Petragnani and Nate MacGregor both finished at 82. Guild had an 84 as Brendan Wilcox shot an 86 ahead of the 87 from Ianno and a 91 from Trey Ordway.C-NS Blue ultimately won because it had four players – Ryan Sisco (77), Jake Nardozza (78), D.J. Villnave and Sean Lawler (79 each) – break 80, with an 82 by Darin Townsend capping it off.Since Pompo, Farmer, Glavin, Petragnani and MacGregor each shot 82 or lower, they all advanced to next May’s sectional state qualifying tournament at Seven Oaks in Hamilton.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img B’ville went into the sectional tournament with as much confidence as possible thanks to victories in each of its last two regular-season matches.Against F-M’s newly-constructed White team on Sept. 25 at Woodcrest, the Bees won 189-205, Billy Guild shooting an even-par 36 and Tanner Glavin was close behind, posting 37.Back home at Timber Banks for last Monday’s regular-season finale, B’ville had to again rely on its deep lineup to defeat C-NS Blue 191-198.last_img read more

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Puddy Pooh for Cliggott Memorial race

first_imgThe talented 4-y-o filly, PUDDY POOH, should upstage her six opponents and win the 3-y-o and up open allowance feature over the straight-five course at Caymanas Park today.When last raced on February 20, the Richard Azan-trained PUDDY POOH, who won the 1000 Guineas as a 3-y-o last season, found the champion sprinter POKER STAR too hot to handle in the season’s first grade-one race, the Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy over 1300 metres. But in all fairness, she was not disgraced in finishing 6 1/2 lengths fifth after missing the break.Before that on December 5, PUDDY POOH romped the Betting and Gaming Stakes Trophy over 1400 metres, covering the distance in the smart time of 1:23.4 behind fast splits of 22.0 and 45.0 for the half-mile.Having worked well in preparation for today’s encounter and dropping down in class as well, PUDDY POOH will prove hard to beat with a mere 50.0kg, inclusive of apprentice Odean Edwards’ 3.0kg claiming allowance.The bay filly by Adore The Gold out of Shahar can expect worthwhile competition from the speedy four-year-old colts, ROYAL ASSAULT and SMOKEY TOPAZ, but she apparently has a bit more class than either and should rebound with a win under these favourable conditions.Elsewhere on the 10-race programme, champion trainer Wayne DaCosta holds the key to the opening race (non-winners of three) over the straight with the consistent SILVER CLOUD and speedy DRIPPING IN GOLD.While the latter is expected to lead the seven-horse field, his recent form is not as appealing as the grey SILVER CLOUD, who gets the nod under four-time champion Omar Walker.I also like MACALLAN to win the second race over 1100 metres for maiden three-year-olds, BIG DATA to do likewise in division two, as well as QUEEN OF THE TOWN in the fifth, GIRSHOM in the seventh and the fleet-footed FIRE ALARM under leading jockey Dane Nelson in the eighth race over the straight.last_img read more

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Netflix arrives in South Africa

first_imgThe US online paid-for streaming service of TV shows and movies, Netflix, has launched in 130 countries, including South Africa. It’ll now be easier for signed-up members to watch what they want, when they want, where they want, on any internet enabled device.Co-founder and chief executive Co-founder and chief executive Reed Hastings launches Netflix in 130 countries, including South Africa on 6 January. (Image: Netflix) launches Netflix in 130 countries, including South Africa on 6 January. (Image: Netflix)Priya PitamberThe days of being restricted to a television set to watch your favourite show are dwindling. Online streaming of series and movies is a fast-growing industry and one if its leaders, Netflix, expanded its reach to an additional 130 countries, including South Africa, on 6 January.The paid for service, which started in 2007 in the US, has since expanded across the world.“Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global internet TV network,” said co-founder and chief executive Reed Hastings at the launch in Las Vegas.“With this launch, consumers around the world – from Singapore to St Petersburg, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo – will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies simultaneously – no more waiting. With the help of the internet, we are putting power in consumers’ hands to watch whenever, wherever and on whatever device.”How it worksUsers first sign up and then can choose packages starting from $7.99 (about R134 at the current exchange rate). Internet costs are separate and depend on individual packages and service providers.Netflix is available on virtually any device that has an internet connection, including personal computers, tablets, smartphones, smart TVs and gaming consoles. It automatically provides the best possible streaming quality based on available bandwidth.Many titles, including Netflix original series and films, are available in high-definition with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound; and some are available in Ultra HD.What you can watchOnce signed up, members around the world can watch Netflix original series, including Marvel’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Narcos, Sense8, Grace and Frankie, and Marco Polo, as well as a catalogue of licensed TV shows and movies.“In 2016, the company plans to release 31 new and returning original series, two dozen original feature films and documentaries, a wide range of stand-up comedy specials and 30 original kids series – available at the same time to members everywhere,” the company said.Continued expansionWhile largely available in English, Netflix has added Arabic, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese to the 17 languages it already supports.“From today onwards, we will listen and we will learn, gradually adding more languages, more content and more ways for people to engage with Netflix,” said Hastings. “We’re looking forward to bringing great stories from all over the world to people all over the world.”The service is not available in Crimea, North Korea and Syria because of American government restrictions on American companies.South African social media users took to Twitter to express their excitement about the launch.Welcome to South Africa @netflix Our bodies are ready!— Anne Hirsch (@Anne_Hirsch) January 6, 2016Okay now that @netflix is officially in South Africa, I suggest we all celebrate by watching @JessicaJones — Caryn Welby-Solomon (@carrieanne07) January 6, 2016The competitionNaspers, the international media company based in South Africa, launched the local online streaming service, Showmax, in 2015. It charges a R99 a month subscription fee. Showmax offers a seven-day free trial, while Netflix offers a month trial period.Source: NetflixWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Shipping shakeup Amazon may deliver its own packages Update

This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The online retailer is reportedly planning a new service to pick up packages from businesses and deliver them to consumers.The service, called “Shipping With Amazon,” is expected to start in Los Angeles in the coming weeks and roll out more broadly as soon as this year, according to The Wall Street Journal , which cited anonymous sources.Amazon, which has been edging into the delivery business for some time, would not confirm the report—but didn’t deny it either.”We’re always innovating and experimenting on behalf of customers and the businesses that sell and grow on Amazon to create faster lower-cost delivery choices,” said Amazon spokeswoman Kristen Kish.Shares of delivery giants UPS and FedEx slipped Friday, but so did Amazon stock as analysts expressed caution about the difficulty of building a competitive delivery network.Amazon’s interest in the delivery business has been percolating ever since many Amazon packages were delivered late around Christmas in 2013. Amazon has helped fuel the boom in online shopping, but all those millions of packages are straining the networks of UPS and FedEx. Amazon also uses the U.S. Postal Service and smaller delivery companies. In this Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, photo, FedEx trucks are parked in New York. Shares of delivery companies FedEx and UPS are falling in Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, premarket trading following a report that powerhouse Amazon is readying its own delivery service for businesses. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) In this May 9, 2017, file photo, a package from Amazon Prime is loaded for delivery on a UPS truck, in New York. Shares of delivery companies FedEx and UPS are falling in Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, premarket trading following a report that powerhouse Amazon is readying its own delivery service for businesses. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Saunders said the delivery companies are likely to lose business from Amazon—slowly at first, then more quickly as Amazon builds out its own operation. And if Amazon starts delivering to businesses, it may undercut the incumbents on rates, he said. Amazon, US Postal Service will deliver on Sundays Analysts estimate that UPS gets up to 6 percent of revenue from Amazon deliveries compared to about 3 percent for FedEx. Several took a wait-and-see approach to the Amazon threat.Deutsche Bank analysts wrote that “one pilot program, in one city, is being extrapolated as a clear and present risk to a global network” that delivers 33 million packages a day, more than 20 times Amazon’s estimated delivery volume. They were “highly skeptical” of much risk to UPS and FedEx.Citi analyst Christian Weatherbee said Amazon hasn’t yet committed significant assets to a new delivery program.”We don’t want to present the case that Amazon will never, or could never, compete directly with FedEx, UPS” and the post office, Weatherbee said, but there is no indication that the company has bought enough trucks and hired enough drivers to take on UPS and FedEx, which would be a “difficult task,” he said.Amazon is likely to remain a major customer for UPS and FedEx for quite some time, complicating their relationship.UBS Securities analyst Thomas Wadewitz said as “frenemy” Amazon expands on their turf, it could make sense for UPS and FedEx to significantly raise prices with Amazon, although there is no evidence to show they’ll do that. In this Nov. 20, 2015 picture, UPS airplanes sit on a tarmac at the company’s Worldport hub in Louisville, Ky. Shares of delivery companies FedEx and UPS are falling in Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, premarket trading following a report that powerhouse Amazon is readying its own delivery service for businesses. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Amazon has already shown that it can rattle the retail, grocery and health insurance industries, and now it is doing the same in the delivery business. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further In this Nov. 20, 2015 picture, a UPS airplane is unloaded at the company’s Worldport hub in Louisville, Ky. Shares of delivery companies FedEx and UPS are falling in Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, premarket trading following a report that powerhouse Amazon is readying its own delivery service for businesses. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Citation: Shipping shakeup? Amazon may deliver its own packages (Update) (2018, February 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from FedEx spokesman Patrick Fitzgerald said the Journal headline showed a “lack of basic understanding of the full scale of the global transportation industry.”UPS spokesman Steve Gaut said in statement that the company “continues to support Amazon and many other customers,” and doesn’t comment about their business strategies or decisions on how they use UPS services. UPS declined to make an executive available for an interview.Amazon’s muscle and influence beyond retailing have been very evident lately.When Amazon, Warren Buffett and the CEO of JPMorgan Chase announced two weeks ago that they were forming a company to tackle employer health care costs, it triggered a sell-off in the shares of established health insurers.This week Amazon launched two-hour grocery delivery for Prime members from Whole Foods, which it bought last summer for nearly $14 billion.In afternoon trading, Amazon shares were down $66, or 4.9 percent to $1,284.49; United Parcel Service Inc. dropped $4.58, or 4.2 percent, to $104.70; and FedEx Corp. fell $11.87, or 5 percent, to $227.40. UPS had a rocky holiday season late last year, as it underestimated the crush of online shopping during so-called cyber week right after Thanksgiving. The Atlanta-based company plans to spend a chunk of its tax-cut savings to improve its network.Meanwhile, Amazon has leased 40 airplanes, begun arranging ocean freight shipments from China to the U.S., and built up a corps of delivery drivers.Executives at UPS and FedEx have downplayed the Amazon threat before, saying that it would take a massive investment over a long time to build an air and ground network to rival theirs.There is little doubt, however, that Seattle-based Amazon has the means to build a bigger network. It had $178 billion in sales and $3 billion in profit last year and is sitting on more than $20 billion in cash.An Amazon entry would “send shivers down the spines of the traditional delivery companies,” said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail. read more

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Facebook needed thirdparty apps to grow Now its left with a privacy

Explore further Citation: Facebook needed third-party apps to grow. Now it’s left with a privacy crisis (2018, March 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from US FTC probing Facebook data scandal: media ©2018 Los Angeles Times Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Kogan had permission to obtain the data, but is accused of violating Facebook rules when he passed the information to a third party, Cambridge Analytica, for money.Facebook knew about the breach in 2015 and demanded that Cambridge Analytica destroy the data—something the firm says it did. However, former employees of Cambridge Analytica say the company still has some of the data and that Facebook never bothered to verify that it had been deleted.Their claims, if proved correct, suggest there are few consequences to ignoring Facebook’s terms of service about receiving data. Cambridge Analytica was only suspended from Facebook on Friday, two years after the social media giant knew about the violation.The controversy has raised suspicions that more Facebook data has been passed to third parties than the company is willing to acknowledge—a potentially vast market that has spread to the so-called dark web, where stolen information and identities are exchanged.Facebook accounts were selling for $5.20 apiece on the dark web last month, more than three times the price for Twitter accounts, according to Top10VPN, a site that tracks online secuity tools.Sandy Parakilas, a former Facebook employee whose job used to entail policing data breaches by third-party developers, said the spread of ill-gotten user information was rampant.”Once the data left Facebook servers, there was not any control, and there was no insight into what was going on,” Parakilas, who served at his position for two years starting in 2011, told the Guardian.”It has been painful watching,” he added, “because I know that they could have prevented it.”Parakilas alleges that Facebook turned a blind eye because the company felt willful ignorance of the problem would diminish legal liability. Despite that, it was becoming increasingly apparent that a black market existed for Facebook user data, he said.”We also do a variety of manual and automated checks to ensure compliance with our policies,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement Tuesday. “These include steps such as random audits of existing apps along with the regular and proactive monitoring of apps.”Now that Facebook has amassed more then 2 billion users, it has less incentive to share its most valuable user data. By keeping that information close, the company can bolster its own ad business and reduce the risk of security breaches.The shift was necessary because Facebook had been under fire for sharing data with third parties long before the Cambridge Analytica scandal.In 2011, Facebook settled with the FTC and entered a consent decree after the regulator ruled that the company had deceived its users about privacy claims. “Facebook had a ‘Verified Apps’ program and claimed it certified the security of participating apps. It didn’t,” the FTC said at the time.While the breadth of data now available to app developers is diminished, experts say it has only increased for Facebook. That includes tracking users’ locations, their payments and “activities on and off Facebook from third-party partners,” according to the company’s data policy.”They’re still collecting tons of information from us,” said Betsy Sigman, a professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “And they’re sharing it all over the place and making money. It’s the greatest registry the world has ever seen.” Facebook had only 20 million users when it opened up its budding platform to outside app developers in 2007, giving them much-needed access to the social network’s growing web of friends and family. The developers built online games, quizzes and dating apps that gave people even more reasons to join Facebook.It proved a turning point for the company, sparking runaway growth that saw Facebook add an average of 200 million users a year en route to becoming the world’s biggest and most powerful social network. It also entrusted outside developers with Facebook’s treasure trove of personal data, showing where users lived, where they went to school and what, if any, political affiliations they had.The consequences of that shift are now coming into sharper view amid a growing scandal over Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm tied to the Donald Trump presidential campaign that accessed details from 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge in an attempt to influence voters.Revelation of the scandal, which was first reported by the New York Times and the British newspaper the Observer over the weekend, resulted in news Tuesday that the chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, had been suspended. Facebook is also the subject of a new probe by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to see if it mishandled private user data and a joint investigation from attorneys general Maura Healey of Massachusetts and Eric Schneiderman of New York.Authorities will likely want to know how much information Facebook provides to outside app developers and what role, if any, the social network has in enabling unauthorized third parties to gain access to that data, experts say.”App integration allowed people to do things like play Scrabble online with their old high school friends on the other side of the country and it allowed user growth to increase a lot,” Heather Antoine, a Beverly Hills attorney who specializes in internet and privacy law, said of the company’s new tack in 2007. “It didn’t start with a malicious intent, and I still don’t know if Facebook has any malicious intent, but other people did and they found loopholes to get data.”Cambridge Analytica, a company owned by conservative billionaire Robert Mercer, is accused of receiving the data from University of Cambridge psychology professor Aleksandr Kogan. He had developed a personality quiz app for Facebook called “thisisyourdigitallife,” which was downloaded 270,000 times by Facebook users in 2013. At the time, Kogan could glean information from those users’ contacts, leading to additional information from millions more accounts. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

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