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Seeing AI: Microsoft's free mobile app for the visually impaired uses the phone's camera and AI to narrate the world around us

A free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the low vision community, this research project harnesses the power of AI to describe people, text and objects
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The end of prisons visits: US jails replace face-to-face contact with video calls

It’s been described as ‘Skype for the jailed’ and is being sold as safer and more convenient. But it begs the question: are in-person visits a human right?
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Venezuelans playing videogames to earn virtual wealth that can be sold for #Bitcoin

Venezuelan citizens are now playing massive multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) to farm game items and sell them for bitcoin.
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The Pirate Bay tests digital currency miner based on Javascript to use CPU power of its visitors

Torrent and piracy websites are in a difficult situation when it comes to raising money. The more they grow in popularity, the bigger the costs of operation get, but they can’t exactly depend…
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UK National Health Service (NHS) uses 10% (130,000) of the world's remaining active beepers

Report into NHS communications says it uses 130,000 pagers and it is surprising ‘legacy equipment is relied upon in emergency situations’
theguardian.com

Digital Society Citizenship Program for Impact Immigrants: Request for comments!

Based on the experience of our pilot introducing tech to immigrants in Paris this summer, we have designed a new introductory program to level the field and provide practical skills for all before we embark on more technical and specialized skills.
Please, review it and comment on it -- all comments and suggestions, additions, changes, etc. are welcome!

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Impact Immigrants Digital Society Citizenship Program Our DSC program allows all participants to become active citizens of the Digital Society beyond being passive users and socially connected individuals with the ability to create and publish content and the skills to use tools that can help the...
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US SEC rules that blockchain tokens sold through token sales are securities, starting the era of Blockchain regulation

There are singular moments where you know for a fact that the world will no longer be the same afterwards. While not on par with some far more consequential events in history, today’s SEC ruling, c…
venturebeat.com

Bitcoin exchange BTC-e goes offline as U.S. indicts alleged Russian operator and accuses him of $4 billion bitcoin laundering scheme

A U.S. jury indicted a Russian man on Wednesday as the operator of a digital currency exchange he allegedly used to launder more than $4 billion for people involved in crimes ranging from computer hacking to drug trafficking.
reuters.com

Can animals own copyrights? A monkey selfie copyright case returns to the spotlight

A case between PETA and nature photographer David Slater and Blurb is now being discussed by a federal appeals court.
cnet.com

The Guardian reveals Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence - moderation and censorship detailed

Leaked policies guiding moderators on what content to allow are likely to fuel debate about social media giant’s ethics
theguardian.com

Facebook employs ex-political aides to help campaigns target voters

Roles for former Conservative and Labour figures prompt fears company is ‘whispering in ears’ of parties to aid micro-targeting of users
theguardian.com

U.S. cyber bill would shift power away from spy agency

A bill proposed in Congress on Wednesday would require the U.S. National Security Agency to inform representatives of other government agencies about security holes it finds in software like the one that allowed last week's "ransomware" attacks.
reuters.com

Eligiendo un Interfaz de Aplicaciones Web y Móviles (Application Framework)

En ámbitos profesionales, con frecuencia nos encontramos con instituciones que han realizado una gran inversión en sistemas y aplicaciones robustas y con un alto grado de especificidad y adecuación a sus necesidades particulares.
estrategiastic.com

Recomendaciones sobre Estrategias de Tecnología e Innovación

Esta colección recoge apuntes, recomendaciones, lecciones aprendidas, mejores (y peores!) prácticas y lecciones aprendidas en más de 20 años de experiencia en la formulación e implementación de estrategias e iniciativas de innovación tecnológica para el impacto social, la eficiencia institucional y…
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European Union launches public consultation into fears about the future of the Internet

Privacy, security, artificial intelligence, net neutrality, big data and impact of internet on daily life among topics included in surveys
theguardian.com

a nice read about universal basic income

Human civilization is a skyscraper we’ve been building together for 1000s of years and UBI is the foundation we neglected to build under it…
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