Playlist privacy: You can be identified from just three songs

Companies can identify you from your music preferences, as well as influence and profit from your behavior.

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  • New research discovered that you can be identified from just three song choices.
  • This type of information can be exploited by streaming services through targeted advertising.
  • The researchers are calling for musical preference to be considered in regulations regarding online privacy.
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Who's listening? Inside the voice-profiling revolution

Do you sound friendly? Hostile? And which voice would be more likely to buy something?

You decide to call a store that sells some hiking boots you're thinking of buying. As you dial in, the computer of an artificial intelligence company hired by the store is activated.
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  • The market for smart toys is rapidly expanding and could grow to $18 billion by 2023.
  • Smart toys can help with learning but pose risks if they are not designed to protect children's data and safety.
  • Many companies are developing smart toys ethically and responsibly, with makers of AI-powered smart toys encouraged to apply to the Smart Toy Awards.
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Should law enforcement be using AI and cell phone data to find rioters?

The attack on the Capitol forces us to confront an existential question about privacy.

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  • The insurrection attempt at the Capitol was captured by thousands of cell phones and security cameras.
  • Many protestors have been arrested after their identity was reported to the FBI.
  • Surveillance experts warn about the dangers of using facial recognition to monitor protests.
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Should facial recognition software be banned on college campuses?

A heated debate is occurring at the University of Miami.

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  • Students say they were identified with facial recognition technology after a protest at the University of Miami; campus police claim this isn't true.
  • Over 60 universities nationwide have banned facial recognition; a few colleges, such as USC, regularly use it.
  • Civil rights groups in Miami have called for the University of Miami to have talks on this topic.

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