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    1. Data Dictatorships: The Arms Race to Hack Humankind (my latest book)

      As many of you know, my book Data Dictatorships has just come out and I believe the timing couldn't be better. For the last year I’ve been banging my head against the wall trying to understand the...

      As many of you know, my book Data Dictatorships has just come out and I believe the timing couldn't be better.

      For the last year I’ve been banging my head against the wall trying to understand the complexity of our current situation with the technological disruption. And this book contains all the answers I have found along the way.

      Forget about fake news, election interferences or being watched on the Internet. The reality is much more chaotic, complex and dreadful than that.

      The truth is that data has become the raw materialization of power, and this is making dictatorships more efficient than ever before. Few dare to say it, but liberal democracy is likely going to die. (At least as we know it.)

      But I believe if we start global conversations about this, maybe we can change things. And these conversations could start as small as a thread in this forum.

      I hope you can find the time to check out the content of this book. And it would be great if we could start a threat talking about these threats we’re facing.

      I know this might be perceived as spam for a lot of people. And that's fair. But I'm not trying to sell anything. In fact, I'm giving it away for free (the digital version.)

      If you just want to grab a free copy, here’s the electronic version for free. I believe that the ideas discussed in this book are so important that I’m willing to give it away for free. So here’s the link–download it, share it, but please let’s start a conversation about this:

      EPUB:
      https://borjamoya.com/books/Data-Dictatorships_The-Arms-Race-to-Hack-Humankind-Borja-Moya.epub
      MOBI:
      https://borjamoya.com/books/Data-Dictatorships_The-Arms-Race-to-Hack-Humankind-Borja-Moya.mobi

      And of course, if you’d like the paperback version here or just read more info about the book, go here: https://borjamoya.com/DataDictatorships

      I hope you enjoy my small contribution to the world.

      PS. My book has gotten to the front page of Hacker News, you can also join the conversation there: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21417319

      6 votes
    2. TSA Facial Recognition is here, and it works distressingly well.

      My wife and I recently spent 10 days in Ireland. On our trip home, we went through US Customs at the Dublin airport. When it was our turn to speak to the TSA agent, we were called over to the desk...

      My wife and I recently spent 10 days in Ireland. On our trip home, we went through US Customs at the Dublin airport. When it was our turn to speak to the TSA agent, we were called over to the desk and the agent asked my wife to stand in front of the camera. I assumed she was just getting her picture taken, similar to what we had done by Jamaica Customs when we flew into Montego Bay a couple years ago. Before she could even give him her passport or boarding pass , the agent asked "So <wife's name>, what part of Wisconsin is <city we live in> located?". As soon as it happened, my stomach dropped. I've been thinking about it ever since and still can't quite figure out how they are populating their facial recognition database. A couple more points:

      · There was nothing else the TSA agent could have used to identify my wife.
      · We had not had pictures/facial scans taken in any US Federal facility prior to this.
      · From the time my wife stood in front of the camera to the TSA agent starting to ask, maybe 3-5 seconds had elapsed.

      Has anyone else experienced this? This Twitter thread with JetBlue seems to be a similar experience.

      13 votes
    3. What’s the status on anonymous comments?

      A long time ago, there was a discussion about anonymous comment posting. I’d link it if I wasn’t typing at mobile, but it shouldn’t be too hard to find. How did things about anonymous posting...

      A long time ago, there was a discussion about anonymous comment posting. I’d link it if I wasn’t typing at mobile, but it shouldn’t be too hard to find.

      How did things about anonymous posting evolve, @Deimos? Do you plan to eventually make something like this?

      There are plenty of topics such as this one which would IMO strongly benefit from anonymous comments - I can definitely see much higher participation if that was the case.

      Regarding the abuse, I won’t reiterate all the points made in the thread [todo: link] and purposed solutions, but what about turning anonymous posting on only in some topics, perhaps where the topic author manually turned them on? We could have them for sensitive topics while holding people accountable for their words in all the political topics.

      14 votes