Bank Of England Fintech Director Says Anonymity Is “A Public Policy Problem And Something That Should Not Be Allowed To Continue”

During the Financial Times’ Crypto and Digital Assets Conference, the director of fintech at the Bank of England (BOE), Tom Mutton, downplayed privacy concerns over a digital pound. He argued that “privacy and anonymity are used synonymously in a way they shouldn’t be.” Mutton’s word salad appears to be an attempt to push the idea that CBDCs can actually be “private,” by defining privacy in a different way than the general population would. To him, “privacy” means individuals somewhat have control over their personal data while “anonymity” means no data is available. As reported by CityAM, Mutton went as far as saying that anonymity is “a public policy problem and something that should not be allowed to continue.” Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) have emerged as a popular concept for central banks and politicians that want more centralized control. The promise is that it would “modernize” the financial system. But privacy enthusiasts express concerns about the implications of CBDCs for personal privacy and financial autonomy. Privacy advocates worry that CBDCs, which rely on digital ledgers to record transactions, could significantly increase state surveillance capabilities. With every transaction tracked and recorded, central banks and governments could potentially gain unprecedented access to individual financial data. This level of oversight could lead to invasive monitoring of citizens and stifle financial privacy. The post Bank Of England Fintech Director Says Anonymity Is “A Public Policy Problem And Something That Should Not Be Allowed To Continue” appeared first on Reclaim The Net.Bank Of England Fintech Director Says Anonymity Is “A Public Policy Problem And Something That Should Not Be Allowed To Continue”

Former Disinformation Board Chief Nina Jankowicz Sues Fox News For “Defamation”

Nina Jankowicz, who previously served in the Biden administration as the leader of the now-defunct Disinformation Governance Board, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Fox News. The suit accuses the network of engaging in a “malicious campaign of destruction.” She had previously hinted that she was considering a lawsuit. We obtained a copy of the complaint for you here. Jankowicz’s lawsuit, filed in Delaware state court, claims that Fox News mentioned her over 300 times throughout 2022 in both broadcast and online publications. She says the network’s hosts and commentators spread lies about her. The suit specifically accuses Fox News of defaming Jankowicz by falsely stating that she was dismissed from the board and aimed to censor Americans’ speech. This coverage, according to the lawsuit, resulted in violent threats against her. Jankowicz’s attorney, Rylee Sommers-Flanagan, states that her client has suffered “irreparable harm,” both personally and professionally, due to Fox News’ reporting. “Fox’s coverage of Jankowicz was neither news nor political commentary; it was cheap, easy entertainment untethered from the facts, designed to make consumers believe that Jankowicz could and would suppress their speech,” the suit alleges. “Fox chose to lie about Jankowicz deliberately.” Jankowicz was appointed executive director of DHS board back in 2022. The pushback against the board was swift as it was accused of violating the First Amendment. The board was soon suspended and eventually scrapped. The post Former Disinformation Board Chief Nina Jankowicz Sues Fox News For “Defamation” appeared first on Reclaim The Net.Former Disinformation Board Chief Nina Jankowicz Sues Fox News For “Defamation”

Resetting the Rules for Tech to Preserve the Public Interest

Paulo Carvão is a Fellow at the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative. The technology marketplace has changed dramatically since the 1990s, and so must our expectations about the role and obligations of online platforms. We are living in a new phase of the “Information Revolution” in which technology is impacting and altering the way we communicate, how we relate to each other, the way we work, and the nature of work. This requires new laws, new regulatory frameworks, and new enforcement mechanisms.  To develop these new approaches, it is appropriate to take a step back and revisit the ideological, institutional, and technological dynamics that have brought us here, and to investigate how power got concentrated in a small number of large technology firms with business models deliberately shaped to exploit user data. And, it’s worth thinking about how the outcome of two cases currently before the Supreme Court – Gonzalez v. Google and Twitter v. Taamneh – may create an opening for change. The History of “Progress” The early and formative days of the computer revolution took place in a moment of cultural torment in the United States. In the Silicon Valley of the late 1960s and 70s, the first technological demonstrations of modern concepts of personal computing and contemporary human-machine interfaces took place in the context of the civil rights movement, the unraveling of the Vietnam War, and economic upheaval. With a deep distrust of government authority and the counterculture movement happening in the background, these technological innovations inspired a…Resetting the Rules for Tech to Preserve the Public Interest

DVAN: An Ode to Hennessy

For The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network, Tony Ho Tran discusses the Hennessy, a French cognac, as a status symbol in Vietnamese culture. It’s a fascinating read. An Ode to Hennessy France’s relationship with Vietnam began in 1857 when French forces, at the behest of Napoleon III, seized Saigon, though it wasn’t until nearly 30 years later did the country become officially colonized. What would unfold over the next century would be an abusive relationship of love and hate. While Vietnam fought against the colonizers in decades long bloody conflicts that included two wars and a battle that eventually saw them leave the country, the Vietnamese also grew to glorify all things French.Tony Ho Tran, May 10, 2023, dvan.org The post DVAN: An Ode to Hennessy appeared first on Mason Pelt.DVAN: An Ode to Hennessy

Norwegian Woman Wins Legal Challenge After She Was Fired For Tweet Critical Of Medical Gender Transitioning Of Girls

A Norwegian woman who was fired for criticizing gender transition treatment in girls and young women has won her case after she sued her former employer. Rianne Vogels was fired by Papillon after an anonymous complaint about her tweet about the risks of gender transition treatment. Papillon is a nonprofit that provides guidance services to women aged 15 to 30 with cross-cultural or migrant backgrounds. In the tweet, Vogels said that transitioning “may lead to sterility, sexual dysfunction, lifelong hormone dependency, + complications.” According to popular feminist outlet Reduxx, the following morning, the CEO of Papillon, Leila Rezzouk, had received an email from a sender with the pseudonym Ron Scofield about Vogels’ tweet. The email, written in English, not Norwegian, accused Vogels of racism because she had an account on Twitter alternative GETTR and said the tweet ridiculed young women. The sender added that Vogels’ “tweets and social media presence does not reflect well on the social, diversity, and multicultural message of Papillon.” The email address that sent the complaint has since been disabled. After getting the email, her employer told her that her name should no longer be included in communications with the organization’s donors. A day later, she was called to a meeting with Papillon’s board Director and Rezzouk. Hearings of her wrongful termination lawsuit started on March 27. Papillon insisted that it was within its rights to fire her. It presented the court with a 40-page document highlighting Vogels’ history of posts and likes. On May 9,…Norwegian Woman Wins Legal Challenge After She Was Fired For Tweet Critical Of Medical Gender Transitioning Of Girls

Canadian Police Officer Who Donated $50 To Freedom Convoy Could Be Forced Into Unpaid Work

A Canadian police officer who donated just $50 to the Freedom Convoy protest could face up to 140 hours of unpaid work. The punishment was recommended by his employer, Windsor Police, at a penalty hearing last week. In February 2022, Constable Michael Brisco donated $50 to the Freedom Convoy protest via the crowdfunding platform GiveSendGo. His lawyer, Shane Miles, said that Brisco did nothing wrong other than donating to a protest, noting that Freedom Convoy didn’t even get the money because accounts were frozen. Miles recommended 40 hours of unpaid work. “This isn’t an officer who used force that was excessive,” Miles said, as reported by CTVNews. “This isn’t an officer who treated the public poorly. This is an officer who donated $50.” Windsor police lawyer David Amyott recommended 140 hours of unpaid work because Brisco did not show remorse or accept wrongdoing. The officer has not pleaded guilty, arguing that he had the right to hold his views. However, he said he is “ready to accept whatever penalty” will be handed. A final decision in his case will be made by May 19. The post Canadian Police Officer Who Donated $50 To Freedom Convoy Could Be Forced Into Unpaid Work appeared first on Reclaim The Net.Canadian Police Officer Who Donated $50 To Freedom Convoy Could Be Forced Into Unpaid Work

California Launches Online Portal For Reporting “Internet Harassment”

We’ve heard this one before: the push to put in place measures identifying and sanctioning acts that are not (f)actually illegal, but will effectively be treated as such, in order to reduce the supposedly dangerous levels of “internet harassment,” etc. Some variation of the phrase – “acts of hate that may not violate the law but still cause significant harm in a community” – has appeared in new legislation, rules and initiatives across the world – in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Europe. And now the trend has caught on in California. The governor of this US state, Gavin Newsom, has announced a new multi-language program dubbed “CA vs Hate” which will feature a site and a hotline that will allow people to report what they perceive as acts of hate. But – why just not report such a thing to the police? Perhaps because laws already in place to deal with this kind of acts appear not be enough here – because, what will be treated as “acts of hate” – may in fact not be illegal. A press release from Newsom’s office said the program was being launched in response to rising hate crimes affecting Asian and Pacific communities, and that reporting will be optionally anonymous and safe, open to both people who believe they are victims, or witnesses to such “acts.” Cynics will say – just a politician in search of job security. That said, it isn’t entirely clear who, and in what way will deal with…California Launches Online Portal For Reporting “Internet Harassment”

UK Government Is Offering £600,000 To Contractors For Social Media Surveillance Of “Misinformation Narratives”

The UK government is ready to spend some $755,000 (£600,000) on a project involving contractors whose job would be to carry out surveillance on social media, on the lookout for “harmful disinformation and misinformation narratives.” This is revealed in a notice posted on the government’s Contracts Finder site that contains information about contracts whose value exceeds the equivalent of $15,000 – which is certainly the case with this one, that shows the authorities are looking for a misinformation and disinformation monitoring and analysis service. This current call for tender is the work of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), was published on April 23 and will close a month later. But as Twitter sleuths who noticed it have found out, this is by no means the first time the dis/misinformation “fever” has been detected in the UK government contracts – although it is a relatively new phenomenon. A search of the contracts listed on this site alone shows that 24 mention the word “misinformation” – but only three of those date to 2023 or earlier. The service contract that the government now looks to award is open to both SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) and VCSEs (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises) – and whichever is picked, will have to sign a non-disclosure agreement. The announcement states that the place of performance of the contract will be the UK, while the duration will be nine months, with the possibility of renewal. The DCMS’s future partner in monitoring and analyzing…UK Government Is Offering £600,000 To Contractors For Social Media Surveillance Of “Misinformation Narratives”

DHS Created “Radicalization” Scenarios, Including An Online Gamer Who Uses “Mean” Language And A “Budding Conspiracy Theorist”

US taxpayers are footing the bill for a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) experiment involving the creation of a game-like program whose stated goal is to make sure people make the right real life decisions – especially in terms of what’s known as domestic terrorism, and learn to recognize “signs of radicalization.” But the obvious political/ideological slant as to who these radicalized domestic terrorists are expected to be – namely, people with values typically associated with conservatives – makes the discovery of the memo controversial. America First Legal (AFL), which positions itself as an alternative to the ACLU, announced that it has come into possession of internal DHS documents thanks to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request which details the scheme in question. The outline, dubbed, Choose Your Own Adventure, proposes five story branches, each with three video scenes, screenshots of the documents obtained by the AFL show. Some of the “radicalization” scenarios, presented in a proposal that originated from DHS’ Office for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (OTVTP), include fictitious characters like an online gamer who is described as using “mean and degrading” language, as well as “a budding conspiracy theorist,” a pro-life activist, and a stepfather who is also “anti-government/authority” – and an abusive parent. The group said that the memo with the proposal dates back to late January 2021, a little over a week after Joe Biden was sworn in, and the concept is criticized for being politically charged, specifically for allegedly profiling conservatives. The memo…DHS Created “Radicalization” Scenarios, Including An Online Gamer Who Uses “Mean” Language And A “Budding Conspiracy Theorist”

Twitter Is Losing Utility For Customer Service

I published an article for Know Techie about several airlines that no longer offer customer support via Twitter DM. Expect more companies to follow suit, as Twitter becomes expensive and uncertain. Airlines abandon Twitter customer service amid high API fees Airlines, Air France, KLM, and Ryanair no longer offer customer service support using Twitter’s direct message functionality. Twitter was an online customer support hub for many years. The social network offered low-friction access to a large user base, and inbuilt brand identity confirmation. When Twitter changed the blue checks from identity verification into a paid product, one of those factors was lost. We’ve seen real problems from Twitter brand impersonation already.Mason Pelt, May 9, 2023, knowtechie.com The post Twitter Is Losing Utility For Customer Service appeared first on Mason Pelt.Twitter Is Losing Utility For Customer Service