M.E.D. 7.13.18

My everyday mosh pit of links, information and tools.

Live: Stream 11:45 Eastern

Today at 11:45AM ET: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will hold a press conference for a law enforcement announcement.  https://www.justice.gov/live

Two Senators Call for Investigation of Smart TV Industry  [NYT]

“Regrettably,” the senators wrote, “smart-TV users may not be aware of the extent to which their televisions are collecting sensitive information about their viewing habits.” The letter went on to argue that Samba TV “does not provide sufficient information about its privacy practices to ensure users can make truly informed decisions.”

All Ears: Always-On Listening Devices Could Soon Be Everywhere  [WSJ]

Tiny microphones are moving us toward a world where all gadgets can respond to a voice command

This Russian Company Knows What You Like on Facebook [NYT]

 On June 29, Facebook revealed to congressional investigators that it granted Mail.ru, a Russian internet company with close ties to the Kremlin, a special extension of the Facebook policy that allowed thousands of application developers access to massive amounts of user data.

Mail.ru ran applications on Facebook for years before 2015, allowing it to delve into Facebook profiles and activity from millions of users around the world. This was standard Facebook policy. Thousands of companies that built applications on the Facebook platform had access to potentially millions of users’ information.

Have I been pwned and spam lists of personal information

Including widely circulating spam lists helps HIBP users assess the overall exposure of their personal data. Subscribers expect to be notified when their data is misused in this way.

‘;–have i been pwned?

 TL/DR – You prob have, plug in your email address and see.

Seedbank : Collection of Interactive Machine Learning Examples

We call them “seeds”. Each seed is a machine learning example you can start playing with. Explore, learn and grow them into whatever you like.

Try the  Variational auto-encoder for music.
MusicVAE learns a latent space of musical sequences, providing different modes of interactive musical creation, including:

  • Random sampling from the prior distribution.
  • Interpolation between existing sequences.
  • Manipulation of existing sequences via a latent constraint model.

Catch up…

US Department of Commerce released a report (PDF) on the threat of botnets from May

Enhancing the Resilience of the Internet and Communications Ecosystem Against Botnets and Other Automated, Distributed Threats

While some actions directly related to the federal government are clearly appropriate for the government to lead, this model provides a way for stakeholders to collaborate with government as they move forward on those actions that are best accomplished through private-sector leadership.

 

70th Emmy Awards Nominations Announcements July 12, 2018

Number of Nominations by Platform (with 10 or more nomations)

2018

2017

Netflix

112

91

HBO

108

111

NBC

78

64

FX Networks

50

55

CBS

34

29

ABC

31

36

Hulu

27

18

Prime Video

22

16

Showtime

21

15

National Geographic

17

15

FOX

16

20

VH1

12

8

CNN

10

7

 

 Rana Begum, whose “No. 814” (2018)  in Regent’s Park