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Welcome to your weekend edition of the newsletter, brought to you from a hot-hot-hot Manchester (well
 
June 29 · Issue #458 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to your weekend edition of the newsletter, brought to you from a hot-hot-hot Manchester (well, hot for this part of the world, at least).
— Martin from Big Revolution

Big things you need to know today
  • Amazon’s face recognition tech can cause problems for trans, queer, and nonbinary individuals. Rekognition frequently misgenders them. As Jezebel asks, “what happens when a cop looks at your license and your machine predicted gender doesn’t match what they see? ”
One big read
Amazon Is Watching Amazon Is Watching
A ‘worst case scenario’ look at the various ways Amazon is helping the creation of a surveillance state. “The Internet giant is wiring homes, neighborhoods, and cities with cameras and microphones, and powering the nation’s intelligence services. Are we sure we can trust it?”
The Problem With Verification
A good look at how the whole idea of ‘verification’ on social media is broken.
I was 7 words away from being spear-phished
A cautionary tale of an attempted hacking that was almost successful.
The brutally honest guide to a career in tech journalism
My experiences chime with a lot of this.
Why People Pretend To Be Boomers In Facebook Groups
“In total, tens of thousands of people have bought in to the idea of devoting at least part of their lives towards a digital time capsule or a bizarre, stress-relieving, closed-off space, where reality is ignored (and often banned) in place of a happier, more palatable narrative.”
That’s all for today...
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