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Twitter vows to fix bias image cropping issue

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Twitter has pledged that it will continually test its algorithms for bias and give users more choice in how images appear on its platform.

“While our analyses to date haven’t shown racial or gender bias, we recognize that the way we automatically crop photos means there is a potential for harm,” Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal and CDO Dantley Davis wrote in a blog post.

“We should’ve done a better job of anticipating this possibility when we were first designing and building this product.

“We are currently conducting additional analysis to add further rigor to our testing, are committed to sharing our findings, and are exploring ways to open-source our analysis so that others can help keep us accountable.”

See also: What is bias in AI really, and why can’t AI neutralize it?

The pair added that Twitter would decrease its reliance on using machine learning for

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Trump vows to block any TikTok deal that allows Chinese control

A deal to restructure ownership of the popular video app TikTok was thrown into doubt Monday when President Donald Trump vowed to block any deal that allows its Chinese parent firm to retain any control.

The comments raised fresh concerns over a weekend deal that appeared to avert a US-ordered ban of TikTok, which the Trump administration has called a national security risk and has threatened to ban without ownership changes.

The deal would make Silicon Valley giant Oracle the data partner for TikTok, with retail giant Walmart also taking a stake in a new entity to be called TikTok Global.

But details of the plan remained unclear, amid differing accounts on the American and Chinese shares of the new firm, and who would be in control of the data and algorithms.

Trump on Monday told Fox News that TikTok’s Chinese parent firm ByteDance “will have nothing to do with

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China Vows Carbon Neutrality by 2060 in Major Climate Pledge

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China aims to be carbon neutral by 2060, tightening its target to cut greenhouse-gases, and signaled higher spending on green technologies in the next five years, major pledge in the fight against climate change by the planet’s worst polluter.

President Xi Jinping, speaking during a virtual United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, also reiterated his goal for emissions to peak before 2030 and urged all nations to work toward a greener economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. While he didn’t lay out details, Xi’s announcement implies China’s emissions will have to sharply decline to reach net-zero in less than 30 years after peaking in 2030.

“Humankind can no longer afford to ignore the repeated warnings of nature and go down the beaten path of extracting resources without investing in conservation, pursuing development at the expense of protection, and exploiting resources without restoration,” Xi said in a

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Microsoft vows to replenish more water than it consumes by 2030, in latest sustainability initiative

Microsoft’s redevelopment of its Redmond, Wash. headquarters will include water conservation strategies. (Microsoft Rendering)

Microsoft says it will replenish more clean water than it uses in its cloud computing and software business within a decade.

The water pledge, announced Monday morning, represents the fourth and final focus area in a package of sustainability initiatives that Microsoft has been rolling out this year. The company started in January with its plan to become climate negative within a decade, removing more carbon from the atmosphere than it has emitted through its history. Microsoft also launched a global biodiversity program; an ecology-based “Planetary Computer;” and a suite of waste reduction strategies; along with a $1 billion Climate Innovation Fund.

As with its climate, biodiversity and waste efforts, Microsoft’s new water initiative takes a multi-pronged approach to addressing the worldwide environmental challenge. Initiatives will include: changing internal Microsoft practices to meet conservation goals; joining

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Trump Vows To Block Any TikTok Deal Allowing Chinese Control

President Donald Trump on Monday threw into doubt a deal to restructure ownership of the popular video app TikTok, vowing to block any deal that allows its Chinese parent firm to retain any control.

The comments raised fresh concerns over a weekend deal that appeared to avert a US-ordered ban of TikTok, which the Trump administration has called a national security risk.

The deal would make Silicon Valley giant Oracle the data partner for TikTok with retail giant Walmart also taking a stake in a new entity to be called TikTok Global.

But details of the plan remained unclear, amid differing accounts on the American and Chinese shares of the new firm, and who would be in control of the data and algorithms.

Trump on Monday told Fox News that TikTok’s Chinese parent firm ByteDance “will have nothing to do with it and if they do, then we just won’t

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Thailand vows to step up action vs ‘illegal’ online sites

BANGKOK (AP) — A top official in Thailand said Wednesday that his country will step up action against online content…

BANGKOK (AP) — A top official in Thailand said Wednesday that his country will step up action against online content that breaks its laws, two days after forcing Facebook to block a group that was posting material critical of the monarchy.

Minister of Digital Economy and Society Buddhipongse Punnakanta told a news conference that his department would get a court order within 48 hours to block access in Thailand to any web address deemed to contain illegal material.

The platforms would then have 15 days to comply or face legal action.

“We are protecting our sovereignty, which may not mean protecting physical borders in the traditional sense but rather, as I said yesterday, that we are protecting our cyber sovereignty,” said Buddhipongse. He declared that such attacks “happen fast and

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Thailand vows to step up action against illegal online sites | World News

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Thailand vows to step up action vs ‘illegal’ online sites | World News

BANGKOK (AP) — A top official in Thailand said Wednesday that his country will step up action against online content that breaks its laws, two days after forcing Facebook to block a group that was posting material critical of the monarchy.

Minister of Digital Economy and Society Buddhipongse Punnakanta told a news conference that his department would get a court order within 48 hours to block access in Thailand to any web address deemed to contain illegal material.

The platforms would then have 15 days to comply or face legal action.

“We are protecting our sovereignty, which may not mean protecting physical borders in the traditional sense but rather, as I said yesterday, that we are protecting our cyber sovereignty,” said Buddhipongse. He declared that such attacks “happen fast and are constantly damaging Thais.”

Buddhipongse said Thai authorities had asked Facebook to close the offending “Royalist Marketplace” site, and it

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Thailand Vows to Step up Action Against Illegal Online Sites | Technology News

BANGKOK (AP) — A top official in Thailand said Wednesday that his country will step up action against online content that breaks its laws, two days after forcing Facebook to block a group that was posting material critical of the monarchy.

Minister of Digital Economy and Society Buddhipongse Punnakanta told a news conference that his department would get a court order within 48 hours to block access in Thailand to any web address deemed to contain illegal material.

The platforms would then have 15 days to comply or face legal action.

“We are protecting our sovereignty, which may not mean protecting physical borders in the traditional sense but rather, as I said yesterday, that we are protecting our cyber sovereignty,” said Buddhipongse. He declared that such attacks “happen fast and are constantly damaging Thais.”

Buddhipongse said Thai authorities had asked Facebook to close the offending “Royalist Marketplace” site, and it

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Thailand vows to step up action vs ‘illegal’ online sites

A top official in Thailand says his country will step up action against online content that breaks its laws, two days after forcing Facebook to block a group that was posting material critical of the monarchy

BANGKOK — A top official in Thailand said Wednesday that his country will step up action against online content that breaks its laws, two days after forcing Facebook to block a group that was posting material critical of the monarchy.

Minister of Digital Economy and Society Buddhipongse Punnakanta told a news conference that his department would get a court order within 48 hours to block access in Thailand to any web address deemed to contain illegal material.

The platforms would then have 15 days to comply or face legal action.

“We are protecting our sovereignty, which

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