Airbus plans to test self-driven airborne taxi by the end of 2017

Airbus plans to test self-driven airborne taxi by the end of 2017

 Airbus is not kidding around about flying cars – the maker of airborne transportation vehicles plans to test out a prototype self-flying small urban transport made for single-passenger travel by the end of this year, according to Airbus CEO Tom Enders (via Reuters). Airbus has been developing its autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) concept through Project Vahana, an… Read More

Google is looking to improve public encryption key identification with ‘Key Transparency’ initiative

Google is looking to improve public encryption key identification with ‘Key Transparency’ initiative

With how much our lives reside on the internet either through a web browser or an application on our phones, it is important that everyone’s private data stays secure and of course, private. To do this, companies and developers are implementing encryption into their programs. The issue, according to Google, is that there is no easy to use, generic way to identify and authenticate a user’s public encryption keys…

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Facebook will test ‘fake news’ filtering in Germany

Facebook will test ‘fake news’ filtering in Germany

Facebook users will soon be able to flag news stories as fake and the social network may subsequently label the stories as “disputed” in a test of fake news filtering tools starting soon in Germany.

The test will send user-flagged stories to Correctiv, a third-party fact checker. If the fact checker finds they are unreliable, the story will be de-prioritized in Facebook’s news feed algorithm, meaning that fewer people see the story in their feed, according to the Financial Times

“Our focus is on Germany right now but we’re certainly thinking through what countries will unveil next,” a Facebook spokesperson told the Financial Times.

The Facebook test comes as Germany has had its own “fake news” problem, including one false viral story that said that Germany’s oldest church was set on fire.

German officials had previously threatened internet companies like Facebook with prosecution under strict libel and slander laws if they did not curb “hate speech” and other fake news on their platforms. 

“We need to fully utilize all the legal authority at our disposal,” Heiko Mass, Germany’s Justice Minister, said in December.

The proliferation of misleading and false news stories on Facebook has been a heated point of debate in the US as well, with some studies suggesting that clearly false stories — like one about the Pope endorsing President-elect Donald Trump before the election — were more widely read and distributed than truthful stories.

Some observers have said that “fake news” contributed to Trump’s election. President Obama called fake stories on Facebook a “dust cloud of nonsense” and “crazy conspiracy theorizing.”

Facebook currently does not use a fake news filtering system in the US. Facebook did not immediately return a request for comment. 

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