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Daily Archives: June 19, 2023

1,626 Books Were Banned in America Last Year…We Reviewed All of Them

Statecraft: What do these books have in common? By Arman Madani – “The non-profits PEN America and the American Library Association keep a catalog of banned books in the United States up to the 2021-22 academic year. In this 1 academic year alone, 1600+ books were irregularly banned from 138 school districts across America; 3.8 million students have lost access to information in varying degrees as a result. We’ve expanded the catalog of banned books by scraping open source data from publishers to give us the clearest possible look at common features of these 1,626 irregularly banned books.”

Car thefts are rising. Is a TikTok challenge to blame?

USA Facts: “Car thefts started rising last summer in Baltimore, Cleveland, and other cities across the country. In fact, from December 2021 to December 2022, reported thefts rose 50 percent in Atlanta and El Paso, Texas. They doubled in Chicago. They tripled in Dayton, Ohio. Some cities have blamed the auto manufacturers Kia and Hyundai… Continue Reading

Humans Are Biased. Generative AI Is Even Worse

Bloomberg Technology, alt free link: “The world according to Stable Diffusion is run by White male CEOs. Women are rarely doctors, lawyers or judges. Men with dark skin commit crimes, while women with dark skin flip burgers. Stable Diffusion generates images using artificial intelligence, in response to written prompts. Like many AI models, what it… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, June 17, 2023

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, June 17, 2023 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Global Extremist Symbols Database

“This directory, Global Extremist Symbols Database, is a first-of-its-kind online resource compiling hate and extremist symbols from across the globe. Far-right extremism is a transnational movement with groups learning from and sharing with similar groups in other countries, co-opting hateful narratives, tactical playbooks, and logo symbols. The directory is a tool for identifying where far-right… Continue Reading