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The Facebook Anti-Suicide Algorithm

Following on from recent scandals surrounding the live-streaming of suicides on Facebook, the company last year launched an ambitious project to use artificial intelligence to detect when users might be likely to commit suicide, or otherwise self-harm. The algorithm analyses almost all posts made on Facebook, and rates each one with according to the probability [...]

By | January 30th, 2019|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , |

Are You Ready For The POPI Act?

The Protection Of Personal Information Act (No 4 of 2013) has been hovering in the background for quite some time already. Its intention is to bring the practices governing data collection and direct marketing in South Africa into line with European standards and guidelines governing these issues, and although the Act was first published in [...]

By | April 26th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Track Google Account Activity

Earlier this week, Google announced that users would be able to track and monitor their own internet usage patterns for search and the full range of Google platforms, including YouTube, while signed into their Google account. According to Google product manager Andreas Tuerk, "Sometimes it's helpful to step back and take stock of what you're [...]

By | March 30th, 2012|Categories: Google|Tags: |