Online Algorithm – Pagerank Tracking http://pagerank-tracking.com/ Sun, 15 May 2022 02:20:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://pagerank-tracking.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1.png Online Algorithm – Pagerank Tracking http://pagerank-tracking.com/ 32 32 Is the Big Brother watching? | Book Review: ‘What Privacy Means’ by Siddharth Sonkar https://pagerank-tracking.com/is-the-big-brother-watching-book-review-what-privacy-means-by-siddharth-sonkar/ Sat, 14 May 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/is-the-big-brother-watching-book-review-what-privacy-means-by-siddharth-sonkar/ By Shubhangi Shah During the strict Covid-induced lockdown, the government used drones to ensure compliance with safety standards. Then, it was a question of responding to a public health problem. However, the same was used in the anti-CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) protests and those against the Center’s Three Farm Bills. In the absence of privacy-related […]]]>

By Shubhangi Shah

During the strict Covid-induced lockdown, the government used drones to ensure compliance with safety standards. Then, it was a question of responding to a public health problem. However, the same was used in the anti-CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) protests and those against the Center’s Three Farm Bills. In the absence of privacy-related safeguards on how the images obtained from these aerial vehicles are used, does this not violate our right to privacy and to protest? You’ll be confronted with this question and many more in Siddharth Sonkar’s What Privacy Means: Why It Matters and How We Can Protect It.

The Central Monitoring System (CMS) under which telecommunications service providers must implement capabilities for the government to monitor our telephone and mobile communications, the Network Traffic Analysis System (NETRA) – software that allows real-time internet traffic monitoring – and the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) which allows state agencies to gather data from various databases such as credit and debit cards, passports, permits driving, etc. are just some of the surveillance tools employed by the government. Most of them were introduced following the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai to enhance national security. But is mass surveillance the only way out?

The Centre’s alleged use of Israeli spyware Pegasus against prominent journalists, activists and opposition leaders and the Bhima Koregaon case, in which police seized cellphones and laptops from human rights activists rights and lawyers, are some of the examples mentioned by Sonkar where there is an intersection between the freedom of dissent, the right to privacy and surveillance. “Excessive surveillance undermines the power relationship between citizens and the state, crippling democracy itself,” observes the writer.

Looking at the cases above, it appears that the issue of public and national security is always at odds with the right to privacy. However, for a functioning democracy and a secure society, both are equally crucial. So what is the way forward? The answer may lie in a law enacted by parliament, which creates “sufficient safeguards for confidentiality”, Sonkar believes. In fact, he insists on it several times in his book.

In the Orwellian dystopia of 1984, Big Brother meant the dictator, read as the state. He controlled everything – from what you could buy, read and even who you could hang out with.

Have you ever wondered how Tinder, the online dating app, works? In an aptly titled “When Cupid Breaks Our Trust” column, Sonkar quotes freelance journalist Judith Duportail who, in her book Love Under Algorithm, “discovered that Tinder uses a desirability ranking known as the Elo Score, ” a claim rejected by the application. This score “classifies users according to their intelligence, their preferences, their wealth, their ethnicity, their intelligence and their attractiveness”. In other words, it ranks profiles and finds matches accordingly.

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Moreover, most of us know how we display various advertisements based on our browsing history and online activity. Doesn’t that determine what we buy, to some extent? Yes, “we access internet platforms for free, including social media. However, we pay with our time and attention, but more importantly, our declining ability to make decisions about our purchases without undue influence,” Sonkar writes. “Internet services that we assume are free are actually paid for by advertisers,” he adds. Given these elements, doesn’t the line between tech companies and the power wielded by Big Brother in George Orwell’s 1984 seem a little blurry?

At 414 pages, What Privacy Means can be a long read. It’s also not an easy book, especially for those with no legal background or knowledge of privacy. However, the author has explained every nuance in the simplest way possible, which can make it easier for you. A tip would be to read the book at a slow pace understanding the different nuances the writer delves into, otherwise you might not know anything if the same terms pop up later.

In his work, Sonkar has tried to cover all the major developments regarding the right to privacy, from Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations to Pegasus, and from India’s data privacy bill to how companies technologies analyze user data. Some parts may seem repetitive, such as how social media uses our data, the Srikrishna committee report, and the need for checks and balances in surveillance and privacy laws, which have been mentioned repeatedly and repeatedly. several places in the book. However, take the time to read it because you will come across facts, questions and problems that will put you on your guard on the one hand and make you feel stronger on the other.

What privacy means: why it matters and how we can protect it
Siddharth Sonkar
Hatchet
384 pages, 462 rupees

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Controversy over federal online streaming legislation looms again https://pagerank-tracking.com/controversy-over-federal-online-streaming-legislation-looms-again/ Thu, 12 May 2022 23:22:41 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/controversy-over-federal-online-streaming-legislation-looms-again/ Breadcrumb Links News Canadian politics Canada Critics say the wording of Bill C-11 is much broader than the use cases outlined by the heritage minister and could bring a wide range of online content under the CRTC’s regulatory authority Publication date : May 12, 2022 • 2 hours ago • 4 minute read • 20 […]]]>

Critics say the wording of Bill C-11 is much broader than the use cases outlined by the heritage minister and could bring a wide range of online content under the CRTC’s regulatory authority

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As the Liberal government’s Online Streaming Act progresses through the House of Commons, controversy over the legislation is resurfacing, a year after the previous version of the bill died on the Order Paper.

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The Conservatives attacked the bill in the House of Commons this week, accusing the Liberals of wanting to choose what Canadians watch online and allowing the CRTC to regulate “large swaths” of social media content. Bill C-11, like its predecessor C-10, creates the CRTC to regulate streaming platforms.

After Bill C-11 was introduced in February, Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez argued that the government had listened to concerns about the regulation of user-generated content that had erupted over the previous version of the bill. of law, and that he had “corrected” them.

Rodriguez said at the time that the bill only targets “big online broadcasters” and that the CRTC will have a specific “sandbox” in which to regulate them. He said C-11 is aimed at capturing music from platforms such as YouTube and would be “mainly for the big labels” – not aimed at online creators, even successful ones who could make a lot of money money and have millions of subscribers.

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“All we’re asking for is a bill that reflects what the minister says,” said Scott Benzie, executive director of advocacy group Digital First Canada. This “sandbox”, he said, is more of a “Sahara desert”.

The problem, critics say, is that the bill’s language is much broader than the use cases described by Rodriguez, and could bring a wide range of online content under the CRTC’s regulatory authority.

The details of how the CRTC will use its new powers will be set out in new policy direction the government will give to the regulator. During Question Period on Wednesday, Conservative Heritage Critic John Nater asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau if he would commit to releasing the document before the House votes on the bill. C-11. The government provided policy direction to the CRTC for the latest version of the bill.

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“The government is asking an entity that doesn’t have the ability or jurisdiction to regulate large swathes of the internet, but the government won’t disclose how it will be asked to do so,” Nater said. “Canadians are rightly concerned about the impact this will have on what they see and hear online.”

In his responses, Trudeau accused the Conservatives of standing “against the arts community and creators.” He said the CRTC “has always made sure that we promote Canadian creators creating Canadian content” and that the bill aims to continue the same “in a digital world”.

The bill states that any content that does not generate revenue is exempt, but leaves it up to the CRTC to decide which types of revenue-generating content will be regulated, using three government-established criteria — the degree to which it is monetized, if carried by an entity licensed or registered with the CRTC and if it has a “unique identifier under an international standards system”.

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Benzie said in an interview that these categories are so broad — for example, covering both direct and indirect income — that they could capture virtually “the entirety of the internet.”

“Direct or indirect income can literally be anything. Even if a piece of content itself doesn’t generate revenue for the creator, it generates revenue for someone,” he said. The music used in TikTok videos, for example, has an internationally recognized code, he said. “It will catch anything with the music, literally.”

One way to fix the bill, he said, is to include “guardrails” and narrow the scope of the wording so that the wording of the bill reflects the intent of the bill and what Rodriguez said the bill aims to do.

The problem with relying on policy guidance for these details, Benzie said, is that it’s not enshrined in law like the legislation is, because a future government could issue another directive to the CRTC.

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Benzie added that his other concern with the bill relates to the discoverability provisions, which would allow the CRTC to force online platforms to promote Canadian content. Benzie said such a move would hurt Canadian creators, due to how the algorithms of many online platforms work. If content is shown to Canadians who aren’t interested and they don’t watch or interact with it, those creators will end up being penalized by the algorithm, he said.

After the bill passed second reading in the House of Commons on Thursday, it now heads to the heritage committee, where MPs will hear from experts, supporters and critics. The committee is where government and opposition members can suggest amendments to the bill.

The Tories have previously promised to come up with “reasonable” amendments, while Rodriguez has said he is ready to make changes to the bill, including to make it “clearer” that only big online streamers are being targeted.

A spokesperson for his office reiterated that sentiment on Thursday. “Bill C-11 will now go to committee for further analysis by MPs, experts and other witnesses,” Rodriguez’s office said in a statement. “We look forward to these discussions and are open to ways to strengthen this bill, to better support Canadian artists and creators.

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Ola, Uber receives a warning from the Center; deficiency issues in services, customer support raised for all carpooling platforms https://pagerank-tracking.com/ola-uber-receives-a-warning-from-the-center-deficiency-issues-in-services-customer-support-raised-for-all-carpooling-platforms/ Wed, 11 May 2022 08:34:22 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/ola-uber-receives-a-warning-from-the-center-deficiency-issues-in-services-customer-support-raised-for-all-carpooling-platforms/ All online ridesharing platforms have been urged to respond to commuters with the highest priority and to take corrective action to ensure adequate protection of consumer rights. Representative image. Reuters The Department of Consumer Affairs has ordered all ride-sharing companies to become a convergence partner of the National Consumer Helpline, to enable better complaints handling […]]]>

All online ridesharing platforms have been urged to respond to commuters with the highest priority and to take corrective action to ensure adequate protection of consumer rights.

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The Department of Consumer Affairs has ordered all ride-sharing companies to become a convergence partner of the National Consumer Helpline, to enable better complaints handling for consumers and also compliance with the 2019 law on consumer protection and the 2020 e-commerce rules.

The direction was given in a meeting chaired by DoCA Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh with major online ridesharing platforms to discuss key issues affecting consumers in this sector.

In addition, all online ridesharing platforms have been urged to address commuter concerns with the highest priority and to take corrective action to ensure adequate protection of consumer rights.

The meeting was attended by major ridesharing platforms including Ola, Uber, Rapido, Meru Cabs and Jugnoo.

Nidhi Khare, Additional Secretary, Anupam Mishra, Co-Secretary and Vineet Mathur, Co-Secretary also attended the meeting.

Nidhi Khare highlighted the major issues that affect consumers while enjoying services through these platforms. The main categories of consumer grievances according to the National Consumer Helpline (NCH) were highlighted during the meeting. According to data received from NCH, lack of services occupied 56% of all complaints during the period from 01.04.2021 to 01.05.2022.

The main grievances highlighted during the meeting were:

Service fault

  • Lack of appropriate response from customer support
  • Pre-checked boxes including additional services such as insurance with travel costs, without obtaining consent through explicit and affirmative action.
  • Driver refusing to accept payment by online mode and insisting on cash only.
  • Higher amount charged despite same route previously at lower cost
  • Unprofessional driver behavior
  • The driver refuses to turn on the AC while the consumer is promised an AC ride on the app.

Unreachable customer support

  • No customer service number is provided on the platform.
  • No details of the Complaints Officer are mentioned on the platform to which consumers can submit their complaints.
  • An automated pre-written support message is given to consumers without fixing the grievance.

Unreasonable levy of cancellation fees

  • The user does not see the time limit within which the cancellation of a trip is allowed.
  • Cancellation fees are variable and inconsistent.
  • The amount of the cancellation fee is not displayed prominently on the platform before booking the journey.
  • Drivers, not wanting to make the journey and forcing users to cancel the journey, resulting in undue cancellation fees being charged to the consumer.

Fairness of algorithms that calculate fees for the user

  • If it is learned that in case someone uses OTA services consistently to get from point A to point B, the charges for him may be higher than someone using it between the same two places for the first time.
  • Users do not see the algorithm or method used by the company to charge different fares for the same route to two people.
  • Because of this, users are forced to make trips at arbitrary fares which are much higher than what is normally charged for the same route.

During the interactions, the companies claimed to have a robust consumer grievance redress mechanism. However, they assured that the concerns raised during the meeting will be duly taken into consideration. Regarding cancellation fees, they stated that they are levied to compensate the drivers for the efforts made to fulfill the order.

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“The face in the mirror”, by Mohsin Hamid https://pagerank-tracking.com/the-face-in-the-mirror-by-mohsin-hamid/ Mon, 09 May 2022 10:11:35 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/the-face-in-the-mirror-by-mohsin-hamid/ Once he got home, Anders wondered if the gun actually made him safer, because he felt all alone, and it was better not to fight than to resist trouble, and he imagined that somehow another people were more likely to pick him up if they found out he was armed, even though they wouldn’t know […]]]>

Once he got home, Anders wondered if the gun actually made him safer, because he felt all alone, and it was better not to fight than to resist trouble, and he imagined that somehow another people were more likely to pick him up if they found out he was armed, even though they wouldn’t know it, even though so many people were armed, he just had this feeling that it was essential to not to be seen as a threat, to be seen as a threat, no matter how grim, one day had to risk being annihilated.

At work, Anders was no longer the only one who changed, there were others, and a gym that had been almost a whites-only gym now often had three or even four black men in attendance, and Anders had thought that that would fix things. better, but it seemed like the opposite was happening, and the gymnasium was getting more and more tense, and men who had known each other for years were now acting as if they didn’t know each other, or, worse, each other. hated, blamed each other.

One night when Anders was ready to leave, two men got into a fight, and they took him outside, and they were older guys, but big and bulky and strong and surprisingly quick despite their bellies, and they started jostling in the parking lot, and a few people gathered, but those who gathered didn’t say anything, that’s what hit Anders, they didn’t tell the two to stop, nor to encourage them, they fell silent, they just watched, and soon the two men were punching, and it was fierce, and from the grunts and wiggles came the sound of a fist hitting the side of a face, the solid crackle of it, the thud, softly liquid and bone-breaking at the same time, a sound so visceral and disturbing that it made Anders turn away, and he walked away, away not seeing what was happening. passed next, whether the black had the upper hand or the pale, Anders would not see, and though he did not see, the sound lingered, and he con kept coming to him even as he lay in bed. At night, provoking a grimace, or grimace, a physical response, Anders writhed on his own, echoing.

Anders had heard that activists had started chasing people, black people, chasing them out of town, and when he saw cars pull up outside his house, he knew what that meant, even though it t is perhaps always a surprise when you expect because, what you dread, a calamity of this magnitude does actually happen, so Anders was prepared and unprepared, but prepared as he was, he didn’t expect one of the three men who came to pick him up to be a man he knew, a man he knew, which made things much worse, more intimate, like getting shut up while you were strangled, and Anders didn’t stop for them to get to his door, Anders opened it himself, and he stood there in the doorway, his gun in hand, a ready-to-wear, muzzle high, the son a photo of his father out hunting.

Anders hoped he looked braver than he thought, and all three were armed but they stopped when they saw him, a few feet away, and they stared at him with contempt and fascination, and Anders thought the one he knew was staring at him. enthusiastically too, as if it were special to him, personal, and Anders could sense how self-righteous they were, how certain he, Anders, was wrong, that he was the bandit here, trying to rob them, they who had already been robbed and had nothing left, just their whiteness, the value of it, and they wouldn’t let him or anyone else take that.

But they didn’t particularly appreciate him having a gun and seemed to have taken some of the initiative, it was their role after all, and they didn’t expect that of him, and it clouded the simplicity of the situation. , so they stopped. , and they clashed, his acquaintance, the two strangers, and Anders, and Anders said hello guys, what can I do.

They talked, and Anders listened, and in the end the men said it was better he was gone when they got back, and Anders said they should see about that, and as Anders said said, he almost thought he would stay, and there was an anger in his voice, an anger that he was pleased with, despite their dismissive smiles, but when they retired to their cars and Anders felt the magnitude of his relief, a relief that invaded him and plunged him into defeat, he knew that he would be gone, that in a few minutes he would flee, and this place, his place, so familiar, would be lost to him, his would be more.

When Anders arrived at his father’s house, his father took him inside and pulled the tattered curtains, then parked his son’s car, the car that had been his wife’s car, behind home, on the narrow strip of land his wife had called her garden, where flowers and tomatoes and snow peas and thyme once grew, but which was now just a patch of land with clumps of weeds, dry, dead weeds in early winter, and Anders’ father checked that the car was not visible from the street, moving weakly and stiffly, but also with purpose, and after that, past the count, he sat down beside his son in the living room with the television on and their guns by their side, and they waited there for someone to come forward and demand that Anders be delivered, but no one did, no one came, no, not the first night at least.

Anders’ father was not yet used to Anders, to Anders’ appearance, and in a way he had never been used to him, not even when Anders was a child, silent for so long, struggling to tie shoelaces or write in handwriting. that people could read, because Anders’ father, although he was not a particularly good student, had always been competent, competent in the tasks entrusted to him, and not only in school, outside also , but his son, his son was different, a difference that the boy’s mother took naturally, and so the boy became her boy, and there were walls between them, between him and his son, and the father of ‘Anders could understand the bullies who had harassed his son when his son was little, and he could understand those who wanted Anders out of town now, who were afraid of him, or who were threatened by him, by the black man what his boy had become, and they had a right to be, he would have felt the same in their place, he loved him no better than they did, and he could see the end his boy signaled, the end of things, he wasn’t blind, but they wouldn’t take his boy from him, not easily, not from him, the father of the boy, and whatever Anders was, whatever his skin, he was always his father’s son, and always his mother’s son, and he came first, before any other allegiance, he was what really mattered, and Anders father was willing to do good through his son, it was a duty that meant more to him than life, and he wished he had more life in him, but he would do what he could with the little life he had.

In the morning the power went out, and the house was dark, with the curtains drawn and no lights, but there was still enough light to see, and Anders’ father thought it better. that they save their candles for nightfall, and so they succeeded, in the dark, and then Anders found that his phone had no reception, and neither had his father’s, and Anders is asked if the service had been cut intentionally or if the backup batteries of the relay antennas were dead.

Anders was alone, lying in his old childhood bed, much more alone without access to the online world, or if not literally more alone, then more alone in how he felt, and yes, the online chatter had been grim, not just in town but across the country, but it had been something, and now it had been taken away from him, and time itself was slowing down, unfolding, as if the minutes were tired, coming to an end, then towards midnight the power came back on without warning and his phone picked up a signal and the time started up again and continued.

Days passed, and although they heard gunshots on occasion, one night just outside they were not confronted themselves, and Anders should have been relieved to have escaped the militants. , temporarily, but if he was, it was a great relief, for reliving in close proximity to his father, he was shocked to discover the degree of physical pain his father was enduring, pain which his father could mask for a moment or two, but not for an entire evening, not for hours at a stretch, and Anders could see it in his father’s face and in his movements, and although his father tried to spare him and often retreated into his room, Anders could hear his muffled grunts and low-pitched swearing, the battle going on inside, the battle his father was losing, and that made Anders feel guilty for not being a better son, for leaving his father so abandoned , even though he knew his father would not have allowed it to happen. It was otherwise, that just by being here, Anders was taking something from his father, taking his dignity, and forcing his father to let himself be seen as he didn’t want to and didn’t want to be seen.

“I really need this one.”

Cartoon by Trevor Spaulding

Anders’ father rarely left his room now, and there was a smell in it, a smell he could see on Anders’ face when his son came in, and sometimes even smell, which was strange, like a fish smelling that it was wet, and the smell they could smell was the smell of death, which Anders’ father knew was near, and it scared him, but he didn’t wasn’t completely afraid of being afraid, no, he had lived in fear for a long time, and he hadn’t let fear dominate him, not yet, and he was trying to continue, to continue not letting fear dominate him , and often he didn’t have the energy to think, but when he did, he thought about what made a death a good death, and his sense was that a good death would be one that didn’t scare his boy, that a father’s duty was not to avoid dying in front of his son, which a father could not control, but rather that if a father should die in front of his f they his son, he must die as well as he could, do it in a way that left something for his son, that left t his son with the strength to live, and the strength to know that a one day he might well die himself, as his father had done, and so Anders’ father strove to make his last journey to his death in a gift, in a paternity, and it would not be easy, it wasn’t easy, it was almost impossible, but it was what he had decided, as long as he had his mind, to try to do.

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Keep up with advances in biometric performance with a new algorithm and benchmarks https://pagerank-tracking.com/keep-up-with-advances-in-biometric-performance-with-a-new-algorithm-and-benchmarks/ Sat, 07 May 2022 15:25:28 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/keep-up-with-advances-in-biometric-performance-with-a-new-algorithm-and-benchmarks/ Facial biometrics testing takes an outsized place among the headlines of the week on Biometric update, while business progress and big deals continue apace. FaceTec has a new algorithm that it says represents a new state of the art in facial biometrics, and the DHS Rally results show the best performance yet. Idex Biometrics will […]]]>

Facial biometrics testing takes an outsized place among the headlines of the week on Biometric update, while business progress and big deals continue apace. FaceTec has a new algorithm that it says represents a new state of the art in facial biometrics, and the DHS Rally results show the best performance yet. Idex Biometrics will power German fintech payment cards, and Sri Lanka is moving forward with its MOSIP-based digital ID system. BehavioSec is the latest biometrics vendor to be acquired, and Synthesis AI is the latest startup to unveil a multi-million dollar funding round.

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Sri Lanka is set to start capturing biometrics and issuing national digital ID cards, based on its SL-UDI system and MOSIP platform, a government official has revealed, with the recent completion of the preparatory phase. Meanwhile, Bhutan is at the fifth of its biometric digital ID registrations, thousands of Myanmar refugees in India are receiving ID cards, and the digital ID produced by IN Groupe in Monaco has won an award from the ‘industry.

The example provided by the EU digital wallet for countries in Africa and beyond implementing mobile identity management for social development benefits was the subject of the latest live stream of ID4Africa before the return of the Movement’s flagship annual meeting. Upcoming pilots will be watched closely for lessons on interoperability, but panelists also cautioned that digital ID stakeholders in Africa must uphold their transparency and data protection commitments.

Tech giants Apple, Google and Microsoft stepped up their commitment to increase the adoption of password-avoiding login options on the ninth World Password Day, enabling automatic FIDO logins across multiple devices without re-register each account. Increased support for FIDO and W3C standards aims to drive adoption of passwordless authentication.

A new report for the ongoing NIST FRVT 1:N test has been released, showing virtually unchanged results for the best-performing algorithms, but the gradual increase in systems creating models for multiple faces from a single image continues. continues. The latest update comes just as the IMF predicts a $22.5 billion global market for facial recognition within a decade, up from just over $5 billion today.

FaceTec provides 3D facial biometrics, which is therefore not included in the NIST benchmark, so the developer engages with UK Age Check certification services for independent testing. FaceTec claims that its latest algorithm delivers a FAR of 1 in 125 million, an improvement of more than 876% over its previous generation and almost ten times better than the main FRVT result.

Anonymized results from the 2021 DHS Biometrics Rally are out and show significant accuracy gains for high-throughput systems. These gains include 100% match rates for some hardware and software combinations, and no demographic differential for some vendors, but other vendors still have significant room for improvement.

Synthesis AI received $17 million in a Series A funding round and plans to develop products for particular verticals, and its CEO has spoken about the potential of synthetic data to improve facial biometrics. Funding will be directed toward product research and development, team growth, and continued research around its specialties in AI, procedural generation, and video effects rendering.

A German online bank has chosen Idex Biometrics to provide it with biometric payment card technology, as Europe continues to lead other regions in engagement. The company also confirmed its preliminary results, including dramatic revenue growth, in its 2021 annual report.

The mobile version of the popular Norwegian BankID is expected to be replaced by apps offering biometric security, possibly next year. The current version of the digital ID authentication platform was created more than ten years ago and does not support virtual SIM cards.

LexisNexis has acquired BehavioSec for an undisclosed amount and will integrate the technology into its ThreatMetrix fraud prevention platform. BehavioSec’s mobile capabilities will complement ThreatMetrix’s browser-based cybersecurity capabilities, but enterprise behavioral biometrics will also be offered as a standalone solution for smaller organizations.

David Birch lays bare the problem of digital fraud and the urgent need for digital identity. His argument links soaring fraud rates to the loss of taxpayers’ money and rising service charges, and with an estimated $49 billion in fraud predicted in 2030, and banks taking a stand. that account-to-account fraud, if authorized by the customer, is not fraud, consumers may need to fight more actively for secure digital ID.

Finally, congratulations from all of us at Biometric update to the CEO of the Institute of Biometrics Isabelle Moeller on 20 years with the organization. The Institute has just launched a new privacy awareness checklist for members.

Please let us know of any articles, opinion pieces or podcasts that we should share with those in biometrics and the broader digital ID community via social media or the comments section below.

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What the open source arm of Twitter is working on • The Register https://pagerank-tracking.com/what-the-open-source-arm-of-twitter-is-working-on-the-register/ Thu, 05 May 2022 16:40:00 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/what-the-open-source-arm-of-twitter-is-working-on-the-register/ After several years of work, the open source branch of Twitter, Bluesky, has released code and more information about what it does, but not yet a new social network. Just weeks after Elon Musk took steps to buy his parent company, and more than a year after it was discussed before Congress, the Twitter affiliate […]]]>

After several years of work, the open source branch of Twitter, Bluesky, has released code and more information about what it does, but not yet a new social network.

Just weeks after Elon Musk took steps to buy his parent company, and more than a year after it was discussed before Congress, the Twitter affiliate has shared some of what it’s working on.

In a blog post, Bluesky CEO Jay Graber revealed some information about what the new company plans to do, along with some of his team members.

Bluesky has developed a prototype of a new “social self-authentication protocol” which it calls ADX.

This is an abbreviation for Authenticated data experienceand part of the source code is available on GitHub.

For non-programmers, there’s more to be learned from Bluesky’s ecosystem overview, which clearly indicates that the company has made efforts to research existing tools, protocols, and services in this area. The document lists and discusses eight protocols and five applications that are already there.

Additionally, the GitHub project page also has a long and detailed description of the ADX protocol architecture.

What he is not Still, anything that looks like a new site or service, or even really the tools to create one – but the research seems solid. The papers identify some weak spots in existing tools and discuss what Bluesky thinks needs to be done to fix them.

There are already many social networking sites, and indeed, these things predate the World Wide Web. The Usenet News service has been around since the 1980s, although as recently as 20 years ago it was inundated with spam.

Existing distributed social networks, such as Mastodon, can be compared to messaging services. Email is already distributed and federated: anyone on any email service can email anyone else on any other instance and communicate with them.

You most likely get an email service provided by your ISP for free, and you most likely don’t use it either. The problem is that even if it works perfectly, if you switch ISPs, you will most likely lose access to that particular email address, including all of your emails if you’ve kept them on your ISP’s servers.

And since accounts on other services are often tied to an email address, that’s a big deal: switching email providers also means updating your accounts on dozens of other sites, which may require access to your old email account.

For example, while most of the original 1990s messaging services (MSN Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, etc.) are all long gone, one of the oldest, ICQ, is still around. . But if you can’t remember your old credentials, the account is likely tied to an email address you had decades ago — and don’t have access to either.

So most tech-savvy guys use an independent external provider for their email: either a freebie like Gmail or Hotmail, or maybe a paid account. Hardcore hosts its own.

Today, Facebook and Twitter are identity providers as well as social networks. You can log in to many other services using your Facebook credentials, such as Spotify. In time, they will probably also die or simply disappear. Myspace, bought for 580 million dollars then sold for 20 million dollars, is still there. Bebo, sold for $850 million and bought back for $1 million, is not.

The same thing can happen to, say, Mastodon. Although Mastodon instances are federated across the Fediverse, if your home instance disappears, your account and all your connections to people on other instances will disappear. It happened to one of Mastodon’s biggest instances, witches.town, in 2018.

Undoubtedly, the services of the giant FAANG should be broken. If they were, perhaps they would gradually wither away. Or just suddenly disappear, like Google Plus and Google Buzz and Google Orkut. With all of their user-generated content and connections.

This is the problem Bluesky is working on. Independent accounts, which can be used on several separate and federated social networks, but which do not depend on a single hosting site. An account that can survive the demise of the server or service it came from.

Put it like that and it’s hard not to wish them well. ®

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Oppo Enco X2 review – Nation Online https://pagerank-tracking.com/oppo-enco-x2-review-nation-online/ Sun, 01 May 2022 19:58:59 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/oppo-enco-x2-review-nation-online/ Introduction Oppo’s flagship wireless headphones for this year have arrived and they promise to offer the brand’s best sound and noise cancellation yet. Developed in conjunction with Danish audio experts Dynaudio, Oppo’s Enco X2 offers almost every conceivable TWS earphone feature you could think of. There’s active noise cancellation, dual-device pairing, LHDC audio codec support, […]]]>

Introduction

Oppo’s flagship wireless headphones for this year have arrived and they promise to offer the brand’s best sound and noise cancellation yet. Developed in conjunction with Danish audio experts Dynaudio, Oppo’s Enco X2 offers almost every conceivable TWS earphone feature you could think of. There’s active noise cancellation, dual-device pairing, LHDC audio codec support, an IP54 rating, wireless charging and a combined battery life rated at 40 hours of listening time.

We reviewed the first-gen Oppo Enco X headphones last year and found them to be one of the best TWS headphones on the market with their rich sound and compelling feature set. Are the Enco X2 upgrades enough to justify the $200/€200 asking price? Let’s find out.

Design

Oppo Enco X2 looks and feels like an evolution of the Enco X. You still get an in-ear design with rubber tips that now have a special anti-germ coating. The bud stems feature a pressure-sensitive area used to control media playback. The inside of each bud is marked with the letters L and R so you don’t accidentally put one in the wrong ear. Enco X2 sits comfortably in my ears and managed to create sufficient seal. The case is solid and well built and the only complaint I have is that it picks up lint in my pocket quite harshly.

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The case design is virtually unchanged from last year’s model and is still made from glossy plastic, which isn’t a problem on our white model, although the black color variant will surely fade when you put your fingers on it. There is a small Oppo branding on the top of the case lid while the back shows a silver Dynaudio logo. The battery charge indicator is placed at the bottom of the case next to the USB-C port while a second LED for pairing is located under the case lid. Speaking of the lid, it is built sturdily and can support the weight of the entire case while closing with a firm snap.

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Oppo Enco X2 and their case weigh 56.4 grams combined while each earbud weighs less than 5 grams. The headphones are IP54 water and dust resistant, just like their predecessor, so you shouldn’t worry about rain or sweat damaging your headphones.

Features

Oppo Enco X2 brings almost all the features you could want from a pair of wireless headphones in 2022. They are Hi-Res Audio certified and achieve 900 kbps audio transmission rate thanks to LHDC codec support . Legacy AAC and SBC codecs are also supported if your device is not LHDC-capable. The headphones connect via Bluetooth 5.2 with support for low latency binaural Bluetooth transmission to Android and iOS devices up to 10 meters range.

Oppo also touts up to three times more stable Bluetooth connection in LHDC mode compared to the Enco X headphones. I can safely say that there were no connection drops in my testing and the buds managed to maintain a stable connection even when I walked around the office on opposite ends of my tethered phone.

Oppo says its improved ANC this year should cover up to 45dB of noise around you and with an ultra-wide frequency setting and three microphones on each bud. Noise cancellation is available in soft, moderate, max, and smart modes. The first two are less than ideal for blocking out noise around you while max mode is as expected the strongest and the one I’ve used throughout my testing. Smart Mode automatically selects one of three other modes based on your current environment.

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The noise cancellation did a fair job of blocking out static sounds in the low-end spectrum and even performed well in an office environment. With music playing at least 20% of maximum volume, low-range noise is barely noticeable. I could definitely notice the coffee machine, the water dispenser, and the tapping of my keyboard without any music. To sum up, the ANC on the Enco X2 isn’t the strongest noise cancellation I’ve tested and is a step behind high-end competitors like Apple and Sony.

Another new feature of the Enco X2 is AI noise cancellation with bone conduction that extrapolates vibrations from your voice for clearer calls. environments compared to traditional microphones.

In my testing, voice pickup was excellent, even on busy streets with enough cars revving their engines, you’d think you’re on the race track. The new wind noise canceling duct design and intelligent wind noise canceling algorithm performed better than any other pair of headphones I’ve tested recently. If you make a lot of calls regularly, the Enco X2 won’t disappoint.

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The touch controls also work very well. You have to squeeze the rod which is a two-finger ordeal but it is well executed. There are also built-in volume controls that work by swiping your fingers up or down on either earbud. The built-in volume controls are a welcome addition and one not offered on most competitors.

Oppo’s HeyMelody app is available on Android and iOS and offers an excellent user experience on both platforms with extensive sound and customization options. There are toggles for ANC intensity, five EQ sound profiles, custom ANC, game mode, dual device connection, and remappable touch controls. You get several Dynaudio sound profiles which I will discuss in more detail in the Sound Quality section.

Connecting to two devices, however, works with a few seconds of delay when switching between devices. Game Mode brings latency down to 94ms, which is a welcome addition while gaming, but you still notice an obvious lag between pressing an on-screen button and hearing that action on the buds. The latency when watching videos is barely noticeable.

Enco X2 comes with a triple-core chipset developed by Oppo that includes a standalone DAC chip. These are the first Dolby binaural recording headphones on the market, which means you can record headphone sounds in rich detail. This feature is exclusive to the Oppo Find X5 series and it’s more on the gimmick side than anything else. Oppo phones also have the added benefit of using the buds as a remote camera shutter – handy if you want to take a group photo.

Sound quality and fit

Oppo Enco X2 brings dual coaxial speakers with 11mm dynamic drivers paired with 6mm planar diaphragm drivers. Oppo claims the Enco X2 offers a 20Hz to 40kHz frequency response compared to the Enco X’s maximum 20kHz output. While I can’t compare the values ​​between the two headphones, I have to say that I love how Oppo has tuned the X2s.

The sound is rich with well-balanced mids and highs while the bass is also noticeable but not overpowering. Samsung, Apple and Realme headphones certainly sound louder at similar volume levels, although Oppo’s lower volume output isn’t a deal breaker. Bass is present although it doesn’t overpower other elements or distort the overall sound profile. Mids are crystal clear, instruments and vocals are heard in all their glory with enough punch.

Oppo Enco X2 review

The podcast audio is clear and the vocals are well detailed. As with other noise-canceling headphones, it’s best to listen to music without ANC as it tends to distort sounds, creating an eerie underwater effect. Listening at higher volume levels is still sufficiently balanced and does not experience major distortions like on some other wireless headphones.

Oppo’s HeyMelody app offers three Dynaudio sound profiles ranging from Punchy which acts as a bass booster to Real which emphasizes vocals and treble and a Simple and Clear mode which is a happy medium between the two. Additionally, there is a special EQ mode tuned by Japanese composer Joe Hisashi that provides the best balance of all the EQ settings available and this is the one I used mostly in my testing.

Oppo HeyMelody interface and Enco Master EQ modes
Oppo HeyMelody interface and Enco Master EQ modes

Oppo HeyMelody interface and Enco Master EQ modes

A quick note – Joe Hisashi mode is only available in the Chinese version of the HeyMelody app, which is easily accessible once you change your App Store region.

LHDC mode sounds better in all scenarios when I tested it on an Oppo Find X5 Pro, although few other phones support this feature and you’d be hard pressed to notice the difference when streaming music. I spent the majority of my time paired to an iPhone 13 and can say that all features (without LHDC) and controls worked just as well as on the Find X5 Pro.

In-ear fit is good with the default M-size ear tips, although the Realme Buds Air 3 I recently tested managed to fit more snugly than the Enco X2 and were more comfortable for earbuds. longer sessions. I also had a few occasions where the Enco X2 was about to fall out of my ears while walking, which could be due to the extremely thin silicone tip surface on the buds.

Battery life

Oppo claims Enco X2 can last up to 9.5 hours without ANC and around 5.5 with activation. Combined with the charging case, you get up to 40 hours of listening time with ANC off and 22 hours with ANC on. In my testing, these values ​​held up reasonably well. Using the headphones on and off for a week drained the battery of the case by up to 20%.

Oppo Enco X2 review

Enco X2 supports charging speeds up to 10W via USB-C. A full charge of the buds takes an hour while recharging the case from 0-100% takes 90 minutes. Wireless charging takes longer and varies by charger.

Verdict

Oppo made sure to pack the Enco X2 to the brim in terms of features and they offer premium audio quality along with a premium build and arguably the best microphone performance of any wireless earphone. not manufactured by Apple. The Enco X2’s $200/€200 retail price is a lot for a pair of wireless headphones, regardless of sound quality. At the time of writing, Apple’s AirPods Pro are currently $199 and Sony’s WF-1000XM4 are available for $220.

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Price and features make the Enco X2 a viable alternative in the premium segment, although Oppo’s buds lag behind in the noise-canceling department. The sound is a subjective matter, so you can also opt for the other two competitors according to your preferences.

Enco X2’s balanced sound profile, rich feature set and excellent microphone perform equally well on Android and iOS devices. If you’re not tied to Apple’s ecosystem and the benefits you get with AirPods and high-end noise cancellation aren’t your top priority, you can try the Enco X2.

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New algorithm developed to improve the transfer e https://pagerank-tracking.com/new-algorithm-developed-to-improve-the-transfer-e/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 02:04:19 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/new-algorithm-developed-to-improve-the-transfer-e/ image: Original and average spectra of healthy and normal wheat and maize grains. to see After 1 credit Recently, a research team from the Hefei Institutes of Physical Sciences (HFIPS) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) developed a new algorithm in the direction of near-infrared spectroscopy technology, which is used to improve the efficiency […]]]>

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Recently, a research team from the Hefei Institutes of Physical Sciences (HFIPS) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) developed a new algorithm in the direction of near-infrared spectroscopy technology, which is used to improve the efficiency of transfer of near infrared qualitative analysis. models between instruments.

The corresponding results have been published online in Infrared physics and technology.

Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is a fast and non-destructive detection technology. Calibration models are the key to NIRS analysis, and the accuracy of model transfer between instruments determines the effectiveness of the popularization and application of this technology. To ensure that the predictive performance of models is not affected when transferred between instruments, new algorithms and calibration techniques must be continuously developed. In previous studies, researchers have mainly focused on quantitative model transfer in the near infrared, while there have been few reports of qualitative model transfer.

To address this issue, the team comparatively studied various transfer algorithms with near-infrared identification of defective grains in wheat and maize grains as examples, aiming to optimize the performance of qualitative models in the near. infrared during the transfer of different instruments, and to improve the robustness of the NIRS prediction.

The research team proposed a correlation analysis-based wavelength selection (CAWS) method in a previous study to improve the transfer efficiency of near-infrared quantitative models by screening bands of stable and coherent waves between instruments.

This time, the researchers further improved the CAWS algorithm to make it also applicable to qualitative discrimination models.

The results show that the validation Matthews correlation coefficients of the CAWS-optimized wheat and maize discriminant models are 0.718 and 1, respectively, ranking second and first under various processing conditions of the algorithm, which verifies the effectiveness of the proposed method.

This study proposes an algorithm to improve the transfer efficiency of near-infrared qualitative models between instruments, which is beneficial for the popularization and application of near-infrared spectroscopy.


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Why Millions Are Watching Mama Doctor Jones Demystify Sexual Health Online https://pagerank-tracking.com/why-millions-are-watching-mama-doctor-jones-demystify-sexual-health-online/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 02:15:21 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/why-millions-are-watching-mama-doctor-jones-demystify-sexual-health-online/ Southland-based Danielle Jones, aka Mama Doctor Jones, uses the algorithm to teach gynecological health to the masses. For IRL, she explains to Shanti Mathias why this work is important. “I never have downtime,” says gynecologist Danielle Jones, speaking to me from her home office in Southland. We understand why: the American doctor is a world […]]]>

Southland-based Danielle Jones, aka Mama Doctor Jones, uses the algorithm to teach gynecological health to the masses. For IRL, she explains to Shanti Mathias why this work is important.

“I never have downtime,” says gynecologist Danielle Jones, speaking to me from her home office in Southland. We understand why: the American doctor is a world star, with more than a million subscribers on both Youtube and ICT Tacas well as 280,000 others on instagram. In addition to YouTube and the practice of medicine, Jones is also a parent of four young children.

Jones – known as “Mama Doctor Jones” on the internet – describes her videos, which focus on human reproduction and sexual health, as “educational entertainment”. Want to know how an IUD is inserted? wondering whether drinking cranberry juice will actually help with a urinary tract infection? Jones has videos addressing these questions, and many more, often with entertaining sound effects and grim examples.

Her deep passion is evident: whether it’s wide-eyed wonder as she watches a giraffe gives birthor the curiosity in her voice as she explains a ultrasound videoJones is invested in its content.

Jones is aggressively pro-science; she even sells merchandise, shirts with slogans like “Vaccinated because…science” and “You can’t be offended by science.” On TikTok, she posts sassy videos in response to, for example, a commentator who suggests she shouldn’t be a doctor saying the various medical boards under which she is certified disagree. For the most part, she doesn’t care about rejection: “I’m confident in just about anything I bring up as a discussion,” she says.

Mama Doctor Jones’ videos often reference recent academic research in her field, explaining it in layman’s terms for those without a scientific background. She links the papers she cites, highlighting key terms on screen, making the science readable for those without the formative years she has.

As a doctor, Jones has to keep up with developments in his field anyway, so his social media content meshes perfectly with his other work. “I find a topic that was relevant [clinically] that week – almost everything I do online is also related to my daily life.

Mama Doctor Jones makes educational and entertaining sexual health videos. (Photo: provided)

Jones also learns things from her audience and she tries to be open about that process. “Criticism from my audience is sometimes extremely helpful – I would know so much less about cultural practices and the importance of cultural sensitivity and the LGBTQIA community if my audience didn’t constructively critique what I do,” says -she.

Doing a video mentioning vaginal steaming, for example, she is clear that the practice has no medical use, but is important in some cultures. That said, she draws a clear line between those kinds of comments and people who “literally criticize everything I do.” She is puzzled as to why these people are watching her content. “I know not everyone will like my content and that’s okay, it’s not for everyone, but I would love to have these [critics] go ahead,” she said.

This consideration of his audience and the value of accessibility is at the heart of what Jones does. “I really think there are people who are less well served by traditional models of delivering medical information,” she says, choosing her words carefully. Perhaps the popularity of her videos is an indictment of the education and health systems — not to mention digital platforms — that often fail to provide people with clear information about sexual health. Jones knows there are people who “have felt for a long time that they just haven’t been heard, in gynecology and pregnancy care, they’ve been ignored, their pain has been ignored.” How can she offer clear and accurate information to this audience before predatory disinformation providers do?

“People tend to believe the first thing they hear, and it’s much harder to unlearn that,” she says. In this respect, the size of her audience means she must be careful – the same algorithms and human impulses that lead to thousands of clicks on her videos can also spread health untruths, and it’s possible that “answering those [myths] will give them more traction than they had before I said anything. His strategy is to try to tackle things early” so I can go back and say, “Y’all can watch this video [that already exists]’ – it’s much more efficient that way.

The titles of her videos give an idea of ​​how she tries to do it: bright vignettes labeled “5 Tampon Myths You Should NOT Believe‘ or “10 Pregnancy Rules Your Doctor Needs You To Know”. Didactic? Sure, but that’s the point. These are the kind of clickable titles that the YouTube algorithm loves, and Jones says she actively searches for trends to join. “My nerdy science brain…loves learning how to use social media platforms at their algorithmic level.”

The thumbnails of the videos — Jones’ face beaming in shock, eyes wide, eyebrows raised — are heavily emotive, another way they’re picked up by the algorithm. The Mama Doctor Jones channel often uses familiar video formats like reaction videos, where health TikToks or episodes of I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant meet Jones’ straightforward explanations of the science behind biology. And her algorithmic expertise is working — behind her, in the southern autumn sun, glistens a gold YouTube plaque commemorating her one million subscribers, a milestone Jones achieved last year.

Does Jones think more doctors should do what she’s doing to demystify health care through social media? “I think it’s unfair to ask people to do the amount of clinical work that we do, [the] hours and years of our lives and also say you have a duty to find out how to do this on the internet,” she says. She does both clinical and YouTube work because she really loves social media, but says it “has got to be a labor of love.”

After all, many doctors are busy, and Jones especially — we’re talking on a Saturday afternoon after she rescheduled our Friday interview, emailing me at 1:00 a.m. after a shift from 6 p.m. The extra shifts she takes on are the result of well documented understaffed in southern DHBespecially in the gynecology department.

As a result, Jones has had less time to do her social media mahi, which she’s optimistic about. In the third year of the pandemic, with headlines frequently declaring the strain on healthcare systems and frontline workers, his videos offer insight into the pressure individual workers are under..

On social networks, Jones describes his family as “nomadic”. I feel like my instinct to “ask about New Zealand” kicks in. She says she likes living here. “I think only good things come from seeing more of the world,” she says. Changing countries “provides perspective and opens your eyes to different people and different practices”; already, she can see her children being more sensitive and open-minded. She doesn’t know how long she’ll be staying, but she hopes to learn more about Maori birth practices, her mouth still getting used to forming te reo words.

And what about his channel? “I am delighted to be able to give so many people information that is sometimes difficult to obtain in everyday life and sometimes a little taboo,” she says. She wants to “lean” into social media while she still can, knowing there might be an “expiration date” when it’s no longer relevant. For now, however, there is much to learn and much to teach.

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Akamai’s New Hijacking Protector Aims to Block Browser Redirection https://pagerank-tracking.com/akamais-new-hijacking-protector-aims-to-block-browser-redirection/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 21:16:00 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/akamais-new-hijacking-protector-aims-to-block-browser-redirection/ In an effort to reduce affiliate fraud and mitigate privacy risks, web and internet security company Akamai has launched Audience Hijacking Protector, a cloud-based solution designed to minimize in-browser marketing fraud by blocking unwanted redirects such as unauthorized advertisements and pop-ups. Promising protection against possible lost revenue and disrupted customer experiences, the new hack protector, […]]]>

In an effort to reduce affiliate fraud and mitigate privacy risks, web and internet security company Akamai has launched Audience Hijacking Protector, a cloud-based solution designed to minimize in-browser marketing fraud by blocking unwanted redirects such as unauthorized advertisements and pop-ups.

Promising protection against possible lost revenue and disrupted customer experiences, the new hack protector, generally available now, offers features to defend against unwanted redirection of customers to competing and malicious websites.

“The browser is often an overlooked area for controlling application behavior,” said Patrick Sullivan, technical director of security strategy at Akamai. “But in-browser protections are a key area for effective business and security controls. Audience Hijacking Protector gathers unique data that generates actionable insights to maximize revenue opportunities and minimize fraud.”

Audience Hijacking Protector uses a machine learning algorithm that monitors and characterizes browser extension activity – both legitimate and illegal – for categories such as purchases, browser hijacking, price comparisons, selling user data, price comparisons and competitors’ advertisements. These extensions are controllable in each category and may have different rules for different situations.

Browser data analysis helps to implement business rules

According to Sullivan, Audience Hijacking Protector can be activated in minutes and runs automatically in the background, collecting and analyzing browser data to help enforce effective business rules.

“Traditionally, ad fraud is fought through visibility and traffic analysis, but the bad actors, knowing that ad fraud is a big and lucrative business, have become much more sophisticated.” says Liz Miller, analyst at Constellation Research. “Thus, the market needs new multi-focused, AI-powered monitoring, detection, mitigation and reporting methods. There are several competitors to Akamai’s solution, but what makes this offering attractive is Akamai’s long-standing position as a leader. Content Delivery Network (CDN) and Web Application and API Protection (WAAP) with tools like Kona Site Defender.”

While the new hijacker protector promises full protection against malicious redirects, could it block legitimate redirects, designed as a third-party link or cross-sell landing page?
According to Miller, while it’s rare for these tools to block genuine and legitimate traffic redirects, it’s not entirely impossible. “The key is for teams to strategize and define where and what the desirable versus undesirable redirects look like,” she adds.

As part of the Audience Hijacking Protector announcement, Akamai also unveiled additional products and features for online businesses.

  • Page Integrity Manager Enhancements: New features protect against browser exfiltration and other script-based attacks with Akamai’s in-house threat intelligence, Akamai ETP. A policy layer enhancement has also been added that allows enterprises to create custom detections.
  • API Data Loss Prevention: Allows companies to discover where personally identifiable information (PII) may be disclosed or used by APIs.
  • App & API Protector Custom Rule Builder: Provides businesses with a custom rule builder featuring additions such as sampling intervals, more match conditions, and improved user massage.
  • Managed Alerts for Bot Manager: Akamai’s Managed Security Service has been upgraded to provide higher quality, real-time alerts to improve bot detection accuracy .

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