Many technology companies consider Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to be a foundation of the Internet economy. The 1996 law gives website owners broad immunity for content submitted by users. Advocates say that allows websites to host a wide variety of user-generated content without worrying about getting sued.
This week in security, we took a long look at a long-running scam: A man who hacked his way into at least 78 hotel rooms over the course of several years, thanks to a known bug that let him slip in and out like a ghost. Or if you're into something a little more whimsical, we found what very much appear to be the Amazon Wish Lists of several of Donald Trump's inner circle. Something for everyone! And there's so much more.
Progress in the field of machine vision is one of the most important factors in the rise of the self-driving car. An autonomous vehicle has to be able to sense its environment and react appropriately. Free space has to be calculated, solid objects avoided, and any and all of the instructions we helpfully leave everywhere—painted on the tarmac or posted on signs—have to be obeyed.
If you don't know what your AI model is doing, how do you know it's not evil?
Boffins from New York University have posed that question in a paper at arXiv, and come up with the disturbing conclusion that machine learning can be taught to include backdoors, by attacks on their learning data.
The board of Uber Technologies Inc., after meeting throughout the weekend, has chosen Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi as its new chief executive.
Khosrowshahi's name wasn't even on the public list of contenders for the job, but after today's vote, he has been picked as the new boss, reports The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Reuters. HP Enterprises CEO Meg Whitman and former GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt were thought to be the top contenders.