Tracking coordinated disinformation campaigns online made easier with new BotSlayer tool

[ad_1] An infographic about BotSlayer Credit: Indiana University Indiana University’s Observatory on Social Media has launched a new tool in the fight against online disinformation: BotSlayer. The software, which is free and open to the public, scans social media in real time to detect evidence of automated Twitter accounts—or “bots”—pushing messages in a coordinated manner, […]

Facebook defends tracking your every move—even if the app isn't on

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain Anticipating questions from users about why they’re being tracked by Facebook as Google (Android) and Apple (iOS) release new operating systems, the social network took to a blog post Monday to explain its thinking. The Facebook app follows your every move, even if the app isn’t on, and the social […]

Apple's tracking tags will reportedly use ultra-wideband for precision

[ad_1] As with any communication protocol, the limitation of this new standard is that both devices need to feature the tech. According to a previous report from Kuo, all three 2019 iPhones will feature UWB. Unfortunately, that leaves out all current iPhone owners. Kuo’s latest note doesn’t say anything about how those iPhones will connect […]

Tracking down polluters

[ad_1] Sensor ring for use in wastewater treatment plants. Credit: Volker Mai Proving criminal machinations can be difficult—for instance when those involved covertly discharge hazardous wastewater into sewers. A new sensor system developed by Fraunhofer researchers and their partners could soon help safety agencies establish wrongdoing: placed in a sewage canal, it detects relevant substances […]

Tracking online hate groups reveals why they're resilient to bans

[ad_1] Social networks have struggled to figure out how to handle issues like threats of violence and the presence of hate groups on their platforms. But a new study suggests that attempts to limit the latter run up against a serious problem: the networks formed by hate group members are remarkably resilient, and they will […]

Tracking online hate groups reveals why they're resilient to bans

[ad_1] Social networks have struggled to figure out how to handle issues like threats of violence and the presence of hate groups on their platforms. But a new study suggests that attempts to limit the latter run up against a serious problem: the networks formed by hate group members are remarkably resilient, and they will […]

Machine learning tool improves tracking of tiny moving particles

[ad_1] Beyond manual tracing: An artist’s impression of a deep neural network trained to recognise particle motion in space-time representations. Credit: Eva Pillai Scientists have developed an automated tool for mapping the movement of particles inside cells that may accelerate research in many fields, a new study in eLife reports. The movements of tiny molecules, […]