Worldcoin Launched. Then Came the Backlash

The controversial cryptocurrency-cum-biometric identification project Worldcoin finally launched last month and now boasts more than two million sign-ups. But the scheme has attracted scrutiny from regulators in several countries, suggesting that its mission to become the world’s arbiter of digital identity could face a rocky road. Cofounded by OpenAI CEO…
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Political Backlash Ramps Up Digital Privacy Laws

The wheels of justice may turn slowly, but tech ramifications sometimes turn around on a shorter timetable. The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2022 overruling of its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision—alongside subsequent state-level prosecutions for abortions—provoked a pro-privacy backlash now wending its way through administrations and legislatures. At the same…
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‘Perfectly secure’ digital messaging hides sensitive data from prying eyes

The method can be incorporated into social media and private messaging and could “empower” vulnerable groups, such as dissidents, investigative journalists and humanitarian aid workers, the researchers added. The algorithm applies to a setting called steganography which is the practice of hiding sensitive information inside innocuous content. Steganography differs from…
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