Facebook propaganda tailored to you: on the basis of 300 likes, Kosinski’s model is able to predict someone’s personality profile with the same accuracy as a spouse

Cambridge Analytica was contracted to the Trump campaign and provided an entirely new weapon for the election machine. While it also used demographic segments to identify groups of voters, as Clinton’s campaign had, Cambridge Analytica also segmented using psychographics. As definitions of class, education, employment, age and so on, demographics are informational. Psychographics are behavioural – a means to segment by …

Book recommendations: Climate fiction

The Tamarisk Hunter, by Paolo Bacigalupi “One of the things that interests me most about climate fiction is how often it is deeply informed by real science and the history of human beings bending our surroundings towards our will. Before Paolo Bacigalupi wrote The Windup Girl and Ship Breaker, he wrote nonfiction for High Country News and other outlets. He turned to cli-fi …

11 Tell-Tale Signs Your Accounts and Devices Have Been Hacked, How to Recover

By David Nield 3/30/18  No one likes getting hacked, and it’s generally true that the quicker you can spot something has gone awry, the better your chances of minimizing the damage. These are the main warning signs to look out for, what they might mean, and some quick pointers about what you should do next. 1) Unexplained financial transactions One of the biggest …

How to Stop Giving Amazon Your Money

By Jacob Kleinman 3/08/18 It can be hard to imagine your life with out Amazon. The company offers everything from online shopping to audiobooks to AI-powered speakers, all at cut-throat prices, but Amazon also does a lot of things that you might not agree with. The tech giant is currently under pressure to boot NRATV from its TV-streaming platform and continues to run ads on far-right news site Breitbart. Amazon’s also come …

Quantifying Land and People Exposed to Sea‐Level Rise with no Mitigation and 1.5°C and 2.0°C Rise in Global Temperatures to Year 2300

Quantifying Land and People Exposed to Sea‐Level Rise with no Mitigation and 1.5°C and 2.0°C Rise in Global Temperatures to Year 2300 Limiting global warming to 1.5-2C above pre-industrial could greatly reduce the number of people exposed to sea level rise in 2300. The proportion of the global population exposed to sea level rise in 2300 is projected to be …

Securing safe roads: Cars and trucks now the biggest killer of young people worldwide

https://www.odi.org/features/securing-safe-roads It is morning in Kibera, a neighbourhood about seven miles from the centre of Nairobi. Smartly dressed young children – white socks pulled up to their knees, school jumpers on and bags over their shoulders – will wave to their parents and set off for school. Among them is Purity, who walks for two hours a day along roads …

Climate change is “most systemic threat to humankind,” says UN Chief

By Somini Sengupta, NYTimes.com March 29, 2018 ImageAntónio Guterres, the United Nations secretary general, said, “I am beginning to wonder how many more alarm bells must go off.”CreditGiuseppe Lami/European Pressphoto Agency, via Shutterstock. UNITED NATIONS — Nuclear weapons? Famine? Civil war? Nope. The United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, on Thursday called climate change “the most systemic threat to humankind” and …

Counter to utility claims, studies show solar users provide net benefits

Phoenix, AZ – Solar panels provide pollution free energy that delivers far reaching benefits to the environment and the electric grid, said a new report released today by Environment America Research & Policy Center. The report outlines how solar panels on homes, schools and businesses often provide more benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, counter to utility …