Crowd-sourcing UN 2015 Millennium Development Goals
In 2000 the United Nations announced the Millennium Development Goals, a set of development targets and objectives to reduce poverty and improve health, education, and the environment. These goals are set to be completed by 2015. The system of United Nations organizations is currently formulating a new set of development goals for beyond 2015. To create a more participatory process, the International Telecommunication Union uses an online platform to crowdsource the ideas and comments of youth around the world.
Debate Slates is a second screen application experience designed to facilitate discussion of theories and future plot developments of long-form narrative television (e.g. Game of Thrones, True Detective and Fringe); Debate Slates also hopes to facilitate discussions on current events, focusing on televised reportage of ISIS and the developing situation in Iraq and Syria.
Algorithmically Bypassing Censorship on Sina Weibo with Nondeterministic Homophone Substitutions
Like traditional media, social media in China is subject to censorship. However, in limited cases, activists have employed homophones of censored keywords to avoid detection by keyword matching algorithms. In this paper, we show that it is possible to scale this idea up in ways that make it difficult to defend against. Specifically, we present a non-deterministic algorithm for generating homophones that create large numbers of false positives for sensors, making it difficult to locate banned conversations.
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Neha Kumar will serve a three-year term for the group, which is the premier international society for professionals and academics interested in human-computer interaction.
The two-year fellowship recognizes innovative and promising early-career professors in the Americas who are exploring breakthrough research in computer science or a related field.
The faculty will work at the new National Science Foundation AI Institutes.
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