How Facebook Outs Sex Workers
By Kashmir Hill Yesterday 2:20pm
Leila has two identities, but Facebook is only supposed
to know about one of them.
Leila is a sex worker. She goes to great lengths to keep
separate identities for ordinary life and for sex work, to avoid stigma,
arrest, professional blowback, or clients who might be stalkers (or worse).
Her “real identity”—the public one, who lives in
California, uses an academic email address, and posts about politics—joined
Facebook in 2011. Her sex-work identity is not on the social network at all;
for it, she uses a different email address, a different phone number, and a
different name. Yet earlier this year, looking at Facebook’s “People You May
Know” recommendations, Leila (a name I’m using using in place of either of the
names she uses) was shocked to see some of her regular sex-work clients.
Despite the fact that she’d only given Facebook
information from her vanilla identity, the company had somehow discerned her
The 15 Most Influential Websites of All TimeAlex Fitzpatrick,Lisa Eadicicco,Matt Peckham Updated:
Oct 20, 2017 10:55 AM ET | Originally published: Oct 18, 2017 The
web, or "world wide web" as we used to say, turns 27 years old on
December 20. On that date, nearly three decades ago, British engineer and
scientist Tim Berners-Lee launched the world's first website, running on a NeXT
computer at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear
Research) in Switzerland.
The website wasn't much at the time, just a few sentences
organized into topic areas that laid out the arguments for the concept. But it
established vital first principles still essential to the web as it exists
today: the notion of hyperlinks that reimagined documents (and eventually any
form of media) as nonlinear texts, and the ability for anyone, anywhere in the
world, to peruse that content by way of a browser: a piece of software that
cohered to universal formatting standards. It's been a wild ride since…
British supermarket offers 'finger vein' payment in
By Katie Morley, consumer affairs editor 20 SEPTEMBER
2017 • 1:04AM
A UK supermarket has become the first in the world to let
shoppers pay for groceries using just the veins in their fingertips.
Customers at the Costcutter store, at Brunel University
in London, can now pay using their unique vein pattern to identify themselves.
The firm behind the technology, Sthaler, has said it is
in "serious talks" with other major UK supermarkets to adopt hi-tech
finger vein scanners at pay points across thousands of stores.
It works by using infrared to scan people's finger veins
and then links this unique biometric map to their bank cards. Customers’ bank
details are then stored with payment provider Worldpay, in the same way you can
store your card details when shopping online. Shoppers can then turn up to the
supermarket with nothing on them but their own hands and use it to make
payments in just three …