Media Outlet Attributes Revealing Photo of Australian Lawmaker to Photoshop

A lawmaker in the Australian state of Victoria, Georgie Purcell, was surprised to see an edited photo of herself used on 9News, portraying her without the tattoos on her midriff and with her dress turned into a crop top and skirt. This prompted responses criticizing the editing as sexist and objectifying. The news outlet, 9News, apologized to Ms. Purcell, blaming the changes on a “graphics error”. However, concerns were raised that the modifications likely required human intervention. The incident highlighted that the use of A.I. without strong editorial controls can result in significant errors and replicate existing biases. Ms. Purcell believes that the edits would not have been allowed if it were other female lawmakers, and sees it as a starting point for a conversation about the mistreatment of women in public life.

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Moms Managing Girl Influencers: A Marketplace Stalked by Men

Elissa began receiving threatening messages early last year from a person calling themselves “Instamodelfan” targeting her daughter’s Instagram account. Despite having over 100,000 followers, the account has been under scrutiny for potentially exploiting children in exchange for money. However, the issue runs deeper than that. Research from The New York Times found that the platform […]

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Insights from The Times’s Investigation of Child Influencers

Instagram maintains the 13-year-old minimum age for accounts, but parents can take control, largely for their daughters’ ambitions to become influencers. Parents initiate their child’s modeling career or gain favor from clothing brands, but a dark subculture emerges, controlled by men attracted to minors, as per The New York Times. The emergence of mom-run profiles […]

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Rising Threat: China’s Growing Cyber Espionage and the New Vulnerability

Beijing’s Networks Expanding Hacking Efforts China has spread its hacking reach with new tools that exploit computer vulnerabilities and a network of contracted vendors. The large scale of China’s hacking operations poses a significant threat, with the FBI reporting China’s hacking program to be larger than all major nations combined. The U.S. has tracked consistent […]

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