Chip Your Kids, Chip Your Wife

It's getting easier to fake video footage; bikes communicate with autonomous vehicles; and more.

With Angel Quicksey

  • Jason Shueh reports for StateScoop on how Code for America’s new deal with California State to work on CalFresh, the state’s SNAP program, signals a shift in how the civic tech organization funds its work.

  • What we do now: Wendy Siegelman began citizen sleuthing after the election last year, digging into public records to unearth personal and business connections between people in the Trump sphere, and she argues in this op-ed for BuzzFeed that journalists should be looking to the work of citizen journalists like her for inspiration and tips, not source material for jokes.

  • Media matters: Fake news is about to get a whole lot more complex, as new video and audio manipulation tools make it easy to spoof realistic-looking footage of public figures saying just about anything you can imagine, Olivia Solon reports for The Guardian.

  • House Republicans have asked the chief executives of tech and telecom companies like Facebook, Google, AT&T and Comcast to testify about net neutrality at a September 7 hearing, Tony Romm reports for Recode.

  • Twitter briefly blocked users from sharing a blog post that criticized the U.S. government’s net neutrality rules, Romm also reports for Recode. Two Republican congressman criticized the company and CEO Jack Dorsey, calling the episode “an affront to free expression.”

  • Trump watch: Six months into the administration, President Trump’s feared “War on Data” hasn’t materialized, Danny Vinik writes in Politico.

  • Self-driving cars are learning how cyclists behave, by having bikes talk back, Margaret Krauss reports for NPR’s Morning Edition. An engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon is equipping a bike with GPS, sensors, and speedometers so that it can feed information to the vehicles around it.

  • Brave new world: Employees at a Wisconsin technology company called Three Square Market are choosing to inject a chip into their hand between their thumb and index finger, Maggie Astor reports for The New York Times. “Much to my surprise, when we had our initial meeting to ask if this was something we wanted to look at doing, it was an overwhelming majority of people that said yes,” chief executive Todd Westby told Astor. “It exceeded my expectations. Friends, they want to be chipped. My whole family is being chipped—my two sons, my wife and myself.”

  • Life in Facebookistan: Google employee Tim Hwang is looking for submissions for a new journal dedicated to unpacking visual depictions of Mark Zuckerberg, Khari Johnson reports for Venture Beat. Initial proposals are due by midnight tonight.

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