Check out an interesting new article from Hannah Kuchler in the Financial Times (paywall). She describes how the activist whose case against Facebook transformed European privacy law is launching a new organisation to fund data privacy lawsuits, getting ready for a new regulation that could see huge fines for big technology companies.
Max Schrems, an Austrian lawyer who overturned the “Safe Harbour” agreement and changed how personal data of European consumers can be transferred to the US, has founded None of Your Business, a non-governmental organisation that aims to ensure the new General Data Protection Regulation is enforced. Mr Schrems told the Financial Times that the organisation would help consumers fight for their rights and encourage whistleblowers inside tech companies to speak out.
This week, Pinterest launched its first Facebook Messenger bot to power Pin searches, as well as a chat extension to power collaborative visual search inside one of the most popular chat apps on the planet. Any pin shared from Pinterest to Messenger will automatically link to the Pinterest chat extension. The chat extension can be used to look for pins when brainstorming ideas with friends in group chat.
Montreal-based Botler.AI has launched a new system today with the hope of empowering survivors of sexual misconduct.
The company built the system using an AI that read through more than 300,000 US and Canadian criminal court documents related to what the company refers to as sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual assault. By cross-referencing the court documents, the AI predicts if the situation explained by the victim falls under sexual harassment or sexual assault, and which laws have been violated under the Criminal Code. The AI can then generate an incident report which the user can hand over to the relevant authorities if they so wish.
Earlier this year, Syte.ai, which develops visual search technology for fashion brands,raised $8 million from investors including top Asian tech firms NHN, Line Corp. and Naver. Now it’s unveiling a new API that makes adding visual search accessible to more e-commerce sites.
Called Visual Search for All, the white-label feature can be integrated into retail websites or apps within 24 hours and lets shoppers upload photos saved on their phones, like screenshots from Instagram, to find similar products for sale. It is based on the same technology as Syte.ai’s search tools for large fashion brands and publishers, which shows shoppers relevant items when they hover a cursor over part of an image (some of Syte.ai’s clients include Marks & Spencer and Kohl’s).
This week, they announced additional features to Google Sheets to help businesses make better use of their data, from pivot tables and formula suggestions powered by machine intelligence, to even more flexible ways to help you analyse your data.
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In Airbnb offices around the world, graduates parade about with their college logo splashed across shirts, hats and computers. But they haven’t come from your typical school – each is a graduate of Data University, a programme launched by Airbnb to increase the number of employees with data skills. “It’s fun to walk around and see people wearing Data U T-shirts,” says Elena Grewal, the company’s head of data science.
The Data University course is split into three levels, starting with the basics – such as how to ask a good question of data – and moving through to more advanced skills such as machine learning. These lessons are applied to the kind of data Airbnb collects from its users. For example, employees could monitor how visitors interact with site redesigns, or analyse how many of its hosts use the company’s professional photography services and in which location. The school has already toured Airbnb offices in Portland, Dublin, Singapore, Beijing and Seoul, with 700 students taking part in the first year.
The company is partnering with Japanese software company DeNA, which operates online services for the gaming, healthcare and automotive industries. It will adapt a Nissan Leaf electric car, which passengers will summon using an app.
The free trials will be held over a two-week period in March in Yokohama. The Easy Ride system could be launched in Japan in the early 2020s. “With ‘more freedom of mobility’ as its concept, Easy Ride is envisioned as a service for anyone who wants to travel freely to their destination of choice in a robo-vehicle,” Nissan said in a statement.