Apple’s controversial plan to try to curb child sexual abuse imagery


The Verge 14 August, 2021 - 01:39pm 24 views

Is Apple going to scan your photos?

Apple has announced that it will begin scanning photos for CSAM content on its devices that are stored in iCloud Photos. ... The hashes of your photos will be compared with the hashes of known CSAM images in a database. The Dallas Morning NewsYes, Apple will be examining photos on your iPhone. A look at some new features on the way

First, it’s rolling out an update to its Search app and Siri voice assistant on iOS 15, watchOS 8, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey. When a user searches for topics related to child sexual abuse, Apple will redirect the user to resources for reporting CSAM, or getting help for an attraction to such content.

But it’s Apple’s two other CSAM plans that have garnered criticism. One update will add a parental control option to Messages, sending an alert to parents if a child age 12 or younger views or sends sexually explicit pictures, and obscuring the images for any users under 18.

The one that’s proven most controversial is Apple’s plan to scan on-device images to find CSAM before they images are uploaded to iCloud, reporting them to Apple’s moderators who can then turn the images over to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the case of a potential match. While Apple says the feature will protect users while allowing the company to find illegal content, many Apple critics and privacy advocates say the provision is basically a security backdoor, an apparent contradiction to Apple’s long-professed commitment to user privacy.

To stay up to speed on the latest news about Apple’s CSAM protection plans, follow our storystream, which we’ll update whenever there’s a new development. If you need a starting point, check out our explainer here.

It’s supposed to stop governments from abusing the system

Apple says its system is secure — its critics say the opposite

Encryption and consumer privacy experts break down Apple’s plan for child safety

‘We will not accede to any government’s request to expand it’

A new open letter asked Apple to reconsider the changes

A new hashing system will be limited to images on iCloud photos

The feature will roll out in the US first

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Lamborghini creates special Aventador S Roadster Korean series 

The Seattle Times 15 August, 2021 - 12:06am

This series will have two V12 super sports cars in an ultra-limited-edition avatar only for Lamborghini enthusiasts in Korea, says the luxury automaker. Lamborghini Seoul has created these models together with Automobili Lamborghini. The supercar company informs that Centro Stile, the design centre of the Automobile Lamborghini, has conceived the design of these models.

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While designing, the company says, it has kept in mind what connects the spirit of Korea and Italy. The models exhibit two primary colours of Korea -- Green Ocno that symbolises ‘warm Korean sentiment’ and the Blue Emera that signifies ‘intelligence and wisdom’. The white interior gives the two special series a contrast between the exterior and interior. The front bonnet, left and right door panels, and rear fender, feature the patterns of the Korean traditional windows – criss-cross of both vertical and horizontal lines.

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The Aventador S Roadster Korean edition boasts a naturally-aspirated V12 engine. The 6.5-litre V12 engine can generate a power of 740 hp as the coupe and a peak torque of 690 Nm at 5,500 rpm. This model can sprint from zero to 100kmph in just three seconds and can also attain the speed of 200kmph in just nine seconds. It has a top speed of 350 kmph and its power to weight ratio is 2.2kg/hp. The automaker has not mentioned any price or how many units it will produce for this series.

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