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Alabama supervisor told census workers to fake data: report

alabama supervisor told census workers to fake data: report

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A census supervisor in Alabama told workers to fake household data in order to check off as many houses as possible, according to text messages obtained by the Associated Press.The supervisor allegedly wanted census workers to finalize cases without interviewing households. According to the messages, if two attempts to interview a member of the household failed, and two unsuccessful attempts were made to interview the landlord or neighbors, then the census workers were to put down that only one person lived at that residence.“You are to clear the case indicating occupied by 1,” an text from a census supervisor in Dothan, Alabama read, AP reported.ADVERTISEMENTAn enumerator who travelled to Alabama from Florida to help it catch up with the census count shared the texts with the AP and said she refused to follow the orders, believing she would be falsifying data if she did. The enumerator requested to remain anonymous and did not provide the full name of the supervisor who sent out the instructions.In photos sent out to census workers, the supervisor allegedly shared handwritten 15-step instructions on how to mark a residence as having only one person, advising them to do so two to three …

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1 in 3 who are aware of deepfakes say they have inadvertently shared them on social media

1 in 3 who are aware of deepfakes say they have inadvertently shared them on social media

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A Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) study has found that some Singaporeans have reported that, despite being aware of the existence of ‘deepfakes’ in general, they believe they have circulated deepfake content on social media which they later found out was a hoax.
Deepfakes, a portmanteau of ‘deep learning’ and ‘fake’, are ultrarealistic fake videos made with artificial intelligence (AI) software to depict people doing things they have never done — not just slowing them down or changing the pitch of their voice, but also making them appear to say things that they have never said at all.
In a survey of 1,231 Singaporeans led by NTU Singapore’s Assistant Professor Saifuddin Ahmed, 54 per cent of the respondents said they were aware of deepfakes, of which one in three reported sharing content on social media that they subsequently learnt was a deepfake.
The study also found that more than one in five of those who are aware of deepfakes said that they regularly encounter deepfakes online.
The survey findings, reported in the journal Telematics and Informatics in October, come in the wake of rising numbers of deepfake videos identified online. Over the six months to June 2020, Sensity, a deepfake detection technology …

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Film study: Giants safety Jabrill Peppers taking steps forward

film study: giants safety jabrill peppers taking steps forward

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Jabrill Peppers was a major asset that was acquired in the controversial Odell Beckham Jr. trade in March of 2019. Peppers had an adequate first season with New York until it was cut short by a back injury in week 12. However, 2020 has been a big step for the 25-year-old safety, and he is now an integral part of Patrick Graham’s versatile defense.
After realizing the personnel was too exploitable for full-time man coverage, Graham switched to a more zone-based team that plays a lot of Cover 3 as a base coverage. Peppers is tasked to execute a variety of key roles in both the running and passing game. According to Pro Football Focus, Peppers has lined up 227 times in the box, 128 times at slot corner, 83 times at free safety, 39 times on the line of scrimmage, and 21 times as a wide cornerback.
The alignment suggests versatility, but the responsibilities that Graham assigns to Peppers showcase just how trustworthy and reliable the former Michigan Wolverine is now in his 4th season. Against the run, Peppers excels as the alley defender, primary force defender, secondary force defender, and he’s done a much better job securing tackles in open space this season. His instinct …

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CoE Secretary-General Calls for Member States to Protect Women and Girls During Lockdown – Exit

coe secretary-general calls for member states to protect women and girls during lockdown – exit

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As Europe grapples with the second wave of COVID-19 and many societies have returned to partial or full lockdown, incidences of domestic are once again on the increase.
During the first lockdown, national and NGO-led domestic violence helplines and authorities saw an increase in the number of  calls related to domestic violence and online sexual harassment. This was due to people being forced to remain at home with abusers, or surfing the internet more.
Marija Pejcinovic Buric, the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe has spoken out on the subject, calling for member states to prevent violence after lessons learned in the first lockdown. In a statement given to Exit, she said:
“The first COVID-19 lockdowns this past spring led to many Council of Europe member states reporting record increases in domestic abuse. Although current lockdowns in most countries are less restrictive by comparison, national domestic violence hotlines again are reporting dramatic increases in distress calls.  
And as people stay indoors and online longer because of renewed lockdowns, we learn of increased sexual harassment, stalking, sexting, deep fake imagery and other forms of “online violence” as a result, according to a recent UN Women study.”
She reminded states that the …

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The legend of Johnny Hekker: Fake punts, huge leg separate Rams punter from the rest

the legend of johnny hekker: fake punts, huge leg separate rams punter from the rest

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Johnny Hekker is due.The Rams punter, maybe the best to ever drop a football onto his foot before kicking it a long way, isn’t due to hit a good punt. No, that happens basically every time he carries out his job. Hekker is due to throw a pass. He’s potentially the greatest fake-punt passer at his position ever, and yet he hasn’t thrown yet in 2020 through 10 weeks.

Hekker’s former special teams coach, John Fassel, told The Ringer in 2019 that Hekker would much rather throw than punt. So it’s coming, don’t you worry. And the former high-school quarterback very likely will complete the pass, too. Until then, he’ll just keep on setting a new standard for how good an NFL punter can be.MORE: Joe Burrow will be back, but it’s on Bengals to protect QB’s future Is Johnny Hekker the best punter of all time?Before we get into Hekker being maybe the best fake-punter of all time, it’s worth noting: He’s really good at the main part of his job description, too.Let’s start with the Super Bowl in 2019, a low-scoring affair that only logically would feature a punter as one of its main stars. With his heels …

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