Episode 22: Malicious pixels

Direct download link: Episode 22.

This week Audrey and I chat about the latest exploit which allows hackers to infect computers with malware via normal-looking banner ads; social media, fake news, and extremist content; Trump’s meeting with tech industry execs; and ideas for collective organizing.

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Show Notes

Steganography attack via ad banners

Evernote privacy policy concerns

Social media, fake news, and extremist content

The tech industry and Trump

Collective organizing

Things we like on the Internet

Community Announcements

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