The ugly online abuse escalated into accusations that she was responsible for the outbreak of covid-19 in Malaysia, death threats, and was eventually arrested and charged with “insulting Islam.” Earlier this year, she fled to Australia to escape a court hearing.

Although Nur Sajat’s story is the most famous, it is just one of many that illustrate how online platforms have become a double-edged sword for LGBTQ communities in Malaysia.

Although it creates invaluable opportunities for LGBTQ people to connect, communicate and advocate for their rights, online participation also leaves them vulnerable to censorship, surveillance and attack. Read the whole story.

“Megan Tatum.”

Required readings

I dug up the internet to find today’s most fun / important / scary / fascinating technology stories.

1 AI trained on 4Chan spews toxic hate speech
Given the material on which he was trained, this result was depressingly inevitable. (motherboard)
+ AI still sucks to moderate hate speech. (MIT Technology Review)

2 Apple will have to change the way it charges the iPhone
A new deal requires all phones sold in the European Union to use USB-C ports by 2024 (On the edge)
+ iPhones sold in the UK will not have to meet demand. (BBC)
+ This is good news for e-waste reduction. (protocol)

3 A battle for crypto mining is brewing in New York 🗽
And crypto enthusiasts are worried that other countries may follow suit. (NYT $)
+ How bitcoin mining devastated this city in New York. (MIT Technology Review)
+ The crypto industry is happy with its newly proposed regulator. (WP $)

4 How the rivers of the Amazon turned it into a refuge for biodiversity
Creating a lush microenvironment in which wildlife thrives. (Quanta)
+ We are not terrified enough of the loss of the Amazon. (MIT Technology Review)

5 These YouTubers reveal the shortcomings of the video game industry
And they face many reactions along the way. (WP $)

6 Disinformation spreads in Kenya before the election
Including attempts to inflame ethnic tensions. (The rest of the world)

7 Neptune is a mystery
And it is possible that this will remain the case until the 2050s. (The Atlantic Ocean $)
+ On the other hand, we will take a closer look at Venus in 2030. (Back)
+ Space debris is a growing problem. (FT $)

8 How a fake juror in the Depp v. Hurd trial went viral
And contributed to the many brutal anti-Heard content circulating online. (CNN)

9 What the experiences of people with schizophrenia can teach us
First-person accounts of delusions help experts understand how they actually work. (With cable $)

10 How TikTok turned Gen Z into bookworms 📖
And it gave the publishing industry a vital chance. (The guardian)

Quote of the day

“We can do this without technology, but why?” We use technology in a way that is not against our morals. ”

– Ben, an Amish office manager, discusses how his company makes millions of dollars selling products online. With cable.

The big story

A non-profit organization has promised to preserve wildlife. He then made millions, claiming he could cut down trees

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