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British television producer

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Dan Patterson is a British television producer and writer, responsible for the production of both the British and American incarnations of the improvisation show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and the British satirical panel show Mock the Week with writing partner Mark Leveson. He has also written for episodes of both shows.

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Report: TikTok may be censoring Hong Kong protests

According to an article in the Washington Post, the social media app TikTok may be censoring information on the platform about the Hong Kong protests. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joined CBSN AM..
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Report: Popular period-tracking apps share data with third parties

A new report from the U.K.-based advocacy group Privacy International finds some period-tracking apps may be sharing private health information before users are even given a chance to agree to the..
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Dan Patterson

Senior Producer, CNET and CBS News
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Dan Patterson on trying to quit Google

Googling has become a verb, and Google services have become an everyday part of our lives. Dan Patterson, a senior producer for CNET and CBS News, personally tried going without Google. He joined CBSN..
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Tech giants meet with government agencies to talk 2020 election security

Representatives from Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter met with national security officials Thursday to discuss cybersecurity ahead of the 2020 presidential election. CNET senior producer Dan..
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Google pays record fine for YouTube's violation of children's privacy

Google has agreed to pay a record $170 million fine to the Federal Trade Commission and New York state stemming from YouTube's violation of children's privacy. The company also agreed to make changes..
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How cities and businesses are dealing with a rise in ransomware attacks

U.S. officials are reportedly concerned about a ransomware attack against the 2020 election. CNet senior producer Dan Patterson joins CBSN's "Red & Blue" to discuss how cities and towns across the..
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8chan users looking for new platforms

Members of online message board 8chan are looking for new platforms after it was shut down earlier this month. One of them is Discord, a web and mobile application used for gaming. CNET senior producer..
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Ransomware attack hits government computers in over 20 Texas towns

Government computers in 22 Texas towns were targeted in a ransomware attack. Days after the coordinated attack, many of the local governments weren't able to get back online. CNET senior producer Dan..
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Gun sellers use loophole on Facebook Marketplace

Guns are being bought and sold online through a loophole in Facebook Marketplace. Secondhand gun sellers often post misleading listings for gun accessories at a marked-up price, in order to get around..
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Facebook paid contractors to transcribe users' audio

A new report says that Facebook paid outside contractors to transcribe users' personal audio clips without their knowledge. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joins CBSN with the latest.
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Violent crackdown on Hong Kong protests amid concerns about mass surveillance

Amid a violent crackdown on protests in Hong Kong, experts are raising concerns about technology reportedly being used by the Chinese government to monitor demonstrations. CBS News foreign..
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Jeffrey Epstein's accusers weigh legal options after his death

After the death of alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, legal questions are focusing on his possible co-conspirators. Also, how much did Twitter play a role in spreading conspiracy theories about..
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Facebook shuts down suspected Saudi propaganda campaign

Facebook confirms it has taken steps to shut down a propaganda campaign orchestrated by people linked to the Saudi government. The company says it has removed more than 350 fake accounts that published..
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Controversial web forum 8chan experiences outages after El Paso shooting

The online forum 8chan is experiencing outages after several companies pulled their infrastructure support. A hate-filled manifesto, allegedly linked to the El Paso shooting suspect, was posted on its..
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Online forum 8chan taken offline following El Paso shooting

Online forum 8chan was taken offline Sunday. This comes after the suspected El Paso gunman allegedly posted an anti-immigrant, racist screed on the site just minutes before opening fire on a Walmart..
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Mass shootings spark discussions on the dark corners of the internet

Social media is increasingly playing a role in mass shootings around the world and in their aftermath. Many recent attacks have been tied to conversations that are playing out in the dark corners of..
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Republicans block election cybersecurity bills

Just days after former special counsel Robert Mueller warned the House Intelligence Committee about the ongoing threat of hacking in the 2020 election, Democrats urged the passage of two cybersecurity..
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Lawmakers call for investigation into viral FaceApp

Senator Chuck Schumer has called for the FBI to investigate the Russian-owned FaceApp for potential privacy or security risks. CBS News' Lisa Mateo reports on the viral app, and CNET senior producer..
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Virtual reality offers new experience to readers

Fewer Americans are reading for leisure these days, and book sales continue to decline. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson spoke to "Zodiac" trilogy author Romina Russell about her push to use virtual..
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Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google execs testify on Capitol Hill

Leaders from Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon all took turns publicly defending their companies during an antitrust hearing on Capitol Hill. They said their platforms all rely on a vibrant social..
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Analyzing the impact of Trump's Twitter rant on extremists online

The Anti-Defamation League says President Trump's Twitter rant telling some Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to where they came from is being praised by white supremacists and extremists..
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President Trump hosts White House meeting on social media

President Trump is hosting what's billed as a social media summit at the White House today, but executives from Facebook or Twitter weren't invited. CBS News' Nikole Killion and CNET senior producer..
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Traditional social media sites left out of summit at White House

The White House is holding a social media summit, but companies like Facebook and Twitter did not receive an invite. Instead, conservative organizations were extended a welcome. CNET senior producer..
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The technology behind altered or manipulated video

CNET senior producer Dan Patterson showed the process of creating a deepfake and how they can now be made for next to nothing.
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Bipartisan Senators propose "Dashboard" Act to put a price on user data

A bipartisan team of senators has proposed new legislation that could put a price on user data. The "Dashboard" Act would require Big Tech to tell consumers how much of their data is being collected..
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CBS employees volunteer to get hacked

CBS News investigative reporter Graham Kates and CNET senior producer Dan Patterson voluntarily got hacked by a social engineer in the name of research. What she found was highly sensitive information...
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Google pledges $1 billion to combat Bay Area housing crisis

Silicon Valley companies face blame for the high costs of housing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now tech giant Google has pledged $1 billion to help ease the growing housing crisis in the area. CNET..
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China's state media spreads false information about Hong Kong protests

In Hong Kong, protests against a controversial extradition bill continue, but China is looking to downplay the unrest. According to BuzzFeed News, Chinese state media has published a series of stories..
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The challenge of detecting "deepfakes" ahead of 2020 election

High-tech manipulated videos called deepfakes are spreading online and could threaten presidential candidates ahead of the 2020 elections. So far, tech companies have done little to stop the spread of..
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Lawmakers hear from tech experts about deepfake technology

The House Intelligence Committee is examining the threats deepfakes could pose to national security, the U.S. election system and even corporate America. Lawmakers heard from tech experts who say there..
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Feds investigating major tech companies for antitrust violations

The federal government is set to look into four major tech companies for potential antitrust violations. The Federal Trade Commission will investigate Amazon and Facebook while the Department of..
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"Deepfakes" are becoming a dangerous reality

As we get closer to the 2020 presidential election, campaigns are struggling to handle the threat of "deepfakes" posted online. Using artificial intelligence, highly altered or fabricated video footage..
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New social media app Parler a haven for users kicked off traditional platforms

A new Twitter-like social media platform is gaining popularity among far-right users. Parler currently hosts about 100,00 users, but members of Trump's campaign are suggesting the president consider..
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Instagram influencers' information exposed

An unprotected online database exposed the contact information for millions of "high-profile" celebrities and influencers. TechCrunch reports the database belonged to a social influence marketing firm..
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U.S. struggles to defend against 2020 election cyberthreats

A new report says the U.S. is still struggling to defend against cyberthreats targeting political elections. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joins CBSN with a look at the report and what it means..
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PrivacyWatch: Phones of WhatsApp users hacked using missed calls glitch

A flaw in WhatsApp allowed hackers to infiltrate users' phones. Several activist lawyers and journalists were reportedly targeted. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joied CBSN to explain the severity..
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TikTok reigns as most-downloaded app, passing Facebook, Instagram

TikTok has taken over the social media charts, taking the crown as the most-downloaded app. But the new ranking has many people asking what TikTok is. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joined CBSN to..
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"Game of Thrones": How tactical technology could have impacted the battle of Winterfell

CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joins CBSN to talk about how advanced tactical technology could have shaped battles in "Game of Thrones."
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Tech's business model putting users at risk

As attacks like those that unfolded recently in New Zealand and Sri Lanka happen more frequently, more critics have blamed social media for not doing enough to control extreme content. But some experts..
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Irish regulators deny claim they've failed to stand up against tech titans

Ireland is the EU's lead enforcer when it comes to regulating major tech companies, but a Politico investigation says Ireland's relationship with companies such as Facebook and Google may play a role..
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Mueller report reveals details of Russian hacking efforts

The Mueller report includes many details about how Russian operatives hacked into U.S. computer systems and manipulated social media in an elaborate misinformation campaign. CNET senior producer Dan..
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Microsoft looks toward a password-free future of data security

As hackers target our data, technology like facial recognition and thumbprint access could be the future of privacy. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson spoke to Microsoft's CVP Alex Simons about the..
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Shedding light on the dark web

The dark web is a subsection of the internet know for privacy and nefarious activity. Our reporters asked a cyber security firm to investigate exactly what information they could find about them on the..
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Challenges for Facebook a year after Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook is scrambling to deal with a security glitch that left users' passwords exposed to employees. It's just the latest issue to face the social network in a difficult year since the Cambridge..
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Social media comapnies accused of bias

President Trump is accusing Facebook and Twitter of being biased against the conservative voting base. This comes after White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. was briefly blocked on..
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Disturbing role of social media in New Zealand mosque shooting

A gunman in the New Zealand mosque shooting livestreamed the attack, which killed 49 people. The suspect's apparent manifesto also used traditional trolling tactics popular with far-right agitators..
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Facebook's data-sharing deals reportedly under criminal investigation

According to The New York Times, Facebook's data-sharing partnerships with some of the worlds largest tech companies are now under investigation. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joins CBSN to..
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2020 Democrats take aim at big tech

As 2020 Democratic hopefuls test out their campaign messages, the issue of taking on tech companies is making its way to to the top of their policy proposals. CBSN political reporter Caitlin..
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Facebook sues hackers for allegedly using quizzes to steal user data

Facebook filed a lawsuit against two Ukrainian hackers, alleging they used a series of online quizzes to steal data from users. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joined CBSN to explain the alleged..
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