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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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Twitter cracks down on possible bot accounts and rolls out ban on political ads

Twitter suspended multiple accounts that tweeted, "I hired Donald Trump to fire people like Yovanovitch," referring to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who testified last week in..
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Are dating apps really just data apps?

CNET senior producer Dan Patterson explains the data security risks associated with using dating apps, and how they are designed to get users to reveal more and more information as they use them.
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How social media is increasingly influencing how politicians do their jobs

She may be the youngest member of the House, but Democrats are turning to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to learn how to master social media. However, she's not the only politician with a knack..
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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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Lawmakers grill Mark Zuckerberg on political ads, election security

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared on Capitol Hill to testify about Libra, a new cryptocurrency co-founded by the social network. Lawmakers pressed Zuckerberg on a range of other topics, including..
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Mark Zuckerberg to testify on Libra project, election interference

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is on Capitol Hill today, where he will testify before the House Financial Services Committee about Libra, Facebook's cryptocurrency initiative. But that likely won't be..
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Facebook and the challenges of fighting misinformation ahead of 2020 election

Facebook says it's making changes to help with election security, but many concerns remain about the spread of misinformation on social media. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joined CBSN's "Red and..
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Facebook says it's increasing transparency after backlash over political ads

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company is increasing transparency about ads after Facebook received backlash for allowing political ads with false claims. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson..
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Gaming chat app Discord a new destination for illegal business

The gaming chat app Discord was created to let gamers have a space to talk. But illegal businesses can be found on some of the private servers. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joined CBSN AM to..
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Salesforce CEO speaks about gender pay gap in Silicon Valley

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is making an effort to close the pay gap between men and women in tech. By 2019, the company had spent more than $10 million to make salaries more equal. CNET senior..
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Elizabeth Warren tops other candidates on cybersecurity, according to SiteLock

New analysis by SiteLock says Elizabeth Warren has the most digitally secure campaign, while Joe Biden got one of the lowest scores for cybersecurity awareness. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joins..
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Facebook's digital currency Libra faces setbacks

In a draft report obtained by the BBC, a G7 taskforce warns banks of the potential risks of cryptocurrencies. That comes just days after major financial institutions began pulling support for..
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Dan Patterson

Senior Producer, CNET embedded at CBS News
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Apple removes Hong Kong protest app from platform

Apple is standing by its decision to pull an app related to to the Hong Kong protests from its platform. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joined CBSN AM to talk about how demonstrators are using..
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Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie: "You are the target" of companies like Facebook

Data analyst Christopher Wylie exposed how Cambridge Analytica harvested information of millions of Facebook users during the 2016 campaign. Now he's out with a new book, "Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica..
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Facebook rejects Biden campaign's request to remove Trump ad

Facebook said it will not take down a campaign ad released by President Trump that accuses former Vice President Joe Biden of corruption. The social media company rejected a request from Biden's..
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Twitter users' phone numbers and emails were used for ads

Twitter has announced some of its users' data was "unintentionally" used for advertising purposes. The company said phone numbers and emails provided by users were used by third parties to target users..
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Facebook's encrypted messaging raises law enforcement concerns

The Justice Department is asking Facebook for access to encrypted messaging, raising privacy concerns. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joins CBSN with more on that controversy, plus the latest plans..
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"Sneakerheads" create "stock exchange" app

As sneaker culture continues to dominate the fashion world, one app is cashing in on the push to buy and sell sneakers online. Stock-X not only allows users to buy and bid on rare and limited-addition..
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Apple CEO Tim Cook files brief at Supreme Court supporting DACA

Apple CEO Tim Cook filed a "friend of court" brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold protections for DACA recipients - immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. The court hears arguments in..
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Mark Zuckerberg tells employees Facebook will fight back against legal challenges

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees the company would fight back against critics, competitors and the U.S. government in a leaked audio recording published by The Verge on Tuesday. Zuckerberg..
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Activists push to ban facial recognition technology at concerts

Activists and musicians calling on Ticketmaster and Live Nation to ban facial recognition technology at all concert venues and music festivals. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joined CBSN to discuss..
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Facebook suspends tens of thousands of apps

Facebook says it has suspended over 69,000 apps over concerns about their use of personal data in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joined CBSN AM to..
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Ticketmaster partnership with facial recognition software company sparks privacy concerns

A partnership between Ticketmaster and a facial recognition software company is raising alarms about privacy among musicians and their fans. This month, a group of artists and activists called "Fight..
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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 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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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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