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2020-06-11 - IBM, Amazon Agree to Step Back From Face Recognition. Where Is Microsoft?

Thu, 11/06/2020 - 18:13
Activism is working. Both on the streets as people protest to end racist and violent policing, and among civil liberties organizations who have been fighting the government’s use of harmful face surveillance technology. This week two major vendors of face surveillance technology announced that in... Security

2020-06-10 - Social Media Companies Can Block and Control Harmful Content Amidst Current Coronavirus Disinformation

Wed, 10/06/2020 - 18:12
June 9, 2020 — Though disinformation is rampant online, there is still hope that social media companies can control it, said Ryan Calo, principal investigator at the Center for an Informed Public, in an interview on KUOW Public Radio Tuesday. While social media platforms have recently seen vast... Development Security

2020-06-10 - Proposed Spectrum Reallocation Could Stifle Global Competitiveness, According to Automotive Experts

Wed, 10/06/2020 - 18:12
June 10, 2020 — The Federal Communications Commission’s proposal of redistributing spectrum on the 5.9 GigaHertz (GHz) band drew criticism from auto industry experts on a Federal Communications Bar Associations webinar Tuesday.  The agency proposed repurposing the lower 45 megahertz of the band for... Development

2020-06-10 - NTIA Data Reveal Shifts in Technology Use, Persistent Digital Divide

Wed, 10/06/2020 - 18:12
Today, NTIA is releasing results of its latest NTIA Internet Use Survey, which show that nearly 4 out of 5 Americans were using the Internet by November 2019, and are increasingly using a larger and more varied range of devices. Even as seniors and other demographic groups reported encouraging... Development

2020-06-10 - Cox readies a re-entry into mobile

Wed, 10/06/2020 - 18:12
Cable provider Cox is positioning itself to join Comcast, Charter and Altice USA in selling mobile service and cellphones to its broadband customers. Development

2020-06-10 - Eurobites: NATO boss approves of UK's Huawei (re)review

Wed, 10/06/2020 - 18:12
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone warns on rip-and-replace costs; FTTH Council Europe formulates to-do list; virtual healthcare app needs treatment. Development

2020-06-10 - Judge Orders Down 'N Out Burger Joint To Hand Over All Signage To In-N-Out, Which Has Almost No Presence In Australia

Wed, 10/06/2020 - 18:12
Two years ago we wrote a post about famed burger-slinger In-N-Out's bullshit strategy for keeping its trademarks in Australia active and valid. That strategy amounts to the chain doing a popup restaurant briefly once every five years, essentially the minimum to keep a trademark active through... Economic Legal

2020-06-10 - COVID-19: UK-Nigeria Tech Set to Engage Start-ups, Tech Ecosystem Stakeholders to Tackle Challenges

Wed, 10/06/2020 - 18:12
The UK is committed to supporting the growth of the tech sector in Nigeria as a growing and sustainable digital ecosystem which contributes to economic growth and diversification. The UK- Nigeria Tech Hub is set to launch intervention programmes to support Nigeria’s Tech ecosystem, following its... Sociocultural

2020-06-09 - Carnegie Mellon Researchers Design 'Nutrition Label' For The Internet Of Broken Things

Wed, 10/06/2020 - 18:12
Thanks to a laundry list of lazy companies, everything from your Barbie doll to your tea kettle are now hackable. Worse, these devices are now being quickly incorporated into some of the largest botnets ever built, resulting in devastating and historic DDoS attacks. In short: thanks to internet of... Legal

2020-06-09 - Study Shows Major E-Voting System Open To Numerous Hacking Attacks

Tue, 09/06/2020 - 18:12
Another day, another electronic voting system that's simply not up to the task. Over the weekend, researchers at MIT and the University of Michigan released a paper (pdf) showcasing how OmniBallot, an electronic voting system made by Seattle-based Democracy Live, is vulnerable to hack... Security Legal

2020-06-09 - How Sosander adapted as demand for fashion changed during the Covid-19 lockdown

Tue, 09/06/2020 - 18:12
Online fashion retailer Sosander says it has seen orders grow by 44%25, and revenue by 62%25 during the first two months of its financial year – even as ecommerce clothing sales fell more widely. We look how the retail brand approached the pandemic Economic

2020-06-09 - ZOL Subscribers Need To Reconfigure Their Modems During Latest Maintenance Upgrade – Here’s How

Tue, 09/06/2020 - 18:12
Last week, ZOL announced a 14-day network maintenance update commencing on the 3rd of June and lasting until the 17th. Some Wibroniks subscribers will have to update their routers to ensure that they continue getting optimal service after the update. Which subscribers are affected?... Economic

2020-06-09 - Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears

Tue, 09/06/2020 - 18:12
Vodafone confirms to The Reg: Misled Merseyside chap missed his target A Merseyside man has been sentenced to three years in jail by a beak in Liverpool Crown Court after torching a Vodafone-owned phone mast.… Legal

2020-06-09 - RetailX Brand Index 2020 now available online

Tue, 09/06/2020 - 18:12
This year’s RetailX Brand Index 2020 is now available online – and features twice as many brands as last year. The report, published in association with Tealium, names the leading brands that sell across Europe, ranked on both size and performance acros six RetailX performance dimensions Economic

2020-06-09 - COVID19 Saw Falls In 4G Speed And Rise In WiFi; Cox Slows Entire Neighborhoods Speeds To Punish Heavy Users; + more news -

Tue, 09/06/2020 - 18:12
COVID-19 Saw Big Falls in 4G Mobile Speed and Rise in WiFi Use Cox slows Internet speeds in entire neighborhoods to punish any heavy users 76%25 of US broadband homes had OTT in Q1 2020 No attacks reported in US for 5G Protest Day... Development Economic

2020-06-09 - Dark Basin: Uncovering a Massive Hack-For-Hire Operation

Tue, 09/06/2020 - 18:12
This report will be followed by additional forthcoming reports providing a more comprehensive overview of certain targets and technical indicators. Key Findings Dark Basin is a hack-for-hire group that has targeted thousands of individuals and hundreds of institutions on six continents. Targets... Infrastructure and Standardisation Development Security Legal

2020-06-09 - Twitter Reworking How Users Get Envied Verification Badge

Tue, 09/06/2020 - 18:12
Twitter verification is one of those tiny things people usually like to set them apart from “commoners”. Soon you might be able to actually request verification and boost your social standing (it’s kind of funny that the world works this way, but hey I don’t make the rules). Jokes aside though,... Economic

2020-06-09 - Chicago Mayor Says City's Police Officers Will Be 'Stripped Of Their Powers' If They Turn Off Their Cameras

Tue, 09/06/2020 - 18:12
Civic leaders are finally at least talking tough about reforming the police departments they've barely overseen for years. Protests -- some of them violent -- have erupted all over the nation, ensuring very few law enforcement agencies can consider themselves above the fray… or above reproach... Legal

2020-06-09 - Political parties: listen to your membership on data rights

Tue, 09/06/2020 - 18:12
ORG’s Data and Democracy Project has been working for over a year to limit the use of personal data by political parties. Often, we have found broad agreement on the shape and scope of reform, with some of the strongest voices being those of MPs.  It’s not MPs who are responsible for setting... Human Rights Legal Security

2020-06-08 - CASL is Constitutional: Federal Court of Appeal Upholds Constitutionality of Canada’s Anti-Spam Law

Mon, 08/06/2020 - 18:11
Canada’s anti-spam law has been the target of intense criticism since its introduction in 2009 as the Electronic Commerce Protection Act. Even after the law passed in 2010, there was no shortage of effort to delay the regulations needed to put it into effect. Once it finally took effect in 2014,... Human Rights Legal Economic