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2019-05-19 - Android Q To Come With Focus Mode For Avoiding Distractions

Mon, 20/05/2019 - 09:04
Most of us know we have some issues when it comes to smartphone addiction. There have been many discussions regarding WhatsApp and how it’s affecting people in the workplace. You see it at work, in social settings and even in the home. There is a problem and a majority acknowledges this but... Economic

2019-05-19 - Mimecast appoints new Senior Vice President for EMEA

Mon, 20/05/2019 - 09:04
Brandon Bekker, will Manage Rapid Growth in Europe, Middle East and Africa; Paul Stafford Promoted to VP of Africa. Mimecast Limited announced the appointment of Brandon Bekker to Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to help manage the rapid growth within the region. In this... Security

2019-05-18 - This Week In Techdirt History: May 12th - 18th

Sun, 19/05/2019 - 09:04
Five Years Ago This week in 2014, we took a look at how the administration's terrible track record on transparency had made lawsuits a default part of the FOIA process, and got an example of how FOIA requests were resulting in agencies sharing less information than they would otherwise.... Economic Legal

2019-05-18 - Rightscorp Done Anti-Pirating? Stock Worthless, Website Gone

Sun, 19/05/2019 - 09:04
For many years, anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp has been on a mission to turn piracy into profit. The company monitors BitTorrent networks, captures IP addresses, then asks ISPs to forward cash settlement demands to its subscribers. While some companies in the same niche have “gone big” by... Infrastructure and Standardisation Economic Legal

2019-05-18 - Star Wars: Outer Rim review—Piloting as Han or Boba Fett could use more thrills

Sun, 19/05/2019 - 09:04
Enlarge / The game's player board. Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. One of the defining aspects of Star Wars is its dramatic sense of adventure. Hopping from planet to planet,... Legal

2019-05-18 - 33 Linksys router models leak full historic record of every device ever connected

Sun, 19/05/2019 - 09:04
(credit: US Navy) More than 20,000 Linksys wireless routers are regularly leaking full historic records of every device that has ever connected to them, including devices' unique identifiers, names, and the operating systems they use. The data can be used by snoops or hackers in either... Infrastructure and Standardisation Security

2019-05-18 - Movie Piracy Giant Egy.best Shuts Down

Sun, 19/05/2019 - 09:04
To most people in the West, Egy.best may not ring a bell, but in Arabic speaking countries, it’s been a piracy beacon for years. The site, which proudly boasted a “Made in Egypt” tagline, offered access to pirated copies of movies and TV-shows. These could be downloaded and streamed for free, often... Infrastructure and Standardisation Economic

2019-05-18 - [Infographic] How Blockchain Will Turn Industries on Their Heads

Sun, 19/05/2019 - 09:04
Blockchain is truly a revolutionary piece of technology. It came about in the form of Bitcoin in 2009, which was blockchain’s first practical application. As Bitcoin accumulated the massive popularity it enjoys today, eyes began turning on the blockchain platform itself. The world soon began to... Economic Security

2019-05-18 - Impact Hub Launching Code is Female Program For Girls Between 13 & 16

Sun, 19/05/2019 - 09:04
There have been many discussions regarding representation of women in tech fields but more often than not it just remains a discussion point and not something that is acted upon. Thankfully, Impact Hub Harare has announced that they will be launching a 2-month program they are naming Code is... Economic

2019-05-18 - Paxful offers bitcoin workshops to universities in Africa

Sun, 19/05/2019 - 09:04
Paxful launched a series of educational workshops across Africa in 2019. On Tuesday, 14 May 2019, Statistics South Africa that the youth unemployment rate in the country remains at an all-time high of 55.2 per cent. In a bid to help create employment, global peer-to-peer Bitcoin marketplace, Paxful... Sociocultural

2019-05-18 - The Consequences of Misinformation

Sun, 19/05/2019 - 09:04
The New York Times ran a great story Sunday on Russia’s propaganda machine: “Your 5G Phone Won’t Hurt You. But Russia Wants You to Think Otherwise.” The story, written by veteran science reporter Bill Broad, highlights the steady stream of misinformation Russia’s RT America broadcasts daily.  While... Infrastructure and Standardisation Economic Legal

2019-05-17 - Independent Forensic Investigation Undermines Houston Cops' Narrative About Fatal Drug Raid

Sat, 18/05/2019 - 09:04
Everything about the botched no-knock raid by the Houston Police Department just keeps getting worse. Here's how everything has gone down so far: The HPD said the raid was predicated on a tip that drugs were being sold in the house. In actuality, the tip was one of the now-dead resident... Legal

2019-05-17 - Netizen Report: Amid WhatsApp attacks, advocates launch legal challenge against Israeli malware maker

Sat, 18/05/2019 - 09:04
Stylized photo of surveillance cameras. Image by Corey Burger via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in technology and human rights around the world. This report covers news and events from May 10 – 17, 2019... Human Rights Legal Security

2019-05-17 - San Francisco Is The First City In The World To Restrict Government Use Of Facial Recognition Technology. Hopefully It's Not The Last.

Sat, 18/05/2019 - 09:04
We welcome the city of San Francisco’s decision to ban the use of AI-enabled facial recognition technology by police and other municipal agencies. Facial recognition technology is prone to misidentification and biased targeting, particularly among members of vulnerable communities. It also opens... Security Legal

2019-05-17 - Man who threatened to kill Ajit Pai’s children gets 20 months in prison

Sat, 18/05/2019 - 09:04
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Putra Kurniawan | EyeEm) A man who threatened to kill the family of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai was today sentenced to 20 months in prison. Markara Man, a 33-year-old from California, pleaded guilty on August 31, 2018 after making threats to... Infrastructure and Standardisation Legal

2019-05-17 - SpaceX Reports Significant Broadband Satellite Progress

Sat, 18/05/2019 - 09:04
SpaceX may be approaching debris detection as a machine-learning problem in which the entire constellation, not individual satellites, is learning to avoid collisions. SpaceX delayed last Wednesdays Starlink launch due to high winds and on Thursday they decided to do a software update and... Development Sociocultural

2019-05-17 - Senator Wyden Leads on Securing Elections Before 2020

Sat, 18/05/2019 - 09:04
Sen. Ron Wyden’s new proposal to protect the integrity of U.S. elections, the Protecting American Votes and Elections (PAVE) Act of 2019, takes a much needed step forward by requiring a return to paper ballots. The bill forcefully addresses a grave threat to American democracy—outdated election... Security

2019-05-17 - Canadian Committee Publishes Ludicrous Fantasy Pretending To Be Copyright Reform Analysis

Sat, 18/05/2019 - 09:04
Oh Canada. Not satisfied with a ridiculous plan to fine social media companies for ill-defined fake news, a Canadian Parliamentary Committee has come out with one of the most laughable copyright reform papers I've ever seen. And I've seen some crazy ones. I'd post the whole report... Economic Legal

2019-05-17 - EFF Files Freedom of Information (FOIA) Request for Submissions to the White House’s Platform Moderation Tool

Sat, 18/05/2019 - 09:04
When social media platforms enforce their content moderation rules unfairly, it affects everyone’s ability to speak out online. Unfair and inconsistent online censorship magnifies existing power imbalances, giving people who already have the least power in society fewer places where they are... Human Rights

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