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2020-02-22 - Game Jam Winner Spotlight: Legends of Charlemagne

GIPO observatory - Sun, 23/02/2020 - 18:29
Last week, we featured Hot Water in the first Winner Spotlight from our public domain game jam, Gaming Like It's 1924. This week, we're taking a closer look at the winner of the Best Deep Cut category, reserved for games that used 1924 material that doesn't appear on the popular... Economic Legal

2020-02-22 - ZimLive Now Accepts Donations – Local Media Companies Continue Search For Perfect Business Model

GIPO observatory - Sun, 23/02/2020 - 18:29
If you’re an avid ZimLive reader you would have noticed that the online publication now accepts donations by now. Similar to The Guardian which places a plea for donation at the end of each article, ZimLive is asking its readers to spare what they can to help improve the quality of content they... Economic

2020-02-22 - MPA Targets Pirate App TeaTV, Asks Github to Consider Repeat Infringer Policy

GIPO observatory - Sun, 23/02/2020 - 18:29
Accessing regular websites in order to stream copies of the latest movies and TV shows is still popular among Internet users but the rise of set-top boxes and portable devices has fueled the uptake of app-based piracy tools. It’s a cramped marketplace but last year TeaTV gained notable traction and... Economic

2020-02-22 - AI Algorithm Discovers One of World’s Most Powerful Antibiotics

GIPO observatory - Sat, 22/02/2020 - 18:28
An AI algorithm created at MIT has just discovered a powerful new antibiotic that kills some of the world’s most dangerous drug-resistant bacteria. “In terms of antibiotic discovery, this is absolutely a first,” said Regina Barzilay, a senior researcher on the project and specialist in machine... Sociocultural

2020-02-22 - Tech platform connects students to affordable, quality accomodation

GIPO observatory - Sat, 22/02/2020 - 18:28
Education funding company, Fundi has officially launched its new digital student accommodation platform. Connecting both students and universities to accommodation suppliers in a safe, secure and transparent way, the platform addresses ongoing demand and supply imbalances in the market. It also... Sociocultural

2020-02-21 - Russia's War On Encryption Stumbles Forth With Ban Of Tutanota

GIPO observatory - Sat, 22/02/2020 - 18:28
The Russian government continues to escalate its war on encrypted services and VPNs. For years now, Putin's government has slowly but surely taken steps to effectively outlaw secure communications, framing the restrictions as essential for national security, with the real goal of making it... Human Rights Security Legal

2020-02-21 - Samsung joins Ericsson, Nokia as 5G vendors for U.S. Cellular

GIPO observatory - Sat, 22/02/2020 - 18:28
U.S. Cellular has awarded Samsung Electronics a commercial agreement to supply LTE and 5G network solutions, adding to existing vendors Ericsson and Nokia. Infrastructure and Standardisation

2020-02-21 - European Commission Publishes Plans for Regulation of AI

GIPO observatory - Sat, 22/02/2020 - 18:28
On February 19, 2020, the European Commission (“the Commission”) published a White Paper entitled “a European Approach to Excellence and Trust” on artificial intelligence (“AI”). This followed an announcement in November 2019, from the Commission’s current President, Ursula von der Leyen, that she... Legal Sociocultural Security

2020-02-21 - EFF Calls For Disclosure of Secret Financing Details Behind $1.1 Billion .ORG Sale, Asks FTC To Scrutinize Deal

GIPO observatory - Sat, 22/02/2020 - 18:28
Transaction Saddles .ORG Registry With $360 Million In DebtSan Francisco—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) Education Fund today called on ICANN and private equity firm Ethos Capital to make public secret details—hidden costs, loan servicing fees,... Infrastructure and Standardisation Human Rights

2020-02-21 - Section 230 and Criminal Law; DOJ 230 Workshop Review, Part II

GIPO observatory - Sat, 22/02/2020 - 18:28
In Part I of this series on the Department of Justice’s February 19 workshop, Section 230 – Nurturing Innovation or Fostering Unaccountability? (archived video and agenda), we covered why Section 230 is important, how it works, and how panelists proposed to amend it. Here, Part II covers how... Security Human Rights Legal

2020-02-21 - Under whose thumb? Inside a Rolling Stones copyright mystery

GIPO observatory - Fri, 21/02/2020 - 18:28
BKC faculty associate Jennifer Jenkins on the differences between European and US copyright law when it comes to the rights of musicians: “[In the US,] after 35 years, eligible authors can serve notice and get their rights back. At the end of the day, they give the artist a second bite of the... Economic

2020-02-21 - Activision Subpoenas Reddit to Identify Call of Duty Warzone ‘Leaker’

GIPO observatory - Fri, 21/02/2020 - 18:28
Sometime last week, speculation that a new Call of Duty ‘battle royale’ mode might be due for a March launch began to intensify. Noted leaker TheGamingRevoYT (TheGamingRevolution) posted footage on YouTube claiming to be from the ‘Warzone’ mode and as VGC reported, players were able to glitch into... Economic Legal

2020-02-21 - LG Electronics Enhances Consumer Lifestyle With Trendy and Minimalist Design

GIPO observatory - Fri, 21/02/2020 - 18:28
Less is more may sound like a cliché, but in this new age of digital technology and connectivity, people are living more conscious lifestyles and paying more attention to energy usage and waste management. In this new decade, minimalists are focusing on sustainable living. Minimalism is a lifestyle... Economic

2020-02-21 - Fintech Startups Can Now Apply For EcoBank’s Challenge

GIPO observatory - Fri, 21/02/2020 - 18:28
Ecobank Group the pan-African banking group, is inviting African fintech entrepreneurs to enter the 3rd edition of the Ecobank Fintech Challenge. The Fintech Challenge gives African start-ups the opportunity to promote their fintech solutions, and potentially partner with Ecobank to roll-out their... Economic

2020-02-21 - The Next Risk In Buying An IOT Product Is Having It Bricked By A Patent Dispute

GIPO observatory - Fri, 21/02/2020 - 18:28
In the world of the Internet of Broken Things, there is nothing more impressive to me than the fact that these things actually sell as well as they do. The risks associated with internet-connected devices seem insurmountable, save for the fact that we are all cattle being marched along to the... Economic

2020-02-21 - FCC forced by court to ask the public (again) if they think tearing up net neutrality was a really good idea or not

GIPO observatory - Fri, 21/02/2020 - 18:28
US regulator tries to hide embarrassment behind series of sudden announcements Comment  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking the American public to tell it if its decision in 2017 to scrap net neutrality regulations was dumb or not.… Infrastructure and Standardisation Legal

2020-02-21 - Poor Broadband Maps and Lack of a Consolidated Voice Hinder Advocacy for Better Rural Internet

GIPO observatory - Fri, 21/02/2020 - 18:28
While there are helpful strategies to deploy rural broadband on the local level, significant barriers persist, said panelists at a local meeting on broadband in Disputana, Virginia, hosted by local members of Congress Reps. Donald McEachin and Abigail Spanberger, and livestreamed on Thursday... Development

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