Why Net Neutrality Will Be a Campaign Issue in 2018

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IF YOU’RE SICK of hearing about net neutrality, we’ve got bad news: The issue’s only going to get bigger. Now that the Federal Communications Commission has jettisoned its rules banning internet service providers from blocking or discriminating against lawful content, the issue is heading for Congress. And if the activists who first brought the issue into the limelight… Read more »

The Tricky Ethics of Knightscope’s Crime-Fighting Robots

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  THE San Francisco SPCA deployed a 5-foot-tall, 400-pound robot to patrol its campus. Not for muscle, mind you, but for surveillance. The SPCA, a large complex nestled in the northeast corner of the city’s Mission neighborhood, has long dealt with vandalism, break-ins, and discarded needles in its surrounding parking lots. Fearing for the safety of… Read more »

Google’s Sidewalk Labs signs deal for ‘smart city’ makeover of Toronto’s waterfront

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A unit of Google’s parent company, devoted to urban innovation, has signed a deal to map out a new kind of neighbourhood on Toronto’s waterfront that could demonstrate how data-driven technology can improve the quality of city life. On Tuesday, Sidewalk Labs, a division of Alphabet Inc., and the government agency Waterfront Toronto announced a partnership in… Read more »

Bitcoin Cash deals frozen as insider trading is probed

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One of the US’s leading crypto-currency exchanges is carrying out an insider trading investigation.  Coinbase fears its own workers may have exploited its move into Bitcoin Cash – a spin-off of the original Bitcoin.  The San Francisco-based firm announced the move after Bitcoin Cash’s price jumped.  Coinbase began letting its users buy, sell, send and receive Bitcoin Cash on Tuesday… Read more »

A Three-Digit Score Could Dictate Your Place in Society

Posted by & filed under China, Civil Liberties, Consumer Technology, Electronic Surveillance, Emerging Technologies, Ethical issues.

In 2015 Ant Financial was one of eight tech companies granted approval from the People’s Bank of China to develop their own private credit scoring platforms. Zhima Credit appeared in the Alipay app shortly after that. The service tracks your behavior on the app to arrive at a score between 350 and 950, and offers… Read more »

HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger

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Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models. Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make the keyboard work. HP said more than 460 models of laptop were affected by the “potential security vulnerability”. Source: BBC Technology… Read more »

A Tiny New Chip Could Secure the Next Generation of IoT

Posted by & filed under Cyber Security, Internet of Things, IT Security.

The challenge with internet of things security so far has been the cost of implementing hardened features. It’s cheaper and faster to develop a product without spending time and resources on security. Devices rush off the line without adequate protections, often riddled with bugs, and rarely have a mechanism for manufacturers to distribute patches. An attacker who… Read more »

Will tech firms challenge China’s ‘open’ internet?

Posted by & filed under Censorship, China, Civil Liberties, Ethical issues, Facebook.

China has been smart and ruthless in its control of the internet within its borders. It blocks some foreign sites altogether and it censors – heavily – what Chinese are allowed to see.  Nonetheless the big idea at this gathering is openness.  There wasn’t much openness about the “great firewall” that keeps out Twitter, Facebook, Google and… Read more »

San Francisco to restrict goods delivery robots

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San Francisco officials have voted to restrict where delivery robots can go in the city, in a blow for the burgeoning industry.  Start-ups will have to get permits to use such bots, which will be restricted to less crowded urban areas.  Opponents are concerned about the safety of pedestrians, particularly elderly people and children.  Walk San Francisco, a… Read more »