14 Jul 2017

Facebook, Google obliged to decrypt online messages to help Government fight terrorism

“Social media giants like Facebook and Google will face new laws to compel them to help Australian security agencies get access to encrypted messages from suspected terrorists and other criminals. Key points: George Brandis says laws will help with investigations into paedophile networks, organised crime Security expert warns against ‘building

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12 Jul 2017

Tech firms unite for ‘net neutrality’ protest

“A host of internet giants – from social networks to dating apps to porn sites – will join a protest Wednesday against plans to roll back rules protecting ‘net neutrality’. The sites will display a variety of messages, or simulate the potential effects of losing the basic principle of all

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06 Jul 2017

The Israeli Military is Buying Copter Drones With Machine Guns

“The Israeli military is buying small multi-rotor drones modified to carry a machine gun, a grenade launcher and variety of other weapons to fight tomorrow’s urban warfare battles. Their maker, Florida startup Duke Robotics, is pitching the TIKAD drone to the U.S military as well.” Source: The Israeli Military is Buying

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23 Jun 2017

Neal Stephenson Explains Silicon Valley’s Latest Obsession

“Twenty-five years later, Stephenson’s cult classic has become canon in Silicon Valley, where a host of engineers, entrepreneurs, futurists, and assorted computer geeks (including Amazon C.E.O. Jeff Bezos) still revere Snow Crash as a remarkably prescient vision of today’s tech landscape. Among the the more prophetic inventions in the book

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05 Jun 2017

Facebook wants to be ‘hostile’ to terrorists

“Facebook says it wants to make its platform ‘hostile’ to terrorists after an attack in London left at least seven people dead this weekend. Simon Milner, the company’s director of policy, issued a widely reported statement Sunday that said the social media platform works ‘aggressively’ to remove terrorist content. ‘We

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05 Jun 2017

Forget far-right populism – crypto-anarchists are the new masters

“The rise of crypto-anarchism might be good news for individual users – and there are plenty working on ways of using this technology for decent social purposes – but it’s also bad news for governments. It’s not a direct path, but digital technology tends to empower the individual at the

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13 May 2017

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.25m trucks over software error

“Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 1.25 million pickup trucks worldwide over a software error that ‘may be related’ to a death and two injuries. The faulty code could potentially disable the side air bag and seat belt locking mechanism when a vehicle rolls over during a crash, the firm

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29 Apr 2017

Turkish authorities block Wikipedia without giving reason

“Turkey has blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia. Officials said ‘an administrative measure’ had been taken, but gave no reason why. Turkish media said authorities had asked Wikipedia to remove content by writers ‘supporting terror’.” Source: Turkish authorities block Wikipedia without giving reason – BBC

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10 Apr 2017

Banks scramble to fix old systems as IT ‘cowboys’ ride into sunset

“Bill Hinshaw is not a typical 75-year-old. He divides his time between his family – he has 32 grandchildren and great-grandchildren – and helping U.S. companies avert crippling computer meltdowns. Hinshaw, who got into programming in the 1960s when computers took up entire rooms and programmers used punch cards, is

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07 Apr 2017

Facebook AI Chief Yann LeCun Says Machines Are Decades Away From Matching the Human Brain

“Despite AI’s seeming pervasiveness in almost every industry, Dr. LeCun says researchers are still decades away from building machines that can match the intelligence of humans. Even less probable is the Hollywood-like idea that nefarious robots will be unleashed on humanity. ‘We’re still quite far from building artificial general intelligence,

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