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Fake News Still Rampant Despite Facebook Efforts

Fake News Still Rampant Despite Facebook Efforts

Facebook announced last Wednesday that it will be partnering with two US nonprofits for its efforts in preventing global misinformation. The company said that by partnering with the International Republican Institute and National Democratic Institute, it hopes to slow the spread of fake news in preparation for the upcoming elections in Brazil and the US. Facebook revealed that it has been testing its platform’s resilience by running simulations of manipulation, such as voting suppression, and also did exercises on how it would handle a sudden burst of propaganda from pages administered from other countries.      Source: Reuters

LG UPlus Trials Overseas Blockchain Payment Solution

LG UPlus Trials Overseas Blockchain Payment Solution

LG UPlus announced last weekend that it will be partnering with other telecom providers in the US, Japan and Taiwan for a blockchain-based overseas payment service solution. The system will reportedly allow customers to purchase on the network of any of the partners from selected retailers when they travel anywhere in Taiwan, Japan, or Korea. Purchases will also be linked to the client’s direct carrier billing, so that subscribers can pay in their country’s currency and avoid fees on overseas credit card transactions. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) had already been signed last week with Far EasTone Telecommunications (Taiwan), SoftBank […]

Court Allows ISPs to Charge Studios for Help in Hunting Pirates

Court Allows ISPs to Charge Studios for Help in Hunting Pirates

Canada’s Supreme Court recently ruled that internet service providers in the country may charge media makers for assistance in looking up the IP addresses and details of customers that spread and use pirated media. The ruling was made in a case involving Voltage Pictures vs telecom giant Rogers. The production company behind the movie Hurt Locker wanted to sue around 55,000 Rogers customers who allegedly bootlegged the studio’s films, but the provider wanted to charge $100 per hour for assistance. The court ruled in favor of Rogers, but said that the telecom should go back to a lower court to […]

China to Conduct Thorough Checks on Ride-Hailing Industry Through End of 2018

China to Conduct Thorough Checks on Ride-Hailing Industry Through End of 2018

China’s transport ministry is set to conduct thorough checks on the ride-hailing industry through the end of the year. The move was reportedly prompted by the safety issues plaguing the growing sector, which culminated in the murder of a passenger by a Didi driver. The ministry says that it will work with the police and implement standards that will ensure rider safety. Vehicles and drivers that are unable to meet the standards by the end of 2018 will be removed. This will significantly add to the mounting pressure on Didi Chuxing Technology Co. which has already committed 140 million yuan […]

Race for Digital Ad Dominance in India Tightens Between Google, Facebook

Race for Digital Ad Dominance in India Tightens Between Google, Facebook

According to recently released figures, Facebook is closing in on Google’s dominance in India’s ad market. The social network is predicted to generate around $980 million in ad dollars this year, while it remains to be seen whether Google can surpass its $1 billion revenue last 2017.       It is said that Google is pushing back with better ad-buying tools and localized services which are expected to boost the time spent by Indians on its services. However, a local ad-buyer credits Facebook’s increasing success to its more user-friendly platform, even though the company has yet to create features specifically for […]

Facebook Scores User Trustworthiness to Fight Against Fake News

Facebook Scores User Trustworthiness to Fight Against Fake News

The Washington Post said this week that Facebook is now using a system that scores users’ trustworthiness in its efforts to fight against misinformation. It was also revealed that the social media giant had developed the rating system as early as last year. The information was based on an interview with Facebook product manager Tessa Lyons, who is in charge of the firm’s efforts to identify malicious actors. Source: Reuters

Cookies and Data Privacy

Cookies and Data Privacy

That’s the Way the [Computer] Cookie Crumbles: Computer Cookies and How it Affects Data Privacy Websites nowadays are accompanied with a pop-up window that notifies the user that said websites use cookies for analytics, advertising, or optimal performance. It gives the user the option to consent to the use of cookies or to learn more about such cookies. Some notices would mention that it is pursuant to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a European Union (EU) regulation on the protection of consumer and personal information. If one does not consent, the pop-up will remain, and the user may not […]

Brazil Signs Data Protection Bill Into Law

Brazil Signs Data Protection Bill Into Law

Brazilian president Michel Temer signed a data protection bill into law this week which will be applicable to all organizations, public or private, that collect and process data in the country. Scheduled to be enforced within 18 months, the new rules will protect the data of individuals and businesses online and prevent the commercial use of information such as names, telephone numbers and addresses without consent of the subject. Those who fail to comply will be handed penalties that can range from 2% of company earnings up to 50 million reais.   Source: ZDNet

Google Boosts Local Partnership for Return to China

Google Boosts Local Partnership for Return to China

A new report from the Wall Street Journal revealed that Google had been increasing its partnership with local companies in China for years in preparation for its re-entry into the market. It was revealed that CEO Sundar Pichai had been cultivating partnerships with developers who had been using Google’s infrastructure, as well as companies using Google Ads to reach customers outside of China. The search giant had also been engaging in talks with Tencent on jointly offering cloud computing services. The WSJ also pointed out that the partnerships should show the ruling Communist Party that Google is contributing to local […]

Blockchain Technology in the fight against Cybercrime

Blockchain Technology in the fight against Cybercrime

The year 2017 saw the proliferation of cyber crimes[1], with ransomware being the most notorious of such crimes. The likes of “WannaCry” and “Bad Rabbit” took over numerous computers all over the world, threatening its users with harm, usually by denial of access to data. The attacker demands a ransom from the victim, promising – truthfully or not – to restore access to the data upon payment of “ransom”. The modes of cyber attacks are varied: hackers may use email attachments to embed malware, they may pose as customer support to obtain user log details or they may resort to […]