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Narita Airport to Trial Facial Recognition Tech to Clear Customs

Narita Airport to Trial Facial Recognition Tech to Clear Customs

NEC senior vice president Ryouji Hayashi recently revealed that his company will be providing Japan’s Narita International Airport with facial recognition technology which will be used to confirm the identity of passengers in lieu of physical identification documents. NEC says that an “electronic procedure gate” will be used to move passengers as the customs inspection area. Travelers can confirm their identity at a kiosk terminal while a smartphone app will also be made available to help passengers register baggage contents and passport information. The Japanese tech company added that they have already provided biometric identification systems to around 50 airports […]

Singapore Uses Blockchain for Renewable Energy Trading

Singapore Uses Blockchain for Renewable Energy Trading

Utilities provider SP Group recently revealed that Singaporean companies can now buy and sell renewable energy certificates (RECs) using a blockchain-powered system. SP Group says that similar to carbon trading, the new platform allows for better transparency and lower cost since it reduces the need for a centralized entity to verify transactions, and can eventually be used for cross-border energy credit trading. Lars Kvale of APX, a global issuer of RECs, says that blockchain and DLT in the context of environmental commodity platforms can be used to establish trust relationships with upstream information sources without having to revalidate it.     […]

UK Data Watchdog Asks EU Regulator to Probe Facebook

UK Data Watchdog Asks EU Regulator to Probe Facebook

UK’s Information Commissioner has reportedly asked Ireland’s Data Protection Commission to investigate how Facebook targets, shows, and monitors the ads it serves to users, saying that there were fake political ads being shown on the platform. The lead supervisor for Facebook in Europe said that it would assess the information and decide what actions should be taken. Meanwhile, Facebook said that it regularly engages with regulators on its advertising tools which it says are compliant with EU’s GDPR. Source: Reuters

China’s Xi Urges Global Cooperation for “Fair and Equitable” Internet

China’s Xi Urges Global Cooperation for “Fair and Equitable” Internet

In his speech this week, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that greater global cooperation is needed in developing a fairer and more equitable internet. The message, which was read at an internet conference in the northern city of Wuzhen, follows the recent troubles of Chinese tech firms brought by trade tensions between Washington and Beijing. However, Xi had been pushing for a bigger role in global internet governance and is calling on nations to recognize Beijing’s “cyber sovereignty” and let countries control and censor their internet as they see fit. Source: Reuters

Facebook, Google Unveil Public Database on Political Online Ads

Facebook, Google Unveil Public Database on Political Online Ads

It was reported that the public databases of online political ads that Facebook and Google unveiled this year were able to provide the public, as well as campaigns, a broad view of how companies conduct their online political marketing. The data was able to show how quickly ad buyers remove ads that break platform rules. According to Reuters, of the 258 removed ads with start and end dates, ads remained an average of eight days on Google and 15 days on Facebook.      It was also revealed that in some cases, banned material such as hateful speech or images of […]

Photos of the Post Launch Press Conference after a successful launch of SpaceX CRS-8 and successful landing of the Falcon 9 rocket on the barge.

Elon Musk Scam Spread by Fake Verified Accounts

Hackers have reportedly been able to break into several popular verified Twitter accounts and used them to spread an ad bearing the name and likeness of Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Some of the hacked accounts, which included British fashion retailer Matalan, film distributor Pathe UK and US publisher Pantheon Books, were used to spread promoted tweets asking Twitter users to send a small amount of Bitcoin  for a chance to win. While Twitter said that it had already taken action on the issue, users are warned that a legitimate tweet from Elon Musk would read @elonmusk beside the blue tick. […]

Google Crackdown on Abusive Ads with Chrome 71

Google Crackdown on Abusive Ads with Chrome 71

Google announced this week that Chrome 71, which is scheduled to be released in December, will be able to block more intrusive and misleading ads. Google says that the new browser will be able to block a variety of “abusive experiences”, including fake messages, unexpected click areas, misleading site behavior, phishing, auto redirect, mouse pointer, malware and unwanted software, and ads with missing or misleading branding. Websites that repeatedly serve such experiences will be added to a blacklist and have its ads automatically removed by Chrome. While this kind of feature was first deployed on Chrome 64, Product Manager Vivek […]

FCC Tells US Companies to Stop ‘Robocalls’

FCC Tells US Companies to Stop ‘Robocalls’

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai told major providers and various other US companies to launch a system that would prevent the abuse caused by “robocalls” and other nuisance communication received by American consumers. According to YouMail, a company that blocks and tracks robocalls, there were an estimated 5.1 billion unwanted calls last month, up from 3.4 billion in April. Pai says that there is a need for call authentication so that consumers can answer their phones with confidence. He adds that hopefully such as system will be up and running by next year. Source: Reuters

Iran Accuses Israel of Cyberattack, Vows to Take Legal Action

Iran Accuses Israel of Cyberattack, Vows to Take Legal Action

Iran telecommunications minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi accused Israel this week of launching a new cyber attack on its telecommunications infrastructure, and said that they will be respond with legal action. Azari-Jahromi said that their technical team was able to thwart the attack and deputy Hamid Fattahi will be revealing more details in the coming days. He added that the Zionist regime of Israel had a record of using cyber weapons such as Stuxnet which was used to attack Iran’s nuclear program in 2007. Meanwhile, Gholamreza Jalali, head of Iran’s civil defense agency, said last week that they were able to […]

New Human Rights Report Says Facebook Efforts in Myanmar Not Enough

New Human Rights Report Says Facebook Efforts in Myanmar Not Enough

Facebook revealed this week that according to a human right report that it had commissioned from a non-profit organization, the company’s effort in preventing the use of its platform for violence had been inadequate. Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), the San Francisco-based non-profit which did the report, recommended that the company enforce its content policies more strictly, and to work closely with the government and civil society groups. The BSR also warned that Facebook should prepared for the onslaught of misinformation during Myanmar’s 2020 elections and the new problems that may come with the growth of WhatsApp’s use in the […]