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Facebook to Reveal Buyers of UK Political Adverts

Facebook to Reveal Buyers of UK Political Adverts

Facebook said this week that in its efforts to counter the spread of misinformation, it will now be requiring British political ads to bear disclaimers and identity flags. According to the firm, advertisers who mention political figures, material or parties will need to provide evidence of their identity and location, and display who is paying for the advertisement. These information will be stored by Facebook up to seven years. The company says that the move will be an important part of ensuring electoral integrity and help people understand who they are engaging with. Source: Reuters

Microsoft Employees Protest AI Contract with US Military

Microsoft Employees Protest AI Contract with US Military

Microsoft employees recently protested the company’s bid on a US military contract that would involve the use of the software giant’s AI technology for warfare in the next ten years. The employees accused Microsoft of betraying its principles for short-term gain and objected to building a product that may potentially be used for profiling, surveillance, or killing. Little information has been revealed about the US military’s cloud system project named Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), but US Defence Department’s chief management officer John Gibson said that the program should increase the lethality of his department. Source: Telegraph UK

Facebook Moves to Ban False Information on US Election Voting

Facebook Moves to Ban False Information on US Election Voting

Facebook executives recently confirmed that the company will putting in efforts to ban false information related to voting requirements and fact-checking reports on violence or long polling station lines ahead of the upcoming US elections. The move follows Senator Ron Wyden’s inquiry on how Facebook will counter posts aimed at suppressing votes, such as hoaxes telling users that they could vote by text which had been used to reduce voter turnout in the past. It is said however, that the measure may likely not stop the vast majority of untruthful posts about candidates or other election issues.   Source: Reuters

Google Drops Out of Saudi Arabian Conference Over Khashoggi Issue

Google Drops Out of Saudi Arabian Conference Over Khashoggi Issue

Google said this week that it will no longer be participating in the Future Investment Initiative Summit scheduled to be held in Riyadh starting Oct. 23. Google Cloud Chief Executive Diane Greene did not give a reason for pulling out, but it is suspected that it may be due to mounting pressure on Saudi Arabia over the unexplained disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an American Washington Post columnist who has been a vocal critic of Saudi policies. A number of other businesses, including Uber, had announced that they will no longer be attending the conference. Source: Reuters

Amazon to Pursue More Projects with US Military

Amazon to Pursue More Projects with US Military

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said this week that he and his company will continue to work enthusiastically with the US military, even after other firms such as Google had pulled out due to conflict in principles. Bezos said that the US will be in trouble if big tech companies are going to refuse to work with the US Department of Defense. He added that one of the jobs of the senior leadership team is to make the right decision, even when it’s unpopular. It was revealed that Amazon is also bidding on the DoD’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure project, also […]

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iAcademy Awaiting CHED Approval on BS Cloud Computing Course

Dr. Mitch Andaya, the vice president of academics and dean of the School of Computing of iAcademy, said in an interview this week that they are ready to offer a BS Cloud Computing course to their students once the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) gives them approval. The Tanco family-owned institution is planning to introduce the course next year which it expects will help fill the industry’s demand for cybersecurity specialists. Andaya revealed that the four-year course will include majors in cybersecurity and Big Data analytics. Andaya added that producing more skilled cybersecurity workers could be the new outsourcing which […]

UK Gov’t Publishes IoT Security Guidelines

UK Gov’t Publishes IoT Security Guidelines

The UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) recently launched new guidelines intended to improve poor security measures often found in most IoT devices. The Secure by Design code of practice for the IoT is based on advice from from industry and security experts, academia, and consumer groups. The new rules from the government recommend that universal default passwords should be eliminated, and the implementation of a vulnerability disclosure policy. It was also recommended that IoT devices be built in such a way that owners can maintain them without the risking security […]

Top Cryptocurrencies Rise on Tether Dip

Top Cryptocurrencies Rise on Tether Dip

Major cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple rose around 7 percent today as US dollar-pegged token Tether dipped to around 93 cents. The price increase follows a sharp downturn last week where the cryptocurrency market lost billions in market capitalization along with a two-day selloff in stock markets around the world. In an email this week, Charles Hayter of CryptoCompare mentioned that many have been concerned as to whether Tether is really backed by dollars, and that it is already being delisted from a number of exchanges.   Source: CNBC

Intel, ARM Collaborates to Secure IoT Network

Intel, ARM Collaborates to Secure IoT Network

Rival chip companies Intel and ARM recently embarked on a strategic partnership to secure each other’s network of IoT devices.   ARM’s agreed to adopt Intel standards for securely managing such networks. Both companies said it will mark a breakthrough that will help drive the spread of IoT across many industries. ARM senior VP and IoT Cloud Services division general manager, Himagiri Mukkamala, said that they expect to see a significant acceleration in terms of market growth by the number of managed devices and the volume of data that moves through such systems. Source: Reuters

Apple Co-Founder Reveals Involvement in Blockchain Venture

Apple Co-Founder Reveals Involvement in Blockchain Venture

Apple’s Steve Wozniak was revealed this week to be the co-founder of a blockchain-focused VC fund called EQUI Global which seeks to enable non-institutional investments and allow investors to trade on cryptocurrency exchanges using its own virtual currency, EquiTokens. Wozniak says that Equi Global will be catering to sophisticated investors who are focused on venture capital funds via EquiTokens which can easily be liquidated on various exchanges. Reports say that 80 percent of the company’s investments will be put into tech companies while the rest, in real estate and art. Wozniak added that they have already partnered with around 20 […]