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Chatbots PH Uses AI to Help Local Businesses with Customer Communication Needs

Chatbots PH Uses AI to Help Local Businesses with Customer Communication Needs

In a recent interview, a local startup called Chatbots PH revealed that they are using artificial intelligence to help business respond to their customer’s needs more effectively. CEO Ron Baetiong said that their company is currently a pioneer in the space, and the use of AI-driven chatbots is still in its nascent stage even in other countries. However, Baetiong added that they are already catering to 15 blue chip companies in the country where they use trainable chatbots to automate the business’ customer service responses. Baetiong also assured that their business will not be a threat to human employees since […]

Singapore Plans Against Fake News Raises Concerns from Tech Giants

Singapore Plans Against Fake News Raises Concerns from Tech Giants

Last Tuesday, US tech giants have expressed their worries on Singapore’s plans for new legislation aimed at tackling the problem of fake news. Alvin Tan, Facebook’s head of public policy for Southeast Asia said that the city-state already had a variety of laws and regulations which address hate speech, defamation and the spreading of false news, and a new one will not be the best way to address the issue of misinformation. In a parliamentary hearing attended by executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google, Singapore pointed out that it was particularly vulnerable to the effects of fake news due to […]

WhatsApp Co-Founder Starts #DeleteFacebook Twitter Campaign

WhatsApp Co-Founder Starts #DeleteFacebook Twitter Campaign

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton sent out a terse tweet last Tuesday which called for a boycott of Facebook. In his tweet, Acton simply wrote “It is time.” with the hashtag “#deletefacebook”. It is believed that the remark was in relation to the privacy fiasco involving Cambridge Analytica, a London-based analytics firm which had apparently scraped Facebook for data of around 50 million users, and used it to influence the outcome of the 2016 US elections. Investigations against Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are now being initiated by authorities in Europe and US after the issue was revealed by whistleblower Christopher Wylie. […]

Japan Regulator Warns Binance, CEO Cries Foul

Japan Regulator Warns Binance, CEO Cries Foul

Nikkei reported yesterday that Japan’s Financial Services Agency is expected to send a warning to a major cryptocurrency exchange for operating in the country without a license. Nikkei said that the FSA may file criminal charges against Hong-Kong based cryptocurrency exchange Binance if it does not suspend its Japan operations. However, CZ, the exchange’s CEO, called the report ‘irresponsible’ and revealed that they were already engaged in constructive dialogue with the FSA and have not been given any mandates. Binance is believed to be the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange, and it is said that a significant number of investors in […]

Netflix Bug Bounty Program Goes Public

Netflix Bug Bounty Program Goes Public

Netflix announced this week that it has made its bug bounty program public and is inviting researchers all around the world to participate. The streaming service said in a Medium post that the program will be hosted on the Bugcrowd platform and researchers can earn anywhere between $100 to $15,000 per flaw. Netflix had been accepting flaw reports for the last five years from researchers and ethical hackers through their private bug bounty program and responsible disclosure setups. The company says around 190 bugs had already been reported and resolved since 2013. Source: ZDNet

Child Porn Found in Bitcoin Blockchain

Child Porn Found in Bitcoin Blockchain

Researchers from RWTH Aachen University said this week that they had found hundreds of links to images involving child sexual abuse on Bitcoin’s blockchain which may be considered objectionable in almost all jurisdictions. The German researchers added that they also found other files which may violate privacy and copyright laws. This could potentially make Bitcoin illegal. Crypto-currency expert at Cambridge University Garrick Hileman said the presence of illegal content on Bitcoin’s blockchain had been known for awhile. However, this would mean that a lot of users may have local copies of the illegal files on their computers. Source: BBC

Scotland’s Female Leaders Tell Twitter to Address Online Abuse of Women

Scotland’s Female Leaders Tell Twitter to Address Online Abuse of Women

Earlier this week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale told Twitter that it had to do more to address the abuse and harassment of women on its platform. Citing Amnesty International’s research which says that many women self-censor on Twitter for fear of being targeted, Sturgeon said that it may discourage young women who might be looking towards leadership roles. Meanwhile, Davidson revealed that she herself had been at the receiving end of threats on Twitter. The Scottish female leaders said in working with Amnesty, they are hoping for a […]

Mark Zuckerberg to Issue Statement on Breach Scandal

Mark Zuckerberg to Issue Statement on Breach Scandal

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is expected to make an official statement on the privacy scandal that has rocked the tech firm and caused its shares to slide during the past few days. Axios revealed that the Facebook CEO will try and say something meaningful, with the aim to rebuild consumer trust. He is also likely to mention plans to make the site more secure to restore user confidence. The tech giant is currently embroiled in a fiasco which involves a data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, which was said to have harvested data from the social network and used it to […]

Hacking of British Surgeon May Have Led to Air Strike

Hacking of British Surgeon May Have Led to Air Strike

British surgeon David Nott recently revealed to the BBC that hackers may have compromised his computer and gotten information that led to the bombing of an Aleppo hospital. Nott had reportedly helped his colleagues in Syria via Skype and WhatsApp on one occasion which was broadcasted in 2016. The hospital where his colleagues worked at was hit by a bunker buster bomb weeks later. However, cybersecurity researcher Graham Cluely said that while Nott’s theory may be plausible, he thinks it is more likely that the phone of the doctors in Syria had been infected. Matthew Hickey from Hacker House additionally […]

India Website of Cambridge Analytica Taken Down

India Website of Cambridge Analytica Taken Down

The local website of Cambridge Analytica, the London-based analytics firm currently embroiled in a privacy scandal with Facebook, has reportedly been taken down this week. The company is said to be working with major political parties in India. Cambridge Analytica is currently being accused of harvesting the Facebook data of 50 million users and using it to influence the 2016 US elections. India’s IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that he had received a number of reports on the involvement of the firm with Congress, and warned Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg that he may be summoned if it is found […]