The European Parliament members recently proposed robot “kill switches” as artificial intelligence rapidly advances. A resolution was passed on Thursday, Jan. 12, urging Brussels into action on automation ethics. The campaign was led by Socialist MEP from Luxembourg, Mady Delvaux, who warned that Europe is standing by as robots take on increasingly powerful roles in society, such as autonomous vehicles. To prepare Europe for the potential dangers of artificial intelligence, Delvaux tabled a resolution at the European Parliament that stressed…
As Germany’s election season draws near, social media giant Facebook announced that it will introduce new measures to combat the spread of fake news on its platform for Germany, drawing attention to the importance of having clear and honest representation of candidates of Europe’s largest economy and most populous nation. “It’s important to us that reports and news posted on Facebook are reliable,” read a blog post on Facebook’s German website. German politicians are reportedly concerned about the spread of…

Canada ends anti-competition investigation into Apple iPhones

Written on Thursday, 12 January 2017 08:13
The Canada Competition Bureau has ended its investigation into concerns of anti‑competitive conduct by Apple related to its contracts with Canadian wireless carriers that sell and market iPhones. The Bureau examined whether the contracts harm competition by impacting wireless carriers’ incentives to promote iPhones over other brands of smartphones, and whether they resulted in an increase in the price of handsets or wireless services. The Commissioner of Competition (Commissioner) announced that he has discontinued an inquiry against Apple Inc. and…
Indonesia has seen a flood of fake news spread across social media lately. The Southeast Asian nation officially announced on January 5 its intention to set up an agency that will combat the spread of fake news. One of the fake news stories recently spread through Indonesia, was a claim that China was waging biological warfare against the nation using contaminated chili seeds. Indonesia’s new cyber agency will seek to protect state institutions from hackers as well, according to presidential…
China’s internet regulator has issued a report in which it has outlined plans to formalize a new cybersecurity review which would represent a new challenge for foreign tech firms in what has become an increasingly volatile market for the tech sector. It has been an exceptionally difficult year for US technology companies in China - Uber sold off its operations, Apple services were discontinued in some parts - while Microsoft faced a new inquiry. However, the latest proposal by the…
Police in Thailand have apprehended and arrested nine people on suspicion of hacking a number of government websites in recent days, which caused huge disruption to some services. It is believed that the hacking was conducted in response to a controversial cyber censorship law which was passed by government figures earlier this month. The new cybersecurity law allows moderators to more easily remove web content it disapproves of. The new law will prohibit people from accessing or uploading anything deemed…
Thailand’s government broadened the scope of its Computer Crime Act recently to impose imprisonment for up to five years for anyone found guilty of sharing “distorted” information online. The country’s junta chief has defended the amendments, claiming social media to be a hotbed of immorality that needs to be kept under control. Thai people, known to be fond of social media, have expressed backlash against the creation of a new committee to flag websites that breach “public morals”. Thailand’s Prime…
Germany are proposing to adopt new legislation that would hold major social media companies liable for provocative and inflammatory content that breaks German law. The government plan to impose heavy fines on companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter and others which fail to police, control and delete hate speech from its platforms. Angela Merkel’s coalition government devised the idea in an attempt to alleviate the growing problem of hate speech and fake news stories polluting social media channel in the…

US drone row with China sparks new security fears

Written on Monday, 19 December 2016 13:43
Political tensions between the US and China may have now calmed, but the incident has only served to increase further fears over security. Political tensions were heightened between the two nations when China decided to inexplicably seize an underwater research drone owned by the US. Senator John McCain described the act as a ‘gross violation of international law.’ President-elect Donald Trump also became embroiled in the political row and denounced China’s actions - before later appearing to reverse his statement…
The communist island nation of Cuba is famous for its limited and slow internet connections. In a bid to enable faster access to its content for Cuban citizens, Google recently signed a deal with the country. Executive chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, Eric Schmidt, signed the deal in Havana on December 12, alongside the head of Cuban state telecoms company Etecsa, Mayra Arevich. The deal means that Cuba will have access to a network called Google Global Cache, which…

US president elect holds talks with Silicon Valley tech leaders

Written on Thursday, 15 December 2016 13:01
US president elect Donald Trump has met with a number of the world’s leading technology figures ahead of his inauguration ceremony next month. During a toxic battle for The White House, which has divided a nation, tech leaders in Silicon Valley were extremely critical of Trump – and said if he were to be elected, it would be a disaster for innovation and the technology industry. However, the 70-year-old billionaire has attempted to alleviate fears in the tech sector by…

China gears up for intelligent manufacturing

Written on Wednesday, 14 December 2016 08:15
The Chinese Government has released a five-year plan to develop intelligent manufacturing in a bid to increase the nation’s competitiveness. The plan was released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology at the World Intelligent Manufacturing Summit in Nanjing on Wednesday. According to a press release issued by Intelligent Manufacturing Summit the plan proposes a two-step strategy and ten key tasks for intelligent manufacturing. Under the two-step strategy, by 2020 foundation and supporting capability for intelligent manufacturing will be…
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