Still, Moran’s job keeps getting more difficult. Five years ago, only 52% of the smartphones that the District Attorney’s office obtained were locked. Today, that figure is 82%. Vance says the cybercrime lab is able to successfully crack about half of the phones in his possession, but whenever Apple or Google update their software, they have to adapt. “Every time there’s a new operating system that comes in, that’s another more complicated layer to crack,” he says. “The problem with that, particularly from a law enforcement perspective, is, first of all, time matters to us. If we seize a phone that is iOS 10 but can’t open the phone, maybe never, but, say, not for another two years, well, that’s not the timeframe in which cases move, particularly cases when they’re in court.” … [Read more...] about Inside the $10 million cyber lab trying to break Apple’s iPhone
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There are three ways to withdraw an application under the IBC. First, when the Committee of Creditors (CoC) approves withdrawal of an application by 90 percent vote share. Second, after giving justifiable reasons to allow application withdrawal once expressions of interest have been invited and the CoC is constituted. Third, before the constitution of the committee of creditors (therefore, without 90 percent voting requirement) when such application is filed through interim resolution professional. Once withdrawn and approved by the NCLT (National Company Law Tribunal), a promoter can regain control of the company. … [Read more...] about New IBC amendment: Is it all over now for defaulting promoters?
GET THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN THE ROOM Professional services firm PwC is 165 years old and has had to embrace evolution many times. Most recently, that meant turning 55,000 of its employees into technologists and designers, using a different way of working called BXT. This approach isn’t just about working with people from across disciplines from the start—although that’s the crucial first step—but about reframing the problem, thinking bigger, putting titles down, checking egos at the door, and making sure you’re answering the right question before you talk about and implement solutions—solutions that should be bigger, bolder, more tech-fueled, and more innovative. … [Read more...] about How corporations can create change at massive scale
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SSDP is primarily dedicated to ending the harsh law-enforcement approach to the war on drugs, with an eye to the racial inequality in how drug laws are enforced. Founded in 1998, the group claims 5,000 members at 300 schools. This new campaign with Fight for the Future focuses on the racial inequality in face-recognition tech. “We know that facial recognition algorithms right now are biased and they have shown systematic racial bias,” says Abhinav Dewan, a junior at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., who heads his school’s SSDP chapter. … [Read more...] about ‘This is a racial justice issue’: Students organize to stop facial recognition on campus