BRUSSELS - The EU on Tuesday urged advertising trade associations and US internet giants to intensify the fight against disinformation campaigns from suspects such as Russia, ahead of European elections in May. The European Commission said Google, Facebook, Twitter, Mozilla and trade groups have made "some progress" toward meeting their pledges to fight fake news by removing fake accounts and checking suspect sites. "But we need to go further and faster before May," when a new European Parliament is elected, the EU's security commissioner Julian King said. "We don't want to wake up the day after the elections and realize we should have done more." His remarks came as the Commission, the 28-nation European Union's executive arm, issued its first report on how well internet actors were doing in meeting pledges made late last year in a code of practice to fight disinformation. The Commission said "additional action is needed to ensure full transparency of political ads" by the start … [Read more...] about EU urges internet firms to intensify fake news fight
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Business | Hadi Partovi Was Raised in a Revolution. Today He Teaches Kids to Code. Sections Skip to content Skip to site index corner office The founder and chief executive of Code.org, who was born in Iran, says computer science is a “foundational skill,” one that future doctors, lawyers and politicians should all possess. Hadi Partovi, the founder of Code.org. Credit Credit Matt Edge for The New York Times Supported by ByDavid Gelles Jan. 17, 2019 Just how much influence should Silicon Valley have over the classroom? It’s a question roiling educational circles, and one The New York Times explored in a recent series of articles. At the center of the debate are organizations like Code.org, a nonprofit group that advocates computer science training and provides coding curriculum for schools around the country. Founded by Hadi Partovi, an Iranian immigrant who had an enormously successful career in … [Read more...] about Hadi Partovi Was Raised in a Revolution. Today He Teaches Kids to Code.
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Business | Censoring China’s Internet, for Stability and Profit Supported by the new new world Thousands of low-wage workers in “censorship factories” trawl the online world for forbidden content, where even a photo of an empty chair could cause big trouble. ByLi Yuan Jan. 2, 2019 Li Chengzhi had a lot to learn when he first got a job as a professional censor. Like many young people in China, the 24-year-old recent college graduate knew little about the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. He had never heard of China’s most famous dissident, Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who died in custody two years ago. Now, after training, he knows what to look for — and what to block. He spends his hours scanning online content on behalf of Chinese media companies looking for anything … [Read more...] about Censoring China’s Internet, for Stability and Profit
Finance minister Arun Jaitley’s announcement that the sun will soon set on 28% GST slab except for luxury items and the country can look forward eventually to only two slabs – 5% and a standard rate between 12% and 18% (apart from exempt items) is welcome. But many think he’s making haste slowly. He can be reminded of the KISS principle. KISS – Keep It Simple, Stupid – is a well-known acronym and an accepted credo in business. Attributed to Lockheed aircraft engineer Kelly Johnson, it was to urge his engineers to keep aircraft design so simple that even a stupid person should be able to repair the aircraft with ordinary tools on the combat field. Bureaucracy, the world over, is usually oblivious to the KISS principle. An Amazon ad boasts that it sells more than a crore different products, besides myriad services, with more categories added every day. In this context, asking bureaucrats to identify and categorise all products and services for differential … [Read more...] about How Jaitley can give the country a wonderful new year gift: Seal GST with a KISS (‘Keep It Simple, Stupid’)
The West’s biggest security weakness is in the old electronics and sensors that control processes in infrastructure and industry. It’s not that hard to take an entire country’s internet offline – it has already happened at least twice. Hackers used to be most interested in stealing your credit card data. Now they’re looking to hobble major infrastructure like ports, power grids, and cities. “The problem people don’t realise is it becomes a weapon of mass destruction. You can take down a whole country. It can be done,” a source tells Business Insider. Gatwick Airport is Britain’s second busiest by passenger volume, and Europe’s eighth. And yet it was brought to a standstill for two days by two people and a single drone. Its vulnerability reminded me of a conversation I had two years ago, at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon with cybersecurity investor Sergey Gribov of Flint Capital. He was talking up one of his … [Read more...] about Someone is trying to take entire countries offline and cybersecurity experts say ‘it’s a matter of time because it’s really easy’