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Researchers Uncover Russian-Style Information Operation Ahead of U.K. Elections
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Researchers Uncover Russian-Style Information Operation Ahead of U.K. Elections

Graphika, a cyber-intelligence firm, discovered a campaign on Reddit and Twitter to disseminate leaked trade documents ahead of elections in the U.K.

Cellphone Detection Cameras Rolled Out in Australia
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Cellphone Detection Cameras Rolled Out in Australia

Australia's state of New South Wales has started using high-definition detection cameras to identify drivers illegally using cellphones while driving.

Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data
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Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data

Among the findings of a Harris Poll survey of 11,000 consumers in 11 countries was that nearly all Brazilians feel companies are not adequately protecting their...

That Smart TV You Just Bought May Be Spying on You, FBI Warns
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That Smart TV You Just Bought May Be Spying on You, FBI Warns

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning consumers that televisions that offer Internet streaming and facial recognition capabilities may be vulnerable...

Bug Bounties: Big Business
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Bug Bounties: Big Business

Companies are learning that bug bounty programs are just one aspect of good security protocols.

China Issues Rules to Clamp Down on Deepfake Technologies
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China Issues Rules to Clamp Down on Deepfake Technologies

China has issued rules banning online video and audio providers from generating, distributing, and broadcasting fake news as it cracks down on deepfake technologies...

Screening Technique Finds 142 Malicious Apps in Apple's App Store
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Screening Technique Finds 142 Malicious Apps in Apple's App Store

Researchers have developed a method of detecting malicious apps that sneak through Apple's App Store screening process and onto some users’ phones.

Mozilla Doubles Payouts as It Tries to Attract Software Vulnerability Hunters
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Mozilla Doubles Payouts as It Tries to Attract Software Vulnerability Hunters

Mozilla has increased payouts for its bug bounty program while adding new websites and services to the list in order to draw more interest from bug hunters.

Research Reveals Dirty Tricks of Online Shopping
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Research Reveals Dirty Tricks of Online Shopping

Researchers have found dark patterns, or deceptive practices employed by user interface designs, frequently used on shopping websites of popular online retailers...

Search Results Not Biased Along Party Lines, Stanford Scholars Find
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Search Results Not Biased Along Party Lines, Stanford Scholars Find

A research study did not uncover any apparent political bias in the algorithm of the Google search engine.

Most Americans Want the Government to Do More to Protect Our Data. Few Think It Will Happen
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Most Americans Want the Government to Do More to Protect Our Data. Few Think It Will Happen

A Pew Research Center study found 75% of Americans desire greater government regulation of consumer data, while about an equal percentage doubt the government will...

With Face Scans, Automated Marking, Singapore Carves AI Niche
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With Face Scans, Automated Marking, Singapore Carves AI Niche

Singapore has unveiled an effort to become a global leader in artificial intelligence by 2030.

Maintaining U.S. Dominance in AI
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Maintaining U.S. Dominance in AI

Standards are seen as a way to eliminate bias and incorporate trustworthiness in artificial intelligence, even as the U.S. seeks to secure its lead in the field...

NYC Tells FedEx to Get Their Delivery Robots ‘Off Our Streets’
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NYC Tells FedEx to Get Their Delivery Robots ‘Off Our Streets’

Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted, "We didn't grant permission for these to clog up our streets. If we see any of these bots we'll send them packing."

Google Assistant on Android Devices Could Be Tricked Into Taking Photos, Videos
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Google Assistant on Android Devices Could Be Tricked Into Taking Photos, Videos

Researchers at cybersecurity company Checkmarx reported flaws in the Google Assistant on Android devices that would allow hackers to take photos and videos without...

Australia Releases Draft IoT Cybersecurity Code of Practice
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Australia Releases Draft IoT Cybersecurity Code of Practice

The Australian government has issued a draft code of practice for Internet of Things cybersecurity, with a public consultation to run until March 1, 2020.

Tech Companies Step Up Fight Against 'Deepfakes'
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Tech Companies Step Up Fight Against 'Deepfakes'

Companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google are working to slow the spread of maliciously doctored content, known as deepfakes, ahead of the 2020 election. ...

States, Cities Make Cybersecurity Pledge After Trump Administration Rejects It
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States, Cities Make Cybersecurity Pledge After Trump Administration Rejects It

Several U.S. state and local governments are signing an international pledge aimed at making cyberspace safer, even though the Trump administration will not endorse...

Regulating Information Technology
From Communications of the ACM

Regulating Information Technology

Why isn't IT regulated, when it can have such substantial impacts on people's lives?

Robots Aim to Boost Astronaut Efficiency
From Communications of the ACM

Robots Aim to Boost Astronaut Efficiency

A multitude of robotic assistants for astronauts and rovers are in development to make space exploration more resource-efficient.
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