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Venice Is Watching Tourists' Every Move
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Venice Is Watching Tourists' Every Move

Officials in Venice, Italy, are using technology to track the number of tourists in the city, and where they go.

Social Media Manipulation by Political Actors an industrial Scale Problem
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Social Media Manipulation by Political Actors an industrial Scale Problem

A 2020 survey of 81 countries by the U.K.'s Oxford Internet Institute uncovered evidence of social media manipulation of political communications in each country...

Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce Join Push for Digital Vaccination Credentials
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Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce Join Push for Digital Vaccination Credentials

In the U.S., there is no federal system consumers can use to get easy access to their immunization records online and establish their vaccination status for work...

Millions Flock to Telegram, Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech
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Millions Flock to Telegram, Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

The encrypted messaging services have become the world's hottest apps over the last week, driven by growing anxiety over the power of the biggest tech companies...

Slouch or Slack Off, This 'Smart' Office Chair Cushion Will Record It
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Slouch or Slack Off, This 'Smart' Office Chair Cushion Will Record It

"Smart cushions" designed by a Chinese technology company and used in office chairs have engendered controversy over privacy and surveillance.

As Coronavirus Cases Surge, So Do Cyberattacks Against the Healthcare Sector
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As Coronavirus Cases Surge, So Do Cyberattacks Against the Healthcare Sector

Cybersecurity firm Check Point found a 45% increase in cyberattacks against the global healthcare sector since November, versus a 22% uptick against all worldwide...

Robot Foresters Could Plant Thousands of Trees a Day
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Robot Foresters Could Plant Thousands of Trees a Day

Two types of autonomous robot foresters developed by Estonia's University of Tartu and robot manufacturer Milrem are planting trees from Milrem's driverless ground...

U.K. Government Use of 'General Warrants' to Authorize Computer, Phone Hacking Is Unlawful: Court
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U.K. Government Use of 'General Warrants' to Authorize Computer, Phone Hacking Is Unlawful: Court

The U.K.'s High Court has ruled that government security and intelligence services cannot use "general warrants" to indiscriminately hack domestic mobile phones...

Airport Screening While Wearing Masks? Facial Recognition Tech Shows Up to 96% Accuracy in Recent Test
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Airport Screening While Wearing Masks? Facial Recognition Tech Shows Up to 96% Accuracy in Recent Test

What was described as a controlled test of facial recognition technologies found potential for accurately identifying individuals on security lines at airports...

Trump Administration Rolls Out Plan to Secure Maritime Sector Against Cyber Threats
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Trump Administration Rolls Out Plan to Secure Maritime Sector Against Cyber Threats

The White House has unveiled a plan to protect the U.S. maritime transportation sector against cybersecurity threats.

Nissan Source Code Leaked Online After Git Repo Misconfiguration
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Nissan Source Code Leaked Online After Git Repo Misconfiguration

Software engineer Tillie Kottmann said Nissan North America's misconfiguration of a Bitbucket Git server led to the online leakage of the automaker’s source code...

Court Rules Deliveroo Used 'Discriminatory' Algorithm
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Court Rules Deliveroo Used 'Discriminatory' Algorithm

An Italian court determined that companies can be held liable even if an algorithm unintentionally discriminates against a protected group.

Telegram Feature Exposes Your Precise Address to Hackers
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Telegram Feature Exposes Your Precise Address to Hackers

Hackers can exploit the Telegram messenger application employed in Android devices and iPhones to pinpoint users' precise locations.

Malware Uses WiFi BSSID for Victim Identification
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Malware Uses WiFi BSSID for Victim Identification

A newly discovered malware strain collects an infected user's Basic Service Set Identifier, in order to ascertain the location of the user and their Wi-Fi access...

Open Source Developer, Manager David Recordon Named White House Director of Technology
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Open Source Developer, Manager David Recordon Named White House Director of Technology

President-elect Joe Biden's transition team announced that open source software developer David Recordon will serve as the White House Director of Technology.

Shift Gears, Accelerate: CIOs Reordered IT Priorities in 2020
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Shift Gears, Accelerate: CIOs Reordered IT Priorities in 2020

Chief information officers last year had to reprioritize corporate demands and establish new boundaries to prevent team burnout due to remote work and the ramp-up...

Digital IDs Make Their Mark
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Digital IDs Make Their Mark

Encrypted identification data on a smartcard or smartphone can deliver significant benefits while boosting security, but raise concerns about privacy and the potential...

Drone-Crowded Skies Get a Step Closer With U.S. Safety Rules
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Drone-Crowded Skies Get a Step Closer With U.S. Safety Rules

New regulations from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration will require most U.S. drones to broadcast a radio signal identifying them and their location.

Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Viewed Some of Its Source Code
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Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Viewed Some of Its Source Code

Microsoft on Thursday said the Russian exploit of U.S. government agencies and private corporations extended further into its network than previously thought.
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