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Three-quarters of Americans lack confidence in tech companies’ ability to fight election interference

A significant majority of Americans have lost faith in tech companies’ ability to prevent the misuse of their platforms to influence the 2020 presidential election, according to a new study from Pew Research Center, released today. The study found that nearly three-quarters of Americans (74%) don’t believe platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google will be able to prevent election interference. What’s more, this sentiment is felt by both political parties evenly. Pew says that nearly identical ...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Elections, Government, Russia, Tech, Hack, Pew, Nyt, Pew Research Center, Platforms, Facebook Twitter


CircleCI-AWS GovCloud partnership aims to bring modern development to US government

Much like private businesses, the United States government is in the process of moving workloads to the cloud, and facing a similar set of challenges. Today, CircleCI, the continuous delivery developer service, announced a partnership with AWS GovCloud to help federal government entities using AWS’s government platform to modernize their applications development workflows. “What this means is that it allows us to run our server offering, which is our on-prem offering, and our government custo...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Government, US, Tech, United States, Aws, CircleCI, Partnerships, Rose, Small Business Administration SBA, Jim Rose


CircleCI-AWS GovCloud partnership aims to bring modern development to U.S. government

Much like private businesses, the United States government is in the process of moving workloads to the cloud, and facing a similar set of challenges. Today, CircleCI, the continuous delivery developer service, announced a partnership with AWS GovCloud to help federal government entities using AWS’s government platform to modernize their applications development workflows. “What this means is that it allows us to run our server offering, which is our on-prem offering, and our government custo...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Government, United States, Aws, CircleCI, Partnerships, Rose, Small Business Administration SBA, Jim Rose


Forensic Architecture redeploys surveillance-state tech to combat state-sponsored violence

The specter of constant surveillance hangs over all of us in ways we don’t even fully understand, but it is also possible to turn the tools of the watchers against them. Forensic Architecture is exhibiting several long-term projects at the Museum of Art and Design in Miami that use the omnipresence of technology as a way to expose crimes and violence by oppressive states. Over seven years Eyal Weizman and his team have performed dozens of investigations into instances of state-sponsored violence...
Tags: Social, TC, Gadgets, Facebook, UK, Media, Greece, Privacy, Government, Israel, US, Tech, Chicago, Pakistan, Cameroon, Amnesty International


Four States Use A Flaw Filled Mobile Voting App

Four States Use A Flaw Filled Mobile Voting App Creating a secure voting application is near to impossible.  WIth hackers right on the tails of technology working to thwart every advantage, it will be a long while until we can create an app that could assure the authenticity of our elections.  Dif...
Tags: Security, Mobile, Apps, Politics, Elections, Technology, Privacy, Internet, Government, Sem, Malware, Cybersecurity, Cybercrime, Mobile Phones, Hacking, Hackers


Dear Sophie: I need the latest details on the new H-1B registration process

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: My H-1B was renewed, but I’m getting laid off Dear Sophi...
Tags: Column, Europe, California, Government, US, Tech, Policy, United States, Silicon Valley, Lawyer, H-1b Visa, Sophie, USCIS, Alcorn, Immigration Law, Sophie Alcorn


Trump’s Election Day YouTube takeover plan feels very different in 2020

According to a report from , the Trump campaign called dibs on some of the most prized ad space online in the days leading up to the 2020 U.S. election. Starting in early November and continuing onto Election Day itself, the campaign will reportedly command YouTube’s masthead, the space at the very top of the video sharing site’s homepage. YouTube is now the second most popular website globally after the online video platform overtook Facebook in web traffic back in 2018. Bloomberg didn’t re...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Obama, Youtube, Government, Tech, Bloomberg, Policy, Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Bloomberg, 2020 Election, Trump 's Election Day YouTube


US defense agency says personal data ‘compromised’ in 2019 data breach

A U.S. defense agency charged with providing information technology and communications support to the U.S. government, including the president and other senior officials, says its network may have been “compromised.” The Defense Information Systems Agency sent letters to possible victims earlier this month to warn of a “data breach” involving a system run by the agency. It’s believed Social Security numbers and other sensitive information may have been taken in the data breach between May and Ju...
Tags: Security, Government, US, Tech, Data Breach, Social Security, Justice Department, Reuters, Marriott Starwood, U S Office of Personnel Management, DISA, Defense Information Systems Agency, Equifax, Prichard, Dept of Defense, SCIF House


Are your social media photos ending up in a law enforcement database?

Facial recognition is an incredibly useful consumer tool for organizing our burgeoning photo albums. Companies like Google and Apple have slowly integrated machine learning algorithms into their consumer photo products, which allow you to search by keywords without the need for manual tagging, or to simply click on a face to see more photos of […] The post Are your social media photos ending up in a law enforcement database? appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Apple, Google, Photography, Government, Inspiration, Social Media, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Facial Recognition, Allen Murabayashi


Indian police open case against hundreds in Kashmir for using VPN

Local authorities in India-controlled Kashmir have opened a case against hundreds of people who used virtual private networks (VPNs) to circumvent a social media ban in the disputed Himalayan region in a move that has been denounced by human rights and privacy activists. Tahir Ashraf, who heads the police cyber division in Srinagar, said on Tuesday that the authority had identified and was probing hundreds of suspected users who he alleged misused social media to promote “unlawful activities and...
Tags: Asia, Government, India, Tech, New Delhi, Kashmir, Flipkart, Amazon India, Srinagar, Facebook Twitter, Jammu, Government of India, Amnesty International India, Avinash Kumar, Tahir Ashraf, Mishi Choudhary


Facebook asks for a moat of regulations it already meets

It’s suspiciously convenient that Facebook already fulfills most of the regulatory requirements it’s asking governments to lay on the rest of the tech industry. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in Brussels lobbying the European Union’s regulators as they form new laws to govern artificial intelligence, content moderation and more. But if they follow Facebook’s suggestions, they might reinforce the social network’s power rather than keep it in check by hamstringing companies with fewer resource...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Isis, Advertising Tech, Government, Tech, Eu, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Al Qaeda


DHS wants to track illegal aliens using available cell-phone location data. ACLU says Whoa!

DHS wants to track illegal aliens using available cell-phone location data. ACLU says Whoa! We have a problem with illegal immigrants.  Now don’t get me wrong we love immigrants and they can add a lot to our economy but those immigrants come to our country through legal channels.  I have a huge p...
Tags: Security, Business, Technology, Legal, Internet, Government, Data, Sem, Dhs, Fbi, Aclu, Cell Phones, Civil Rights, CBP, Department Of Homeland Security, Databases


Extensive US Intellectual Property theft by Chinese being investigated by FBI

Extensive US Intellectual Property theft by Chinese being investigated by FBI Intellectual theft is a huge problem in the US and the largest perpetrator is the Chinese government.   They target military sub-contractors and sub-sub-contractors, universities, businesses, financial entities, medical...
Tags: Security, Updates, Cloud, Business, Technology, News, Internet, Government, China, US, Sem, Malware, Cybersecurity, Fbi, Cybercrime, Artificial Intelligence


Vodafone Idea shares tumble 23% after India orders it to pay billions in dues

Shares of Vodafone Idea fell by more than 23% on Friday after India’s apex court ordered the country’s second-largest telecom operator and Airtel, the third-largest telecom network, to arrange and pay billions of dollars in dues in a month. In a strongly worded judgement, the Supreme Court rejected telecom networks’ application to defer paying historic $13 billion levies to the government. “This is pure contempt, 100% contempt,” Justice Arun Mishra told lawyers. The order today, which may res...
Tags: Asia, Supreme Court, Government, India, Tech, Vodafone, Airtel, Reliance Jio, U K, Bharti Airtel, Mukesh Ambani, Ambani, Vodafone Idea, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Sidharth Luthra, Arun Mishra


Class action suit against Clearview AI cites Illinois law that cost Facebook $550M

Just two weeks ago Facebook settled a lawsuit alleging violations of privacy laws in Illinois for the considerable sum of $550 million. Now controversial startup Clearview AI, which has gleefully admitted to scraping and analyzing the data of millions, is the target of a new lawsuit citing similar violations. Clearview made waves earlier this year with a business model seemingly predicated on wholesale abuse of public-facing data on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and so on. If your face is visible...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Privacy, California, Government, Tech, Illinois, BuzzFeed News, Twitter Facebook Instagram, CDW, ClearView, BIPA, Clearview AI, API Clearview


Surprise! Audit finds automated license plate reader programs are a privacy nightmare

Automated license plate readers, ALPRs, would be controversial even if they were responsibly employed by the governments that run them. Unfortunately, and to no one’s surprise, the way they actually operate is “ deeply disturbing and confirm[s] our worst fears about the misuse of this data,” according to an audit of the programs instigated by a Californian legislator. “ What we’ve learned today is that many law enforcement agencies are violating state law, are retaining personal data for length...
Tags: Privacy, California, Government, Los Angeles, Tech, Policy, Marin, Wiener, Scott Weiner, LAPD Fresno PD, Sacramento County Sheriffs Departments Police


Judge temporarily halts work on JEDI contract until court can hear AWS protest

A sealed order from a judge today has halted the $10 billion, decade-long JEDI project in its tracks until AWS’s protest of the contract award to Microsoft can be heard by the court. The order signed by Judge Patricia E. Campbell-Smith of the U.S. Court Federal Claims stated: The United States, by and through the Department of Defense, its officers, agents, and employees, is hereby PRELIMINARILY ENJOINED from proceeding with contract activities under Contract No. HQ0034-20-D-0001, which was a...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Government, Defense, Tech, Department Of Defense, United States, Aws, Patricia, Jedi, Andy Jassy, Given Amazon, Mark Esper


Judge halts Microsoft work on JEDI contract after AWS request

A sealed order from a judge today has halted the $10 billion, decade long JEDI project in its tracks until AWS’s protest of the contract award to Microsoft can be heard by the court. The order signed by Judge Patricia E. Campbell-Smith of the US Court Federal Claims stated: The United States, by and through the Department of Defense, its officers, agents, and employees, is hereby PRELIMINARILY ENJOINED from proceeding with contract activities under Contract No. HQ0034-20-D-0001, which was awa...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Government, Defense, Tech, Department Of Defense, United States, Aws, Patricia, Jedi, Andy Jassy, Given Amazon, Mark Esper


Trump administration aims to protect GPS with new exec order

GPS increasingly runs the entire planet. Supply chains, oceanic shipping, port docking, and even our daily movements in cars, on bikes, and walking around cities is dependent on a constellation of satellites hovering above us to make all this activity work in synchronicity. Increasingly though, GPS is under attack. GPS spoofing, where the signals from GPS satellites are spoofed to send false data, can prevent devices from getting an accurate location or any location at all. One of our TechCrunch...
Tags: Security, Government, China, India, America, Tech, European Union, Cybersecurity, Policy, Shanghai, Gps, Booz Allen Hamilton, Trump, Department of Commerce, MIT Technology Review, Coggins


The US is charging Huawei with racketeering

Ratcheting up its pressure campaign against Huawei and its affiliates, the Department of Justice and the FBI announced today that it has brought 16 charges against Huawei in a sprawling case with major geopolitical implications (you can read the full 56-page indictment here). Huawei is being charged with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) statute. The DoJ alleges that Huawei and a number of its affiliates used confidential agreements with American...
Tags: Asia, North Korea, Government, China, Germany, US, America, Tech, Cisco, Iran, Fbi, Policy, Chicago, Canada, United Kingdom, Department Of Justice


Catching up on China’s tech influence operations in America

It’s been a dizzying few weeks following all the China news emanating from Washington DC these days. While a “phase one” trade deal with China has been signed and appears to be moving forward as of a month ago (we covered the origins of this trade war extensively on TechCrunch in 2018 and 2019), it has also become clear that the Trump administration and its various agencies are aggressively targeting China on a variety of fronts. Here’s what’s been happening with startup funding, Huawei, univers...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Asia, UK, Wtf, Justice, Saudi Arabia, Government, China, Germany, Softbank, America, Tech, Intel, Policy, Harvard


UK to empower media regulator Ofcom to regulate internet, remove 'harmful' content

The UK government has announced a plan to put media regulator Ofcom in charge of regulating the internet, with a focus on removing illegal content and minimizing “harmful” content. Executives at internet firms may face big fines or prison if they are determined by the government to have failed to protect users from “harmful and illegal content” online. The Office of Communications, aka Ofcom, is the UK government's regulatory and competition authority for broadcasting, telcoms, and postal ind...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Post, Politics, UK, News, Internet, Government, World news, Ofcom, Nicky Morgan, Ukpoli, Alex Hern, Priti Patel, Jim Waterson, Matt Biddulph


Facebook will pay Reuters to fact-check Deepfakes and more

Eye-witness photos and videos distributed by news wire Reuters already go through an exhaustive media verification process. Now the publisher will bring that expertise to the fight against misinformation on Facebook. Today it launches the new Reuters Fact Check business unit and blog, announcing that it will become one of the third-party partners tasked with debunking lies spread on the social network. The four-person team from Reuters will review user generated video and photos as well as ne...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Media, Washington, Mexico, Government, Funding, US, Tech, Policy, Wall Street Journal, Baker, Zuckerberg, Reuters, Agence France Presse


UK names its pick for social media ‘harms’ watchdog

The UK government has taken the next step in its grand policymaking challenge to tame the worst excesses of social media by regulating a broad range of online harms — naming the existing communications watchdog, Ofcom, as its preferred pick for enforcing rules around ‘harmful speech’ on platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat and TikTok in future. Last April the previous Conservative-led government laid out populist but controversial proposals to legislate to lay a duty of care on Internet platf...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, Privacy, Government, Social Media, Tech, Digital Media, Ofcom, United Kingdom, Home Office, User Generated Content, Damian Collins


Why democratizing AI is absolutely crucial

Implicit biases are feelings and ideas subconsciously attributed to a group or culture based on learned associations and experiences. Everyone has them, but it can be dangerous when those biases are transferred to a powerful technology like AI.By keeping the development of artificial intelligence private, we are risking building systems that are intrinsically biased against certain groups. Governance and regulations are necessary to ensure that artificial intelligence remains as neutral as possi...
Tags: Programming, Technology, Government, Data, Computers, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Machine Learning, Ai


White House requests $15 billion to establish Space Force

The Space Force will be taking one giant leap towards reality if the Department of Defense’s proposed budget and operations go through. $15 billion is requested, which would fund a number of missions and help establish the more than 10,000 personnel expected to join the new military branch over the next year. Estimates for how much it would cost to really establish the Space Force have varied widely, due in some part to the original haziness of the vision, but also because even had that vision b...
Tags: Space, Congress, Government, White House, Defense, Tech, Nasa, Pentagon, Air Force, Aerospace, National Reconnaissance Office, Space Force, U S Space Force, Military Services


Justice Dept. charges four Chinese military hackers over the Equifax data breach

U.S. prosecutors have charged four Chinese military hackers over the 2017 cyberattack at Equifax, which resulted in a data breach involving more than 147 million credit reports. The nine-charge indictment was announced Monday against Wu Zhiyong, Wang Qian, Xu Ke and Liu Lei. The Justice Department said the four work for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. The hackers are said to be part of the APT10 group, a notorious Beijing-backed hacking group that was previously blamed for hacking into ...
Tags: Security, New York, Government, China, Tech, Nasa, Fbi, Beijing, Washington Dc, Social Security, Ibm, Richard Smith, Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission, Schumer, Marriott Starwood


California’s new privacy law is off to a rocky start

California’s new privacy law was years in the making. The law, California’s Consumer Privacy Act — or CCPA — became law on January 1, allowing state residents to reclaim their right to access and control their personal data. Inspired by Europe’s GDPR, the CCPA is the largest statewide privacy law change in a generation. The new law lets users request a copy of the data that tech companies have on them, delete the data when they no longer want a company to have it, and demand that their data isn’...
Tags: Security, Verizon, Twitter, Europe, Privacy, Law, California, Government, Tech, United States, Comcast, Davis, Data Protection, Facial Recognition, Data Security, Jean Yang


Apple is being two-faced about its security. Turns out they have a backdoor key to our backups.

Apple is being two-faced about its security. Turns out they have a backdoor key to our backups. Reports say that Apple is not going to allow customers to fully encrypt backups of the iOS data they store in iCloud after the FBI demanded access two years ago. Any backdoor will eventually be compromi...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Security, Mobile, Business, Technology, Privacy, Internet, Government, Sem, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Encryption, Fbi, Computers, Mobile Phones


Senators attempt to force Twitter to ban Iranian leadership

Four senators, including Ted Cruz (R-TX), have asserted that, as a consequence of sanctions placed on Iran, Twitter must cease providing its services to Ayatollah Khamenei and other leaders in the country. “The Ayatollah enjoys zero protection from the United States Bill of Rights,” he wrote in a letter to the company. Although the move comes as relations between Iran and the U.S. grow ever more strained following a series of violent incidents connected with the country, it is also attempt...
Tags: Social, Twitter, Obama, Government, White House, Tech, Iran, Policy, United States, Ted Cruz, Cruz, Ayatollah Khamenei, Trump, Northern California, Javad Zarif, Khamenei



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