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Union govt proposes drone corridors, service providers in Drone Regulations 2.0

The Union Government has suggested establishing a corridor for flying drones and setting up a regime for licensing and authorizing flying of drones. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha announced the updated policy for drone operations at the Global Aviation Summit in Mumbai yesterday.... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Internet, Government, Policy, Regulation, Drones, Mumbai, Uav, Jayant Sinha, Ministry of Civil Aviation


Transparency-seeking OPEN Government Data Act signed into law

The federal government produces one hell of a lot of data, but despite desultory lurches toward usability, there’s little guarantee that it’s available in a way that makes it useful to anyone. That may change for the better with the OPEN Government Data Act, which the president signed into law last night. The act essentially requires federal agencies to default when possible to making data (and metadata) public, to publish that public data in a machine-readable format and catalog it online. It a...
Tags: Fcc, Government, Senate, Tech, Policy, House, Treasury


Instagram caught selling ads to follower-buying services it banned

Instagram has been earning money from businesses flooding its social network with spam notifications. Instagram hypocritically continues to sell ad space to services that charge clients for fake followers or that automatically follow/unfollow other people to get them to follow the client back. This is despite Instagram reiterating a ban on these businesses in November and threatening the accounts of people who employ them. A TechCrunch investigation initially found 17 services selling fake fo...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Instagram, Microsoft, Tech, Spam, Policy, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Hudson, Microsoft Bing, Elon


How do you fight an algorithm you cannot see?

That question in the headline was the challenge posed by a group of open knowledge junkies in Germany who wanted to understand how a person’s Schufa was calculated. Schufa is a credit bureau that generates financial scores for potential borrowers in Germany, and it is roughly equivalent to a FICO score in the United States. Schufa is not an open algorithm, and so important financial decisions are mediated by an unknown process that can be quite capricious in its scoring. So the activists created...
Tags: Google, Europe, Government, Germany, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, United States, Kim, Algorithms, Deep Learning, Eric Eldon, Andrew, Danny, Richard Rothstein, Arman


Geoengineering could solve our climate problems if anyone allowed it

This weekend, I finished reading Oliver Morton’s The Planet Remade (thanks to reader Eliot Peper for recommending it). Morton has a multitude of goals with the book, but there were two I think are deeply valuable. First, geoengineering is a plausible approach to solving our climate problems this century, and second, engineering the climate generates tough policy challenges, but also opportunities to make the planet more equitable. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rou...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Hollywood, Science, California, Government, China, Wordpress, Book Review, Tech, Policy, Beijing, West, Nato, Poland, Silicon Valley


SC issues notice to the Centre for order that allows monitoring of all computers

The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Centre over its December 20th, 2018 order where the Ministry of Home Affairs allowed 10 agencies to monitor, intercept and collect data from all computers, under Section 69 of the Information and Technology Act, reports Hindustan Times. The SC has given... ...
Tags: Travel, Technology, News, Supreme Court, Privacy, Internet, Government, Surveillance, Policy, Hindustan Times, Ministry of Home Affairs, IT Act


The US continues to hammer Chinese tech

It’s another week, and another bevy of hits on Chinese tech by the U.S. government. Let’s get up to speed, plus a request for startup lawyer recommendations. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new — provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny at [email protected]) if you like or hate something here. Venture capital’s leading advocate NVCA pushes for narrower restrictions on foreign investment Let’s start with the most exciting subj...
Tags: Asia, New York, Congress, Washington Post, Government, China, Boston, Softbank, US, America, Tech, Policy, United States, House, Venture Capital, Tencent


The U.S. continues to hammer Chinese tech

It’s another week, and another bevy of hits on Chinese tech by the U.S. government. Let’s get up to speed, plus a request for startup lawyer recommendations. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new — provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny at [email protected]) if you like or hate something here. Venture capital’s leading advocate NVCA pushes for narrower restrictions on foreign investment Let’s start with the most exciting subj...
Tags: Asia, New York, Congress, Washington Post, Government, China, Boston, Softbank, America, Tech, Policy, United States, House, Venture Capital, Tencent, Silicon Valley


Microsoft Bing not only shows child pornography, it suggests it

Illegal child exploitation imagery is easy to find on Microsoft’s Bing search engine. But even more alarming is that Bing will suggest related keywords and images that provide pedophiles with more child pornography. Following an anonymous tip, TechCrunch commissioned a report from online safety startup AntiToxin to investigate. The results were alarming. [WARNING: Do not search for the terms discussed in this article on Bing or elsewhere as you could be committing a crime. AntiToxin is closely s...
Tags: Health, Google, Google Play, Security, TC, Facebook, Apps, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Tech, Search, Policy, Bellevue, Bing, Microsoft Bing, Child Exploitation


Daily Crunch: How the government shutdown is damaging cybersecurity and future IPOs

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. How Trump’s government shutdown is harming cyber and national security The government has been shut down for nearly three weeks, and there’s no end in sight. While most of the core government departments — State, Treasury, Justice and Defense — are still operational, others like Homeland Security, which ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Gadgets, Lyft, Apps, Hardware, Enterprise, Finance, Government, Samsung, Tech, Policy, Venture Capital, Aws, SEC, Fidelity


The rise of (societal) resilience tech

If you follow millennials on Twitter (and god help you), then you know that Anne Helen Petersen’s piece this past weekend “How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation” struck a deep chord for many. It’s longform and detailed, but Petersen’s primary thesis is that my generation has been dumped into one of the worst moments for economic and social mobility in recent memory (global financial crisis, etc.), which has led us to massively over-optimize our lives to try to extract any value we can. B...
Tags: Startups, New York, Education, Climate Change, Finance, China, Tech, Policy, Morton, Petersen, Danny, Gremlin, Dan Abramov, Arman, Anne Helen Petersen, Even


The Accidental Prime Minister Case: SC refuses to grant an urgent hearing

The Supreme Court has refused to grant an urgent hearing to the plea seeking a ban on the trailer of and the film The Accidental Prime Minister. This means that the trailer will remain as is on YouTube and the movie will be released on its scheduled release date of January 11, 2019. The Supreme... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Supreme Court, Internet, Youtube, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Freedom Of Speech, Content, CBFC, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting


State intervention in the development of Digital India – Sidharth Chopra, Nandita Saikia

by Sidharth Chopra and Nandita Saikia There has never been a time when technological change has not been accompanied by resistance to it. Change, whether one thinks that it is progress or not, has the tendency to disturb the status quo, and to leave those who most benefited from the status quo... ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, Video, Technology, Legal, News, Internet, Policy, Regulation, Content, Bar, Digital India, Sidharth Chopra, Nandita Saikia, Sidharth Chopra Nandita Saikia


Updated: Case dismissed – Fresh PIL seeks a ban on ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ movie

Update 2, 2pm: The matter was earlier listed to be heard by the bench of Justice S Muralidhar and Justice Sanjeev Narula, but was transferred to the bench headed by Chief Justice Menon this morning. During the hearing, the producers of the film, represented by Advocate Sangram Patnaik, objected to... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Justice, Internet, Youtube, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Freedom Of Speech, Content, Menon, CBFC, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Muralidhar


Fresh PIL seeks a ban on ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ movie

Pooja Mahajan, a Delhi based designer, has filed a fresh PIL in the Delhi High Court seeking a ban on the release of the trailer and the film The Accidental Prime Minister. Mahajan had initially filed a writ petition seeking a ban on the trailer from YouTube and Google and not the film. However,... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Internet, Youtube, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Freedom Of Speech, Content, Delhi, Delhi High Court, CBFC, Mahajan, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting


The Accidental PM: Delhi HC dismisses ban on trailer, directs petitioners to file PIL

The petition seeking a ban on the trailer of the upcoming film ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ has been dismissed by the Delhi High Court. Instead, the Delhi High Court has directed the petitioners to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the matter. The petition was filed by Pooja... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Internet, Youtube, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Freedom Of Speech, Content, Freedom Of Expression, CBFC, Public Interest Litigation PIL, Delhi High Court Instead the Delhi High Court


HQ2 fight continues as New York City and Seattle officials hold anti-Amazon summit

The heated debate around Amazon’s recently announced Long Island City “HQ2” is showing no signs of cooling down. On Monday morning, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) hosted a briefing in which labor officials, economic development analysts, Amazon employees and elected New York State and City representatives further underlined concerns around the HQ2 process, the awarded incentives, and the potential impacts Amazon’s presence would have on city workers and residents. ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Cloud, Ecommerce, Real Estate, New York, Enterprise, Drama, Finance, Government, New York City, US, Tech, Policy, City Council, Johnson


AITC argues for right to privacy, calls for withdrawal of surveillance circular

Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Member of Parliament from All India Trinamool Congress, has raised the issue of violation of privacy with respect to the circular and demanded its withdrawal, weeks after the Home Ministry of India notified that 10 central security and investigation agencies could intercept,... ...
Tags: Travel, Technology, News, Privacy, Internet, Government, Surveillance, Policy, Regulation, AITC, IT Act, Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, All India Trinamool Congress, Home Ministry of India


New Vietnamese cyber security law to remove “toxic” internet content

A new cyber security law in Vietnam requires social media companies to remove content from the internet that is deemed by the authorities as offensive or toxic, reports National Public Radio. The bill came into effect on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The bill requires companies such as Facebook and... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Technology, Whatsapp, Cyber Security, Surveillance, Policy, Advert, Vietnam, National Public Radio


The end of China’s ridesharing gig

Over the last few years, millions of Chinese workers managed to earn extra money by being ride-hailing drivers. Many picked the gig because of its flexible schedule. For those who could not otherwise afford to own a car in China’s pricey metropolises, driving around is also a status symbol, even if they are paying off car loans every month. Most drivers on Didi Chuxing — the startup that captured 90 percent of China’s e-hailing trips in 2017 per consulting firm Bain & Company — were part-time...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Asia, China, Tech, Policy, Beijing, Transport, Sharing Economy, Bmw, Volkswagen, Driver, Hangzhou, Carsharing, Shenzhen, Nanjing


The end of China’s ride-sharing gig

Over the last few years, millions of Chinese workers managed to earn extra money by being ride-hailing drivers. Many picked the gig because of its flexible schedule. For those who could not otherwise afford to own a car in China’s pricy metropolises, driving around is also a status symbol, even if they are paying off car loans every month. Most drivers on Didi Chuxing — the startup that captured 90 percent of China’s e-hailing trips in 2017 per consulting firm Bain & Company — were part-time....
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Asia, China, Tech, Policy, Beijing, Transport, Sharing Economy, Bmw, Volkswagen, Driver, Hangzhou, Carsharing, Shenzhen, Nanjing


FCC will suspend most operations on Thursday if the shutdown continues

The Federal Communications Commission said on Monday that it will need to suspend most of its operations by the middle of Thursday if the partial government shutdown continues. The FCC will continue “work required for the protection of life and property,” as well as work related to spectrum auctions, since those are funded by the money raised by auctioning off spectrum licenses. The Office of the Inspector General, responsible for conducting internal reviews, audits, and investigations of FCC pr...
Tags: TC, Fcc, Mexico, Government, Tech, Policy, House, Federal Communications Commission, Donald Trump, Federal Shutdown


Are rightsholders ready for public domain day?

Dave Davis Contributor Dave Davis joined Copyright Clearance Center in 1994 and currently serves as a research analyst. He previously held directorships in both public libraries and corporate libraries and earned joint master’s degrees in Library and Information Sciences and Medieval European History from Catholic University of America. More posts by this contributor How AI and copyright would work On January 1, 2019, the New Year will ...
Tags: TC, Column, Congress, Bono, Tech, Policy, House Of Lords, Mark Twain, Copyright Clearance Center, Copyrights, Hemingway, Southern California, Thomas Jefferson, Scott Fitzgerald, Twain, Clemens


Facebook is not equipped to stop the spread of authoritarianism

After the driver of a speeding bus ran over and killed two college students in Dhaka in July, student protesters took to the streets. They forced the ordinarily disorganized local traffic to drive in strict lanes and stopped vehicles to inspect license and registration papers. They even halted the vehicle of the Chief of Bangladesh Police Bureau of Investigation and found that his license was expired. And they posted videos and information about the protests on Facebook. The fatal road accident ...
Tags: Google, Security, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Asia, Saudi Arabia, Government, India, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Policy, Uganda, Egypt, Internet Access


How Juul made vaping viral to become worth a dirty $38 billion

A Juul is not a cigarette. It’s much easier than that. Through devilishly slick product design I’ll discuss here, the startup has massively lowered the barrier to getting hooked on nicotine. Juul has dismantled every deterrent to taking a puff. The result is both a new $38 billion valuation thanks to a $12.8 billion investment from Marlboro Cigarettes-maker Altria this week, and an explosion in popularity of vaping amongst teenagers and the rest of the population. Game recognize game, and Al...
Tags: Apple, Health, Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Ecommerce, Tobacco, South Park, Cdc, Opinion, Funding, Israel, US, Tech


The Indian government puts all computers under surveillance

Update: Following the outcry over the Government’s notification directing all central security and investigation agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt “any information on any computer”, the government has now issued a clarification. It said that the order has been issued in... ...
Tags: Travel, Technology, News, Privacy, Internet, Government, Surveillance, Policy, IT Act


Google, Yahoo, MS and FB block child porn related keywords

Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and Microsoft have started blocking keywords related to child pornography and child sexual violence, reports the Economic Times. This comes just months after the Supreme Court imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on several tech companies for not updating the court about progress... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, News, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Yahoo, Internet, Google Search, Search Engines, Search, Policy, Pornography, Content, Child Pornography, Economic Times


Winter is ending: China to restart game approvals

As 2018 draws to a close, China’s gaming industry — which has been beaten by a nine-month-long freeze in license approvals — woke up to exhilarating news as officials announced that they have started to review new titles again. The much-coveted game licenses are essential for developers to legally monetize their work in China. “We’ve finished reviewing the first batch of games,” said Feng Shixin, a senior official from the propaganda department of the Chinese Communist Party, at an industry symp...
Tags: TC, Messenger, Asia, Entertainment, China, Tech, Policy, Beijing, Tencent, WeChat, Chinese communist party, GPC, Cng, Mobile Game, Communist Party, NetEase


French data protection watchdog fines Uber $460,000 for data breach

One by one, European countries are slapping Uber with a penalty for the way it handled its 2016 data breach. Today, France’s data protection watchdog, the CNIL, announced it was fining Uber $460,000 (€400,000). This event was a combination of bad security with bad reaction and good timing. Back in 2016, Uber faced a data breach that affected 57 million users, including 1.4 million users in France. According to the CNIL’s report, hackers managed to connect to Uber’s Github repositories usin...
Tags: Uber, Europe, Privacy, France, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, France Newsletter, Cnil, Uber 's Amazon Web Services, Github repositories Uber


How Russia’s online influence campaign engaged with millions for years

Russian efforts to influence U.S. politics and sway public opinion were consistent and, as far as engaging with target audiences, largely successful, according to a report from Oxford’s Computational Propaganda Project published today. Based on data provided to Congress by Facebook, Instagram, Google, and Twitter, the study paints a portrait of the years-long campaign that’s less than flattering to the companies. The report, which you can read here, was published today but given to some outle...
Tags: Google, Security, Social, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Privacy, Congress, Youtube, Government, Senate, Russia, Tech, Policy, Oxford



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