Burgeoning battle over Huawei’s 5G technology could prove even more disruptive than Trump’s trade war

China’s ambassador to Australia, Cheng Jingye, let the cat out of the bag this week when he lambasted Canberra over its decision to exclude Huawei from the build-out of Australia’s 5G network. In uncharacteristically sharp diplomatic language, Cheng described Australia’s campaign against Huawei as “politically motivated” and “discriminatory”. This is not the first time Chinese […]

‘Huge win’ for tech workers’ rights as Kickstarter employees vote to unionize

“To all tech and creative workers looking to fight for your rights, this is only just the beginning!” Workers at the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter made history Tuesday when they voted to unionize, making them the first in the industry to do so in the latest grassroots victory for tech workers. The 47-36 vote in favor […]

Apple shares skid on worries over coronavirus impact

Apple shares slumped on Wall Street Tuesday after the US tech giant warned of a bigger-than-anticipated financial hit from the coronavirus epidemic, roiling financial markets. Shares in Apple tumbled some 2.5 percent in early New York trade, as global financial markets reacted to news of the economic impact of the health crisis. Apple said Monday […]

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to donate $10 billion to fight climate change

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Monday that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change. Bezos, the world’s richest man, said in an Instagram post that he’ll start giving grants this summer to scientists, activists and nonprofits working to protect the earth. “I want to work alongside others […]

Britain starts setting up ‘first internet watchdog’

The British government said Wednesday it plans to allow its broadcast regulator to police the internet and issue substantial fines when social media giants fail to remove “online harm”. Media minister Nicky Morgan told parliament she was “minded to” give the Office of Communications (Ofcom) the powers to oversee online user-generated content. But she said […]

Facebook purges more accounts linked to Russia in new crackdown

Facebook said Wednesday it purged dozens of accounts linked to Russian military intelligence in the latest effort to root out manipulation and disinformation of the huge social network. Other accounts originating in Iran, Vietnam and Myanmar were also blocked on Facebook and Instagram for “engaging in foreign or government interference,” Facebook head of security policy […]

Twitter moves to curb manipulated content including ‘deepfakes’

Twitter unveiled a plan Tuesday to curb the spread of manipulated content including “deepfake” videos as part of a move to fight misinformation which could result in violence or other harm. The policy was announced after Twitter asked for comments last year on ways to reduce “synthetic and manipulated media” on the online platform that […]

Here’s what the United States could learn about election protection from other nations

Hacking into voting machines remains far too easy. It is too soon to say for sure what role cybersecurity played in the 2020 Iowa caucuses, but the problems, which are still unfolding and being investigated, show how easily systemic failures can lead to delays and undermine trust in democratic processes. That’s particularly true when new […]