This privacy debate, naturally, falls into the grey territory of what can and should be done in the name of national security and the health and safety of citizens versus their fundamental rights. Ostensibly, one could be abrogated for the other. In being aware of this, a state like Singapore, no stranger to authoritarian impulses, rolled out a similar app that it announced at the start of its release would be eventually made open source. Not only did the government state that its app's specific goal was to control the spread of coronavirus, the only arm of Singapore's government that has had access to app data has been its Ministry of Health. pointed out that the nation's health ministry was minimally involved in the design and implementation of the app, and instead, the app was largely created by other departments, including the dreaded Home Ministry run by Modi's right-hand man Amit Shah, who has been the chief architect of various draconian measures implemented by government … [Read more...] about India’s contact tracing app made open source, but will this thwart a surveillance state?
Trump had previously frozen funding to the WHO, claiming that the organization bowed to pressure from China and was overly trusting on their early information about the spread of the coronavirus. He also took issue with the WHO’s criticism of travel bans. … [Read more...] about The United States will cut ties with the World Health Organization, says President Trump
Not only do these large tech companies have their entire business models riding on whether they have legal protections from the third-party content they host on their platforms, but they also seem generally united philosophically on the matter. And that bodes well for smaller companies and non-social platforms, which are in many cases not in a position to fight the government legally and also still see the benefits of Section 230. And as users, we all generally come out better off when companies can host and moderate content as they see fit — and in turn we can freely choose which platforms we use. … [Read more...] about Thankfully for everyone, Trump’s misguided attack on social networks faces many roadblocks
Most experts agree that COVID-19is going to be around for some time. Widespread availability of a vaccine is at least 18 months away. But business can't and won't be on hold during that time. Technology will play a pivotal role in running your business during the pandemic. So far, many firms have focused their pandemic technology strategy on enabling remote workers. But now they need to widen their scope. … [Read more...] about Manage through the pandemic’s next stage with technologies in four categories
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg took pains to distance his company from Twitter and its fight with U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday, as the White House moved to scrap a law protecting social media companies. Republican Trump, who accuses social media firms of bias against conservatives, without evidence, stepped up his attacks on Twitter after the company put a fact-checking label on two of his tweets about mail-in ballots on Tuesday for the first time. "We have a different policy I think than Twitter on this," Zuckerberg told Fox News, Trump's preferred broadcaster. Both sites take down content that violates their terms of service, but Facebook's approach, he said, has "distinguished us from some of the other tech companies in terms of being stronger on free expression and giving people a voice." While Facebook does apply labels to misleading posts, it exempts from review posts by politicians, a decision that some lawmakers and presumptive Democratic presidential … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg distances Facebook from Twitter in Trump fight