China’s Control Over ‘Algorithms’

Commentary Cue references of a “Matrix”-like dystopian future where Chinese citizens are trapped in a simulated reality managed by state-controlled computer algorithms. It’s not too far-fetched to imagine. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the country’s cyberspace watchdog, announced recently that it would set up governance and rules to tighten its grip on algorithms companies use to interact with its

Lawmakers Grill Facebook Over Leaked Internal Research on Instagram’s Harmful Impact on Teens

Facebook was heavily criticized by members of Congress on Thursday during a hearing examining how the social network giant handled internal research relating to its Instagram platform and how it can be harmful to the mental health of teenagers. Antigone Davis, Facebook’s global head of safety, was grilled for over three hours by lawmakers who accused Facebook—which owns Instagram—of concealing its

YouTube Bans All ‘Harmful Vaccine Content’ From Its Platform

Google-owned YouTube said on Sept. 29 that it will ban all “harmful vaccine content” from its platform, including claims that vaccines are ineffective at reducing transmission of disease, prompting concerns that the firm will escalate censorship of dissenting viewpoints. “We’ve steadily seen false claims about the coronavirus vaccines spill over into misinformation about vaccines in

Apple Apologizes After Security Researcher Reveals iOS Bugs

Apple has apologized to a security researcher who detailed his “frustrating” experiences dealing with the company, after he disclosed bugs in the iOS operating system. Apple has been criticized for the alleged mishandling of security vulnerability alerts notified through its bug bounty program. Researchers claim that this is symptomatic of the company’s bug bounty program

Suspected Chinese Hacker Group Targets Media and Government in India, Report Says

A suspected Chinese state-sponsored hacking group has infiltrated three entities in India—a media conglomerate, a police department, and a government agency holding personal information of over a billion locals—according to a new report. The Insikt Group, a threat research arm of U.S.-based cybersecurity company Recorded Future, published the report on Sept. 21, saying China had a “growing

Rare Solar Superstorm Could Prompt ‘Internet Apocalypse’ Lasting Several Months: Study

The “black swan” event of a solar superstorm directed at earth could prompt an “internet apocalypse” across the entire globe that could last for several months, new research has warned. University of California Irvine assistant professor Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi presented the new research, titled “Solar Superstorms: Planning for an Internet Apocalypse,” last month during the

‘Fact Checks’ by Non-Experts Are Shutting Down Genuine Scientific Inquiry

Commentary We recently published a new climate change report in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics (RAA). The nearly two dozen co-authors of our paper are experts in solar physics and climate science from 14 countries. We were looking at the role of the Sun in climate change. We found that, depending on which scientific

Apple Issues Urgent Software Update to Patch Spyware Vulnerability

Apple users are being encouraged to update their devices after researchers discovered a security flaw that could allow hackers to secretly install spyware without targets knowing. The company on Monday released an emergency patch to the vulnerability flaw that allowed advanced spyware to be installed into users’ Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches. It comes after

CCP Says Western Forces Launching Cyberattacks on China: Internal Document

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has warned of cyberattacks launched by “Western anti-China forces” in a leaked internal document. The leaked document (pdf), titled “Cybersecurity Risks, Challenges, and Countermeasures,” was issued by a municipal agency of Tieling city in the northeastern province of Liaoning. The document was dated June 19, 2020, three-and-a-half months before the CCP’s centenary.

Chinese Acquisition of Semiconductor Firm Poses Security Risks, US Treasury Warns

The U.S. Treasury Department said the sale of Magnachip Semiconductor Corp. to a Chinese private equity firm poses “risks to national security,” as Chinese investments in critical technologies meet with enhanced U.S. scrutiny. Magnachip, a South Korean producer for display and power chips, sold its controlling stake in late March to Chinese private equity firm

Apple Will Scan All iPhones for Illegal Child Abuse Images, Sparking Privacy Debate

Apple announced Thursday is it planning to scan all iPhones in the United States for child abuse imagery, raising alarm among security experts who said the plan could allow the firm to surveil tens of millions of personal devices for unrelated reasons. In a blog post, the company confirmed reports saying that new scanning technology

CDC and Facebook ‘Coordinated Closely’ on Censorship of COVID-19 ‘Misinformation’: Watchdog

Facebook “coordinated closely” with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in controlling the narrative of the CCP virus pandemic, including suppression of alleged misinformation, and gave the health agency free advertising estimated at $3 million, according to Judicial Watch, which obtained emails that were released on July 28. The CDC released 2,469 new documents (pdf) to Judicial

Sky News Australia Suspended by YouTube

YouTube has temporarily suspended Sky News Australia from posting on its video platform, issuing a first strike to the popular conservative news channel over “COVID-19 misinformation,” according to a statement. The tech giant said its decision to issue a strike was based on local and global health authority guidance, which Sky News Australia challenged as

The International Spyware Scandal Runs Deeper Than Pegasus Much attention has been paid this week to bombshell allegations that Israeli-created spyware may have been used to target journalists, dissidents, and other enemies of the state—but the Pegasus scandal is a mere microcosm of the larger issue of governments using private companies for surveillance operations. On July 18, the Guardian and 16 other

Australia, New Zealand, and Allies Say China Behind Malicious Cyber Activity

Australia and New Zealand (NZ) have joined the United States in attributing malicious cyber activity to China’s Ministry of State Security and said they are deeply disturbed by Beijing using criminal contract hackers to back its state-run cyberattacks against targets worldwide. In media releases issued late Monday night, both the Australian and New Zealand governments called out the Chinese regime

US and European Leaders Warn About China Setting Standards on AI

Top U.S. and European leaders recently spoke about how democracies, rather than an authoritarian regime such as China, should set the rules for artificial intelligence (AI). “We cannot let China write the rules of the road around AI,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said at the Global Emerging Technology Summit in Washington on July 13.

CCP Develops AI Technology Aiming for World Military Domination

The Ministry of Education of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has added 37 new undergraduate majors to the universities of China, that will be available for the fall enrolment. More than 25 percent are related to artificial intelligence (AI). Last December, Outlook Institute, one of the CCP’s think tanks, listed AI as one of the primary race

4 Ethics-Breaking Biological Experiments Touted by Chinese Scientists as ‘World Firsts’

Throughout the world, scientific research and experiments involving ethical issues must first pass the scrutiny of ethics committees. In recent years, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has conducted many experiments in the field of biomedical and genetic engineering that break human ethical boundaries. China began implementing the Ethical Review of Biomedical Research Involving Humans on Dec. 1, 2016. However, 122 Chinese scientists who co-signed an open letter

Google Sued By 36 states, DC Over Alleged Antitrust Violations

Google on Wednesday was hit by a lawsuit from a group of state attorneys over alleged violation of antitrust laws by its Android app store. Attorneys general for 36 states and the District of Columbia sued the Big Tech company in a 144-page complaint filed in a Northern California federal court. The group alleges that

Facebook Now Sending Messages to Some Users Asking About Potentially ‘Extremist’ Friends

Some Facebook users have recently reported being sent warning messages from the social media giant relating to “extremists” or “extremist content.” “Are you concerned that someone you know is becoming an extremist?” one message reads. “We care about preventing extremism on Facebook. Others in your situation have received confidential support.” The message also provides a button to “Get

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