Facebook Names the 20 People Who Can Overrule Mark Zuckerberg | China Starts Major Trial of State-Run Digital Currency | Twitter Steps Up Its Fight Against 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories
Facebook has announced the names of the new oversight board members who will review decisions to remove content. The members are accomplished professionals who are independent of the company. Wired
China will begin trialling payments in its new digital currency in four major cities from next week. The e-RMB has reportedly been adopted into the monetary systems of several cities. The Guardian
Twitter will begin prompting people who tweet about the 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory to read British government-verified information about the technology. The Telegraph
As Australian organisations plan to slowly return to the office in the coming weeks and months, cyber security, and cyber safety, becomes even more important.
We asked experts for some tips on how to stay secure and safe when working from home, and as we transition back to the office, full-time or part-time.
Australian Group Chronicles the Growing Realism of ‘Deep Fakes,’ and Their Geopolitical Risk
A new report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and the International Cyber Policy Centre detailed the state of rapidly developing “deep fake” technology and its potential to produce propaganda and misleading imagery more easily than ever. The report, by Australian National University’s Senior Advisor for Public Policy Katherine Mansted and Researcher Hannah Smith, explained the costs of artificial intelligence technology allowing users to falsify or misrepresent existing media, as well as generate new media entirely.
Ben Nimmo @benimmoSeparately, we looked at two other takedowns. Both small sets, both U.S. domestic, both based on coordinated inauthentic behaviour. One set inspired by QAnon, one set amplifying VDARE and Unz Review. https://t.co/26S0pCkg1o https://t.co/LqV3jwRSIi
(ASPI’s Dr Huong Le Thu discusses Politics in Vietnam in 2020 including; Vietnam's 4th Industrial Revolution, its digital transformation and Hanoi's efforts to lead on 5G in partnership with Nokia and Eriksson.)
INTERPOL launches awareness campaign on COVID-19 cyberthreats
In response to the rapidly changing cybercrime landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic, the global law enforcement and cybersecurity communities have formed an alliance to protect the public. Harnessing the expertise of this alliance, INTERPOL has launched a global awareness campaign to keep communities safe from cybercriminals seeking to exploit the outbreak to steal data, commit online fraud or simply disrupt the virtual world. The campaign will highlight top threats and offer advice to #WashYourCyberHands.
Freedom Online Coalition Program Of Action 2020
The Freedom Online Coalition, a coalition of 31 states to promote internet freedom, presents its 2020 work plan.
The Coronavirus CovidSafe App Is Good For Us
Some would have us believe the introduction of the COVIDSafe app signals our nation’s slide towards a totalitarian state — citizens tracked by government, their data gathered, their privacy lost.
US access of COVIDSafe data 'not conceivable', but legal advice not released
A top official at the Attorney-General's Department has said it is extremely unlikely the United States would access data collected by the federal government's coronavirus contact tracing app, but has not ruled it out and will not release government legal advice on the issue.
China starts major trial of state-run digital currency
China will begin trialling payments in its new digital currency in four major cities from next week, according to domestic media. The e-RMB has reportedly been adopted into the monetary systems of several cities.
Uyghurs – The Forgotten People
Faces of Democracy
On November 16, 2019, the New York Times published over 400 documents classified as secret, which had previously been leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). These PDF files, known as the “China Cables”, prove one of the most horrific human rights violations of our times, according to the ICIJ, and provide evidence of what the Chinese government has so far described as “one hundred percent pure lies”: The existence of forced internment camps in the autonomous region of Xinjiang, located in the northwest of China, which were built – according to the conclusion drawn by the Journalists involved – for re-educating over a million Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other ethnic minorities.
Facebook Names the 20 People Who Can Overrule Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook has announced the names of the new oversight board members who will review decisions to remove content. The members are accomplished professionals who are independent of the company.
A $5 Billion Proposal to Fight Online Child Sexual Abuse
New legislation would try to curb the illegal imagery with record levels of funding for law enforcement. The bill, coming in response to a Times investigation, also calls for a new oversight position in the White House.
South Dakota's Official Coronavirus App Shows Limits of Contact Tracing Tech
One of the first official contact tracing apps from U.S. state Departments of Health doesn't reliably record location data, which it is supposed to do in order to help state governments monitor coronavirus infections and warn other residents if they may have been exposed to the virus.
What’s Behind South Korea’s COVID-19 Exceptionalism?
South Korea’s covid-19 response strategy sits atop three pillars: fast and free testing, expansive tracing technology, and mandatory isolation of the most severe cases. Each pillar was shaped by the epidemics that preceded the 2019 novel coronavirus.
India's Covid-19 Contact Tracing App Could Leak Patient Locations
The system's use of GPS data could let hackers pinpoint who reports a positive diagnosis.
Integrating Huawei into the UK's 5G is a gift to China
Over the past three years many in the US have warned us. From President Donald Trump to Speaker Nancy Pelosi we have been told that the US views our choice of 5G provider with caution. It now seems clear they’re following through.
Twitter steps up its fight back against 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories
Twitter will begin prompting people who tweet about the 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory to read British government-verified information about the technology.
Europe’s Largest Private Hospital Operator Fresenius Hit by Ransomware
Krebs on Security
Fresenius, Europe’s largest private hospital operator and a major provider of dialysis products and services that are in such high demand thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been hit in a ransomware cyber attack on its technology systems. The company said the incident has limited some of its operations, but that patient care continues.
Cyber and Gender
Girls Do Porn Owners Pretended to Be Journalists to Harass Their Victims
A document detailing what the FBI found in a search of a Girls Do Porn office alleges that the owners were planning to flee the country and release fake porn in order to harass the women suing the company.
Twitter Asks Users to Reconsider Before Sending Vulgar Tweets
Twitter Inc. will ask users to watch their language as part of a new test to clean up parts of its service. When someone replies to another user’s post, Twitter may prompt them to reconsider their response if it includes slurs, epithets or swear words, a company spokesperson said.
Hackers hide web skimmer behind a website's favicon
Hackers created a fake image-hosting portal to hide a web skimming operation.
How My Boss Monitors Me While I Work From Home
As we shelter in place in the pandemic, more employers are using software to track our work — and us. All of my online activities — from the websites I visited to my GPS coordinates — were available for my boss to review.
Facebook Downs Inauthentic Cluster Inspired by QAnon
On April 17, Facebook took down a small network of pages, groups, and accounts, based in the United States, that used coordinated inauthentic behavior to promote a range of conspiracy theories. Some users also used the network to advertise merchandise, especially T-shirts.
Future Digital Threats to Democracy
As part of the Center for a New American Security’s (CNAS) broader Countering High-Tech Illiberalism project, this ongoing series from Technology for Global Security and CNAS examines the elements and potential implications of digital threats to democracy over the next ten years. Written by authors Nina Miller, Alexa Wehsener, and Vera Zakem, each of nine installments identifies a cross-cutting digital trend, based on a broad array of driving factors.