How Tweets Were Used by Police to Spy on BLM Protests / Why Repair Techs Are Hacking Ventilators With DIY Dongles From Poland / TikTok Considers Changes to Distance App From Chinese Roots
Leveraging close ties to Twitter, Dataminr helped law enforcement agencies digitally monitor the protests following the killing of George Floyd, tipping off police departments to social media posts with the latest whereabouts and actions of demonstrators. The Intercept
As COVID-19 surges, hospitals and independent biomedical technicians have turned to a global grey-market for hardware and software to circumvent manufacturer repair locks and keep life-saving ventilators running. VICE
ByteDance Ltd is considering changing the corporate structure of its popular short-video app TikTok, as it comes under increasing scrutiny in its biggest markets over its Chinese ties. The Wall Street Journal
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Australian experts raise security concerns about Chinese maker of Andrew Forrest Covid-19 tests
It followed a report last month by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) that found a BGI subsidiary, Forensic Genomics International, was linked to what it described as a “DNA dragnet” involving multiple companies, which collected DNA data from millions of men and boys with no serious criminal history.
Tech companies fall back as the Great Firewall advances on Hong Kong
US tech giants drew a line in the sand earlier this week when they announced that they would suspend cooperation with requests from Hong Kong law enforcement for access to user data. In so doing, however, they may have also effectively drawn a line under the period of relatively free and open internet in Hong Kong.
TikTok’s Hong Kong exit isn’t a stand against Beijing’s internet censorship
“TikTok’s decision is a public relations exercise, not a decision based in principle. Notably, TikTok didn’t refer to any principle as being the basis for its decision to move out of Hong Kong, unlike Facebook…,” said Fergus Ryan, an analyst who studies Chinese internet at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). Ryan argues that the exit is also an “easy decision” for TikTok, as most Hong Kongers are already wary of apps that could potentially send data back to Beijing, so there was never much of a likelihood that the app would become popular in Hong Kong, where it had only about 150,000 users as of last August.
TikTok Considers Changes to Distance App From Chinese Roots
The Wall Street Journal
Should you delete TikTok? 3 cyber security experts answer
According to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute analyst Fergus Ryan, the chief thing that sets TikTok apart is the fact that it is owned by a Chinese company. “A lot of these apps that people use including social media apps, suck up a huge amount of data on their users. And often the permissions these apps require of their users are excessive and invasive,” he told Yahoo Finance. “But the thing that makes apps like TikTok, [and] also WeChat, different is that they are from China. And that puts them in a particular legal jurisdiction, which means that due to a bunch of different national security laws in China, that there's effectively no firewall separating Chinese authorities from that user data that these companies hold.
Deepfakes and Synthetic Media in the Financial System: Assessing Threat Scenarios
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Bad actors could use deepfakes—synthetic video or audio—to commit a range of financial crimes. Here are ten feasible scenarios and what the financial sector should do to protect itself.
Alarm bells sound as China strengthens its chokehold on Australia's high-tech metals
The Sydney Morning Herald
The risk is not just that Australia will miss out on resources jobs, but that China will be the only nation with a solid supply of the essential materials needed for high-tech defence equipment and renewables technology.
Australia's world-first anti-encryption law should be overhauled, independent monitor says
Attorney general should be stripped of the power to force tech companies to help security agencies potentially spy on the public.
TikTok: New laws needed to protect Australian data on social media app
Everything from our location to our private messages could be at risk from leaky, foreign apps, amid calls for bans and new laws to protect Australian data.
Opinion | What Beijing Lost With Its Border Clash Blunder
The Wall Street Journal
Fighting with India in the Himalayas may cost China its shot at becoming the dominant tech power.
Chinese biotech giant BGI's U.S. subsidiary received PPP loan
A U.S. subsidiary of Chinese genomics company BGI Group received a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), according to data on the program released by the U.S. Treasury Department this week.
China Issued the Draft Data Security Law
On July 2, 2020, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China (“NPC”) released the draft Data Security Law (“Draft Law”) for public comment.
How Tweets Were Used by Police to Spy on BLM Protests
Leveraging close ties to Twitter, Dataminr helped law enforcement agencies digitally monitor the protests following the killing of George Floyd, tipping off police departments to social media posts with the latest whereabouts and actions of demonstrators.
Google Campus Security Singled Out Black, Latinx Employees
Google's campus security system subjected Black and Latinx workers to bias and prompted complaints to management, according to people familiar with the situation, leading the company to scrap a key part of the approach.
Tech CEO apologizes for racist tirade against Asian American family caught on video
The Washington Post
Michael Lofthouse, the CEO of cloud computing firm solid8, was caught on camera berating an Asian family with racial slurs at a California restaurant.
When a Critic Met Facebook: ‘What They’re Doing Is Gaslighting’
The New York Times
“I think Facebook’s heart is in the right place sometimes. But their heart doesn’t make decisions inside the corporation."
Facebook Cannot Separate Itself from the Hate It Spreads
Imagine a factory that allowed anyone to bring toxic waste there, any time of day or night, and promised to store it. Imagine that in addition to storing the waste, the factory… Welcome to a place where words matter.
The U.S. Army Twitch Channel Is Banning People for Asking About War Crimes
During the stream, the Green Beret on camera characterized viewers asking about U.S. atrocities as "internet keyboard monsters" and said, "I'm bigger than you."
Secret Service merging electronic and financial crime task forces to combat cybercrime
The Secret Service is combining its Electronic Crimes Task Forces (ECTFs) and Financial Crimes Task Forces (FCTFs) into one unified network, the agency announced Thursday.
Researcher Charged with Illegally Using U.S. Grant Funds to Develop Scientific Expertise for China
U.S. Department of Justice
“Yet again, we are faced with a professor at a U.S. University, who is a member of a Chinese Talent Plan, allegedly and deliberately failing to disclose his relationship with a Chinese university and receipt of funds from the Chinese Government in order to obtain millions of dollars in U.S. grant money designed to benefit the health and well-being of the people of the United States — not to be hijacked to supplement the research goals of the Chinese Communist Party,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers.
Slate Star Codex and Silicon Valley’s War Against the Media
The New Yorker
How a controversial rationalist blogger became a mascot and martyr in a struggle against the New York Times.
TikTok Teens Try To Trick Trump Campaign, Again
The TikTok-tivists are at it again. Thousands of users of the popular video app flocked to the Apple App Store in the last few days to flood U.S. President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign app with negative reviews.
The semiconductor industry is where politics gets real for Taiwan
Taiwan has a dominant role in the international supply chain for these tiny but strategically vital products. Together with South Korea’s Samsung and Intel from the US, Taiwan is at the cutting edge of semiconductor technology. It is also a major presence in their manufacturing: one Taiwanese company, TSMC, produces about half the world’s annual supply of chips. The industry has been a diplomatic asset for Taiwan, entrenching US and Chinese interests in Taiwan’s stability and autonomy.
Huawei could feel chill wind in Europe if UK shuts them out of 5G networks
South China Morning Post
Report is expected to be submitted to UK prime minster this week, which could pave way for a policy shift that bans purchase of any new Huawei equipment.
UK universities comply with China's internet bans
UK universities are testing a new online teaching link for students in China - which will require course materials to comply with Chinese restrictions on the internet. It enables students in China to keep studying UK degrees online, despite China's limits on internet access. But it means students can only reach material on an "allowed" list.
Germany seizes server hosting leaked US police files
At the request of the U.S. government, German officials last week seized a computer server that hosted leaked files from scores of police agencies taken in a Houston data breach last month.
TIM excludes Huawei from 5G core equipment tender in Italy, Brazil
Telecom Italia (TIM) has excluded China's Huawei Technologies from a tender for 5G equipment for the core network it is preparing to build in Italy and Brasil, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
Why Repair Techs Are Hacking Ventilators With DIY Dongles From Poland
As COVID-19 surges, hospitals and independent biomedical technicians have turned to a global grey-market for hardware and software to circumvent manufacturer repair locks and keep life-saving ventilators running.
‘Anything TikTok knows, assume China knows’: Experts urge Canadians to be wary of app
India has already banned TikTok and the U.S. is considering a ban on the app, but will Canada follow suit?
“I’m Disturbed.” African Tech Workers Push Back On US Startup Built To Help Them
Serena Williams, Al Gore, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan invested millions, but life inside the company can be less than ideal.
Twitter is working on a subscription platform codenamed Gryphon
Twitter is working on a new subscription platform under the codename Gryphon, according to two online job openings posted by the social network.
Today, the Future of Privacy Forum released an infographic detailing the benefits of strong encryption. Click here to see the Interactive version.
Opinion | I've Seen a Future Without Cars, and It's Amazing
The New York Times
The island of Manhattan is about 23 square miles. Much of it is covered in roadway, street parking and parking garages. If you added up all the space Manhattan devotes to cars, you'd have an area nearly four times as large as Central Park.
Large-scale facial recognition is incompatible with a free society
In the US, tireless opposition to state use of facial recognition algorithms has recently won some victories. Some progressive cities have banned some uses of the technology.
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