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Putin wants his own internet

March 13th, 2019 at 6:45 am » Comments Off

  A new law would create a single command post from which authorities can manage—and halt—information flows across Russian cyberspace. When anti-government protests erupted on Russia’s side of the Caucasus Mountains in October, authorities did something they’d never done before: cut mobile internet service to an entire geographical area.



Sweden: How to live in the world’s first cashless society

March 9th, 2019 at 2:44 am » Comments Off

Sweden goes from being the first in adopting banknotes in Europe in 1661 to introducing its own digital currency in 2021, and becoming the first world’s cashless society in 2023. How is a country becoming the world’s first cashless society? Sweden, one of the most technologically advanced nations on the planet, is leading the way. […]



Police in Canada are tracking people’s ‘negative’ behavior in a ‘risk’ database

March 3rd, 2019 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

 The database includes detailed, but “de-identified,” information about people’s lives culled from conversations between police, social services, health workers, and more. Police, social services, and health workers in Canada are using shared databases to track the behaviour of vulnerable people—including minors and people experiencing homelessness—with little oversight and often without consent. Documents obtained by Motherboard […]



World leaders at Davos call for global rules on tech

February 2nd, 2019 at 12:58 pm » Comments Off

  DAVOS, Switzerland — Leaders of Japan, South Africa, China and Germany issued a series of calls on Wednesday for global oversight of the tech sector, in a clear signal of growing international interest in seizing greater regulatory supervision of an industry led by the United States. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan said his […]



China reportedly made an app to show people if they’re standing near someone in debt — a new part of its intrusive ‘social credit’ policy

January 30th, 2019 at 10:49 am » Comments Off

A province in northern China developed an app to tell users whether they are within a 500-meter radius of someone in debt, state media said. It’s called a “map of deadbeat debtors,” the China Daily state-run newspaper reported. It hopes to get citizens to monitor the so-called debtors and report them to authorities if they […]



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