Impact Lab


Subscribe Now to Our Free Email Newsletter

» Currently browsing: security


EU introduces AI strategy to build ‘ecosystem of trust’

February 26th, 2020 at 12:15 pm » Comments Off

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission The European Commission today unveiled a sweeping set of proposals that it hopes will establish the region as a leader in artificial intelligence by focusing on trust and transparency. The proposals would lead to changes in the way data is collected and shared in an effort […]



Step-by-step guide to tokenizing real-world assets

January 6th, 2020 at 12:52 pm » Comments Off

 Recent estimates place the current value of all real-world assets at around $256 trillion globally. While that jaw-dropping number is fairly stable, all of these assets keep changing owners on a regular basis. Unfortunately, the processes used to trade these assets are completely outdated. Ownership over a vast majority of real-world assets is still signified […]



Vast majority of UK adults ‘uncomfortable’ with delivery drivers entering their empty homes

January 5th, 2020 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

Waitrose’s While You’re Away service allows delivery drivers to enter customer’s homes to unpack their shopping The vast majority of UK adults are uncomfortable with the idea of delivery drivers entering their homes to drop off shopping while they’re out, new research has revealed. Waitrose first trialled its While You’re Away delivery service in October […]



Chinese scientists develop portable quantum satellite communication device

January 4th, 2020 at 1:17 am » Comments Off

Weighing in at just 80kg, the machine can connect to China’s quantum satellite and receive encryption keys in the form of entangled light particles Breakthrough was made by team at University of Science and Technology of China Chinese scientists have developed a quantum satellite ground station that is not only capable of sending ultra-secure messages […]



A sobering 62% of U.S. financial-services entities have been breached, Thales says

December 15th, 2019 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

Despite 96% of U.S. financial-services organizations considering their technology security as adequate, 62% of those responding to a Thales survey said they experienced a breach. That’s according to the recently released 2019 Thales Data Threat Report. Commissioned by Thales, the survey of 1,200 information technology and data security professionals and the ensuing report was conducted […]



Google Maps may soon highlight well-lit streets for walkers

December 8th, 2019 at 1:45 pm » Comments Off

New Lighting layer could make walking at night safer. Google Maps is great for getting directions while driving and using public transport, but in the last year it has been rolling out more features focused on traveling by foot as well. Recently, the company introduced AR walking directions and detailed spoken walking directions for people […]



Amazon’s Ring wanted to use 911 calls to activate its video doorbells

September 28th, 2019 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

Ring wanted 911 calls to activate its doorbells.  The company worked with police and cities to build in this real-time feature, emails showed. Ring considered building a tool that would use calls to the 911 emergency number to automatically activate the video cameras on its smart doorbells, according to emails obtained by CNET. The Amazon-owned […]



How a trivial cell phone hack is ruining lives

July 13th, 2019 at 3:24 am » Comments Off

On a Tuesday night in May, Sean Coonce was reading the news in bed when his phone dropped service. He chalked it up to tech being tech and went to sleep. When he woke up, his Gmail account had been stolen and by Wednesday evening he was out $100,000. “This is still very raw (I […]



The Pentagon has a laser that can identify people from a distance—by their heartbeat

July 12th, 2019 at 3:19 am » Comments Off

The Jetson prototype can pick up on a unique cardiac signature from 200 meters away, even through clothes. Everyone’s heart is different. Like the iris or fingerprint, our unique cardiac signature can be used as a way to tell us apart. Crucially, it can be done from a distance. It’s that last point that has […]



Amazon wants to sell “surveillance as a service”

July 8th, 2019 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

In case Amazon’s surveillance capabilities weren’t extensive enough with its Echo, Ring, and Key products, not to mention all the data Amazon routinely collects on its customers, the company recently received a US patent to provide “surveillance as a service.” The patent is for an “unmanned aerial vehicle”—the technical term for a drone—that “may perform […]



Email sextortion scams are on the rise and they’re scary — here’s what to do if you get one

July 1st, 2019 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

Overall, extortion by email is growing significantly, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Compliant Center (IC3). Last year, these complaints rose 242% to 51,146 reported crimes, with total losses of $83 million. “The majority of extortion complaints received in 2018 were part of a sextortion campaign in which victims received an email threatening to send […]



Move over, silicon switches: There’s a new way to compute

May 12th, 2019 at 2:18 am » Comments Off

Logic and memory devices, such as the hard drives in computers, now use nanomagnetic mechanisms to store and manipulate information. Unlike silicon transistors, which have fundamental efficiency limitations, they require no energy to maintain their magnetic state: Energy is needed only for reading and writing information. One method of controlling magnetism uses electrical current that […]



Understanding the future through the eyes of a child