Wednesday, 21 February 2018

China’s "shameless" former internet czar Lu Wei was expelled from the Communist Party and investigated for corruption — Quartz

China’s "shameless" former internet czar Lu Wei was expelled from the Communist Party and investigated for corruption — Quartz: "An usually high-profile party official, Lu was the face of China’s vicious crackdown on the internet and free speech in the last few years. The CCDI statement reads as a rebuke of his flamboyance and swagger in the way he dealt with foreign tech giants including Apple and Facebook, and how he promoted China’s controlled vision for the global internet.

In 2014 when asked by a reporter why foreign sites like Facebook and Twitter are blocked in China, Lu infamously said: “We have never shut down any foreign sites. Your website is on your home soil. How can I go over to your home and shut it down?” Later that year, Lu toured Facebook’s offices in California, during which CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed him a copy of Xi’s book on communism, and said he had bought it for his employees.

 Here’s a translation of all the allegations against Lu included in the statement" 'via Blog this'

CYBER: Facebook - Financial Filings with US Regulator

Facebook - Financials: "Some of the information or materials made available on this website may contain forward-looking statements. Statements including words such as "believe," "may," "will," "estimate," "continue," "anticipate," "intend," "expect" or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or actual future results to differ materially from the expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements.

Some of the factors which could cause Facebook's results to differ materially from its expectations include, but are not limited to, those described in the "Risk Factors," "Limitations of Key Metrics and Other Data" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections in Facebook's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K or Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were originally made to the public. Facebook assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements. " 'via Blog this'

CYBER: EC Illegal_content_Draft_recommendation

Or is it? Leaked to EDRi by a whistle blower, now online. Check the edits, very important 'via Blog this'

Saturday, 17 February 2018

CYBER Blockchain Week 6: Confessions of a Bitcoin sceptic – TechnoLlama

Confessions of a Bitcoin sceptic – TechnoLlama: "While blockchain hype has been increasing, some scepticism started seeping in. Many projects that started out as blockchain ended up implementing different technologies, this is because institutions thinking of developing a blockchain face time constraints, barriers to adoption, and sheer complexity. More interestingly, of 26,000 blockchain projects listed in the open source repository GitHub in 2016, only 8% survive to this day.

 Perhaps the most scathing and interesting attack against blockchain hype has come from Kai Stinchcombe, who made a lot of waves by pointing out that in ten years the practical uses for the blockchain have been minimal, or even non-existent. While I disagree with the categorical statement, he does a good job of dissecting various case studies in favour of the blockchain, and finds them wanting.

Another fantastic critic of blockchain hype and Bitcoin in general is David Gerard, with his awesome book “Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain“." 'via Blog this'

Colloquium on Fake News and Disinformation Online 27 February

Colloquium on Fake News and Disinformation Online | Digital Single Market: "Since last November, the Commission has been consulting numerous stakeholders on the issue of fake news and online disinformation in order to define a strategy to tackle this phenomenon.

Given the high public interest, DG Connect has decided to organize a Colloquium on Fake News and Disinformation Online to allow the interested parties to contribute further to the ongoing discussions that will feed into a Communication in spring 2018.

The Colloquium is intended to fine-tune the scope of the fake news issue in complement to the public consultation and the work of the High Level Expert Group. The key outcomes of this Colloquium will enrich the Commission's reflection on this highly complex issue. 27 February 2018, 15:00 – 18:00" 'via Blog this'

Friday, 16 February 2018

Copyright: Anger at Google image search 'peace deal' - BBC News

Anger at Google image search 'peace deal' - BBC News: "As part of its agreement with Getty Images, the "view image" button has been removed.

While it is still easy for people to download an image, people are now encouraged to trawl through the website it appears on to find it.

Google said the change would "help connect users and useful websites".

Critics said the change made Google Images harder to use
It also removed the "search by image" button, which was an easy way of finding larger copies of photographs.

Getty Images said Google had also agreed to display image copyright information more prominently next to results." 'via Blog this'

Thursday, 15 February 2018

JUST Newsroom - Facebook, Google and Twitter accept to change their terms of services to make them customer-friendly and compliant with EU rules - European Commission

JUST Newsroom - Facebook, Google and Twitter accept to change their terms of services to make them customer-friendly and compliant with EU rules - European Commission: "Today they publish the changes Facebook, Twitter and Google+ made to their terms of services, to align them with the EU consumer protection rules and to ensure the rapid removal of illegal commercial content upon notification.

These changes will benefit more than a quarter billion of EU consumers who use social media. They come as the result of a joint action by national enforcers of the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) Network led by the French authorities and facilitated by the Commission, which started at the end of 2016." 'via Blog this'