Chinese Surveillance, Facebook Tracking, and More Security News This Week

Chinese Surveillance, Facebook Tracking, and More Security News This Week

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Data Breaches This week, a security researcher found that Chinese company SenseNets, which allegedly facilitates that facial recognition tracking, had left a database containing the associated data completely exposed online.

The Pentagon Needs to Woo AI Experts Away From Big Tech

The Pentagon Needs to Woo AI Experts Away From Big Tech

In response, Jeff Bezos told an audience at WIRED's own 25th anniversary conference, “If big tech companies are going to turn their back on the US Department of Defense, this country is going to be in trouble.” But who would come and work on AI for the federal government or US military when the perks of Silicon Valley are spectacularly more attractive?

India Is Cracking Down on Ecommerce and Free Speech

India Is Cracking Down on Ecommerce and Free Speech

Since December, Indian policymakers have taken a page from China’s playbook, enacting sweeping restrictions in an attempt to curtail the power of ecommerce behemoths like Amazon, and pushing proposals that would require internet companies to censor “unlawful” content, break user encryption, and forbid Indian data from being stored on foreign soil.

Amazon Won't Build Its New Headquarters in New York City

Amazon Won't Build Its New Headquarters in New York City

Amazon Won't Build Its New Headquarters in New York City The company was expected to receive almost $3 billion in tax breaks and other government incentives in exchange for opening its new corporate office (as well as a helicopter pad for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos).

US Air Force Defector Allegedly Helped Iran Hack Americans

US Air Force Defector Allegedly Helped Iran Hack Americans

Bella Wood The Iranian hackers, according to the indictment, used Witt's target profiles to send phishing emails and social media messages to her former colleagues, including one based in Afghanistan.

The Green New Deal Is Just the Vague, Audacious Goal We Need

The Green New Deal Is Just the Vague, Audacious Goal We Need

Later calls to the public to rise to the moment include the Marshall Plan to rebuild post-World War II Western Europe; JFK in June of 1963 demanding civil rights legislation, and Lyndon Johnson re-affirming and expanding that a year later, and then articulating a vision for a “great society” that launched a series of government programs ranging from public housing to Medicaid.

Why the US Needs a Strategy for AI

Why the US Needs a Strategy for AI

In coordination with the National Council for the American Worker and through the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, federal agencies will now work together with industry and educational institutions to develop AI-related education and workforce opportunities.

Cybersecurity Workers Scramble to Fix a Post-Shutdown Mess

Cybersecurity Workers Scramble to Fix a Post-Shutdown Mess

Furloughed cybersecurity employees returned to expired software licenses and web encryption certificates, colleagues burned out from working on skeleton crews, and weeks-worth of unanalyzed network activity logs.

Trump’s Plan to Keep America First in AI

Trump’s Plan to Keep America First in AI

Trump’s Plan to Keep America First in AI President Trump's executive order directs federal agencies to support AI research and commercialization. The White House says it will ask agencies in areas such as health and transportation to release data that could advance AI research, using mechanisms that protect privacy.

The Green New Deal's Trains and EVs Won't Work for Everyone

The Green New Deal's Trains and EVs Won't Work for Everyone

And indeed, the resolution’s transportation recommendations are sweeping: that the country invest seriously in zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing, in “clean, affordable, and accessible” public transit, and in so much high-speed rail that air travel is no longer necessary.

The Green New Deal Shows How Grand Climate Politics Can Be

The Green New Deal Shows How Grand Climate Politics Can Be

The Green New Deal Shows How Grand Climate Politics Can Be Alex Edelman/CNP/AP If it’s hard to imagine the sweeping changes proposed in the “Green New Deal” actually happening, don’t blame the Green New Deal.

It's Not too Late for Social Media to Regulate Itself

It's Not too Late for Social Media to Regulate Itself

To protect the public interest and their own businesses, these companies should set up a robust self-regulatory organization along the lines of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), an SRO that derives its authority from the Securities and Exchange Commission. FINRA provides a valuable blueprint for how a self-regulatory organization for the search and social media industry might work.

What It Takes to Pull Off the Country's First Online Census

What It Takes to Pull Off the Country's First Online Census

And yet, thanks to years of budget cuts and a series of scaled-back field tests, some fear the Census Bureau and the broader US government are ill-equipped to handle any new issues that could arise as a result of the high-tech census, particularly at a time when hackers and propagandists seem to be working overtime to undermine American institutions.

How to Live Stream the State of the Union Address 2019

How to Live Stream the State of the Union Address 2019

If by now you feel like you have a pretty good handle on what Donald Trump looks like and would rather just listen, try TuneIn , which has a Roku app and will offer streams from a few sources, or NPR , which is NPR.

A Facebook Crackdown, Amazon Facial Recognition, and More Security News This Week

A Facebook Crackdown, Amazon Facial Recognition, and More Security News This Week

Hackers, including Russian state-sponsored attackers, targeted the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and took down the event's Wi-Fi and database systems at one point.

US Ratchets Up the Pressure on Huawei With New Indictments

US Ratchets Up the Pressure on Huawei With New Indictments

The US Department of Justice on Monday unsealed a 13-count indictment against Huawei and its CFO, Meng Wanzhou, alleging the company misled banking partners about violations of US sanctions against Iran.

How to diversify Bhutan’s economy?

How to diversify Bhutan’s economy?

However, Bhutan needs to do a better job at diversifying its economy by improving its physical and human capital by using resource rents from hydropower.

Security News This Week: Privacy Wins in Six Flags Fingerprints Ruling

Security News This Week: Privacy Wins in Six Flags Fingerprints Ruling

The case hinges on Illinois’ strict biometric security law, which passed in 2008, giving the state the strictest rules in the country for how companies can collect permanent personal data like fingerprints.

The Excruciating, Impossible Science of Airport Delays

The Excruciating, Impossible Science of Airport Delays

Because of the federal government shutdown, the airport didn’t have enough Transportation Security Administration agents and air traffic controllers; things slowed to a ground stop . “They insert buffer time in their schedules and ground operations,” says Bo Zou, a transportation engineer at the University of Illinois.

Ending the Government Shutdown Won't Fix Flight Delays

Ending the Government Shutdown Won't Fix Flight Delays

“In 2013, when the government shut down for two weeks, it took the FAA nearly six months to get the school back up to a normal level of training capabilities,” says Sharon LaRue, a professor of air traffic control at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.

George Soros Attacks China's AI Push as 'Mortal Danger'

George Soros Attacks China's AI Push as 'Mortal Danger'

“I want to call attention to the mortal danger facing open societies from the instruments of control that machine learning and artificial intelligence can put in the hands of repressive regimes,” Soros said.

Is Big Tech Merging With Big Brother? Kinda Looks Like It

Is Big Tech Merging With Big Brother? Kinda Looks Like It

Yet in the West, at least, the threat of government surveillance systems being integrated with the existing corporate surveillance capacities of big-data companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon into one gigantic all-seeing eye appears to trouble very few people—even as countries like Venezuela have been quick to copy the Chinese model.

Feds Also Say That Oracle Underpaid Women and Minorities

Feds Also Say That Oracle Underpaid Women and Minorities

Feds Also Say That Oracle Underpaid Women and Minorities The Labor Department says the vast majority of engineers Oracle hired out of college for its headquarters in California, shown here, were Asian, including many on student visas.

Bracing for climate change – a matter of survival for the Maldives

Bracing for climate change – a matter of survival for the Maldives

The Bank has been working with the Maldives to increase the use of renewables and has invested in a $16 million solar power project on the islands of Male and Hulhumale in the Greater Malé region.

Think the Rust Belt Is Struggling? Welcome to Romania

Think the Rust Belt Is Struggling? Welcome to Romania

“Every town had an industrial center, and people were moved all over the country to these areas to work in the mines and factories,” says photographer Ioana Cîrlig , who grew up in the Romanian capital of Bucharest in the 1990s after the fall of Communism.

Security News This Week: Did Russia Take Another Shot at Hacking the DNC?

Security News This Week: Did Russia Take Another Shot at Hacking the DNC?

Attribution is a tricky business, and the DNC didn’t provide much specific evidence to back up their claims of Russian involvement, but it lines up with a previous wave of Russian spearphishing noted by security firm FireEye last fall. This one belongs to the Oklahoma Department of Securities, which left millions of files open to public access.

How the Feds Failed to Track Thousands of Separated Children

How the Feds Failed to Track Thousands of Separated Children

This is according to a new report released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Inspector General, which finds that, since 2017, the Trump administration has separated thousands more children from their parents than it previously disclosed and that it tracked these kids in ad hoc, disparate databases, including Excel spreadsheets and Microsoft Sharepoint accounts, further complicating the already tortured process of figuring out where those children are today.

Huawei's Many Troubles: Bans, Alleged Spies, and Backdoors

Huawei's Many Troubles: Bans, Alleged Spies, and Backdoors

Taiwan's decision follows Australia's announcement last year that it will ban the country's carriers from buying equipment for next-generation 5G networks from Huawei and other Chinese telecom companies over fears of government ties.

Antibiotics Are Failing Us. Crispr Is Our Glimmer of Hope

Antibiotics Are Failing Us. Crispr Is Our Glimmer of Hope

Earlier this month, Janssen Pharmaceuticals—a division of Johnson & Johnson—announced an $818 million deal with a small Crispr startup called Locus Biosciences to develop a radical new way to rid the body of disease-causing bacteria, without causing resistance.

While You Were Offline: Another Glitch in the Wall

While You Were Offline: Another Glitch in the Wall

What Really Happened: The President of the United States started the third week of the government shutdown with what many considered to be a public relations masterstroke: his decision to take his case directly to the American people.

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