2019 Was 'Probably the Worst Year in a Century' for Australia

2019 Was 'Probably the Worst Year in a Century' for Australia

Record heat and drought across Australia delivered the worst conditions in the country since at least 2000, with river flows, tree cover, and wildlife being hit on an “unprecedented scale,” according to a new report titled Australia's Environment.

Google Reveals Location Data to Help the Coronavirus Response

Google Reveals Location Data to Help the Coronavirus Response

Google is revealing anonymized location data on the movements of people in 131 countries as a guide for public health officials during the coronavirus pandemic.

Should Political Reporters Be Quarantined From Covering Covid-19?

Should Political Reporters Be Quarantined From Covering Covid-19?

Even when a New York Times health reporter followed up on Trump’s claim about tests, it was framed as a conflict between the president and his advisers, rather than between truth and falsehood.

Windows 7 Gets One Last Update For the Road

Windows 7 Gets One Last Update For the Road

Avast Antivirus Shuts Down Its Shady Data-Selling BusinessKudos this week to Motherboard and PC Mag, who jointly further exposed the shady practices of security company Avast.By the end of the week, Avast had decided to stop collecting and selling user data, and to wind down Jumpshot altogether.

Wuhan Coronavirus 'Super-Spreaders' Could Be Wildcards

Wuhan Coronavirus 'Super-Spreaders' Could Be Wildcards

So far, only a hint of super-spreading has surfaced amid the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China: a Chinese respiratory disease expert gave an early report that 14 hospital workers became ill from a single patient.

The UN Warns Against the Global Threat to Election Integrity

The UN Warns Against the Global Threat to Election Integrity

A new United Nations-sponsored report offers one of the most comprehensive overviews of the challenges to global electoral integrity posed by the onslaught of misinformation, online extremism, and social media manipulation campaigns, and calls for a series of reforms from platforms, politicians, and international governing bodies.

HBO Probably Won’t Make a Second Season of Watchmen

HBO Probably Won’t Make a Second Season of Watchmen

The service will have several tiers: Peacock Free, which will offer 7,500 hours of ad-supported movies and TV, and Peacock Premium, which will have 15,000 hours of programming, including originals.

Twitch Has Become a Haven for Live Sports Piracy

Twitch Has Become a Haven for Live Sports Piracy

As Liverpool soccer player Roberto Firmino clutched out the only goal of the club's December 21 FIFA Club World Cup match before a live audience of over 45,000, at least twice as many fans were tuned in somewhere better suited to FIFA 20, the video game: the streaming platform Twitch.

The Army Bans TikTok

The Army Bans TikTok

In the case of TikTok, that means China, which means government employees are probably right to take extra precautions .China's 'Cloud Hopper' Hacking Campaign Did Even More Damage Than ThoughtA 2018 indictment detailed how China's elite APT10 hackers used access to so-called managed service providers to steal intellectual properly from dozens of companies.

Facebook Removes Accounts With AI-Generated Profile Photos

Facebook Removes Accounts With AI-Generated Profile Photos

A report by Graphika and DFRLab researchers, found that the majority of The BL network’s fake accounts were used to maintain a cluster of over 80 groups and pages promoting President Trump.

Washington Must Bet Big on AI or Lose Its Global Clout

Washington Must Bet Big on AI or Lose Its Global Clout

The US government must spend $25 billion on artificial intelligence research by 2025, stem the loss of foreign AI talent, and find new ways to prevent critical AI technology from being stolen and exported, according to a policy report issued Tuesday.

So Much for the Deep State Plot Against Donald Trump

So Much for the Deep State Plot Against Donald Trump

On Monday, inspector general Michael Horowitz released the nearly 500-page “Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation,” referring to the agency’s probe of potential links between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Elon Musk's ‘Pedo Guy’ Trial, Uber’s Crime Report, and More Car News This Week

Elon Musk's ‘Pedo Guy’ Trial, Uber’s Crime Report, and More Car News This Week

How physics prevented a man in a panic attack from opening an aircraft door in midair .Elon Musk wins his defamation trial , which may have turned on what “pedo guy” means .Researchers say they’ve taught self-driving car software to distinguish between selfish and considerate human drivers in the space of two seconds.

Uber's Crime Report Is ‘Highly Alarming,’ Says a Criminologist

Uber's Crime Report Is ‘Highly Alarming,’ Says a Criminologist

More than 3,000 people reported sexual assaults related to Uber rides in the US last year, the ride-hail company said Thursday in a long-awaited report on violence and safety—an average of eight per day.

FAO - News Article: FAO offers novel assessment of trees and forests in the world’s drylands

FAO - News Article: FAO offers novel assessment of trees and forests in the world’s drylands

The report, which includes large amounts of data on global and regional land use and forest cover, represents FAO's delivery of a promised "collective product" on the status of drylands around the world.

Larry, Sergey, and the Mixed Legacy of Google-Turned-Alphabet

Larry, Sergey, and the Mixed Legacy of Google-Turned-Alphabet

On August 10, 2015, Google CEO Larry Page shocked the business world by announcing he was restructuring the company he cofounded into a holding company called Alphabet.

Elon Musk to Testify as Diver's Slander Trial Gets Under Way

Elon Musk to Testify as Diver's Slander Trial Gets Under Way

Musk later said that Howard-Higgins told that employee that Unsworth had married a girl when she was as young as 12, though Unsworth’s lawyers say, based on emails, that Howard-Higgins only said that the the diver met his wife when she was 18 or 19.

How the Climate Crisis Is Killing Us, in 9 Alarming Charts

How the Climate Crisis Is Killing Us, in 9 Alarming Charts

“We have no idea what that looks like from a public health perspective, but we know it is catastrophic,” said Nick Watts, executive director of Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change, during a press conference announcing the findings.

The Failure of Uber's Self-Driving Car, Polestar's Debut, and More Car News This Week

The Failure of Uber's Self-Driving Car, Polestar's Debut, and More Car News This Week

But this week, when the National Transportation Safety Board released more than 40 documents related to the 2018 crash in which a self-driving Uber killed a pedestrian, it quickly became apparent that the term “mistake” might be generous.

Trolling Is Now Mainstream Political Discourse

Trolling Is Now Mainstream Political Discourse

We had canvassed thousands of the world's leading experts in technology and culture, and had begun the long task of interpreting the more than 700 responses to the final question in our survey:In the next decade, will public discourse online become more or less shaped by bad actors, harassment, trolls, and an overall tone of griping, distrust, and disgust.

Paid Political Ads Are Not the Problem. Our Perceptions Are

Paid Political Ads Are Not the Problem. Our Perceptions Are

Moreover, very little of the IRA’s spending was on traditional political advertising: The Senate report notes that only about 5 percent of the Russian ads users saw prior to the presidential election actually referenced Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump directly.

Drones That Work for Food, a Self-Landing Plane, and More News This Week

Drones That Work for Food, a Self-Landing Plane, and More News This Week

Also in the sky this week: Our reporter, who used a new self-landing technology to bring a $2 million business jet safely back to ground, even after its pilot faked a heart attack.

Devin Nunes and the Power of Keyword Signaling

Devin Nunes and the Power of Keyword Signaling

His argument was similar to his remarks during a June 12 House Intelligence Committee hearing, where he referred to the Mueller Report as a “shoddy political hit piece” created through a “perfect feedback loop” between intelligence leakers, key intelligence figures, Democrats, and the media who perpetuate “fake outrage.” These remarks do more than assert his position.

Russia's Disinformation War Is Just Getting Started

Russia's Disinformation War Is Just Getting Started

In addition to affirming much of what had been reported about Russian online interference over the past three years, the report—a second volume from the Senate committee—offers new insights into the extent of past foreign influence operations and recommendations on how best to prepare for those yet to come.

Most Deepfakes Are Porn, and They're Multiplying Fast

Most Deepfakes Are Porn, and They're Multiplying Fast

Danielle Citron, a law professor at Boston University, describes pornographic deepfakes made without a person’s consent as an “invasion of sexual privacy.” She spoke at a June hearing by the US House Intelligence Committee about artificial intelligence media manipulation tools.

Would You Rather? No More False Choices Between People and the Planet

Would You Rather? No More False Choices Between People and the Planet

Bigger Change Faster: Integrated Development, Health, and Environment Actions for a Sustainable Future is co-authored by the United Nations Development Programme and the Bridge Collaborative—a partnership led by The Nature Conservancy, PATH, the International Food Policy Research Institute, and Duke University.

The Ukraine Whistle-Blower Did Everything Right

The Ukraine Whistle-Blower Did Everything Right

The latest imbroglio centers around a New York Times report Wednesday that House Intel Committee head Adam Schiff (D-California) learned the "outlines" of the whistle-blower's concerns in early August, prior to the complaint reaching the inspector general for the intelligence committee.

After Whistle-Blower, House Democrats Chart a Course for Trump's Impeachment

After Whistle-Blower, House Democrats Chart a Course for Trump's Impeachment

The White House then tried to email those talking points to all Republicans on the Hill, only to accidentally send them to Democrats as well.

Feds Say Boeing 737s Need to Be Better Designed for Humans

Feds Say Boeing 737s Need to Be Better Designed for Humans

The two 737 MAX crashes that killed 346 people and led to what is, so far, a six-month grounding of the jet , stemmed in part from Boeing’s failure to accurately anticipate how pilots would respond to a malfunctioning feature that pointed the jets toward the ground.

FAO - News Article: Planet satellites bolster FAO’s geospatial toolkit

FAO - News Article: Planet satellites bolster FAO’s geospatial toolkit

"The adoption and use of SEPAL for forest monitoring has exceeded all expectations and its impact on country reporting to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is already a significant improvement compared to previous years," said Tiina Vahanen, Chief, Forestry Policy and Resources Division in FAO's Forestry Department.