Profiling of teenagers is a ‘breach of their privacy’, say campaigners The Financial Times reports on an open letter from a number of campaigners, academics and lawyers urging tech platforms to stop allowing advertisements aimed at teenagers. The group claims that teenagers are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and that profiling designed to sell them products breaches… [Read More]
IIC records its busiest year ever despite Covid-19 “More online and ‘hybrid’ events are likely to be a key part of the IIC’s future programmes” according to Chris Chapman, the IIC’s President. Addressing the IIC’s AGM, Chapman outlined the success of the Institute’s programmes, after touching on the “unimaginable adjustment to every facet of our… [Read More]
Dr Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa speaks with Chris Chapman, IIC President, on the pan-African viewpoint which is both supporting and promoting Africa and African innovation and the importance that it is recognised and developed within and for Africa. Listen to the IIC podcast here.
Apple and Google have announced that the latest version of their contact tracing technology will be integrated into their smartphone’s operating system, reports the Financial Times. Although contact tracing apps have been available for some months, concerns over privacy and the need to download an app has meant that the technology has struggled to have an impact. … [Read More]
US reliance on low band spectrum results in minimal improvements over 4G Ars Technica reports on statistics from OpenSignal demonstrating the variation in 5G download speeds across 11 countries. While South Korea, Taiwan and Australia come out at the top, the US was bottom, with speeds lower than its neighbour Canada achieved using 4G. OpenSignal’s report… [Read More]
New groups are embracing ‘professionalism’ in a search for growth The rise of new-style corporate ransomware hackers is explored in an article by Wired. Groups like DarkSide and REvil offer services to hackers including specialist tools, affiliate (profit-sharing) models and chat support. They even make ‘corporate responsibility’ commitments, pledging not to attack hospitals, schools and non-profits. The… [Read More]