03 December 2016

TechReview | Looking Inside Russia’s 'Creepy' Innovative Internet (video)

Domain Mondo's weekly review of technology news:

Feature •  Looking Inside Russia’s Creepy Innovative Internet: For the past five years, Russia has been building walls around its web and packing it with tech oligarchs, startup cities, face-finding algorithms, and hacker hunters. In this episode (video below) of Bloomberg's Hello World (published Nov 30, 2016), Ashlee Vance traveled to Russia to see how they do tech:

A Look Inside Russia’s 'Creepy' Innovative Internet:

Putin brings China's Great Firewall to Russia in cybersecurity pact | TheGuardian.com"The Kremlin has joined forces with Chinese authorities to bring the internet and its users under greater state control." See also Russian President Vladimir Putin Calls for Cooperation on ‘International Terrorism’ With Donald Trump Administration | WSJ.com.

Maybe the Internet Isn’t a Tool for Democracy After All | nymag.com"Powerful undemocratic states like China and Russia have for a while now put the internet to use to mislead the public, create the illusion of mass support, and either render opposition invisible or expose it to targeting. The paid bureaucrats in the Communist Party’s “50-cent army” flood debates on Chinese social media and message boards with nationalist propaganda ..."  

Other Tech News:

•  How to solve Facebook's fake news problem: experts pitch their ideas | Technology | TheGuardian.com"The biggest challenge is who wants to be the arbiter of truth and what truth is,” said Claire Wardle, research director for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. ..."How do we bring people together to agree on facts when people don’t want to receive information that doesn’t fit with how they see the world?”  See alsoThe Propaganda About Russian Propaganda | NewYorker.com

•  Android’s market share grows because it can fit any niche"Android's open architecture, the platform is sweeping world markets. According to the latest IDC report, 87.6 percent of the 344.7 million smartphones that shipped in the second quarter of 2016 were equipped with Android software. Another 11.7 percent came with Apple's iOS, leaving less than 1 percent of the pie to share among Windows Phone and other challengers."--ArsTechnica.com

•  Reddit.com CEO Huffman has finally issued a formal apology writing “I f*cked up. I ruined Thanksgiving. I’m sorry. I won’t do it again,” adding “I am sorry for compromising the trust you all have in Reddit.”--Techcrunch.com

•  Hearings & Meetings | United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Examining the Competitive Impact of the AT&T-Time Warner Transaction, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy & Consumer Rights; Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016;  Time: 10:00 AM; Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building 226; Presiding: Chairman Lee; Witnesses include Mr. Randall Stephenson, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer AT&T Dallas, TX; Mr. Jeffrey Bewkes Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Time Warner New York, NY; Mr. Mark Cuban.

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