UPDATE: A few hours after this article was published, an agreement to allow unpaid Federal workers to go back to work and be paid was announced. Obviously, that is great news even though it is only a temporary agreement. However, do not expect immediate resolution of the problems detailed in this article. The employees face a big backlog of work to be done that probably will require days, or even […]
Millions of people are cutting the cords of landline phone service and have switched to cellular or VoIP (internet calling) services. You might think, “That’s nice, but I like my wired landline phone. I plan to keep it forever.” I bet you will change your mind before long. You may not change it today, but I suspect you will change within a very few years. When you do, you probably […]
Our friends (?) at Facebook have submitted a patent application for technology that claims it can predict who your family and other household members are, based on images and captions posted to Facebook, as well as your device information, like shared IP addresses. The application, titled Predicting household demographics based on image data, was originally filed May 10, 2017, but made public this week. The system Facebook proposes in its […]
Interesting reading: excepts from an article by Siva Vaidhyanathan in the Slate web site at http://bit.ly/2PWUQa6: “The leaders of Facebook can no longer pretend they are special people running a special company. Facebook is now just another normal sleazy American company run by normal sleazy executives, engaged in normal sleazy lobbying and corporate propaganda.” Later in the article: “All of the scandals and crises the company has facilitated in recent […]
“The very capacity for a citizen to engage with truth is under attack,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada tells press freedom event. The very interesting article and video about freedom of the press may be found on the CBC web site at: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-press-freedom-sunday-1.4901226.
Bad news: Advertisements are coming to WhatsApp. Like we need more advertising on the Internet? I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. WhatsApp once was a successful freeware and cross-platform encrypted messaging and Voice over IP (VoIP) product that treated its customers like real human beings. Then the company was bought out by Facebook for approximately US$19.3 billion. Since then, the encrypted service has been abused by various groups. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WhatsApp#Reception_and_criticism […]
Governments are reining in liberty for the eighth consecutive year, Freedom House reports. Digital authoritarianism is on the rise, according to a new report from a group that monitors internet freedoms. Freedom House, a pro-democracy think tank, said today that governments are seeking more control over users’ data while also using laws nominally intended to address “fake news” to suppress dissent. It marked the eighth consecutive year that Freedom House […]