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Computers will never be safe, according to The Economist

  • The Economist
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  • Computer code is so complex that the search for impregnable safeguards against hacking and digital theft is doomed to fail. But that is not a counsel of despair. The lesson from other fields is that protection comes from regulations, legal liability and insurance
  • The incentives for software firms to take security seriously are too weak  

Apr.8.─ Computer security is a contradiction in terms. Consider the past year alone: cyberthieves stole $81m from the central bank of Bangladesh; the $4.8bn takeover of Yahoo, an internet firm, by Verizon, a telecoms firm, was nearly derailed by two enormous data breaches; and Russian hackers interfered in the American presidential election.

Away from the headlines, a black market in computerised extortion, hacking-for-hire and stolen digital goods is booming. The problem is about to get worse. Computers increasingly deal not just with abstract data like credit-card details and databases, but also with the real world of physical objects and vulnerable human bodies. A modern car is a computer on wheels; an aeroplane is a computer with wings. The arrival of the “Internet of Things” will see computers baked into everything from road signs and MRI scanners to prosthetics and insulin pumps. There is little evidence that these gadgets will be any more trustworthy than their desktop counterparts. Hackers have already proved that they can take remote control of connected cars and pacemakers.

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Lessons from Rwanda genocide tell us to worry about hatred on WhatsApp

  • Indian Express
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The fake messages, hate videos and mean jibes that we get on WhatsApp and other digital forums cannot be simply dismissed as irrelevant.   Massacre during Rwanda's genocide

March 28.─ “The graves are not yet full.” This was the slogan broadcast on the privately-owned Radio-Television Libre des Mille Collines (RTLMC) during the worst modern-era genocide: In 1994, about 800,000 Tutsis were killed in 12 weeks by the Hutus in Rwanda. The genesis of the genocide lay in Rwandan colonial history but the trigger and direction was provided by the media, particularly the radio. It became a powerful weapon to incite and direct the Rwandan genocide.

Twenty three years have passed hence, and India is miles away from Rwanda, but the lessons offered then hold great relevance today. The fake messages, hate videos and mean jibes that we get on WhatsApp and other digital forums cannot be simply dismissed as irrelevant. Put together, this narrative of animosity portends dangerous times as part of a larger project of “Hatriotism”.

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Gobierno cubano crea aplicación móvil sobre su sistema electoral enfocada en los jóvenes

  • Democracia Participativa
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  • Informáticos cubanos crearon una aplicación para teléfonos celulares con información sobre su sistema político y electoral, enfocada principalmente en los jóvenes como una herramienta destinada a ensalzar su restringido sistema político y electoral
  • Son muy pocos los cubanos que tienen acceso a los medios cibernéticos y aunque esta nueva aplicación brinda una apertura informativa a la legislación electoral cubana sólo estará al alcance de los privilegiados que poseen un teléfono celular  

La Habana, Mar.2 (DP.net).─ Los medios de prensa cubanos propagaron la noticia a fines de febrero sobre una nueva aplicación para teléfonos desarrollada por estudiantes y profesores de la Univ. Central Martha Abre de las Villas (UCLV).

La noticia destacó que el programa conocido como "XCuba" fue activado el viernes 25 de febrero como un "regalo" a la Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular (el Parlamento unicameral y unipartidista cubano) en la fecha que se cumple el 41 Aniversario de la Constitución de 1976.

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