Top Tech Stories of the Week for April 12, 2018

posted by Mark Starling -

ZUCKERBERG GETS GRILLED BY A BUNCH OF PEOPLE WHO DON’T USE FACEBOOK

So, last week we reported Facebook actually losing more than 87 million Facebook profiles through the civ known as Cambridge Analytica.  Yesterday’s revelation is that Zuckerberg’s own profile was sniffed, but yesterday Congress blew a great opportunity to question the CEO on data privacy and allowing users to actually own their data.  Instead, most of the Senator’s revealed they don’t know much about digital rights, how the Internet worked, and some complained about a bias in the timeline instead of question Zuckerberg on the matter at hand.  I hope that ham handed regulations don’t come out, but something needs to be done about giving users back the ownership of their data.  I love the meme floating around Facebook comparing Mark Zuckerberg to Lt. Commander Data.

IN SIGNAL OF THE END OF ROADWAY PRIVACY, DIGITAL LICENSE PLATES MAKE DEBUT

Dubai will start testing digital license plates next month. The Dubai Roads and Transit Authority says that digital plates will help emergency responders respond to incidences much quicker and make stolen cars easier to find. Also, plate renewals and other driver services can be deducted instantly.  The plates have GPS technology embedded within them which allows law enforcement to locate cars faster but can open up privacy and hacking concerns because license plate numbers could be changed remotely.

MICROSOFT OFFERS AI PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM 

As we surrender more of our common sense to machines, the world has determined that we need more engineers to help the machines run our lives.  For its part, Microsoft is offering a new AI course in its Professionals Program for AI.  It is an accredited course with 10 modules that will take between 8 and 16 hours to complete.  So for one month’s work time, you can graduate the program to be a certified AI-engineer.  Google has a similar program, and I’d expect other tech companies to come on board with theirs.

CRAIGSLIST, BACKPAGE, AND OTHER WEBSITES SHUTDOWN SERVICES AFTER FOSTA

Yesterday, President Donald Trump signed SESTA and FOSTA into law, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act and Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, the laws were designed to stop the illegal trafficking of sex workers in the United States.  Sites like Craigslist used to operate personal ads users would use to solicit sex workers or make consensual dates with other users.  The law is ambiguous in that it doesn’t clearly distinguish between consensual paid for sex between two consensual adults and women who are being coerced into performing sex.  Because the law was unclear the sites not only shutdown personals for obvious sex workers, but non-paid consensual services as users are technically seeking sex on a website.

NET NEUTRALITY MAY NOT DIE, BUT ATT AND OTHERS TRY TO FORCE IT

Just because the FCC doesn’t think Net Neutrality is useful, some states and municipalities think NN is a great idea and will enforce it within their borders.  Welp, a lobbying group representing the large Internet carriers plans to sue states and municipalities that try to enforce Net Neutrality. Washington State, Oregon, and 6 other states are enforcing older NN laws.  USTelecom, the lobbying arm of the carriers are going go down fighting.  We’ll see how it turns out.

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