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Internet privacy? Who needs that?

Today, 07:00 AM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

While the headlines are dominated by the further misadventures of a clueless president who can’t keep his Twitter tweeter shut, his Republican colleagues in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Senate continue to destroy the internet. First, Trump’s man in the FCC has set out to wreck net neurality. Now, the Republican-dominated Senate has screwed over your internet privacy.

The FCC had already voted to stay some rules requiring broadband providers to take reasonable steps to protect the security of customer data. But that wasn’t good enough for the Republicans. They had to roll back earlier FCC rules requiring ISPs to ask your permission before selling your personal data to the highest bidder.

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How to deal with backdoors inserted or left by vendors

Today, 06:54 AM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

It’s bad enough when black hat hackers insert malicious backdoors into systems and software after vendors/makers have sold these into the marketplace. It is another matter when the vendors who create these devices and programs unwittingly or purposely leave backdoors inside their products.

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Video: You won't find a steering wheel or a driver on this autonom

Today, 06:50 AM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

Visitors at Cebit in Hanover last week had a chance to do what some people in Switzerland have been doing for almost a year now: take a ride on an autonomous shuttle.

The vehicle moves around using a number of video cameras and sensors. Two such shuttles have been operating in Sion since the summer of 2016, despite the program being shorty halted in September due to a small accident.

Although the shuttles do not require a driver, a safety attendant is on board at all times to make sure they run smoothly and to stop the vehicles in an emergency.

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