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  • Thailand backs down on threat to ban Facebook

    Thailand backs down on threat to ban Facebook

    The government of Thailand has backed down on a threat to ban Facebook if it did not block content deemed to be illegal in the country. The ruling military junta last week said it would ban the U.S. social network if it did not disable Thailand-based users from being able to access a selection of 131 “illicit” posts, including content that violates lese majeste laws that… Read More

  • Trump’s cybersecurity executive order is a good first step Crunch Network

    Trump’s cybersecurity executive order is a good first step

    A significant piece of cybersecurity news erupted last week, although it was nearly drowned out by the growing flap over President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. There are two overriding points regarding President Trump’s executive order (EO) outlining plans to improve data security for federal agencies and to better protect critical U.S. infrastructure. Read More

  • Trump signs long-delayed executive order on cybersecurity

    Trump signs long-delayed executive order on cybersecurity

    President Trump signed a executive order today commanding a review of the United States’ cybersecurity capabilities. Trump was initially set to sign the order shortly after his inauguration in January and held a press conference on the issue, but ultimately delayed the signing. The version of the order signed today bears some similarity to the earlier draft, but does contain some… Read More

  • Xiaomi sneaks into North America with Mexico launch

    Xiaomi sneaks into North America with Mexico launch

    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is preparing to enter North America, but it isn’t quite the launch you may be waiting on. The company, which was last valued at $45 billion by investors, has revealed plans to sneak into the continent by selling its Redmi Note 4 phone in Mexico. Fans can pick up the device from Coppel, Best Buy and Sam’s Club stores when it is stocked towards… Read More

  • Climate change economics may trump politics

    Climate change economics may trump politics

    Last week hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets to protest what they saw as the evisceration of environmental legislation and a rollback of US efforts to stem the tide of climate change. Protests in Washington, Boston, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and other American cities coincided with the culmination of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days. Over… Read More

  • Tech and politics clash in Cameroon as government restores internet Crunch Network

    Tech and politics clash in Cameroon as government restores internet

    The government of Cameroon ended its internet blackout of parts of the country last week, according to news reports and confirmation from the country’s Ambassador to the U.S. The three month outage forced the hand of Africa’s largest telecom, halted operations of its leading e-commerce startup, and created digital refugees. Read More

  • Climate marches draw hundreds of thousands on Donald Trump’s 100th day in office

    Climate marches draw hundreds of thousands on Donald Trump’s 100th day in office

    Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched in cities around the country marking President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office with protests against his environmental policies. In Washington, organizers of the climate march estimated some 200,000 people showed up to march, clogging  the streets and snarling traffic on a sweltering day where temperatures threatened to break… Read More

  • Tencent to open AI research center in Seattle

    Tencent to open AI research center in Seattle

    Chinese tech conglomerate Tencent will be opening a new AI research center in Seattle, according to The Information. The company has long had a core office in Palo Alto, but this will be its first major machine intelligence R&D effort in the country. Earlier this week Tencent announced that it would open its first data center in Silicon Valley. Read More

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