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Work on AI algorithm could help create safe spaces from online abuse

A new algorithm being developed in a bid to tackle gender online abuse could help “drive positive social and cultural change”. The Scottish and UK Governments have both welcomed work being done by researchers at the National Robotarium, which involves Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh. Researchers there are working on advanced “machine learning” […]

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Pro-Russian information warfare being waged from old arms factory – research

Information warfare is being waged from an old arms factory in St Petersburg where trolls are targeting Boris Johnson and spreading support for Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, research suggests. The new study details how the Russian president’s regime is trying to manipulate public opinion on social media as well as in the comments sections […]

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Global operation takes down hackers’ leaked data market

Western authorities have dismantled an online marketplace used to buy and sell hacked and stolen personal data belonging to millions of people and have charged the platform’s founder and chief administrator, officials have announced. Law enforcement chiefs say the RaidForums website trafficked in hundreds of databases of sensitive data, including credit card and Social Security […]

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Apple ‘deeply concerned’ about laws undermining user privacy, Tim Cook says

Apple boss Tim Cook has said the company is “deeply concerned” by proposed laws it says could weaken user privacy and put people’s data at risk. Speaking at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Global Privacy Summit in Washington DC, Mr Cook said Apple supported privacy regulation but was concerned about laws that would […]

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Weakening end-to-end encryption would do more harm than good, IT experts warn

Attacking or weakening end-to-end encryption used by apps such as WhatsApp would not make the world safer, IT experts have warned. Facebook has previously announced plans to roll out end-to-end encryption across its messaging services, however, a recent campaign backed by the Government warned against a wider tech industry rollout. Critics of the technology, which […]

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Ireland faces increased cyber attack threat – foreign affairs minister

Ireland is facing an increased threat from cyber attacks since the invasion of Ukraine, the Foreign Affairs Minister has warned. The Oireachtas Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee heard from Simon Coveney on Thursday, who said the Irish Government was taking precautions against potential cyber attacks. His appearance comes amid the backdrop of the war in […]

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