Russia’s telco regulator sues Facebook and Twitter for failure to detail how they’ll comply with data laws

Russia’s telecom regulator on Monday opened a civil case against Facebook and Twitter over their alleged failure to explain how they’ll comply with data laws. Roskomnadzor wants to know how and when the social media sites will comply with legislation requiring all servers that store Russians’ personal data to be located in the country, it …

Unsealed docs that Facebook fought to keep secret reveal how Zuckerberg targeted competitor Vine

Mark Zuckerberg and his colleagues were apparently concerned enough about Vine, a video app from Twitter, that on the day it launched in January 2013, they moved to restrict its access to Facebook user data, a trove of internal Facebook emails released by the U.K. Parliament on Wednesday shows. The decision to restrict Vine’s access …

Survey: Internet Connectivity Builds Positive Impact on Life in Sub-Saharan Africa

In a new Pew Research Center analysis, Sub-Saharan Africa has experienced dramatic gains in internet use in recent years. With this rapid growth in connectivity have come a host of potential problems, including fake news, political targeting and manipulation and financial scams, among others. Yet according to the Pew Research Center analysis, most sub-Saharan Africans …

Benin joins Uganda and Zambia as the latest African nation taxing the internet

Benin has joined a fray and growing list of African states imposing spurious taxes on citizens for using the internet. The government passed a decree in late August taxing its citizens for accessing the internet and social-media apps. The directive, first proposed in July, institutes a fee (link in French) of 5 CFA francs ($0.008) per megabyte consumed …

IBM and Maersk launch blockchain to cut shipping time and costs

Cargo shipping giant Maersk and IBM today announced TradeLens, a technology that applies blockchain to the global supply chain. TradeLens takes advantage of blockchain, the decentralized public ledger behind such tech as cryptocurrency — to enable global trade to be more efficient and secure. More than 94 companies and organizations are supporting the project in …

Kaspersky warns third of the public Wi-Fi networks in the 2018 FIFA World Cup are un-encrypted, potentially unsafe

Security firm Kaspersky Lab says that every fifth public Wi-Fi network in host cities is a risk to use. From the research, 7,176 of the approximately 32,000 public Wi-Fi networks in cities hosting the 2018 World Football Championship do not encrypt traffic thus could have safety problems, so football fans will have to take care …

UK’s cyber security watchdog warns the UK telecoms sector against using ZTE Equipment

The UK’s cyber security watchdog has warned the UK telecoms sector not to use network equipment or services from Chinese supplier ZTE as it would have a “long term negative effect on the security of the UK”. This is seen as the latest crackdown on telecoms equipment suppliers by governments concerned about the national security …