Privacy Concerns After Uber allegedly spied on users, including Beyoncé

Cab startup’s former forensic investigator Samuel Ward Spangenberg claims he was fired from the company after blowing whistle on lack of security The latest one concerns the privacy of users. The company has said it couldn’t access ride data information for its users. A former Uber security expert, however, claims that employees have been able …

Criticisms increase over Thailand government bills to tighten cyber security

Thailand’s military government is pushing ahead with several bills to tighten cyber security, but many critics say the move could result in increased online surveillance, raising concerns over personal privacy. Wednesday’s parliamentary public hearing on the amendment of the Computer Crime Act received mixed responses. Some expressed concern over the law’s vague definition of what …

Facebook Aquila Drone Accident Subject of Safety Probe by NTSB

A U.S. safety agency is investigating an accident involving a massive experimental drone Facebook Inc. is developing to bring the internet to remote areas of the world. No one was hurt in the incident, which came during the unmanned aircraft’s first test flight on June 28. It marks the latest hiccup in Facebook’s plans to wirelessly …

.blog Landrush: Domain open to the general public as of 21 November

WordPress.com owner Automattic is making .blog available to the general public as of 21 November, following a somewhat controversial landrush period. Earlier this month, the registry opened domain registrations to non-trademark owners for the seven-day landrush period, but was accused of pre-registering and keeping the best keywords for itself. Automattic responded to the criticism on …

New Submarine Fiber Optic Cable to Connect Africa

A new submarine fiber optic broadband cable project, led by Angola, is set to provide a flood of international Internet bandwidth to countries on the west coast of Africa, including South Africa, when it goes live in mid-2018. The South Atlantic Cable System (Sacs), coupled with the already-under-construction Monet cable – which will link São …

Algerian Psychologists open internet addiction rehab clinic

Algeria has joined a growing list of countries to open rehab centres helping those who suffer from a web obsession. In South Korea, home of the world’s most connected population, digital detox camps have already treated thousands of children. According to South Korea’s Ministry of Family, 14 percent of South Korean teenagers are addicted to the internet. …