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Spyware is Used to Target World Leaders, Dissidents and Journalists

A recent investigation by the Guardian into the secretive Israeli surveillance company, the NSO Group, has found their software being used by authoritarian governments to maliciously target individuals. Those affected include journalists, rival politicians, and pro-democracy activists.   Investigators have found that the spyware codenamed Pegasus contained 50,000 mobile numbers within its companies’ database. These numbers …

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Virgin & O2: merger provisionally cleared

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Last year in May, O2 and Virgin Media announced their intentions to merge into an entertainment and telecom firm, becoming a rival to BT & Sky. A year later and after a thorough, two-phased investigation, the Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally approved the £31bn merger, stating that it was “unlikely to lead to any …

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Microsoft Sued for Abuse of Dominant Position – Again

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Competition law and Big Tech Competition law has become increasingly important over the years, while regulators have been trying to control the great powers of Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft (GAFAM). The massive expansion of these companies is much quicker than the procedural bureaucracies of regulators and, more often than not, such firms will …

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Google Announces 11 Initiatives to Receive a Share of €10M in its Aim to Build a Greener Europe Alongside EIT Climate-KIC

As part of its Impact Challenge on Climate, Google has invested €10M in the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). This will fund innovative programs and workshops as the tech giant uses technology in a bid to accelerate Europe’s progress towards a greener, more resilient future. The focus will be on renewable energy, natural …

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The Ethics of Censorship: Is it Wrong to Ban Politicians from Social Media?

Big Tech bosses were forced into making the decision to ban Trump’s social media accounts, following the storming on the US Capitol on the 6th January 2021. The attack placed a gruesome bookend on Trump’s tenure and symbolised the violent polarity of US politics.  A rational leader would have immediately denounced the insurrectionists as thuggish …

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Snapshot Update: The Self-driving Apple Car

Apple will commence production of its ‘Apple Car’ – an autonomous vehicle with innovative battery technology – in 2024. Whilst analysts claim its launch might be delayed until 2028, the electric vehicle (EV) and self-driving car market is gaining traction. For example, Volkswagen has pledged to invest €2bn into expanding EV production in China and …

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Jetting into the future with SkyDriver

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The domestic use of flying cars is a fast growing sector, one likely to be a trillion-dollar industry by 2040. Currently, multiple well-known companies are in the midst of developing and testing the futuristic vehicles. Uber being amongst them, is looking to expand its company to UberAir by 2023.   In recent weeks, a Japanese start-up company, SkyDriver – which …

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Cybercrime: What do I need to know?

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On October 5th, Europol released their annual Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) 2020. The document is crucial in times of massive technological progression, and the enhanced use of technology by criminal organisations during the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, it outlines the relationship between cybercrime and matters of artificial intelligence (AI), human trafficking or the darkweb.  With the release of …

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