San Francisco-based non-profit, Inveneo, has launched a three-month initiative to connect 100 West African locations to the Internet to help fight the spread of Ebola. The group teamed up with Facebook’s data-science team to determine how to deploy its equipment in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
The space race is on among the world’s richest entrepreneurs to deploy Internet satellites. The latest is SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who is looking to use part of $1 billion from Google and Fidelity to launch an armada of Internet-signal satellites into space.
“Atlas Unplugged” is the latest version of a humanoid robot produced by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The robot, which runs entirely on batteries and is wirelessly controlled, in part of a DARPA competition to develop robots that can respond to natural and man-made disasters.
Game developer Zoe Quinn was the first target of last year’s Gamergate controversy – an online movement some say was meant as a discussion of game journalism ethics, but that is often described as a group of angry video game fans that inspired harassment and intimidation against women game critics and professionals. After suffering vicious harassment, including rape and death threats, Quinn has now launched Crash Override, a task force that helps targets of online harassment.
Nine years ago, Unit One was a tiny outfit operating from a single room in the blockaded Gaza Strip. Now, IT entrepreneurs Saady Lozon and his partner Ahmed Abu Shaban have turned the firm into a successful business with clients in Europe, the United States and the Arab world.
A new report from the non-profit Online Trust Alliance, a group that helps businesses with best practices and risk assessment, says only 40 percent of data breaches involving loss of personal data that occurred between January and June of last year were caused by hackers. The report adds that more than 90 percent of data breaches during that period could have been prevented had the affected businesses implemented better strategies.
League of Legends and Path of Exile online gamers in Asia got a nasty surprise recently. Those who installed the official releases of the games ended up with a trojan planted by hackers who compromised the Internet provider distributing the games.