US to Cede Internet DNS Control; Window’s 10’s Data Mining Dilemma

Posted August 18th, 2016 at 12:40 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE- Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN, President and Chief Executive Rod Beckstrom, speaks during a press conference in London. (AP)

FILE- The logo of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN, is pictured during a press conference in London, England. (AP)

US: We’re Now Ready to Give Up Governing the Internet

The U.S. National Telecommunications & Information Administration says it is now ready to pass internet domain name (DNS) control to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based nonprofit organization. The move marks the end of a 20-year U.S. plan to transfer control to ICANN.

Braigo Launches Web App to Help the Blind Parse Text on Images

More than 285 million visually-impaired people around the world are unable to experience all the various facets of the internet. To help address the problem, Braigo Labs, a provider of scientific and technological services, is launching a free web application for more than 50 languages to help  blind and visually-impaired people read text on images.

Researcher Claims Microsoft Is Involved in ‘Sneaky Data Mining’

Windows 10 transmits encrypted data from users’ computers every five minutes, according to Mike Patterson, CEO of security analytics group Plixer. The transfer continues even after the operating system’s settings are adjusted, and it is unclear what type of hidden information is being transmitted, presumably without the user’s knowledge. In fairness, Microsoft is not the only company engaged in surreptitious data collection.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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