Chinese Proposals Tighten Internet Control; Law Firm Hires AI Robot

Posted May 17th, 2016 at 11:26 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - A man in central Beijing drinks water beside a billboard promoting one of China's most popular websites in central Beijing.

FILE – A man in central Beijing drinks water beside a billboard promoting one of China’s most popular websites. New rules being proposed in China would require domain names to be registered – and filtered – through government-licensed entities.

US: Proposed Chinese Regulations Could Fragment the Internet

China is planning to push forward with new proposals requiring domain names to be registered through government-licensed providers. If the new rules are approved, they would also prevent some websites whose content is broadly defined as prohibited from registering. In a statement, U.S. officials expressed concern over the differing interpretations of the vague language of the proposals.

Eight-year-old Virus Still Infecting Thousands of PCs

According to Check Point security researchers, a malware strain that first hit Windows PCs more than eight years ago is still alive and well, and continues to strike unsuspecting users. The virus, known as Conficker, continues to spread even though Microsoft patched it in 2008.

Legal Firms Hire AI Robotic Assistants

LONald is a robot that extracts data and enters it into a spreadsheet while cross-checking for accuracy and duplication much faster than any human might. The robot, a product of startup RAVN Systems, is already at work at British law firm BLP, where it helps lawyers focus their energies on strategic reviews rather than structuring data.


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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