Cybersecurity Key Concern for APAC; Google Preps for ‘Future of Work’

Posted July 26th, 2017 at 1:03 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - A woman surfs the Internet on a computer for visitors in Seoul, South Korea. (Reuters)

FILE – A woman surfs the Internet on a computer for visitors in Seoul, South Korea. (Reuters)

APAC Users Not Confident Their Online Data Is Properly Secured

A new survey released by the Internet Society shows cybersecurity is a top concern for consumers in the Asia-Pacific, with more than 70 percent saying they believe their online personal data is not properly secured. Up to 55 percent said they were unlikely to use online services without security guarantees. The survey sample covered more than 2,000 respondents in 40 markets in the region. Nearly 90 percent of respondents said they were uncomfortable revealing financial information online. About 60 percent said they lacked the knowledge and tools to protect their online credentials and privacy. Is Launching $50 Million Effort to Prepare for ‘Future of Work’, the charitable arm of the search giant, is investing in new programs in the U.S. and Europe to help people prepare for work changes precipitated by rapidly advancing technologies. The planned initiative envisions training for young people and connecting them with potential employers, improving working conditions, and providing job equality for low-income workers. However, as writer Tony Romm points out, Google’s announcement did not specify the technologies that are disrupting traditional workplaces, such as artificial intelligence and automation, in which Google is a key player.

Google Launches ‘Trusted Contacts’ Location Sharing App on iOS

Google’s new app is now available on both Android and iOS platforms. It allows users to share their location among a trusted list of friends, either to stay connected on a casual basis or to alert friends in case of emergencies. Trusted Contacts integrates Google Maps and the company’s Share Location feature to let users share their whereabouts with their contacts.


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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