Online privacy experts sound alarm as US Senate bill sparks surveillance fears | Technology

A US Senate bill that critics say would enable widespread censorship and surveillance has taken a significant step towards becoming law, raising alarm among internet freedom advocates. The Senate judiciary committee voted on Thursday to advance the Earn It Act, legislation that on paper is intended to address sexual exploitation. Continue Reading

‘Selling censorship’: proposed sale of .org web registry sparks fears for non-profits | Technology

Websites using .org domain names fear they could lose their web addresses as intense backlash over the domain registry’s proposed sale continues. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann), the not-for-profit organization that coordinates the internet’s domain name system, is deciding whether control of .org will be sold Continue Reading

Walmart to hire 150,000 workers as shoppers surge on coronavirus fears – Hardware- Tempemail

Big-box retailer Walmart Inc said on Thursday it would hire more than 150,000 hourly workers in the United States, citing a jump in shoppers due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rival Amazon.com Inc made a similar move earlier this week, announcing it would hire 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers in the Continue Reading

Facebook will ban certain ads to prevent efforts to exploit coronavirus fears | World news

Facebook is temporarily banning advertisements for medical face masks as part of an effort to prevent use of its social media platform to exploit people’s concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. The ban covers advertisements on the social network as well as commercial listings on Facebook Marketplace, it’s peer-to-peer shopping facility, Continue Reading

Sensationalist media is exacerbating racist coronavirus fears. We need to combat it | Jing Zeng | Opinion- Tempemail

Epidemics bring out the best and worst of social media. In the past two months, I have seen pseudo-scientific “cures” for the Covid-19 proliferating on WeChat, conspiracy theorists on Gab propagating various “truths” about the source of the outbreak, and young Tik Tokers video-sharing “funny” memes about the virus. On Continue Reading

Microsoft and Epic are the latest to pull out of GDC due to coronavirus fears

The big picture: There have been quite a few cancellations affecting the tech and gaming world as of late due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Sony, Facebook, EA, Kojima Productions, and Unity have all announced they are skipping the Game Developers Conference (GDC) due to coronavirus concerns. Microsoft Continue Reading

OMD UK and Dentsu Japan close offices amid coronavirus fears- Tempemail

OMD UK has been forced to shutter its central London offices for at least the next 48 hours over coronavirus (Covid-19) fears. An all-staff email seen by Tempemail revealed how employees from its Fitzrovia office have been asked to work from home until further notice. The closure marks the first Continue Reading

OMD closes central London offices amid coronavirus fears- Tempemail

OMD UK has been forced to shutter its central London offices for at least the next 48 hours over coronavirus fears. An all-staff email seen by Tempemail, sent from Omnicom Media Group’s chief people officer Kate King, revealed how employees from its Fitzrovia office have been asked to work from Continue Reading

Amid coronavirus fears, Chinese social media is awash with laughter and anger | Yuan Ren | Opinion- Tempemail

In many ways, the coronavirus outbreak in China has been one big social experiment, testing the thesis: what happens when an entire country goes into hibernation for weeks? Since the outbreak was officially announced more than a month ago, less than one-third of China’s 300 million migrant workers have returned Continue Reading

EA and Hideo Kojima join Sony and Facebook in skipping GDC 2020 over coronavirus fears

What just happened? It’s not just the rest of the world where the coronavirus is disrupting tech events. The Game Developers Conference, scheduled to take place in San Francisco, California, next month, has seen more big names drop out due to concerns over the outbreak. Sony, Facebook, and now EA Continue Reading