Universities need to wise up – or risk being consigned to history | Universities

The thing about pandemics, observed the historian Yuval Noah Harari, is that they tend to accelerate history. A couple of years ago, appalled by the environmental, financial and working-time costs of running research conferences, I wondered aloud how long it would take for many of these events to be conducted Continue Reading

Encrypted messaging putting children at risk of abuse, says watchdog | Child protection

The children’s commissioner for England has warned that end-to-end encryption is putting children at risk of abuse, as a survey finds that most eight-year-olds are using messaging apps supposedly restricted to those aged 13 or older. In a report published on Tuesday, Anne Longfield said plans by social media firms Continue Reading

Several Unpatched Popular Android Apps Put Millions of Users at Risk of Hacking – Tempemail

A number of high-profile Android apps are still using an unpatched version of Google’s widely-used app update library, potentially putting the personal data of hundreds of millions of smartphone users at risk of hacking. Many popular apps, including Grindr, Bumble, OkCupid, Cisco Teams, Moovit, Yango Pro, Microsoft Edge, Xrecorder, and Continue Reading

Fault in NHS Covid app meant thousands at risk did not quarantine | World news

A code error in the NHS Covid-19 app meant users had to be next to a highly infectious patient for five times as long as the NHS had decided was risky before being instructed to self-isolate, the Guardian has learned. New national restrictions are due to come into effect in Continue Reading

Uber granted London licence as court rules it ‘no longer poses a risk’ | Technology

Uber has been granted a further 18-month licence in London after an appeal found it was a “fit and proper” company to run private hire car services. Westminster magistrates court ruled in favour of Uber almost a year after Transport for London (TfL) refused the ride-hailing firm a licence extension Continue Reading

Releasing Covidsafe app usage numbers could risk public safety, government claims | Australia news

The federal government has refused to release information on the number of Australians still using the Covidsafe contact tracing app, on the grounds it could risk public safety and harm commonwealth-state relations. Covidsafe relies on large numbers of the population running the app on their phones when out in the Continue Reading

‘A risk to firefighters’: Trump’s drone ban makes it harder to stop wildfires | Drones (non-military)

As wildfires grow in size and frequency, more resources are needed to keep them in check. But experts say a Trump administration directive halting the purchase of new drones jeopardizes the rise of cutting-edge technology, curtailing the ability to manage wildfires and potentially putting more lives in danger. In October Continue Reading

24 Million South Africans at Risk After Experian Hack | Tempemail

South Africa has just been hit a major data breach that may have put the personal information of as many as 24 million South Africans at risk. This information could include First and last names, ID numbers, Telephone numbers, Physical addresses and Tempemail addresses. Experian South Africa – business and Continue Reading