Facebook Launches Online Civil Courage Initiative in the UK

Facebook Launches Online Civil Courage Initiative in the UK


  • Facebook will launch the Online Civil Courage Initiative in the UK
  • Looks to train and fund local organizations to combat extremist content
  • EU said that social networks have improved in removing hate content

Facebook is launching a UK programme to train and fund local organizations to combat extremist material online, as Internet companies attempt to clamp down on hate speech and violent content on their services.

Facebook, which outlined new efforts to remove extremist and terrorism content from its social media platform last week, will launch the Online Civil Courage Initiative in the UK on Friday, the company said in a statement.

The new initiative will train non-governmental organizations to help them monitor and respond to extremist content and create a dedicated support desk so they can communicate directly with Facebook, the company said.

“There is no place for hate or violence on Facebook,” said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer. “We use technology like AI to find and remove terrorist propaganda, and we have teams of counterterrorism experts and reviewers around the world working to keep extremist content off our platform.”

The British government has stepped up attacks on Silicon Valley Internet companies for not acting quickly enough to take down extremist online propaganda and fostering “safe places” where extremists can breed following a string of attacks in recent months in London and Manchester.


Facebook, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter have responded by saying they have made heavy investments and employed thousands of people to take down hate speech and violent content over the past two years. Security analysts say the efforts have dramatically reduced the use of these platforms for jihadist recruitment efforts, although more work needs to be done.

Prime Minister Theresa May has sought to enlist British public opinion to force the US Internet players to work more closely with the government rather than proposing new legislation or policies to assert greater control over the web.

Earlier this week, May urged fellow European Union leaders at a meeting in Brussels to join her in putting pressure on tech companies to ‘rid terrorist material from the internet in all our languages’.

She called for the Internet companies to shift from reactively removing content when they are notified of it, towards greater use of automatic detection and removal tools – and ultimately preventing it from appearing on their platforms in the first place.


Indian-origin UK graduate wins £2 million software deal

Hardeep ‘Harry’ Jawanda

Jawanda did his BSc in information technology management for business at Birmingham City University.(File photo)

Hardeep ‘Harry’ Jawanda, a former England hockey player, has secured a £2 million deal with a global education technology firm that will see his software spread across the UK and Australasia.

Jawanda, CEO and co-founder of the Wambiz private social network, did his BSc in information technology management for business at Birmingham City University, graduating with first-class honours in 2009.

His company’s intellectual property rights and distribution network have been acquired by the Tribal Group, which provides services and software to the higher education sector. The deal includes distribution in education markets across the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Established in 2013 by Jawanda (30) and business partner Andrew West, Wambiz provides a safe means for students to connect, communicate and collaborate with peers, teachers and institutions in an engaging yet controlled manner.

The university said in a release that with young people increasingly unresponsive to traditional communications such as texts and emails, Wambiz has the same look and feel as the social media platforms students are using every day in their personal lives.

This results in greatly increased student engagement outside of the classroom, but at the same time does not blur the line between social and school life, safeguarding the professional integrity of teachers and student welfare.

Jawanda said: “The deal with Tribal is our largest to date and it was important for us to find a partner that understands education and could take our solution deeper into that market…Tribal has the resources to extend and grow this functionality in the education markets within their territories whilst allowing Wambiz to focus on the rest of the world.”


Samsung Gear S3 UK release date announced, pre-order now open

After the Samsung Gear S2 won Wearable of the Year at the T3 Awards 2016, we’ve been eagerly waiting for the Samsung Gear S3 to get a concrete release date.

Well, luckily for us, that has just happened, with the new series launching on November 11, 2016. In addition, UK pre-orders for the Samsung Gear S3 are also now live.

Two models are available for pre-order, the Samsung Gear S3 Classic and Samsung Gear S3 Frontier, both of which retail for £349.

With a promised 4-day battery life, 360 x 360 Fullcolor AOD display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass SR+, wireless charging, 4GB of on-board storage, Exynos 7270, 1Ghz dual-core processor and super fast Tizen OS 2.3.2 OS, the Samsung Gear S3 looks like it could become the new king of the smartwatch market.

Naturally, T3.com will have a full review coming shortly, so keep your eyes peeled to the site over the next week or two.



[Source:- T3]

This security threat has hit almost half of UK businesses and it will get worse

This security threat has hit almost half of UK businesses and it will get worse

A new piece of research has found that approaching half of all businesses have been hit by aransomware attack over the last year.

The study from Malwarebytes questioned over 500 IT leaders from companies across the UK and Germany, as well as Canada and the US, and found that almost 40% said they’d experienced a ransomware attack during the past year.

That’s a pretty staggering figure which shows the amount of cybercriminals now wanting to target companies for online extortion – because obviously enough, demands can be higher when made to a business (particularly a large one) as opposed to an individual user.

Of those organisations which were victimised, over 40% ended up paying the ransom. The typical demand was over $1,000 (around £750, AU$1,320) in 60% of cases, but one in five demanded over $10,000 (around £7,500, AU$13,200) to unlock data.

Ground to a halt

Over a third of companies hit by ransomware said they lost revenue due to the incident, and 20% had their business stopped entirely for a time. Over 60% of incidents took longer than nine hours to deal with, Malwarebytes found.

As for how the attacks were delivered, the largest amount – 46% – were initiated via an email. No surprises there – although email was less prevalent as an attack vector in the UK, where it accounted for only 39% of attacks. In the US, it was responsible for 59%.

Nathan Scott, Senior Security Researcher at Malwarebytes , commented: “Over the last four years, ransomware has evolved into one of the biggest cyber security threats in the wild, with instances of ransomware in exploit kits increasing 259% in the last five months alone.”

As ever, staff members need to be educated on avoiding malware and have security policies to follow, but if your business is unfortunate enough to fall victim to a scam, check out our feature discussing whether or not you should ever pay up to ransomware criminals.


[Source: Techradar]

Internet privacy campaigners warn Snooper’s Charter will cost UK more than £1bn

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UK’s ambitious Snooper’s Charter could cost Home Office £1bnGetty Images

Collection of web browsing histories of every UK citizen under the proposed Snooper’s Charter or the Draft Communications Data Bill, proposed by Home Secretary Theresa May, will cost the Home Office more than £1bn ($1.43bn), according to estimates by internet privacy campaigners Don’t Spy On Us. They claimed that the estimated cost is equivalent to employing 3,000 full-time police officers.

The campaigners from the coalition said in a latest blog posted on their website that the estimated cost was calculated on the basis of a similar scheme drawn up by Denmark. However, the Danish government later shelved the project after an Ernst & Young report revealed that the estimated cost of equipment alone was DKK 1b (£105.93m, €134.18m, $151.92m). Annual operating costs will take the bill even higher.

For the UK, with a population 11 times more than Denmark’s, the cost comes to more than £1bn, the blog reads.

The campaigners’ estimate widely differs from the Home Office’s £174m budget allocation to cover the costs of collecting, retaining and storing internet records for over 10 years. Many internet service providers have already cast doubts on the allocation as collecting and maintaining records of all users will require installation of explicit processes that are currently not required for general business operations.

Mark Hughes, the President of BT Security, had told the Joint Committee into the Investigatory Powers Bill in December 2015 that the allocated £174m would cover only his company’s costs, while Hugh Woolford, Director of Operations at Virgin Media, had estimated that his company’s bill could be in tens of millions of pounds.

The campaigners urged the UK government “to come clean on the real costs” of maintaining internet connection records (ICRs) of every citizen. They also called for an independent assessment of the new retention bill.

The Home Office, however, argued that comparing Denmark’s plan with the UK’s is “incorrect”. The Guardian quoted a Home Office spokesperson as saying: “There are a number of fundamental differences between our bill and the Danish model, and the independent joint committee of parliament acknowledged this. It is absolutely incorrect to suggest we are implementing the Danish model.”

The spokesperson suggested that a revised estimate could be revealed in the coming days as the Home Office continues to work closely with communications service providers (CSPs) “to carefully estimate the cost of implementing a system to retain internet connection records”.

“We are determined to implement the legislation in a way that will deliver the maximum operational benefit for the police and law enforcement agencies,” the spokesperson reportedly said.

[Source:- IBtimes]

Computerworld UK Daily Digest – 13 January 2016: What is devops? – Microsoft ends Windows 8 support – Dell UK enterprise chief emboldened by EMC deal


Welcome to today’s ComputerworldUK Daily Digest. We explore devops and ask, what is it?! Also, why your business should upgrade to Windows 10 and what 2016 has instore for Dell. Plus: what publishers should do about adblocking.

What is devops? The ultimate definition

We explore what devops is and provide the ultimate definition. Find out what devops is and means for your organisation in 2016.

[Source:- Computerworld]

How to get Miitomo in the UK: Miitomo released for iPhone and iPad – Miitomo UK release date, price and features

Nintendo’s first smartphone game is somewhat disappointing for fans. PC Advisor readers had been hoping to see Super Mario, Zelda or Pokemon, but Nintendo has instead introduced Miitomo, which lets you create Mii characters like those found on the Wii and use them to interact with friends. Read on to find out how to play Miitomo on iPhone and iPad in the UK. Plus Nintendo Miitomo UK release date, price and features. See also: Best games for Android.

Miitomo UK release date, price: When is Miitomo coming out?

Miitomo has now launched on the Japanese App Store for iPhone and iPad, and it’s still not clear exactly when it will come to the UK (officially anyway), although it’s expected to be here by the end of the month. We’ll update this article when the exact UK release date is known, but in the meantime see below for instructions on how to download Miitomo in the UK.

How to get Miitomo in the UK: How to download Miitomo from Japanese App Store

Miitomo is in the Japanese App Store, but your iPad or iPhone is likely set to the UK store. It’s so near and yet so far. If you are desperate to play Miitomo now, there are ways to trick the App Store into thinking you’re not in the UK.

The process involves launching iTunes on a desktop and signing out of your account, then scrolling to the very bottom of the page and clicking the Change country link. Choose Japan, then search for and click on Miitomo for either iPhone or iPad.

Tap the Get+ button and you’ll be prompted to sign into your account. Do not enter your UK account details! Instead, click Create new Apple ID, then fill in your details. On the next screen choose None for the payment option, enter a random Japanese address (try a random profile generator for help), then click Create Apple ID. You will be sent a verification email, so head to your inbox and verify the account.

Create Japanese Apple ID

Now launch the App Store on your iPad or iPhone, scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap on your account to log out. Log into your Japanese account, then tap on Purchased, download Miitomo and start playing.

Other Nintendo smartphone games

Nintendo has said that it plans to have launched a total of five mobile games by early 2017, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed for a familiar franchise for the next game the company announces.

Nintendo has said that its mobile games won’t be ports from the Wii U or 3DS. Instead, the company has partnered with Japanese developer DeNA to create the games for iOS and Android.

The firm has said that the new titles made for smartphones and tablets will include ‘iconic game characters,’ and has also said that the partnership is aimed at complementing the console side of the business and extending its reach.

“To ensure the quality of game experience that consumers expect from this alliance of Nintendo and DeNA, only original games optimized for smart device functionality will be created, rather than porting games created specifically for the Wii U home console or the Nintendo 3DS portable system,” Nintendo said in a statement in March.

While Nintendo isn’t making iOS and Android games itself, fans shouldn’t be too worried as DeNA is experienced with mobile development. It has already made Marvel Mighty Heroes, Godus, Transformers Legends, Star Wars: Galactic Defense and more.


Miitomo gameplay & features

We don’t know all of the details about Nintendo’s first game yet, but Nintendo has said that Miitomo will require players to first create their own Mii avatar, which can then be given topics and questions that it’ll be able to use to communicate with other Miis created by your friends. This is designed to create a unique story for your characters.

It’s being described as a combination of of Nintendo’s 3DS StreetPass, an instant messenger application and Tomodachi Life, which is a 3DS life simulator game.

Nintendo Miitomo: How much with Nintendo’s mobile game cost?

The only concern with Nintendo’s decision to partner with DeNA comes when you start looking at the pricing models of the company’s previous games. DeNA traditionally follows the freemium model, which means that the games are free to download and play, but there are either ads or in-app purchases for extra features.

In an interview with Time earlier this year, the late Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata said: “I understand that, unlike the package model for dedicated game systems, the free-to-start type of business model is more widely adopted for games on smart devices, and the free-to-start model will naturally be an option for us to consider. On the other hand, Nintendo does not intend to choose payment methods that may hurt Nintendo’s brand image or our IP, which parents feel comfortable letting their children play with.”

According to Engadget, Miitomo may include in-app purchases (You’ll be able to buy extra bits and bobs for your Mii, presumably clothes and accessories) but will be free to download, but the following mobile titles from Nintendo will be pay-to-download.

My Nintendo rewards program

As well as pre-registration for Miitomo (see above), Nintendo has announced a new rewards program called My Nintendo. Anyone signing up between 17 February and the launch of the game in March will get a ‘special Miitomo bonus’.

“My Nintendo aims to become much more than a traditional rewards program. It is a more comprehensive service that rewards users for interacting with Nintendo products and services in a variety of ways. Miitomo users with a Nintendo Account will be able to take advantage of My Nintendo to enhance their experience,” said the firm.


[Source:- PCadvisor]


Amazon Sizes Up UK Restaurant Delivery Market

Amazon Sizes Up UK Restaurant Delivery Market

Amazon.com Inc has begun surveying UK customers about their use of restaurant delivery services, in what analysts said was likely the first step in an international expansion of a business it rolled out in the United States last September.

In recent days, the online retailer sent its customers surveys, seen by Reuters, asking about the frequency and cost of customers’ food orders and also whether they used companies such as Just Eat, Hungry House and Deliveroo, which deliver prepared food such as pizza, sushi and kebabs.

The surveys asked customers what they most liked about providers such as Just Eat and Hungry House, and “what can be improved most about these service providers?”

An Amazon spokesman declined to comment.

Neil Campling , Senior Analyst at Aviate Global, said canvassing customers about the restaurant delivery market would be a “logical step” toward expanding its own business.

“These stealth tactics have been used carefully in the United States to do similar and launch successfully and the UK is often used as the first international market,” he said.

A spokesman for Just Eat declined immediate comment. Hungry House, part of Germany’s Delivery Hero Holdings, which is backed by Rocket Internet SE, and Deliveroo were not available for comment.



[Source:- Gadget.Ndtv]