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February 23, 2022 T&S Newsletter

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Mobolize Chosen by Google Cloud to Enable Zero Trust Security from Mobile Devices

Business Wire | Feb 22, 2022

Company Listed: Google, Moboloze

Mobolize announced it is collaborating with Google Cloud to enable zero trust security access for enterprise mobile apps from managed and unmanaged mobile devices. Mobolize’s patented, on-device Data Management Engine will integrate with Google’s BeyondCorp Enterprise to provide simple, safe and secure access to enterprise mobile apps. This integration also will leverage built-in data and threat protection from the browser, offered with BeyondCorp Enterprise.

Mobolize is an on-device data traffic expert that enables service and technology providers to deliver their security and connectivity solutions to mobile devices. The company developed its Data Management Engine to use a common code for all endpoint operating systems. As a result, it is quick to deploy and ensures continuity of partners’ solutions across endpoints. This includes Android, Chrome, iOS, Windows, macOS and Linux operating systems running on phones, tablets and laptops.

The Data Management Engine intelligently manages data traffic with a SmartVPN® and performs configurable routing and other unique features as defined by a partner’s requirements. As part of the collaboration with Google Cloud, Mobolize’s Data Management Engine will enable precision routing of data traffic to BeyondCorp Enterprise, Google’s zero trust access platform which allows enterprises to enable employees to work from anywhere and securely access applications in the cloud or on-premises.

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Trump’s Truth Social’s disastrous launch raises doubts about its long-term viability

The Washington Post | Feb 23, 2022

Company Listed: Instagram, Social Media

Former president Donald Trump, a longtime critic of how Democrats debuted, is facing a bungled website launch of his own.

His long-promised social network, Truth Social, has been almost entirely inaccessible in the first days of its grand debut because of technical glitches, a 13-hour outage and a 300,000-person waitlist.

Even Trump supporters made jokes about the early slog. Jenna Ellis, a former member of his legal team, posted to Instagram a photo showing Trump with his finger hovering over a laptop, “letting us on to Truth Social one at a time.”

The site had been heralded for months as the crown jewel of Trump’s post-presidential business ambitions, with allies pledging it would revolutionize social media and take down the mainstream social networks where Trump is banned.

But early glimpses at Truth Social suggest its offerings are almost identical to what Twitter and other sites have offered for years — except tweets are called “truths,” and retweets “retruths.” The site’s early struggles also have fueled doubts that Trump’s company will be able to handle tougher long-term challenges, such as policing for dangerous content and guarding against cyberattacks.

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Digital transformation, privacy and the 'darkside' of the Metaverse

IT Brief | Feb 22, 2022

Company Listed: Meta Facebook

According to Chris Wylie, the Cambridge Analytical whistleblower that spurred a massive overhaul of privacy practices and legislation across the globe, the answer to the above question is a resounding no. In fact, it might be best to start pumping the breaks on the metaverse now before it infiltrates our day-to-day lives, he warns.

Chris recently spoke with Cheetah Digital's CMO Richard Jones about the metaverse, marketing and the future of privacy. Notably, he questioned the long-term social impact of the metaverse on transforming our human environment.

People have largely become who they are by navigating freely through their world. It's through your experience in life, dabbling and random happenstance, that allows you to grow and develop as a person. But what happens when, all of a sudden, the environment decides to get involved – classifying you, influencing your every move, and ultimately grooming you into the ideal consumer?"

Likening the metaverse to a physical entity like a skyscraper or an aeroplane, Chris paints a picture of how digital worlds should be architected with so-called fire exits or other protections. It should have a building code of sorts, protecting its users, their privacy, and, importantly, their mental health, he says.

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To expunge his daughter’s murder from the Internet, a father created an NFT of the grisly video

The Washington Post | Feb 22, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

It starts as a routine TV news segment: an interview with the head of the local chamber of commerce. Suddenly, a shot rings out, startling the two-person film crew. As a gunman enters off-camera, reporter Alison Parker reacts to the sound, her jaw dropping wide. A steady wave of shots roar as Parker screams. She runs, desperately, as the camera tumbles to the ground. The clip cuts: the final scene is the legs of the shooter as he advances.

The grisly 17-second clip was recorded by videographer Adam Ward on Aug. 26, 2015, as he and Parker were fatally shot by a disgruntled former colleague while reporting near Roanoke. Broadcast live, the horrifying footage quickly went viral, viewed millions of times on Facebook, YouTube and other sites. Six years later, it still gets tens of thousands of views, despite the efforts by Parker’s father, Andy, to eliminate the clips from the Internet.

Now, Andy Parker has transformed the clip of the killings into an NFT, or non-fungible token, in a complex and potentially futile bid to claim ownership over the videos — a tactic to use copyright to force Big Tech’s hand.

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Metaverse app allows kids into virtual strip clubs

BBC | Feb 23, 2022

Company Listed: Meta Facebook

A researcher posing as a 13-year-old girl witnessed grooming, sexual material, racist insults and a rape threat in the virtual-reality world.

The children's charity said it was "shocked and angry" at the findings.

Head of online child safety policy Andy Burrows added the investigation had found "a toxic combination of risks".

The BBC News researcher - using an app with a minimum age rating of 13 - visited virtual-reality rooms where avatars were simulating sex. She was shown sex toys and condoms, and approached by numerous adult men.

The metaverse is the name given to games and experiences accessed by people wearing virtual reality headsets. The technology, previously confined to gaming, could be adapted for use in many other areas - from work to play, concerts to cinema trips.

Mark Zuckerberg thinks it could be the future of the internet - so much so, he recently rebranded Facebook as Meta, with the company investing billions developing its Oculus Quest headset.

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Norris slates social media 'attacks' in sport

GP Fans | Feb 22, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Lando Norris has slated social media in the wake of online abuse directed at Williams driver Nicholas Latifi who received death threats following his part in the controversial season finale in Abu Dhabi.

Latifi crashed at turn 14 in the closing stages at Yas Marina, with the resultant safety car eradicating the lead Lewis Hamilton had built as he chased a record-breaking eighth world title.

With Hamilton not able to pit for fresh tyres, title rival Max Verstappen capitalised and came in for a new set of soft tyres which the Dutchman used to complete the title-winning overtake on the final lap.

Canadian Latifi became the subject of online abuse and received death threats from those who felt he had cost Hamilton the title.

In a media briefing including GPFans, McLaren driver Norris said: “First of all, it is a shame to see because it is nothing that you ever want. He deserves none of it in any way.

It’s just a shame…I think it’s not just Formula 1, it’s like it in every sport with football and whatever as well.

I think it’s something I’ve learned over the past three seasons in Formula 1 that there just seem to be those people out there who that’s what they want to do with their life.

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Tech is driving new forms of domestic abuse

UPI | Feb 22, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Perpetrators of domestic abuse are increasingly exploiting digital tools to coerce and control their victims. Where there is abuse in a relationship, technology will also feature in how that abuse is conducted. Police forces now expect as much, when responding to cases of domestic abuse.

Such technological abuse features everyday tools, from smart devices to online platforms and mobile phone apps. And the information on where to find them and how to use them is easily accessible online, often using a simple Google search.

To understand the extent of this problem, we conducted a wide-ranging study for the U.K. government. We reviewed 146 domestic abuse cases reported in British and international media and conducted in-depth interviews with support charity workers and front-line police officers in England.