Blockchain could help eliminate fake news, Gartner says | What blockchain will mean for insurers, customers | Millions of text messages left unsecured
December 3, 2019
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Blockchain could help eliminate fake news, Gartner says
As much as 30% of world news and video content will be authenticated through blockchain technology by 2023, Gartner's Avivah Litan predicts. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and an industry group led by Facebook are among the entities working to develop technology that can unmask fake news.
Computerworld (12/2) 
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What blockchain will mean for insurers, customers
Accounting, tax, audit and numerous other professional areas are ripe for using blockchain to augment processes, following in the steps of the retail, manufacturing and transportation sectors, writes Sean Stein Smith of City University of New York. He explains why the insurance industry is especially interested in the technology.
AICPA Insights (11/27) 
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Current and future cybersecurity issues
Millions of text messages left unsecured
Millions of text messages left unsecured
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A text messaging firm left a database "completely unsecured and unencrypted," exposing millions of private SMS messages, including some for medical services, security researchers say. TrueDialog, which provides messaging services to businesses and has billions of users globally, has taken the logs offline.
USA Today (12/2) 
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Analysis: Cybersecurity standards are a moving target
Disputes involving cybersecurity law fall into an ever-evolving gray area as guidance, technology and threats change, writes Ryan Cooper, managing partner of commercial law firm Cooper. In this wide-ranging analysis, he points out that cybersecurity standards can be inconsistent, even "among so-called industry standard-bearers."
New Jersey Law Journal (free registration) (11/26) 
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Litigation Trends
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Judge: Only part of Facebook suit merits class action
Facebook users whose data was stolen in a breach last year did not suffer a "cognizable injury" that merits a class action for damages, US District Judge William Alsup ruled. However, Alsup's ruling does allow users to sue as a group in their effort to require Facebook to improve security and employee training.
Reuters (11/27) 
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Governance and Regulation
Policy developments, legislation and regulatory news
Facebook adds notice to user's post to comply with Singapore law
Facebook has added a correction notice to a post made by a user in Singapore under a new law that requires such notifications. The law, which took effect last month, has been criticized by rights groups, which say it threatens internet freedom.
CNET (11/30),  Reuters (11/30) 
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Pay it Forward
How technology companies are improving the lives of others
Apps are an effective way to attract budget-minded millennials
Nonprofits can use charitable-giving apps to encourage donations from millennials, many of whom use smartphones constantly and are budget-oriented, and as a gateway to secure larger and consistent gifts, says CharityWatch President Daniel Borochoff. One app, Coin Up, allows users to round up their purchases and donate the difference to charity.
PBS (11/27) 
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Aon to acquire CoverWallet, the leading digital insurance platform for small and medium-sized businesses
The acquisition provides Aon with additional access to the fast-growing, $200+ billion premium digital insurance market for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as the opportunity to leverage CoverWallet's platform to develop and scale innovative digital client experiences that support the firm's Aon United growth strategy. "We are excited to combine Aon's expertise in data and analytics and global distribution with CoverWallet's market-defining platform to create new sources of value for our clients," said Greg Case, CEO of Aon. "CoverWallet's culture of innovation is transforming the insurance landscape, and together we have the opportunity to further strengthen and expand the application of their digital client experience." Learn more.
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