Facebook bets big on AR, VR | Algorithm manages AVs through intersections | Ransomware "disruptive threat," former UK official says
September 22, 2020
How technology is changing business and lives
Facebook is releasing its Oculus Quest 2 VR headset in October and plans to release augmented reality glasses next year that are capable of providing data laid over physical views. The social platform is also expanding its third-party AR development program to include Messenger and its Portal smart speaker.
Full Story: Social Media Today (9/16),  The Verge (9/16) 
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Arizona State University researchers have developed a "robust and resilient intersection management" algorithm, dubbed R2IM, that can safely manage autonomous vehicles through intersections in real time. The algorithm can detect what it terms a "rogue" vehicle at an intersection and then alert and enable all approaching cars to react appropriately.
Full Story: Arizona State University (9/17) 
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Current and future cybersecurity issues
Ciaran Martin, former CEO of the UK's National Cyber Security Centre, says ransomware "needs to be treated as a disruptive threat, not like data theft or espionage," with appropriate government responses. Martin notes that loss of life was among his biggest worries, and he points out such an incident "may sadly have just happened for the first time" in Germany, where a woman died during a ransomware attack on a hospital.
Full Story: ComputerWeekly (UK) (9/18),  ZDNet (9/20) 
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Data anonymization is a good technique for protecting personal information and can be achieved in several ways, Astha Oriel writes. In this analysis, Oriel outlines six ways to alter data and deter hackers, starting with masking, which includes the "swap and replace" technique of substituting characters or words.
Full Story: Analytics Insight (9/19) 
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Litigation Trends
Intellectual property, lawsuit, privacy and security news
Dunkin' Brands breach settlement sets stage for lawsuits
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A settlement between Dunkin' Brands and the New York attorney general's office over a 2015 data breach could lead to a flood of lawsuits by other states and consumers. A series of credential stuffing attacks affected consumers who used the donut chain's rewards cards, and the settlement requires restitution and the payment of $650,000 in fines.
Full Story: BankInfoSecurity (9/17) 
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Governance and Regulation
Policy developments, legislation and regulatory news
California is asking a federal court to let it enforce its net neutrality law, as broadband groups seek an injunction. CTIA -- The Wireless Association, ACA Connects, USTelecom and NCTA -- The Internet & Television Association have amended an earlier complaint to restart their suit.
Full Story: MediaPost Communications (9/18) 
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Pay it Forward
How technology companies are improving the lives of others
Mike Mathieu and Matt Lerner, startup founders from Seattle, have started Two Screens for Teachers, a program that provides teachers with a second monitor to facilitate remote teaching. Monitors are supplied by foundations, corporations and individual donors.
Full Story: GeekWire (9/15) 
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Aon News
Q&A: Professional sports in a pandemic
When sports, like other businesses, shuttered this year in an effort to control the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), their absence was one more sign of the enormity of the crisis confronting us. Now, sports around the world are coming back, but their return has not been easy. Learn more.
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Helping clients navigate increasing complexity: Aon and Willis Towers Watson
Greg Case, CEO of Aon, on the heels of the recently overwhelming shareholder vote of approval, discusses how the combination of Aon with Willis Towers Watson is a once-in-a-generation combination that establishes the combined Aon as the firm to help clients navigate today's challenges and together tackle some of the greatest issues facing society. Find out more.
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