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As coronavirus forces many activities online, the often-invisible digital divide in the US is exposed, with 21M Americans lacking access to high-speed internet (Margaret Harding McGill/Axios)

Margaret Harding McGill / Axios: As coronavirus forces many activities online, the often-invisible digital divide in the US is exposed, with 21M Americans lacking access to high-speed internet  —  As the coronavirus pushes more human activities online, it´s forcing a reckoning with the often-invisible digital divide.

Uncensored Library, a Reporters Without Borders project in Minecraft, lets people anywhere read articles from censored journalists and get info on press freedom (Adele Peters/Fast Company)

Adele Peters / Fast Company: Uncensored Library, a Reporters Without Borders project in Minecraft, lets people anywhere read articles from censored journalists and get info on press freedom  —  In countries where censorship is standard practice—such as China, where articles and social media posts about COVID-19 …

Emotion recognition systems, which have been installed in Xinjiang, have started rolling out across China even as experts say the tech does not work very well (Financial Times)

Financial Times: Emotion recognition systems, which have been installed in Xinjiang, have started rolling out across China even as experts say the tech does not work very well  —  Emotion recognition was the crime prevention buzz-phrase on everyone´s lips this week at China´s largest surveillance tech expo, held in the southern tech hub of Shenzhen.

A technical critique on why even a well-intentioned effort to build a client-side scanning system for messaging will break key promises of end-to-end encryption (Erica Portnoy/Electronic Frontier ...)

Erica Portnoy / Electronic Frontier Foundation: A technical critique on why even a well-intentioned effort to build a client-side scanning system for messaging will break key promises of end-to-end encryption  —  Recent attacks on encryption have diverged.  On the one hand, we´ve seen Attorney General William Barr call for “lawful access” …

Vetting political ads effectively and consistently at global scale is impossible; Congress should restrict ad targeting to the level of an electoral district (Siva Vaidhyanathan/New York Times)

Siva Vaidhyanathan / New York Times: Vetting political ads effectively and consistently at global scale is impossible; Congress should restrict ad targeting to the level of an electoral district  —  It´s not about free speech.  —  Siva Vaidhyanathan is a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia.

Calgary-based Benevity, a platform helping employees of companies like Apple and Google give donations, raises $40M Series C from JMI Equity, General Atlantic (Meagan Simpson/BetaKit)

Meagan Simpson / BetaKit: Calgary-based Benevity, a platform helping employees of companies like Apple and Google give donations, raises $40M Series C from JMI Equity, General Atlantic  —  Benevity, a global leader in corporate social responsibility and one of the largest startups in the Prairies, has raised $40 million in a Series C round of funding.

PeerNova, a blockchain-based platform for financial institutions to synchronize data internally and externally, raises $31M, bringing the total raised to $74M (Joeri Cant/Cointelegraph)

Joeri Cant / Cointelegraph: PeerNova, a blockchain-based platform for financial institutions to synchronize data internally and externally, raises $31M, bringing the total raised to $74M  —  Overstock´s venture capital arm Medici Ventures invests in PeerNova, a startup that develops blockchain-based solutions …
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