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.
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 …
David Nield / Gizmodo:
A look at six apps that Google has released as part of its Digital Wellbeing initiative: Paper Phone, Post Box, Desert Island, Morph, We Flip, and Unlock Clock — We know that we´re all spending too much time glued to our phones, rather than looking at the person we´re talking to …
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.
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” …
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.
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.
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 …
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Roku to buy ad tech platform Dataxu, which provides software for managing ad campaigns programmatically across digital platforms, for $150M in cash and stock — Roku is buying Dataxu, a platform that lets marketers plan and buy video ad campaigns, for $150 million in cash and stock.
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
As Amazon regularly fails to prevent expired food from being sold by merchants, concerned brands are often compelled to police marketplace listings on their own — - Amazon´s marketplace has grown to millions of sellers, making it hard for the company to adequately police the platform.