This week, Ireland's Garda Commissioner added his voice to those calling for a backdoor 'key' to encrypted devices such as iPhones. Drew Harris said that this would be "very useful" in investigating "serious crime, like child abuse". He also questioned why absolute encryption is completely necessary, suggesting a balance of rights ranged between privacy and security.
Political anoraks and Twitter pol corrs: look away now. I'm about to bring up something terrifying. It's the two most hated words in Irish electoral nomenclature: electronic voting. My timing couldn't be much worse. A few days ago, the US Democratic Party embarrassed itself in the Iowa caucus app-voting fiasco. If there was a takeaway over this side of the Atlantic, it was that electronic voting will always be a laughing stock.
Eileen O'Mara is in no mood to listen to American propaganda. Sitting in Stripe's bustling Silicon Docks office, chatting about perceptions of European technology in the US, the company's newest European boss mentions some common Valley tropes; that we in Europe know little about innovation, that we try to tax anything creative, that we'll forever be in the shadow of Silicon Valley. She's not having it.
Question: I've had my Sonos speaker system for some time. I use Alexa with it. Until a few months ago I could instruct Alexa to play BBC Radio 3 or 4 on them. But now, Alexa will only play BBC Radio 4 on the Alexa Dot speaker. And while 'she' will not play the BBC on the Sonos speakers via Alexa, 'she' will play the BBC through the phone. Is there a way I can get Alexa to play the BBC through my Sonos speakers? I do have a Spotify account but that doesn't seem to help. - Yvonne Cunnane, via email
From transport to banking, energy efficiency and healthcare, the speed at which technology is transforming our lives is truly amazing. It does come at a price - and that is the price of our privacy and security. Tech platforms are hoovering up private information and using it to target us with advertising. More sinister players are also looking for our data - hackers seeking out the service providers we use that have weak cybersecurity defences.
Twitter is to start applying a label to tweets containing synthetic or deceptively edited forms of media, as social media platforms brace for a potential onslaught of misinformation ahead of the 2020 US presidential election.
Every startup needs a sales pipeline, and here at Voxgig we are developing (and executing) our sales pipeline strategy for 2020. Over the past few weeks, I've covered some of the tactics we are using to make this strategy work. The strategy is to use a disciplined approach to sales - the sales pipeline - and evaluate the activities (tactics) used to build the pipeline.
The organiser of this month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, a telecoms industry gathering that draws more than 100,000 visitors, has said it regrets the decision by LG Electronics yesterday to withdraw due to the coronavirus outbreak, but added the event would go ahead as planned.
Last week, Huawei beat back US attempts to have it banned in Europe. The UK effectively sided with the Chinese telecoms equipment maker over the Americans. It was a tough blow for the US administration, especially coming from an increasingly isolated nation that needs its allies.
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