Tech News This Week
Para... para... Paradise Papers... Behind all the headlines was a big big pile of data – 1.4 terabytes of it. Data which needed formatting, reading and analysing, and it was a big old job. Wired interviewed the lead researcher who made a steaming data dump into headlines everyone understands...
Reining in the spies... If you're confused about the whole GCHQ, Privacy International, surveillance, Human Rights, Investigators Powers Act fiasco, weeell, everyone else kinda is too. This week, the European Court of Human Rights heard the case. Just about all of the turns in this shady story have been described as ‘watershed’, but we'll still have to wait until 2018 for the ‘landmark’ ruling.
Facebook vs. revenge porn... FaceyB has a plan to stop revenge porn – and it involves (bizarrely) uploading your nudes to messenger. The idea is that Facebook can make an image ‘key’, which is then used to bar the image from being uploaded elsewhere... huh? Somehow uploading my naked pics doesn’t seem to be an answer to getting my ex to stop uploading my naked pics...
Waymo is hitting the streets... Waymo's driverless cars have jumped into the next stage of testing – on actual, IRL roads, with real life people and people-driven cars, without a safety driver. They're doing it in any routes within a set area of Phoenix, and are testing the services with employees and resident users of their ride hailing app. So does that mean we can’t honk at it??