The vote to roll back net neutrality rules in the U.S. could have major global implications.While Thursday’s decision by the Federal Communications Commission could yet be challenged in court or Congress, experts say the U.S. risks surrendering its role as the champion of a free and open internet.”This will be another instance of the U.S. ceding leadership in a global area,” said Nick Frisch, a resident fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project.”It is going to set a bad example for other countries, coming from the country that invented the internet,” he said.Take China, for example, where the notion of an open internet has been effectively killed by the country’s vast censorship apparatus.

Source: Net neutrality: What does U.S. vote mean for the world? – Dec. 15, 2017

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It was the year nothing seemed safe.

Bombshell hacks were revealed one after another in 2017, from an Equifax breach that compromised almost half the country to global ransom campaigns that cost companies millions of dollars.

The cyberattacks highlighted the alarming vulnerability of our personal information.

More tools used by government hackers have become public, and it’s easier than ever to create sophisticated ways to spread malware or ransomware or steal data from companies. Companies also frequently fail to patch security flaws in a timely manner.

Source: 10 biggest hacks of 2017 – Dec. 18, 2017

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For three decades this was speech recognition: You would talk to your computer, typically using a head-mounted microphone and either the unpublicized speech-recognition app in Microsoft Windows or a version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, from Nuance Communications. If you enunciated carefully, words would appear on the screen or commands would be executed. Today, much-improved speech recognition is being widely deployed, and in the last two years, it has given birth to a new family of consumer products: voic

Source: Speech recognition grows up and goes mobile | Computerworld

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