Archive for September, 2020

Celebs back away from Trump admin.’s $300M COVID-19 ad campaign

September 30th, 2020
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Enlarge / Former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo arrives at the Hart Senate Office building to be interviewed by Senate Intelligence Committee staffers on May 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. (credit: Mark Wilson / Getty Images)

The Trump administration's more-than-$300-million "public advertising and awareness campaign" on the COVID-19 pandemic is floundering as A-list celebrities back away and staff at the Department of Health and Human Services express opposition, according to reporting by Politico.

The campaign—organized by former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo—was intended to "defeat despair" and bolster confidence in the Trump administration's response to the pandemic. A central feature of the campaign would be video interviews between celebrities and administration officials, who would discuss the pandemic and the federal response.

To pull it off, Caputo and his team requisitioned $300 million that Congress had previously budgeted for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They also made a list of more than 30 big-name celebrities that they hoped to appear in the Health Department's videos, including Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, and Madonna.

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Taiwan’s Digital Minister Knows How to Crush Covid-19: Trust

September 30th, 2020
On day three of WIRED25, Audrey Tang explains how the Asian nation used open data and transparent governance to empower its citizens to code their own way out of a pandemic.

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The No Good, Very Bad Week for Iran’s Nation-State Hacking Ops

September 30th, 2020
A look at the state of Iran's cyber operations as the US puts the squeeze on it with a pile of indictments and sanctions.

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Forcing Firefox to Execute XSS Payloads during 302 Redirects

September 30th, 2020
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CertAlert – A tool to monitor SSL/TLS certs

September 30th, 2020
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Coinbase offers exit package to staffers bothered by anti-politics stance

September 30th, 2020
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Enlarge / Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong. (credit: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

In the last few years, big technology companies have faced growing pressure from employees to become involved in social justice issues. This pressure intensified this summer with the George Floyd protests. But this week, CEO Brian Armstrong of the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase staked out a contrarian stance.

"While I think these efforts are well-intentioned, they have the potential to destroy a lot of value at most companies, both by being a distraction, and by creating internal division," Armstrong wrote in a blog post. "We've seen what internal strife at companies like Google and Facebook can do to productivity. I believe most employees don't want to work in these divisive environments."

Armstrong's post attracted a range of responses from online commentators. Some prominent Silicon Valley figures praised it, while critics argued it was "absolutely laughable" to believe that a company could keep politics out of the workplace.

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GitHub Tool Spots Security Vulnerabilities in Code

September 30th, 2020
Scanner, which just became generally available, lets developers spot problems before code gets into production.

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Cloud Misconfiguration Mishaps Businesses Must Watch

September 30th, 2020
Cloud security experts explain which misconfigurations are most common and highlight other areas of the cloud likely to threaten businesses.

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Draft EU data rules target Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon

September 30th, 2020
Draft EU data rules target Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon

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European regulators once again have the behavior of the biggest US tech companies—Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google among them—squarely in their sights as they move forward with a proposal to reform how digital marketplaces and data sharing operate.

An early draft of the Digital Services Act, under consideration by the European Parliament, would not only require tech forms to share data with smaller rivals but would also limit the ways companies can use customer data they've already collected, the Financial Times was first to report.

Under the proposal, tech firms with the potential to act as gatekeepers "shall not pre-install exclusively their own applications nor require from any third-party operating system developers or hardware manufacturers to pre-install exclusively gatekeepers' own application," according to Reuters. The draft also mandates that gatekeeper companies will also not be permitted to use data collected on their platforms to target users unless that data is also shared with rival firms.

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