The high-tech start-up tackling online extremism

Vidhya Ramalingam, co-founder of start-up Moonshot CVE (Countering Violent Extremism), previously worked as a researcher into extremism Vidhya Ramalingam believes it’s always possible to change, even for people deeply involved in the murky online world of jihadist and far-right extremism. Her company Moonshot CVE has the ambitious aim of trying to get anyone tempted by… read more »

Facebook researchers use maths for better translations

Social networks such as Facebook are seeking efficient automatic translation for all of the world’s languages and artificial intelligence may hold the answer Designers of machine translation tools still mostly rely on dictionaries to make a foreign language understandable. But now there is a new way: numbers. Facebook researchers say rendering words into figures and… read more »

Gamers say wait and see

Google Stadia is a game streaming platform with a launch date in November. So it’s only human that Google is talking about how special Stadia is for gaming as the countdown begins. What about Stadia and negative latency? Now, that sounded special. More responsive than your PC? Shane McGlaun in HotHardware and other tech watchers… read more »

US regulators block Telegram from raising funds through cryptocurrency

Messaging app Telegram has 300 million monthly users worldwide and raised more than $1.7 billion in funds in the US and overseas through a cryptocurrency issue US securities regulators won an emergency court order Friday to block the messaging application Telegram Group from raising funds by selling unregistered cryptocurrency to investors. The US Securities and… read more »

Contextual engineering improves success of projects in non-industrial societies

Ann-Perry Witmer meets with village elders in Adu Achi, Nigeria. Credit: College of ACES, University of Illinois Humanitarian engineering projects often focus on bringing western technologies to non-industrialized societies. But environmental and cultural factors in these locations may be very different from conditions in the West, and the projects may not meet client needs if… read more »

More companies back away from Facebook’s Libra coin

Facebook has lost several powerful financial partners which have dropped out of the alliance on the Libra digital currency planned by the huge social network Facebook’s digital currency alliance lost more companies on Friday amid heavy criticism from regulators around the world on the planned Libra global cryptocurrency. Credit card giants Visa and Mastercard, online… read more »