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No more Privacy Shield for Facebook

Since 2016 and until June 2020, the European Union and the United States had an agreement by which the data of European users could be transferred to the United States by American companies, in order to manage and operate them. A program called Privacy Shield was created to enable data mining companies like Facebook to save the US’s face as the country did not provide adequate privacy guarantees. Then, ...Read full article...

The fine line between security and control

Surveillance systems with biometric data have been extended in recent decades with the aim of “improving our security”, but different organizations have begun to question and even prohibit their use. The line that separates security from citizen control is thinner than ever before. Emptying or throwing away our water bottles before passing air control may now seem a common measure every time we travel by plane. But 19 years ...Read full article...

Neurotechnology: The new “medicine”?

There is a new mantra out there to convince you that you need chips and circuits within your brain to have “privacy of thought”. It’s called neurotechnology, and it’s apparently the “greatest novelty” since the invention of the wheel. This story begins in February 2013 in the United States Congress. At a joint meeting of the House of Representatives and the Senate, President Barack Obama delivered the State of ...Read full article...

Robots are no longer just metallic, circuit laden machines

Here is the creation of a new type of living machine of great complexity, which is considered a significant achievement. A team of researchers has announced the creation of tiny “completely biological machines”, just a millimeter in size, from frog embryonic cells. That is, from scratch. “It is a new type of artifact: a living and programmable organism,” says Joshua Bongard, one of the researchers responsible for this creation. ...Read full article...

Opinion makers or free speech platforms?

This week something unthinkable happened in the world of social networks. Twitter warned that three Trump messages contained lies or promoted violence. Last Tuesday, the president tweeted that voting by mail in California was “substantially fraudulent.” Fraud has been found and denounced over the years when ballots are mailed, but Twitter added a link under the tweet that read: “These are the facts about voting by mail,” where the ...Read full article...

Apps collect and sell our data taking advantage of Coronavirus

Are there applications that are taking advantage of the coronavirus alert to collect our data? Yes. All of them. They are the ones that we normally have on our mobiles and use on a daily basis. They are profiting by wildly collecting and selling even more information than before. Google is putting on the boots, Facebook I won’t tell you and others like Dropbox, Amazon or Zoom are doing ...Read full article...

The challenge of teaching online in times of Coronavirus

The quarantine caused by the coronavirus shows some digital deficiencies in the educational system, especially in rural areas. In some places, however, the available resources and the hard work of teachers and students have made things a bit easier. Coronavirus has completely disrupted the traditional learning process, not only because of the suspension of classes but also because teachers and students have had to think about learning in a ...Read full article...

Productivity lags behind digital innovation

In the time it will take you to read this text, almost five patents will have come to light worldwide; several industrial robots will have left the factory, ready to banish industrial paradigms, and tens of thousands of people will have made a purchase at a click. However, the probability that these advances will be translated into productivity figures, a key piece in the complex transmission belt that leads ...Read full article...

Eye tracking in Cars: Big Brother rides with you

The growing demand for a more digitalized experience leads companies in the sector to incorporate a greater technological offer in their cars and to sell as means of safety and convenience. According to several investigations, 76% of these companies invest in emerging technologies related to monitoring human actions and performance while driving their cars. One of the technologies that is already included in some models is ‘eye tracking’, which ...Read full article...

Delete your trail on the Internet

It is likely that if you type your name in Google you will find entries that you did not know existed. From web pages with personal data such as your address or your phone to photographs that at the time you did not worry about uploading to the Internet, and even accounts that you created in applications that you hardly ever used. As you browse and share information on ...Read full article...

What will your mobile phone do for you in the future?

The phone has become an extension of our own body and we can no longer live without it. The phone is the first thing we use in the morning and we will not separate from it until we go to bed, many hours later. In a few years, this mobile device has become an essential element in our lives and forecasts indicate that its use will continue to grow ...Read full article...

Selling Transhumanism: Skin Embedded Technology

Touch is the first sense you develop. We are born aware of the pressure, hardness, texture and temperature of the world that touches us and technology companies seem to be in the process of making us relive that experience by selling consumers “convenience” as it pushes for the adoption of transhumanism. Taking into account the complexity of the sensations that we can register and process with the skin that ...Read full article...

The technological triumvirate that controls cyberspace

Three major technology companies –Google, Amazon and Microsoft– have done with cyberspace what Russia, China and the United States did with the real world. Today, knowing it or not, loving it or not, three big technology companies have forced the world to accept to live in their clouds. What’s wrong with living in the clouds? Cloud space is an oligopoly. This is the most obvious ‘bad’. There are two ...Read full article...

Another problem with 5G: Weather Forecasting Interference

The adoption of 5G technology has many positive and negative consequences, but there is one that has had little attention so far despite warnings from scientists. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) estimates that the 5G signal could cause interference in the information recorded by meteorological satellites. This would affect the reliability of weather forecasts. According to experts, the 5G signal will occupy low frequency bands in the radio spectrum. ...Read full article...

Facebook, Google and Microsoft follow China’s Communist Business Model

While the Chinese work within a tightly controlled and impenetrable firewall, which allows them to build 5G networks and software platforms, Big Tech strives for dominating the markets for money, and not too long into the future, for complete control of the internet outside Chinese walls. The XXI century’s equivalent of fossil fuels is data, your data. The new wars being fought as we speak are for access and ...Read full article...