Tracked and healthy?

The COVID 19 pandemic is leading us to rethink our certainties about individual liberties and their efficiency. It is clear now that the governments that reacted the best to the coronavirus epidemic used a complete set of resources including early detection, masks, etc. combined with a massive use of information technologies. South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong all set up a detailed tracking of each case. South Korea, for instance, calls its set of policies: “trace, test and treat.” The Korean government was fast to react from the very beginning of the epidemic. It has implemented a full transparency policy on where, when and how the infections were discovered and investigated. Kore

Telecoms adapt to Covid 19

The Covid 19 pandemic demonstrates how fast societies can transform themselves. To achieve these quick reactions, telecoms are playing a central role. Just think how the world would have reacted to the same p andemic situation just 20 years ago: no widely available mobile phones nor internet, no smartphones, no apps, … information would travel by television, newspapers and individual phone calls. Consequently, the telecom industry has to ensure its resources remain 100% available even in these times of acute crisis. The lockdown in many countries results in an overconsumption of bandwidth from all of us working from home at the same time and an increased usage of leisure-oriented resources:

Amazon “Just Walk Out” is expanding

©Vegetable6 - https://tinyurl.com/tg2ujjb Amazon has announced its intention to license its Amazon Go Technology to third parties allowing for a faster development of totally automated stores. Amazon is said to have several deals under way to allow retailers to implement the technology which is now called “Just Walk Out.” Although the names of all licensees are not disclosed, one can easily envision the interest of such a technology for convenience stores, large retailers, airport shops, etc. and, more generally, in “places that have high demand, long lines, or wherever customers are pressed for time,” says Amazon. Already, Amazon’s technology is to be installed in several Cibo Express gourm

Cash displacement may not happen

Many in the payment industry have set displacing cash as their ultimate goal. A payment scheme even made it its motto in the 1990s! There is always more research studies that tend to get into the cash displacement direction. For instance, eMarketer established that the US mobile payment market increased 41% from US$ 69.8 billion (EUR 61.7 billion) in 2018 to US$ 98.8 billion (EUR 87.4 billion) in 2019. Also, according to their research, 64 million individuals in the US, or 29.0% of smartphone owners, made a proximity mobile payment in 2019. Some 69.2 million made a P2P transfer via a mobile phone, which translates to roughly a third of smartphone users. Also, the FIS 2020 Global Payments Re

Clearview hacked: your face is a giveaway!

Every person who has been working on security and has attempted to build a classification system for documents got to the same conclusions: a combination of public data is not necessarily public data. Collecting, analyzing and classifying data has a cost, thus generates an added value. Things are worse when this high value-added information is closely related to the privacy of each of us and gets hacked. Clearview is a US-based company that proposes image identification services to law enforcement agencies. The business model of the company consists in scraping images from Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and more generally everywhere on the internet to build their 3 billion images data

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