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Salvini's best boomerangs

17 Jul 2024  |  Cosplayer, a community built to resist | Acrimònia
Matteo Salvini, Italy's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, is frequently involved in actions that backfire, earning him a reputation for political blunders. Notable incidents include his controversial visit to the Rummo pasta factory, his opposition to the 30 km/h speed limit in Bologna despite his ministry's involvement, and his embarrassing encounter in Poland where he was reminded of his past admiration for Vladimir Putin. These actions have led to public criticism and calls for boycotts, highlighting the ironic and often counterproductive nature of his political maneuvers.

I asked ChatGPT how to make new friends at concerts

04 Jul 2024  |  Cosplayer, a community built to resist | Acrimònia
As the outdoor concert season approaches, the author seeks advice from ChatGPT and Siri on making new friends at concerts. ChatGPT offers practical tips, such as joining online fan communities and preparing light conversation topics, while Siri proves unhelpful. The article highlights the importance of real-life interactions, citing musician Cosmo's initiative to cover phone cameras during concerts to encourage socializing.

With two weeks to go until Threads' release, here's what you need to know about Instagram's sibling app

26 Jun 2024  |  Cosplayer, a community built to resist | Acrimònia
Meta's new microblogging app, Threads, offers a familiar experience to long-time Twitter users, featuring posts up to 500 characters, multimedia content, and minimal graphics. Users can link their Instagram profiles and follow existing connections. Despite initial excitement, some users have criticized the quality of content and moderation issues. Threads has gained significant global traction, with over 160 million users, presenting a new challenge for Mark Zuckerberg to maintain public engagement.

His best enemy

19 May 2024  |  Cosplayer, a community built to resist | Acrimònia
Fedez's ongoing feud with Codacons, a consumer rights association, continues to escalate with accusations and counter-accusations. The conflict began in 2018 and has involved various incidents, including fundraising efforts during the Coronavirus pandemic and participation in the Sanremo festival. Codacons has frequently targeted Fedez and his wife, Chiara Ferragni, with numerous complaints, which Fedez often counters publicly. Despite occasional legal victories for Fedez, Codacons persists in its efforts, leading to a continuous cycle of disputes.

Neuralink: futuristic but I wouldn't live there (yet)

14 May 2024  |  Cosplayer, a community built to resist | Acrimònia
Neuralink, a company founded by Elon Musk, has implanted a chip called Telepathy in a human brain for the first time, aiming to help patients with severe neural disorders or paralysis interact with digital devices. The announcement has sparked a wide range of reactions online, from skepticism and fear to curiosity and support. Discussions vary from the technology itself to opinions about Musk, with some looking forward to the cyberpunk era and others jokingly or seriously concerned about the implications. The general sentiment is a mix of confusion and preconceived notions about the technology and Musk.

New Year's Eve for singles: leave it to the travel platforms

09 May 2024  |  Cosplayer, a community built to resist | Acrimònia
The article discusses the trend of travel platforms catering to singles for New Year's Eve, offering group trips designed for companionship, fun, and adventure. It highlights the growing market for solo travelers, with 33.1 percent of Italian families consisting of single individuals. The travel offerings range from local destinations like Tuscany, Rome, and Milan to international locations such as the Dolomites, the Egyptian Red Sea, and Miami. The article also mentions companies like Speedvacanze, Travel Single, Single in Vacanza, Vamonos, Si Vola, and We Road, which provide various travel packages for different age groups and preferences. The illustration is credited to Gloria Dozio of Acrimònia Studios.

Cosplayer, a community built to resist

01 May 2024  |  Cosplayer, a community built to resist | Acrimònia
The Italian cosplayer and LARP communities are highlighted as groups that share a passion for films, video games, anime, and manga, expressing creativity and forming a community through their art. Eastpak's 2024 campaign celebrates these communities' resistance to peer pressure and bullying, encouraging self-expression through their products. Cosplayers like Luke Nakamura, Matt Love, and Atena share their experiences, emphasizing the importance of creativity, respect, and tackling issues like sexual harassment. The article also details the extensive effort and passion that goes into creating costumes and embodying characters.

Don't be fooled by AIs who say they can predict your death

05 Apr 2024  |  acrimonia.it
A Danish AI model named Life2vec, capable of predicting early deaths with 78 percent accuracy, was developed using data from 6 million Danish citizens and published in Nature. However, its application is not available to the public due to ethical concerns. Various online death calculators claiming to use Life2vec are misleading, as they are either inaccurate or explicitly state they are for entertainment purposes only. ChatGPT, a well-known AI, confirms that predicting the exact time of death is beyond AI's capabilities and advises consulting a healthcare provider for health concerns.

Russia is losing talent in the tech sector

01 Oct 2023  |  www.wired.it
The Russian invasion has led to a significant exodus of tech talent and entrepreneurs from the country due to international sanctions and regional instability. Foreign companies like Google, Microsoft, and PayPal have ceased operations in Russia, while the Russian government has blocked access to Western social media platforms. The outflow of local tech companies began after the annexation of Crimea in 2014 but has now intensified, with many relocating to countries like Georgia, Turkey, Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Thailand. Telegram groups have emerged to help Russians plan their exit and support each other.

In Europe, the fear of cyber attacks related to the Ukrainian crisis is growing

01 Oct 2023  |  www.wired.it
European concern over hybrid warfare and potential cyber attacks linked to the Ukraine crisis has been escalating. The Lithuanian Central Bank has advised financial institutions to prepare for power outages and cyber attacks, highlighting the interconnectedness of the Baltic region's power grid with Russia. European regulatory authorities, including the European Central Bank and the UK's National Cyber Security Center, have issued similar warnings. The article underscores the preparedness of Western governments and companies against Russian-backed cyber threats, with experts like Sandra Joyce from Mandiant advising caution without panic. The European Commission, led by Ursula von der Leyen, has also emphasized the importance of cybersecurity in its new defense guidelines. Recent cyber attacks on Ukraine, attributed to Russia, have intensified these concerns.

Using Genetic Editing Against the Grain Crisis from Ukraine

01 Oct 2023  |  www.wired.it
The war in Ukraine has led to a significant increase in grain prices, causing global food security concerns. Ukraine and Russia are major exporters of wheat and barley, and the conflict has disrupted their exports. The European Union is considering genetic editing technologies, such as Crispr/Cas9, to improve crop yields and reduce dependency on imports. Experts argue that these technologies can enhance sustainability and food security. The EU's stance on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is being challenged, with calls to differentiate genome editing from traditional GMOs. The European Commission supports new genomic techniques, which could lead to more resilient crops and reduced pesticide use.

Internet Archive is trying to save Ukrainian websites

01 Oct 2023  |  www.wired.it
The Internet Archive is actively working to preserve Ukrainian websites, datasets, and digital resources amidst the ongoing conflict with Russia. Over a thousand volunteers, led by the Archive Team, are involved in three major projects to archive Ukrainian internet content. Additionally, the Saving Ukraine Cultural Heritage Online (Sucho) initiative has archived 10 terabytes of data, including 14,000 multimedia files from 2,300 websites. Quinn Dombrowski from Stanford University highlights the cultural significance of these efforts. The Internet Archive provides technical support and tools for these preservation activities, making the archived materials publicly accessible.

These two anti-Ukraine journalists never existed

01 Oct 2023  |  www.wired.it
The article reveals that two anti-Ukraine journalists, Vladimir Bondarenko and Irina Kerimova, are fictitious characters created by artificial intelligence as part of Russian disinformation campaigns. These profiles were used to spread false narratives about Ukraine being a failed state and to justify the Russian invasion. The disinformation operations were linked to Russian and Belarusian groups, including News Front, South Front, and Ghostwriter. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have taken actions to remove these fake profiles. The article highlights the ongoing use of sophisticated AI-generated profiles in disinformation strategies, reflecting advancements in Russia's tactics.

In London, cryptocurrency thefts happen on the street

01 Oct 2023  |  www.wired.it
Despite the decline in Bitcoin's value, digital assets remain a target for criminals. The London police have reported a surge in street-level cryptocurrency thefts, particularly in the financial district. Victims have been forced to hand over their phones, leading to significant losses from their cryptocurrency accounts. Unlike bank transfers, cryptocurrency transactions are irreversible, making them attractive to thieves. Previous incidents include a student in Kent and an American entrepreneur in Madrid who were coerced into transferring large sums of cryptocurrency under threat.

The European battle against online child pornography risks jeopardizing privacy

01 Oct 2023  |  www.wired.it
The European Commission, led by Ylva Johansson, plans to introduce legislation mandating companies to identify, report, and remove online child sexual abuse material. This move aims to address the rising incidence of such content, with significant contributions from major internet companies like Meta. However, critics, including European Digital Rights, warn that these measures could lead to mass surveillance and infringe on fundamental privacy rights. The Internet Watch Foundation's data supports the need for stricter regulations, but the debate continues on how to balance child protection with privacy.

Two teams of linguists claim to have discovered who the founders of QAnon are

01 Oct 2023  |  www.wired.it
Two independent teams of forensic linguists have identified Paul Furber and Ron Watkins as the original authors behind the QAnon posts, using different machine learning methodologies. The findings, which have a 99% reliability rate, were deemed credible by experts. QAnon, a conspiracy theory that gained traction in 2017, has largely faded from public discourse following the end of Donald Trump's presidency and the inauguration of Joe Biden. The researchers hope this discovery will lead people to reconsider their beliefs in the conspiracy.

Instagram begins testing NFTs with some creators

01 Oct 2023  |  www.wired.it
Instagram will begin testing non-fungible tokens (NFTs) with a select group of creators in the U.S., allowing them to share NFTs on their feeds, stories, and messages. Initially supporting Ethereum and Polygon blockchains, with Solana and Flow to follow, the feature aims to help creators monetize their work. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the integration, noting similar features will come to Facebook and augmented reality NFTs on Instagram stories. This move follows Twitter's NFT integration and hints from YouTube about potential adoption of web3 technologies.

Julian Assange can appeal against extradition to the United States

01 Oct 2023  |  www.wired.it
Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has been granted permission by the High Court of Justice in London to appeal to the UK Supreme Court against his extradition to the United States, where he faces up to 175 years in prison for revealing classified information and exposing war crimes. The decision follows a previous ruling that approved his extradition, overturning an earlier block. Assange's legal team, led by Stella Moris, plans to explore other legal avenues if the Supreme Court appeal fails. Assange was indicted in the U.S. in May 2019 under the Espionage Act and faces multiple charges, including endangering the lives of U.S. agents and soldiers. The extradition request was initially denied due to concerns over Assange's health and risk of suicide.

What is Briar, the messaging app that Julian Assange advised Ukrainians to download

01 Oct 2023  |  www.wired.it
Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has urged Ukrainians to download Briar, a secure messaging app, amid the threat of internet outages due to the Russian invasion and cyber attacks. Briar operates without a central server, using end-to-end encryption and decentralized networks like Tor to ensure privacy. It can sync messages via Bluetooth or WiFi even without internet access. Designed for activists and journalists, Briar also supports group chats, forums, and blogs, and allows offline data sharing. The app aims to create safe spaces for discussion and organization, with future plans to support crisis mapping and collaborative document editing.

The world's largest marketplace wants to fight NFT counterfeiters

01 Oct 2023  |  www.wired.it
The NFT market, already troubled by thefts and declining valuations, faces a growing issue of fraud with counterfeit tokens. OpenSea, the largest NFT marketplace, has announced a new strategy to combat fake tokens, including a system that combines image recognition technology and human review. The company will continuously scan NFT collections to identify potential frauds and has updated its verification system, requiring creators to meet certain criteria for account and collection verification.

The launch of WhatsApp Communities is approaching

01 Oct 2023  |  www.wired.it
WhatsApp is nearing the launch of its new Community feature, which will give group administrators more control and allow them to link multiple groups. This feature, currently in beta, will enable administrators to send messages to all members of linked groups and post important announcements. Additionally, WhatsApp Business is developing a new feature to allow users to set a cover photo on their profile, similar to Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. This feature is also in beta and may remain exclusive to business profiles.

In Ukraine, a small app is helping the country in the information war

01 Oct 2023  |  www.wired.it
The article discusses how the Ukrainian startup Reface, known for its face-swapping app, is contributing to the information war against Russia. By sending push notifications and videos to users worldwide, including in Russia, Reface aims to bypass censorship and raise awareness about the invasion's realities. The app has adopted a patriotic theme, encouraging donations for military support and allowing users to swap faces with President Zelensky. Despite facing negative reviews and potential cyberattacks, Reface continues its efforts to support Ukraine.

Ukraine recruits hackers to defend against Russian cyber threats

01 Oct 2023  |  www.wired.it
As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, Kyiv authorities have enlisted independent hackers and IT experts to counter cyber threats. Yegor Aushev, co-founder of a Kyiv cybersecurity firm, has called for 'cyber volunteers' to defend critical infrastructure and assist the Ukrainian military in digital espionage against Russian forces. The initiative has seen a significant response, with hundreds of applications being vetted to prevent Russian infiltration. This move follows multiple alleged Russian cyberattacks, including a recent malware incident affecting Ukrainian government agencies and a financial institution.

From catastrophe to delicacy: the sustainable parable of the blue crab

12 May 2023  |  editorialedomani.it
The blue crab, an invasive species in the Mediterranean, is being promoted as a sustainable food source in Italy. Chefs like Chiara Pavan at Venissa are incorporating it into their menus, while companies like Mariscadoras aim to introduce it into the Mediterranean diet and create a market for it. The species, which has no natural predators in the region, is thriving due to warmer sea temperatures. Efforts are being made to commercialize the blue crab, with initiatives like the Blueat project providing training on business opportunities. The startup Mariscadoras is also working to stabilize prices and supply chains for the blue crab, and has launched sauces in supermarkets. The article suggests that eating the blue crab is a contemporary way to adapt to ecosystem changes and could benefit biodiversity by controlling the species' population.

Google, in arrivo un pulsante per rifiutare tutti i cookie

01 Apr 2023  |  www.wired.it
Google is introducing new options for European users to reject all cookies with a single click, complying with EU regulations. This feature, initially launched in France, will soon be available across the European Economic Area, the UK, and Switzerland. The change follows a €150 million fine from France's data protection agency, Cnil, for non-compliance with EU cookie rules. The new options aim to provide a clearer choice for users, addressing concerns raised by the European Center for Digital Rights (Noyb) about the complexity of current cookie consent processes.

Ukraine has been the victim of another cyber attack

15 Feb 2023  |  www.wired.it
Ukraine has suffered another cyber attack, affecting the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces' website, as well as Privatbank and Oschadbank. The attack, identified as a distributed denial of service (DDoS), was confirmed by Microsoft to be potentially more extensive than initially thought. Ukrainian authorities suspect Russia's involvement, although no official attribution has been made. The incident raises concerns about cyber security amid escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia, with experts advising caution before assigning blame. Previous cyber attacks attributed to Russia have targeted Ukraine's infrastructure, causing significant disruptions.

A defamation case in Australia has put Google against the wall

21 Jan 2023  |  www.wired.it
Google warns that an Australian court ruling against the company could have devastating effects on its internet operations. The case involves George Defteros, a lawyer who successfully argued that a 2004 article by The Age defamed him, leading to a $40,000 damages award. Google, which refused to remove the article from its search results, is now appealing to Australia's highest court. The company argues that the ruling could make it responsible for any content linked through its search results, challenging a fundamental aspect of the internet.

After the eruption of a volcano, the Tonga archipelago is left without internet

15 Jan 2023  |  www.wired.it
The Tonga archipelago in the South Pacific may remain without internet for two weeks following a volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami that damaged an underwater cable. The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano, which occurred on January 15, caused significant damage and was felt as far as Fiji and New Zealand. The New Zealand High Commission confirmed extensive damage along Tonga's western coast and the capital's waterfront. International phone lines and internet connections are disrupted, and repairs may take time due to ongoing volcanic activity. The American cable-laying ship Cs Reliance will handle the repairs, but it is currently 4,000 kilometers away and needs additional equipment from Samoa.

The story of Alaa Abdel Fattah is the mirror of the hypocrisy of Cop27

08 Nov 2022  |  rollingstone.it
Alaa Abdel Fattah, a key figure in the Arab Spring and a software developer, has been imprisoned in Egypt and is on a hunger strike to protest political charges against him. His deteriorating condition and potential death during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh highlight the hypocrisy of the Egyptian government, which is criticized for human rights violations. The article discusses the broader context of oppression in Egypt, the government's attempts to silence dissent, and the international response, including criticism from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and activists like Greta Thunberg. It also touches on the controversy of COP27's organization, including its sponsorship by Coca Cola and the European Parliament's call for humanitarian requirements for hosting COP.

Google will pay more than 300 European media outlets to use their news

12 May 2022  |  wired.it
Google has announced agreements to pay over 300 European media outlets for their news on its search engine. The move follows the EU's copyright rules requiring payment for the use of work by musicians, artists, authors, publishers, and journalists. Google's new tool, the Extended News Preview, allows for paid snippets and thumbnails of articles, giving publishers control over their content's appearance in search results. The decision comes after a long battle by news publishers to get tech giants to pay for content use. Google initially removed news previews in France due to the EU law but later agreed to pay French publishers after a €500 million fine.

Elon Musk Promised to Bring Donald Trump Back on Twitter

11 May 2022  |  www.wired.it
Elon Musk, the prospective new owner of Twitter, has announced his intention to reverse the ban on former U.S. President Donald Trump, who was removed from the platform for spreading misinformation and inciting hatred leading to the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla, believes that permanent bans should be rare and reserved for spam or bot accounts. This stance is supported by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. The announcement has been met with approval from American conservatives and Italian politician Matteo Salvini, while others have expressed concern over Musk's permissive approach to platform moderation.

What is BeReal, the social network that asks us to be ourselves

01 May 2022  |  www.wired.it
BeReal, a social network launched in 2020 by Frenchmen Alexis Barreyat and Kévin Perreauda, encourages users to share authentic, unfiltered photos of themselves and their surroundings. It has gained popularity, especially on American university campuses, with a 315% increase in active users since the beginning of the year and ranking fourth in downloads in the US, UK, and France. BeReal's unique features include simultaneous use of front and back cameras, no photo retouching, and the RealMoji function, which requires expressive selfies as reactions to posts.

Facebook Doesn't Know Where Its User Data Ends Up

28 Apr 2022  |  wired.it
An internal report obtained by Vice reveals that Facebook may not know the whereabouts or the handling of the vast amounts of user data it possesses. Despite stringent privacy regulations from entities like the EU, the US, and India, Facebook's privacy engineers have warned of the company's inadequate control and understanding of how its systems use data. The report likens the situation to an ink bottle spilled on a table, making it impossible to separate or contain the data again. Facebook, however, claims the document does not reflect its privacy compliance processes. Privacy researcher Wolfie Christl suggests the report is a 'confession' to non-compliance with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Some Bored Ape NFTs Worth Millions Have Been Stolen

26 Apr 2022  |  www.wired.it
The Bored Ape Yacht Club's Instagram account was hacked, leading to the theft of NFTs worth millions of dollars. Cybercriminals used a fake airdrop to gain control of users' MetaMask wallets, stealing NFTs from Bored Ape Yacht Club, Mutant Ape Yacht Club, and Bored Ape Kennel Club, among others. Yuga Labs, the company behind Bored Ape, is investigating the breach with Instagram. OpenSea has labeled the stolen NFTs as suspicious, but some have already been sold on LooksRare.

Tinder's 'Festival Mode' for Hooking Up at Concerts

20 Apr 2022  |  www.wired.it
Tinder has introduced a new 'Festival Mode' feature designed to help users make new connections ahead of attending music festivals. The feature, found in the app's Explore section, allows users to match with others attending the same festival up to a month before the event. Tinder collaborated with Live Nation, Aeg Presents, and Superstruct Entertainment for this feature, which includes festivals worldwide. A survey by Tinder in the US found that nearly one in three young singles plans to attend a music festival or concert in 2022, with 64% enjoying meeting new people at live music events.

Catalan leaders were spied on with Pegasus software

19 Apr 2022  |  www.wired.it
The Pegasus spyware, developed by the Israeli NSO Group, has been used to target Catalan independence leaders and potentially the UK government. Citizen Lab's investigation revealed that at least 65 Catalan politicians were spied on between 2017 and 2020, with suspicions pointing towards the Spanish government. The spyware also infiltrated networks at 10 Downing Street and the Foreign Office, with links to the UAE. Amnesty International has called for an independent investigation into the matter.

How Mastodon and Friendica Work, the Alternatives to Facebook and Twitter

15 Apr 2022  |  www.wired.it
Elon Musk's proposal to buy Twitter has led some users to consider alternatives like Mastodon and Friendica. Mastodon, created by Eugen Rochko, is an open-source, decentralized microblogging platform similar to Twitter but without ads and algorithms. It emphasizes privacy and community moderation. Friendica, part of the Fediverse network, is an alternative to Facebook, focusing on interoperability and privacy. Both platforms offer features that allow users to control their content and interactions, presenting themselves as viable options to the dominant social media giants.

Roaming zero in the European Union will last until 2032

04 Apr 2022  |  www.wired.it
The European Union has reached a comprehensive agreement on phone and internet data roaming within its member states, extending the abolition of roaming charges until 2032, including 5G. This regulation ensures that travelers can use their mobile phones at domestic rates while abroad. The revised regulation also adjusts wholesale price caps to sustain retail roaming services and enhances transparency for services that may incur additional costs. Consumers will have the right to the same quality and speed of connection abroad as at home, and access to emergency services without extra charges. The new regulation will take effect on July 1, 2022, and apply to all EU countries, including Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.

WhatsApp messages can finally be listened to before sending

31 Mar 2022  |  www.wired.it
WhatsApp, used by over two billion users to send more than 100 billion messages daily, has announced new features for voice messages that will be available globally in the next two weeks. These improvements include background playback, the ability to pause and resume recording, listening to messages before sending, and a slight sound quality enhancement by displaying the actual waveform during playback. The app, owned by Meta, has offered end-to-end encrypted voice messaging since 2013, and these messages have become a preferred form of communication for many users, especially in emerging markets.

Why the Bank of Italy Blocked N26

30 Mar 2022  |  www.wired.it
The Bank of Italy has halted the operations of N26's Italian branch, preventing it from acquiring new customers and promoting new products or services, including cryptoassets. This decision follows a 2021 investigation that found significant anti-money laundering compliance deficiencies. N26 has communicated that existing accounts will remain operational and secure, and it has made significant investments in anti-money laundering measures. The bank is working on a plan to address the identified deficiencies to have the regulatory action lifted.

Pompeii Enlists Boston Dynamics' Robot Dog

29 Mar 2022  |  www.wired.it
The Archaeological Park of Pompeii is trialing a prototype robot dog named Spot, developed by Boston Dynamics, to monitor the ruins and collect data for planning conservation efforts. Spot is equipped with a 360-degree camera and is being tested alongside a flying laser scanner for 3D scanning. This initiative is part of a broader project to make the park 'smarter' and optimize its management. The UNESCO had previously threatened to list Pompeii as an endangered site unless conservation improved. Spot can navigate various terrains and inspect small tunnels, including those dug by tomb raiders, enhancing safety and efficiency. Boston Dynamics' robots have also been tested by the Massachusetts Police, the French Army, and Ghost Robotics' quadrupeds by the US Border Police.

Israel Prevented Ukraine from Using Pegasus Spyware to Avoid Ruining Relations with Russia

24 Mar 2022  |  wired.it
Israel has blocked Ukraine from using the Pegasus spyware, produced by Nso Group, to avoid jeopardizing relations with Russia. Despite Ukraine's efforts to acquire Pegasus since the Russian invasion of Crimea in 2014, the Israeli Ministry of Defense did not permit Nso to sell the software to Ukraine. Pegasus is known as one of the most advanced hacking tools, capable of accessing photos, documents, recording calls, and decrypting messages without the target's knowledge. The United States supported Ukraine's access to the software, while Estonia, a member of the EU and NATO, was warned not to use Pegasus against Russian targets. Nso Group's spyware has been purchased by security agencies and governments in at least 45 countries, officially to fight organized crime and terrorism, but it has also been used to surveil journalists, human rights activists, and political dissidents.

In Russia not only oligarchs turn to cryptocurrencies to circumvent sanctions

23 Mar 2022  |  wired.it
Cryptocurrencies are playing a significant role in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, with Ukraine using them for international donations and Russians, including ordinary citizens, using them to circumvent international sanctions and protect their savings from the falling ruble. Since the war began, Bitcoin spending in rubles has increased by 260%, with the weekly value of rubles converted into Bitcoin reaching approximately $28 million. The number of Russian Bitcoin accounts has also risen, and the average transaction size has increased. While concerns exist that Russian oligarchs may use cryptocurrencies to move their fortunes, the majority of the increase in Russian cryptocurrency trading is dominated by small investors.

In Russia many are downloading Wikipedia for fear of censorship

22 Mar 2022  |  www.wired.it
Russian users are increasingly downloading Wikipedia due to fears of censorship following threats from Moscow authorities over the platform's coverage of the Ukraine conflict. A 29-gigabyte file containing the Russian-language Wikipedia has seen a significant surge in downloads, facilitated by Kiwix. The Russian government agency Roskomnadzor has threatened to shut down Wikipedia if it does not conform to the Kremlin's narrative, leading to concerns within the Wikipedia community. The arrest of a prominent Russian Wikipedia editor in Belarus underscores the escalating offensive against the platform.

Tinder is proving to be an important resource for those fleeing Ukraine

14 Mar 2022  |  www.wired.it
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to a massive refugee crisis, with many Ukrainians fleeing to neighboring countries like Poland, Romania, and Hungary. Some refugees, such as Anastasia and Natalia, have used the dating app Tinder to find temporary shelter and support. Their story, along with others like Jonas in Norway hosting a Ukrainian refugee, highlights the app's unexpected role in providing aid. Additionally, some users are using Tinder to inform Russian citizens about the ongoing war, bypassing censorship.

Russia is considering legalizing hacking to circumvent sanctions

08 Mar 2022  |  www.wired.it
Russia, facing global sanctions and the withdrawal of major companies due to its invasion of Ukraine, is considering legalizing hacking to keep its economy afloat. The Russian government is contemplating revoking legal actions against individuals using pirated software, as part of a broader plan to ensure economic stability under sanctions. This move could affect Western tech giants like Apple, Adobe, Samsung, and Microsoft, which have scaled back operations in Russia. The proposal aims to reduce Russia's dependence on foreign products and transition to domestically developed solutions during the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Instagram Offers Encrypted Chats to Russian and Ukrainian Users

02 Mar 2022  |  wired.it
Instagram has introduced encrypted chats for users in Ukraine and Russia amidst the ongoing conflict. Announced by Nick Clegg, Meta's President of Global Affairs, the feature aims to protect communications from interception. Meta, which owns Facebook and WhatsApp, is also downgrading posts from Russian state media globally and has blocked RT and Sputnik in the region. Additional security features have been implemented, such as the ability for users to lock their Facebook profiles, preventing others from viewing friend lists or downloading profile and cover photos.

Twitter has suspended accounts that published information on Russia's invasion of Ukraine

23 Feb 2022  |  www.wired.it
As Russia's invasion of Ukraine began, Twitter suspended several accounts of researchers posting real-time updates and fact-checking Russian content, citing errors rather than coordinated bot actions. The suspensions, which affected prominent accounts in multiple languages, raised concerns about potential mass reporting campaigns. Twitter's representatives, including Elizabeth Busby and Yael Roth, acknowledged the mistakes and stated efforts to restore the accounts and prevent future errors. The incident underscores the challenges of moderating content during geopolitical crises.

How Donald Trump's New Social Network Works

21 Feb 2022  |  www.wired.it
On February 21, former U.S. President Donald Trump launched Truth, a new social network aimed at countering liberal narratives and promoting free speech. Initially available only on Apple devices in the U.S., the app quickly topped the App Store's social network chart despite user issues such as error messages and long waiting lists. Truth aims to be a politically unbiased platform, similar to Gettr and Parler, and replicates Twitter's design and functionality. The app faced a partial outage on its first day due to high traffic.

A cyber attack has hit fuel distribution in Germany

02 Feb 2022  |  Wired Italia
Germany's fuel distribution network has been compromised by a cyber attack targeting Mabanaft's logistics systems and supply chain. Mabanaft, through its subsidiary Oiltanking Deutschland, stores and transports gasoline, diesel, and heating oil for companies like Shell. The attack was discovered on January 29, and Mabanaft declared force majeure for most of its activities in Germany. Oiltanking Deutschland's terminals are operating at limited capacity, and Shell's German subsidiary and Aral are using alternative suppliers. The incident underscores the growing risks to critical infrastructure and logistics companies, especially during a global fuel shortage.

The New York Times has bought Wordle

01 Feb 2022  |  wired.it
The online game Wordle has been purchased by the New York Times for an undisclosed amount, reported to be less than seven figures. Created in October by Brooklyn programmer Josh Wardle, the game quickly rose from 90 users to 300,000 in two months, with global popularity by January. The New York Times, known for its subscriber-only crossword and word games, has announced that Wordle will remain free to play. Clones of Wordle have emerged, such as Italy's Parolette, and Apple has removed blatant copycats from its store. Jonathan Knight, the New York Times' general manager of games, commended Wordle for capturing the collective imagination.

Twitter Suspended 500,000 Profiles for Child Pornography

28 Jan 2022  |  Wired Italia
In the first half of 2021, Twitter took action against over 4.8 million accounts, a significant increase from the 1.9 million users addressed in the same period the previous year. According to Twitter's latest transparency report, 1.2 million of these accounts were suspended, with the majority violating platform rules on child sexual exploitation. Nearly 500,000 profiles were suspended for posting child pornography content. Twitter's report emphasized a zero-tolerance policy for child sexual exploitation, with permanent suspensions for violators and a ban on creating new accounts. The company also reported that 89% of the 453,754 unique accounts blocked for violating child pornography policies were proactively identified by Twitter's internal tools.

Picasso's heirs will sell NFTs of an unpublished work

27 Jan 2022  |  wired.it
The heirs of Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso, including his granddaughter Marina Picasso and her son Florian Picasso, are entering the crypto-art world by selling NFTs of a previously unreleased ceramic work from 1958. The digital pieces will be sold on Nifty Gateway and Origin Protocol, with an auction at Sotheby's in March that includes a unique NFT and the actual ceramic bowl. A portion of the proceeds will go to charities addressing nursing shortages and reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide. The NFTs will feature music by Florian Picasso, John Legend, and Nas. The initiative aims to bridge the NFT and fine art worlds.

What happened between Spotify, Neil Young, and Joe Rogan

26 Jan 2022  |  www.wired.it
Spotify faces controversy over Joe Rogan's podcast, accused of spreading Covid-19 misinformation. Neil Young demanded his music be removed from the platform, followed by Joni Mitchell, in protest against the misinformation. Spotify complied with Young's request and announced measures to add disclaimers to Covid-19 related content. Joe Rogan, a significant figure for Spotify, responded by denying intentional misinformation but acknowledged mistakes.

The Red Cross suffered a cyber attack that compromised the data of half a million people

20 Jan 2022  |  www.wired.it
The Red Cross experienced a cyber attack that compromised the data of over 515,000 vulnerable individuals. The attack targeted an external company in Switzerland responsible for storing data from at least 60 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies worldwide. The Geneva-based organization expressed its greatest concern over the potential disclosure of the compromised data. The attack led to the suspension of IT systems managing the Restoring Family Links program, which reunites families separated by conflicts, migrations, and disasters. The International Committee of the Red Cross's Director-General, Robert Mardini, appealed not to share, sell, or misuse the data. The breach affects missing individuals, their families, unaccompanied or separated children, detainees, and others receiving services due to armed conflicts, natural disasters, or migrations. Cybersecurity expert David Masson from Darktrace highlighted the unfortunate and devastating nature of the attack, emphasizing that no one is immune to cyber threats.

Energy is becoming the real enemy of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies

15 Jan 2022  |  Wired Italia
Bitcoin and cryptocurrency mining are facing increasing scrutiny and bans due to their high energy consumption and regulatory challenges. China has imposed significant restrictions, leading to a mining exodus to countries like Kazakhstan, which now faces its own energy crisis and public protests. Kosovo has banned mining to address energy shortages, and Iran has a complicated relationship with mining due to sanctions. The European Union is also considering bans, with Sweden's financial regulator calling for a halt to mining. Amidst these challenges, a project named Cryptoland aims to create a self-sufficient cryptocurrency community on an island, though its feasibility remains uncertain.

In Ukraine, government computers have been infected with powerful malware

15 Jan 2022  |  www.wired.it
Government computer systems in Ukraine have been infected by a powerful malware, as reported by Microsoft. The attack, which affected multiple government, non-profit, and IT organizations, appears to be more extensive than initially thought. The malware, disguised as ransomware, aimed to destroy data on command. Ukrainian officials suspect Russian intelligence services are behind the attack, which occurred after failed talks between Russia and the United States over the Ukraine border crisis. This incident adds to the ongoing tensions between Ukraine and Russia, with fears of a potential military escalation.

Google has banned more than a million dangerous apps from its Play Store

01 May 2021  |  www.wired.it
In 2021, Google blocked 1.2 million potentially dangerous apps from its Play Store, preventing billions of harmful installations. The company also closed 190,000 dangerous developer accounts and 500,000 inactive ones. Google Play Protect scans billions of apps daily to limit malware. The new Data Safety section on Google Play, launched in April 2021, requires developers to provide privacy and security information by July 20. Google has collaborated with SDK developers to enhance security, resulting in 98% of apps on Android 11 or later reducing access to sensitive APIs and user data. Google Pixel devices feature a Security Hub and advanced machine learning models for malware detection.

Un conflitto latente che s’è riacutizzato

10 Jun 2019  |  Affari Internazionali - Politica ed economia estera
The article discusses the escalation of tensions between Serbia and Kosovo following a police operation against organized crime in northern Kosovo, which resulted in the arrest of 19 people, including 10 Serbian police officers. The Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić accused the operation of targeting the Serbian minority, while Kosovo officials, including President Hashim Thaci and Foreign Minister Beghjet Pacolli, stated the operation was aimed at dismantling criminal networks and was not a threat to Serbs. The NATO-led KFOR forces, through spokesperson Colonel Vincenzo Grasso, indicated that Belgrade was informed of the arrests, contradicting Vučić's claims. The article also touches on the broader conflict between Serbia and Kosovo, the failed negotiations over territory exchange, and the inflammatory remarks by Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, which have further complicated relations. Vučić has called for a compromise to avoid further conflict, with the next step being a summit in Paris to discuss the resumption of negotiations.

Serbia: Vučić tra proteste di piazza e rebus Kosovo

03 May 2019  |  Affari Internazionali - Politica ed economia estera
Thousands of citizens have been protesting in Belgrade for the eighteenth consecutive Saturday against President Aleksandar Vučić and the government, demanding their resignation and free elections. Vučić, a center-right nationalist and head of the Serbian Progressive Party (Sns), is accused of authoritarian policies and limiting freedom of expression and media, creating an illiberal climate. Serbia ranks 76th in the world for press freedom according to Reporters sans frontieres, having dropped ten positions from the previous year. The protests began after the beating of Borko Stefanović, leader of the opposition Left Serbia (Ls) party. The protesters demand public media access in view of future elections. The latest demonstration in April was the largest since the protests began, with about 20,000 people. Vučić's party responded by organizing a counter-rally of 100,000 supporters. Vučić has been in power for seven years and is supported by the EU and the US for his role in stabilizing the region and continuing negotiations with Kosovo over territorial exchanges.
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