Governments are using the pandemic to crack down on digital rights, report finds

The Freedom on the Net 2020 report, an assessment of 65 countries released Wednesday, found that the pandemic has accelerated a decline in free speech and privacy on the internet for the tenth consecutive year, and accused some governments of using the virus as a pretext to crack down on critical speech.

“The pandemic is accelerating society’s reliance on digital technologies at a time when the internet is becoming less and less free,” said Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House, which is funded by the US government. “Without adequate safeguards for privacy and the rule of law, these technologies can be easily repurposed for political repression.”

Amid the pandemic, internet connectivity has become a lifeline to essential information and services — from education platforms, to health care portals, employment opportunities and social interactions. But state and nonstate actors are also exploiting the crisis to erode freedoms online.
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Radix Technology Fuels Growth for Pro-Frotas’ 100% Digital Fuel Supply Management Solution

HOUSTON, Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pro-Frotas, a 100% digital fuel supply management start-up created in partnership with Ipiranga, is growing its operations with technology developed by Radix Engineering and Software. Ipiranga, a subsidiary of Ultra, is the largest private player in the Brazilian fuel distribution market, with nationwide coverage and a network of approximately 7,200 service stations.

Pro-Frotas was conceived with the purpose of reinventing the fleet refueling business, with technology that would supply 100% digital, free supply management and payment. Pro-Frotas contracted Radix, IIOT digital transformation experts, to create an application and web portal for management and control of fueling.

“The Pro-Frotas project was challenging from the start, in terms of both team and deadline. In order to develop a completely innovative product in the transportation market, we had to condense timelines. We created deliverables on short notice that provided a simple and reliable

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Canon Announces Powerful New EL-1 Speedlite with Rechargeable Battery and EOS M50 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera; More Info at B&H

Photography News: Canon has released a powerful new Speedlite with a rechargeable battery, an LED modeling light and new Xenon bulb and EOS M50 Mark II mirrorless digital camera

B&H Photo is pleased to share that Canon has announced a new powerful on-camera flash unit with a Xenon bulb for consistent output and a rechargeable Li-ion battery that will enable up to 335 flashes per charge. Designed for professionals and advanced amateurs, the Canon Speedlite EL-1 provides a Guide Number of 197′ at ISO 100 and 200mm, which is comparable to that of the 600EX II-RT Speedlite.

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Canon EL1 Speedlite (Photo: Business Wire)

The new EL-1 has a range of 24-200mm with a fast recycling time of 0.1-0.9 seconds. It also features an LED Modeling Lamp with adjustable brightness and color temperature controls. With a fully charged battery, the

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Many things to many people: Panasonic launches DC-BGH1 modular ‘box’ camera: Digital Photography Review

Panasonic has announced a new Micro Four Thirds video camera, the Lumix DC-BGH1. This box-style camera is built around a 10.2MP Live MOS sensor. Based on specs, the BGH1 might appear to be essentially a Panasonic GH5S minus the screen and controls, and to some degree, it is. Still, Panasonic has included several features that are rather interesting.

The aluminum and magnesium alloy body is relatively small, at 93mm per side and 78mm deep (3.66 x 3.07 inches). Notably, the camera lacks both a viewfinder and a screen but includes eleven 1/4″-20 sockets for mounting accessories or a tripod. An integrated fan and internal heat dispersion system allow for unlimited record times, and a hot shoe mount on top of the camera can be used to mount a microphone or Panasonic’s DMW-XLR1 XLR adapter.

Camera controls include a dial with a four-way controller on top, several dedicated function buttons and

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The New Digital Thundering Herd

We often hear advice to avoid herd mentality, but when it comes to Merrill Lynch’s approach to technology and wealth management, it’s time to follow the thundering herd.

Some 85% of Merrill Lynch’s clients in its 10 million plus cohort are digital adopters. That number may raise a few eyebrows. What does it mean to be a digital adopter? Could baby boomers really be embracing digital options? Surely the digital move must be led by millennials, or even those with fewer assets and less cumbersome needs.

Believe it or not, that’s not the case.

Kabir Sethi, head of digital wealth management for Merrill Lynch and Bank of America Private Bank, says that digital adoption has been closely correlated with the amount of assets the clients have with the firm. Both post and pre-Covid-19, digital adoption was highest among ultra-high-net-worth baby boomers, defying the misconceptions

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How Digital Technology Could Lead The ‘New Business Normal’ In Latin America

Managing Director & Founder of the Biz Latin Hub Group.

The most significant technological advancements that currently shape our society and economy have emerged from challenging times. The internet, for example — without which our daily life as we know it would be possible — emerged in light of the Cold War, after the United States Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) and MIT scientists invented a method to prevent communications from being affected in the event of an attack.

According to the UN, a report from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean found that the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to result in the loss of 8.5 million jobs in Latin America and the Caribbean. It has produced new realities through which life and business have managed to get ahead. Digital technology has proven to be the great ally of humanity, facilitating the adaptation of economies

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Takeda Accelerates Digital Transformation with Accenture and AWS

Collaboration will leverage cloud and data-driven insights to accelerate drug development, increase operational agility, reduce technology costs and develop the workforce of the future

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502/NYSE: TAK) (“Takeda”), Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) have entered into a five-year strategic agreement to accelerate Takeda’s digital transformation.

Not only will patients benefit from Takeda’s ability to respond with greater speed, agility, and insights across the value chain, but customers, employees, and partners will also benefit. This long-term collaboration will fuel Takeda’s cloud-driven business transformation by modernizing platforms, accelerating data services, establishing an internal engine for innovation, and equipping Takeda’s employees with new skills and ways of working.

“By combining the power of three organizations, Takeda is making a bold move to be at the intersection of human health, technology and business growth,” said Christophe Weber, Takeda president and chief executive officer. “My vision is

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Here’s a first glimpse of China’s digital yuan



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Yuan bank notes.

China’s long-anticipated digital yuan has arrived in the wallets of some ordinary citizens.

Beijing began exploring a digital currency in 2014, with the project going into high gear in 2017—the same year the country cracked down on cryptocurrency trading. The digital yuan is very much not a cryptocurrency; like the regular yuan, it is under the control of the People’s Bank of China, and will be rolled out with the help of the country’s largest commercial banks. After conducting small-scale trials earlier this year, China began its largest test yet yesterday, with 200 yuan ($30) worth of the virtual money issued to 50,000 citizens in the southern tech hub of Shenzhen through a lottery.

The pilot comes as the Chinese president Xi Jinping prepares to visit Shenzhen tomorrow (Oct. 14) to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the country’s establishment of its first special

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Global Pandemic Accelerates Digital Transformation According to Latest Study from Dell Technologies

  • Digital transformation seen as critical business driver for recovery
  • 80 percent of organizations globally have fast-tracked some digital transformation programs this year
  • Data privacy and cybersecurity concerns, limited resources and difficulty extracting insights from data identified as barriers to Digital Transformation
  • Complete results can be found at: https://DellTechnologies.com/DTIndex

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Dell Technologies today released results from a global study that shows organizations are shifting their digital transformation programs into high gear and are on the path to accomplish in a few months what would normally have taken them years. The findings, updated biennially in the Dell Technologies’ Digital Transformation Index (DT Index), indicate organizations are accelerating transformational technology programs during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

In one of the first global studies to measure business behavior as a result of the pandemic, Dell’s 2020 Index found that eight in 10 organizations have fast-tracked some digital transformation programs this year and 79

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Revived All Def Digital Charts Broader Content, Partnerships Under New Ownership

A year after All Def Digital, one of the web’s biggest Black-owned digital sites, collapsed in the aftermath of #MeToo allegations against founder Russell Simmons, the reborn company is charting a new course led by two former tech executives and backed by an ownership group that includes music and sports notables such as T.I., Killer Mike, Jason Geter, and Baron Davis.

The new ADD is moving beyond the original platform’s tight digital focus on hip hop, comedy and slam poetry. Under new CEO Cedric J. Rogers and partner Shaun Newsum, the new ADD is exploring more genres and distribution approaches. It’s also expanding relationships and programming ventures with traditional media companies, working with WarnerMedia-owned FullScreen, and Comcast
CMCSA
-backed production company Jupiter Entertainment, to beef up its programming, creator networks, brand relationships, and several new initiatives.

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