Dfinity, the much-hyped and long-anticipated blockchain project whose creators say will be the basis of a decentralized “internet computer,” is now open to third-party developers.
Dominic Williams, Dfinity’s founder and chief scientist, said during a live-streamed launch event that today’s “Tungsten release” is the third of five “public milestones,” the fifth of which will be the culmination of the full internet computer sometime “later this year.”
Dfinity raised $102 million in a 2018 funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz. In total, it has raised more than $160 million.
“One of the biggest problems emerging in technology is the monopolization of the internet by Big Tech — companies that have consolidated near-total control over our technologies,” Williams said in a statement. Dfinity uses a blockchain-based protocol to weave together computing capacity from a decentralized network of data centers. The goal is to shift the power back to developers aiming to build
Britain’s computer users are at greater risk of cyber-attack because “outdated” laws mean investigators are required to ask criminals and rogue states permission to interrogate their systems.
Leaders of Britain’s multi-billion pound tech industry have today (Mon) written to Boris Johnson urging him to rewrite the 30-year-old computer misuse act to provide tech firms with legal cover to help GCHQ and other Government agencies counter cyber attacks.
They say the “outdated” law was designed to protect telephone exchanges when only one in 200 (0.5 per cent) of people and has now been overtaken by highly sophisticated cyber criminals who are running rings round investigators who have “one arm tied behind their backs.”
There are 4.6 million online crime incidents every year mainly related to fraud but also including malware, hacking and sophisticated attacks by organised crime or rogue nations.
They cite Section One of the act which prohibits the
When the Detroit Police Department called Robert Williams, he thought it was a prank.
The voice on the other end of the line told Williams to turn himself in at the DPD’s Third Precinct. Why? The cop wouldn’t say.
“I can’t turn myself in if you can’t tell me,” Williams recalls saying. “I said, ‘If you want me, you can come to my house and bring a warrant.'”
But it was late in his work day, and Williams was disturbed enough to head home, calling his wife, Melissa, as he drove. When she answered, the cops were already there.
What Williams didn’t know on that day back in January is that he had been misidentified by the Detroit Police Department’s controversial facial recognition technology as a shoplifter who allegedly stole five watches from Midtown’s trendy Shinola store in October 2018, making him the first person known to have been arrested
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