George Soros to start $1 billion university to fight authoritarianism and climate change

Billionaire George Soros said he will commit $1 billion to start a global university to fight authoritarian governments and climate change, calling them twin challenges that threaten the survival of our civilization. The Open Society University Network will offer an international platform for teaching and research, the 89-year-old said Thursday at the World Economic Forum … Read more

Automation isn’t wiping out jobs. It’s that our engine of growth is winding down | Aaron Benanav

Automation is a red herring. The wider environment of slowing growth explains low labor demand largely by itself An army of robots now scrub floors, grow microgreens and flip burgers. Due to advances in artificial intelligence, computers will supposedly take over much more of the service sector in the coming decade, including jobs in law, … Read more

Minnesota’s Sentry Bank selects CSI NuPoint

Minnesota-based Sentry Bank has selected Computer Services Inc (CSI) and its NuPoint core processing solution, as well as a hatful of online banking, mobile banking and payments tools. CSI announces its first deal of 2020 According to the vendor, Sentry Bank picked NuPoint to enhance its overall customer experience, particularly in the online banking and … Read more

Watchdog cracks down on tech firms that fail to protect children

Sites must assess content for sexual abuse and suicide risk or face fines of up to £17m Technology companies will be required to assess their sites for sexual abuse risks, prevent self-harm and pro-suicide content, and block children from broadcasting their location, after the publication of new rules for “age-appropriate design” in the sector. The … Read more

From goodwill to bad blood: How Mohammed Bin Salman used a U.S. publicity tour to hack Jeff Bezos

In the spring of 2018, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, arrived in the U.S. for a three-week cross-country tour to pitch a progressive vision for his kingdom, including an economic plan less reliant on oil, and to charm America’s elite. He visited MIT and Harvard, talked space travel with Richard Branson and hobnobbed with celebrities, … Read more

Jeff Bezos phone hack highlights how hackers can use WhatsApp to spy

Saudi Arabia’s use of WhatsApp to allegedly hack Jeff Bezos’ phone has sparked a huge amount of backlash, including from the United Nations. But the fact is that the technique used—sending infected files via the popular messaging service—is an increasingly common way to spy on high-profile targets, according to security experts. The hack involves sending … Read more