Bailing Out

The Brooklyn Community Bail Fund opened for business in 2015, a heady time for criminal justice reform. The protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore had helped catapult conversations about police violence, mass incarceration, and the myriad injustices of the criminal justice system into a wider public awareness. For the first time in a generation or more, the United States seemed primed to reevaluate its commitment to mass incarceration and the institutions that fed it.
 Money bail—the practice that
| Magazine, April 2020, Bail Reform |

Virus-hit Hong Kong says it with face masks, not flowers, on Valentine’s Day

Hong Kong’s flower markets are lamenting dismal Valentine’s Day sales as the city battles the deadly coronavirus outbreak, with admirers joking that a box of face masks is a better way to say “I love you” than a bouquet. Aman Fong, an art director at a flower shop in the district of Mong Kok, says the usually bumper week leading up to Valentine’s Day has been horrendous for business. A man wearing a protective face mask as
| Business, Hong Kong, 2020 coronavirus |

Defeating the Hackers in Asia

By: Samuel Bocetta New and evolving cybersecurity threats have developed into one of the greatest hazards for governments and private companies worldwide, with significant data breaches affecting millions of users escalating from around 200 per year in 2005 to more than 5,183 in 2019, exposing 7.9 billion records, according to the US-based Risk Based Security.  Cyber-crime is expected to cost the global economy US$6 trillion annually in 2021, disrupting organizational operations and critical safety and security services, according
| News |

Hong Kong Free Press Editorial: Our new Annual Report

Downlo a d a copy  of our latest Annual Report – it includes a Transparency Report based on our latest yearly, independent audit. Letter from the Editor: Last year, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement sought to “blossom everywhere,” with protesters vowing to “be water” and act with fluidity, speed and flexibility. The HKFP team had to mirror the approach, streamlining our operations and deployment to cope with the unprecedented, non-stop demonstrations. Since last June, our
| HKFP Editorials, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Free Press |

Silicon Valley 2.0? Dubai to develop 'Crypto Valley' ... and it'll be tax-free

Silicon Valley 2.0? Dubai to develop 'Crypto Valley' ... and it'll be tax-free Dubai's Crypto Valley will be supporting startups on their path to blockchain glory. January 31st, 10:47 am January 31st, 10:49 am Reem Mehio [ Travelzoo ] The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), the emirate's free zone, announced its intent on establishing the world's largest Crypto Valley ecosystem. DMCC struck up a partnership with the Switzerland-based cryptographic
| News |

Hong Kong Free Press Editorial: Our new Transparency Report

We are proud to be Hong Kong’s  most transparent  news outlet and, as a non-profit company, HKFP is  externally audited  every year. Be assured that, when you donate to HKFP , every cent is put to careful use and goes directly towards frontline journalism and original reporting.  Income for our latest audited year – 1/1/2018 to 31/12/2018 – was as follows: Income 2018
| HKFP Editorials, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Free Press |

Akon targets Senegal's tourism in latest African project

Tourism is the latest sector that Senegalese-American singer and songwriter Akon has identified as a potential area of investment on the African continent. Best known for his R&B hits such as “Locked Up” and “Smack That,” the singer whose real name is Aliaume Thiam has over the years championed different projects notably Lighting Africa that aims to provide electricity to 600 million Africans. In this article, we highlight some of Akon’s projects on the continent. Investing in Senegal’s tourism sector
| News |

Fugitive Businessman Carlos Ghosn Puts Spotlight on Japanese Justice

TOKYO—Though former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn is unlikely to stand trial in a real court, he has made himself a key witness in putting Japan’s justice system on trial. In his first public appearance after fleeing to Lebanon, Ghosn lambasted what he called unfair detention and bail conditions, saying he was presumed guilty and had “zero chance” of a fair trial in a system rigged against him. “I didn’t run from justice, I left Japan because I wanted justice,”
| 15-year prison term, 99% conviction rate, former nissan chairman carlos ghosn |

Arab Region’s Largest Youth Gathering Focuses on New Tech

At the Global Youth Forum in Egypt thousands of youth attend a session on Artificial Intelligence and to hear Sophia — a humanoid robot capable of displaying humanlike expressions and interacting with people. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS By Stella Paul SHARM-EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Dec 18 2019 (IPS) On late Monday morning, a motley group of more than a thousand youth gathered in a hall in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, to listen to Sophia — a humanoid robot capable
| Conferences, Economy & Trade, Featured |

Twitter chief Jack Dorsey announces plans to move to Africa

Tech executive declared plan to move temporarily in 2020 following a month-long visit to entrepreneurs on the continent Twitter chief Jack Dorsey said this week that he plans to move to Africa for up to six months next year. The tech executive announced the planned move following a month-long trip visiting entrepreneurs on the continent. “Sad to be leaving the continent … for now. Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one!),” Dorsey
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Debunking the Binance Police Raids with OSINT

This investigation is an excerpt from the weekly CryptOsint, Brenna Smith’s newsletter which digs into the intersection of open source research and cryptocurrency. You can subscribe to the newsletter here . Crypto-twitter was abuzz this weekend over a rumor of police raids at one of the world’s most popular and most influential exchanges, Binance. The twist: the raids allegedly took place at a Shanghai office Binance says never existed. Tweets were shared, sides were
| Rest of World |

Smart cities have to be cyber-smart cities

As cities turn to IoT to address long-standing urban problems, Andrew Lee, ESET Government Affairs Liaison discusses the risks of leaving cybersecurity behind at the planning phase. You’ve probably heard the term “smart cities” – that is, the idea that extensive use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to monitor energy, utilities and transportation infrastructure can lead to cost savings, reduction of environmental impact and faster fault resolution. The benefits are obvious. If a street lamp fails, and can tell
| Expert Speak, Andrew Lee, ESET |

Sign Up For CryptOsint Today!

Issue #2: “What does Libra mean for open source investigators?” CryptOsint is a news round-up dedicated to covering who is using blockchain technology and how they’re doing it. Think of it as the intersection between open source investigations and the crypto world. Through CryptOsint, you will discover weekly content that will help you make sense... The post Sign Up For CryptOsint Today! appeared first on bellingcat .
| Events, Resources, cryptocurrency |

Pavel Durov tangles with US regulators: the travails of Russian internet whizz kid new cryptocurrency

Hello! This week we examine the travails of Russian internet whizz kid Pavel Durov’s new cryptocurrency, Gram, which has been blocked by the U.S. regulator. We also look at Russia’s conflicting messages on climate change; the top officials summoned to testify at a $12 billion case against Russia in Paris; what Russia stands to gain […] The post Pavel Durov tangles with US regulators: the travails of Russian internet whizz kid new cryptocurrency appeared first on The
| Weekly |

Pavel Durov tangles with US regulators: the travails of Russian internet whizz kid new cryptocurrency

Hello! This week we examine the travails of Russian internet whizz kid Pavel Durov’s new cryptocurrency, Gram, which has been blocked by the U.S. regulator. We also look at Russia’s conflicting messages on climate change; the top officials summoned to testify at a $12 billion case against Russia in Paris; what Russia stands to gain […] The post Pavel Durov tangles with US regulators: the travails of Russian internet whizz kid new cryptocurrency appeared first on The
| Weekly |

HTC join hands with Bitcoin

Leading smartphone manufacturer, HTC and one of the world’s oldest and most established cryptocurrency, Bitcoin have announced the beginning of a long-term, mutually beneficial partnership to drive innovation and adoption of crypto technologies. HTC is known for pushing the boundaries of technology with cutting edge, futuristic smartphones, and they have done it again. HTC’s flagship EXODUS 1 smartphone is now the first phone that provides Bitcoin Cash (BCH) support without having to download a BCH wallet from an app store.
| Cryptocurrency, News, Smartphones |

Right Brain

On my desk sit four containers of brain pills. Though they are made by four separate companies, they are similar enough in appearance and content to be almost interchangeable. The ingredients mention green tea extract and bacopa, B vitamins and black pepper extract. The names of the formulae— Alpha Brain , Gorilla Mind Smooth , Brain Force Plus , Dawn to Dusk —are displayed in clean, futuristic fonts. Three
| Magazine, September 2019, Culture |

Right Brain

On my desk sit four containers of brain pills. Though they are made by four separate companies, they are similar enough in appearance and content to be almost interchangeable. The ingredients mention green tea extract and bacopa, B vitamins and black pepper extract. The names of the formulae— Alpha Brain , Gorilla Mind Smooth , Brain Force Plus , Dawn to Dusk —are displayed in clean, futuristic fonts. Three
| Magazine, September 2019, Culture |

The Evolution Of Bitcoin In Terrorist Financing

Terrorists have been tinkering with bitcoin as early as 2012 — but today, jihadi crowdfunding campaigns have been on the rise. Some think that since most of these campaigns haven’t raised significant funds, there isn’t much to worry about. I will explain why this is wrong. Terrorists’ early attempts at using cryptocurrencies were filled with... The post The Evolution Of Bitcoin In Terrorist Financing appeared first on bellingcat .
| MENA, News, bitcoin |

Smart TVs makes attractive target for cybercriminals

Denise Giusto Bilić, Security Researcher at ESET explains how internet-enabled Smart TVs have become a attractive target for cyberattacks and how cybercriminals can ruin more than your TV viewing experience by spying on users with the cameras and microphone or act as jumping-off points for attacks at other devices in home and corporate networks. With their high-resolution screens, cameras, microphones and innovative interfaces geared towards a better user experience, smart TVs have found their way into many homes. They have
| Expert Speak, Televisions, cyberattacks |

New Android ransomware found by ESET

Android ransomware may be on the decline since 2017 – but recently, ESET researchers discovered a new ransomware family, Android/Filecoder.C. Using victims’ contact lists, it attempts to spread further via SMSes with malicious links. The new ransomware was seen distributed via porn-related topics on Reddit. The malicious profile used in the ransomware-distributing campaign was reported by ESET but is still active. For a short period of time, the campaign had also run on the “XDA developers” forum, a forum for
| News, Security, Android/Filecoder.C. |

Bahrain’s Rain closes $2.5 million seed round, becomes first licensed cryptocurrency exchange in the Middle East

Rain, a Bahrain-based cryptocurrency exchange has closed its $2.5 million seed round, it announced in a statement to MENAbytes. The round was co-led by BitMEX Ventures, the investment arm of the BitMEX, which is a cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform and Kuwait-based cryptocurrency fund, Blockwater. Some other regional investors including Vision Ventures, 500 Startups (MENA), and Taibah Valley also […] The post Bahrain’s Rain closes $2.5 million seed round, becomes first licensed cryptocurrency exchange in the Middle East appeared first on
| Investments, News, Startups |

Facebook Is a New Form of Power

Typically for Silicon Valley, Facebook’s June announcement of plans to launch a global, digital currency—Libra—spoke of empowering billions of people, especially those without access to banking. Also typically, skeptics were quick to ask whether anyone should actually trust the behemoth with such a tool. France’s finance minister raised concerns about privacy, money-laundering and terrorist use, and U.S. lawmakers called on Facebook to cease all development of Libra. At hearings last week, Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy criticized the centralized nature of
| Facebook, Currency, Politics |

Facebook takes on the world of cryptocurrency with ‘Libra’ coin

FACEBOOK unveiled plans Tuesday for a new global cryptocurrency called Libra, pledging to deliver a stable virtual money that lives on smartphones and could bring over a billion "unbanked" people into the financial system. The post Facebook takes on the world of cryptocurrency with ‘Libra’ coin appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
| Business, Insights, News |

Facebook announces its cryptocurrency ‘Libra’, to launch next year

Facebook has finally confirmed its plans to launch a cryptocurrency called Libra. As the previous reports suggested, Libra won’t be controlled by Facebook alone. The cyptocurrency is being launched by Libra Association, a governing body (being established not-for-profit organization) that has 27 founding members to oversee Libra and its development. Facebook will be having one […] The post Facebook announces its cryptocurrency ‘Libra’, to launch next year appeared first on MENAbytes .
| News, Global |

What’s the Best Way to Keep Incendiary, Violent Content Offline?

In early April, in the anxious days of mourning after the massacres at two New Zealand mosques, the Australian government passed what it called the Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material bill. The hastily drafted law called for fines of up to 10 percent of annual revenue or three years of jail time for technology executives whose companies fail to “expeditiously” take down abhorrent content. According to The Guardian , objectionable content would include “videos depicting terrorist acts, murders, attempted murders, torture, rape or kidnap.”
| Foreign Affairs, Politics, Facebook |

How To Track Illegal Funding Campaigns Via Cryptocurrency

After posting a tutorial on tracking GRU agents’ bitcoin (BTC) transactions, I’ve received numerous responses asking how to find out even more. I aim to please, so I’ve put together another tutorial using Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades’ bitcoin funding campaign as a case study. What You’ll Need To effectively analyze any bitcoin address, I rely... The post How To Track Illegal Funding Campaigns Via Cryptocurrency appeared first on bellingcat .
| Guides, bitcoin |

Bitcoin: Cryptographic Tool That Can Secure Civil Liberties

Over a half-century ago, President Dwight Eisenhower recognized a force that threatens democratic government. In his farewell address on January 17, 1961, he alerted the American people about a "permanent armaments industry of vast proportions" and its impact in shaping the very structure of our society. He called it the military-industrial complex and urged the … Continue reading "Bitcoin: Cryptographic Tool That Can Secure Civil Liberties" The post Bitcoin: Cryptographic Tool That Can Secure Civil
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The Spy Who Wasn’t

On a steamy Sunday last July, at about half-past noon, a caravan of unmarked SUVs exited the FBI’s Washington, D.C., field office, an eight-story concrete building that exudes all the charm of a supermax prison. The cars moved swiftly across the city; speed was critical. There were indications that the target, who had canceled the lease on her apartment and packed her belongings, was about to take flight. Just before one o’clock, the SUVs turned off Wisconsin Avenue and into
| feature, Politics, Magazine |

Why is the Russian economy growing despite Western sanctions?

Hello! This week we kick-off with an explainer on Russia’s impressive economic performance in 2018 (sanctions notwithstanding) and whether the growth data could been doctored. Then we have stories on Durov’s very optimistic valuation for his new cryptocurrency project, how a propaganda chief fared when he went on a popular YouTube show, billionaire Mikhail Fridman’s […] The post Why is the Russian economy growing despite Western sanctions? appeared first on The Bell — Eng .
| Weekly |

Dubai-based luxury ecommerce platform The List now accepts Bitcoin payments

Dubai-based luxury ecommerce platform The List that raised $1.7 million in seed funding last year now accepts Bitcoin as a payment method, the company announced in a statement yesterday. The payment method is only available on The List’s iOS app. The startup claims to be the first luxury fashion mobile platform to offer the Bitcoin […] The post Dubai-based luxury ecommerce platform The List now accepts Bitcoin payments appeared first on MENAbytes .
| News, Technology, Crypto |

Tracking Illicit Transactions With Blockchain: A Guide, Featuring Mueller

In recent years, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin have been used by terrorists to conduct funding campaigns, authoritarian governments to subvert its citizens’ human rights, and GRU agents to hack the Democratic National Committee as well as the Clinton campaign. Though many people utilize virtual currencies for legitimate purposes, the technology is an enticing tool for... The post Tracking Illicit Transactions With Blockchain: A Guide, Featuring Mueller appeared first on bellingcat .
| Guides, bitcoin, GRU |

Is blockchain all hype? A financier and supply chain expert discuss

Iaremenko Sergii/Shutterstock.com This is an article from Head to Head , a series in which academics from different disciplines chew over current debates. Let us know what else you’d like covered – all questions are welcome. Details of how to contact us are at the end of the article. Arturo Bris : Have you ever watched footage from the early 1980s of people trying to explain the internet? They’re sceptical
| News |

How to train 21st century engineers for tech discoveries

Engineering education needs to keep up with technological advances. Shutterstock The year is 1985. Portable CD players like the Sony Discman are the epitome of consumer technology: a battery-operated device that allows you to listen to music anywhere (provided you brought the CDs as well). A recent graduate from electronics and computer engineering programs understands how the portable CD player works. They cannot build it without the precision
| News |

Despite delay, Durov on track to launch his cryptocurrency in March

The founder of Telegram and Vkontakte, Pavel Durov, is preparing to launch TON, his blockchain platform and cryptocurrency, for which Telegram raised $1.7 billion a year ago. A key meeting with major investors should take place within a month, sources familiar with the plans told The Bell. Durov’s team had previously said that the TON […] The post Despite delay, Durov on track to launch his cryptocurrency in March appeared first on The Bell — Eng .
| Scoop |

The media outlet that exposed Prigozhin is sold to a magazine magnate

Hello! Our top story this week is about why a glossy magazine magnate bought a small media outlet that punched above its weight with blockbuster investigations into a controversial businessman close to Putin. We also look at a billionaire’s son and his investment in the world’s first cryptocurrency exchange (which opened this week in Belarus), […] The post The media outlet that exposed Prigozhin is sold to a magazine magnate appeared first on The Bell — Eng
| Weekly |

Transparency and privacy: Empowering people through blockchain

Blockchain technologies can empower people by allowing them more control over their user data. Shutterstock Blockchain has already proven its huge influence on the financial world with its first application in the form of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin . It might not be long before its impact is felt everywhere. Blockchain is a secure chain of digital records that exist on multiple computers simultaneously so no record can be
| News |

Cryptojacking will continue to grow in 2019

Cases of cryptocurrency mining and cryptojacking will continue to grow in 2019, as attackers target smart devices and home assistants to build cryptomining farms, according to ESET’s latest trends report. Along with cryptomining, Cybersecurity Trends 2019: “Privacy and intrusion in the global village” details the predictions of top experts from the global cybersecurity firm, revealing the cybersecurity trends set to impact businesses in 2019. Trend #1: Cryptomining continues to rise Cryptocurrency mining beat ransomware in terms of media attention in
| Cryptocurrency, News, cryptojacking |

Cryptojacking will continue to grow in 2019

Cases of cryptocurrency mining and cryptojacking will continue to grow in 2019, as attackers target smart devices and home assistants to build cryptomining farms, according to ESET’s latest trends report. Along with cryptomining, Cybersecurity Trends 2019: “Privacy and intrusion in the global village” details the predictions of top experts from the global cybersecurity firm, revealing the cybersecurity trends set to impact businesses in 2019. Trend #1: Cryptomining continues to rise Cryptocurrency mining beat ransomware in terms of media attention in
| Cryptocurrency, News, cryptojacking |

Dark Markets for cybercriminals are thriving

Stephen Cobb, Senior Security Researcher at ESET reviews the business of cybercrime that is thriving in the absence of counter-effective measures thereby undermining the benefits of digital technology. Are you in the market for stolen data? How about some tools to help you steal data or make money by hijacking other people’s computers? Well you’re in luck. It is now easier than ever to engage in cybercrime thanks to “next generation” dark markets. A dark market is defined here as
| Expert Speak, Security, cryptojacking |

Google top searches revealed

This year’s most trending queries in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the UAE had a few things in common, especially between Egypt and Saudi Arabia where the more traditional songs dominated the top songs list. Football was also a common theme between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, who both competed in this year’s World Cup. Most searched words – UAE 1. World Cup 2. Indian Premier League 2018 3. Sridevi Kapoor 4. Priyanka Chopra 5. Passport Index 6. Fortnite 7. Bitcoin Price
| News, Egypt, Google Search |

Afghan voting, Ugandan mudslides and Burundi’s rusty old signs: The Cheat Sheet

Here’s the IRIN team’s weekly take on humanitarian news, trends, and developments from around the globe. */ On our radar A vote for stability in Afghanistan   This weekend, analysts will be keeping an eye on voter turnout for parliamentary elections – seen as a harbinger of public confidence ahead of presidential elections scheduled for next April – as well as signs of voter fraud, which has
| News |

Afghan voting, Ugandan mudslides and Burundi’s rusty old signs: The Cheat Sheet

Here’s the IRIN team’s weekly take on humanitarian news, trends, and developments from around the globe. */ On our radar A vote for stability in Afghanistan   This weekend, analysts will be keeping an eye on voter turnout for parliamentary elections – seen as a harbinger of public confidence ahead of presidential elections scheduled for next April – as well as signs of voter fraud, which has marred previous polls. Afghan authorities
| News |

Zambia central bank warns against use of cryptocurrencies

Bank of Zambia (BoZ), the country’s central bank has cautioned members of the public against cryptocurrencies. BoZ says cryptos are not legal tender in the Republic of Zambia, local portal Mwebantu reports. The bank stressed that persons who involve in such transactions will be doing so at their own risk because cryptocurrencies are not issued by the bank or any known player in the finance sector. Mwebantu further reports that the BoZ statement comes at a time when there was
| News |

How to avoid falling victim to fake financial apps

Lukas Stefanko, Malware Researcher at ESET highlights that cybercrooks have used fake finance apps on Google Play to phish six online banks and cryptocurrency exchange worldwide. The writer also shares tips to secure yourself against such crimes. Another set of fake finance apps has found its way into the official Google Play store. This time, the apps have impersonated six banks from New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Poland, and the Austrian cryptocurrency exchange Bitpanda. Using bogus forms, the
| News |

Opera PC Browser now with built-in crypto wallet

Opera, the popular browser announced that it is adding a built-in crypto wallet to its PC Browser and all the user will need to do is to connect their Opera PC browser with the crypto wallet-enabled Opera mobile browser by simply scanning a QR code on their Opera PC browser. This will grant them access to their mobile wallet with cryptocurrencies and collectibles. This will allow users to sign transactions with their fingerprints instead of using long passphrases, while maintaining
| Apps ,Cryptocurrency ,News |

Watts Miners launches new line of mining rigs

Watts Miners, a company that develops and sells cutting edge cryptocurrency mining rigs equipped with ASIC chip technology, launched its line of mining rigs for BTC, ETH, LTC, DASH and XMR with unprecedented hash rates as a result of advanced ASIC chip technology. The rigs are equipped with industrial power for mining farms as well as retail household consumers and are currently priced below market alongside Watts Miners Grand Opening offers which include a buy three, get one free effective until
| Cryptocurrency ,News ,ASIC chip |

HTC launches first blockchain phone

HTC announced the launch first major blockchain phone – the Exodus and expand the blockchain ecosystem by creating the world’s first phone dedicated to decentralized applications and security. With the release of the HTC Exodus, which includes an all-important cold storage wallet, we can now make this a reality. “In the new internet age people are generally more conscious about their data, this a perfect opportunity to empower the user to start owning their digital identity. The Exodus is a great
| News ,Smartphones ,Animoca |