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Governments around the world have seized on the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to expand digital surveillance and harvest more data on their citizens, according to a report out Wednesday from Freedom House, a democracy and human rights research group.

Why it matters: Privacy advocates have warned since early in the pandemic that the tech behind efforts to conduct contact tracing and enforce quarantines and other public safety protocols could be abused and made permanent, particularly in authoritarian countries like China.

What’s happening, according to the report:

Dozens of countries have rolled out government-backed contact-tracing apps without effective laws to protect people from overly expansive data collection.

  • China, Russia, India, Singapore, Ecuador and Bahrain were among the countries that Freedom House found implemented apps that either send reams of data unchecked to government servers or make invasive data and health documentation demands.

Governments in at least 28 countries censored

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  • Huawei is in talks with Digital China Group and other buyers to sell parts of its Honor smartphone business, Reuters reported.
  • The deal could be worth up $3.7 billion, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.
  • The Chinese tech giant, facing heavy US sanctions, wants to concentrate on its high-end Huawei phones from now on, sources said.
  • Other potential buyers include smartphone maker Xiaomi and TCL Technology, the report said.
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Huawei is in talks to sell parts of its Honor smartphone business in a deal which could fetch up to 25 billion yuan ($3.7 billion), Reuters reported. 

Huawei, which faces heavy sanctions in the US, wants to step away from developing its low-cost Honor phones and instead concentrate on high-end Huawei devices, according to people familiar with the matter.

Digital China Group, the main distributor for Honor smartphones, is the frontrunner to

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a close up of a box: Internet freedom in India declined for a third year: Report


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Internet freedom in India declined for a third year: Report

Internet freedom in India declined for a third straight year, as government authorities increasingly shut off connectivity to suppress anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests, said a report.

The Freedom House report said spyware campaigns targeting human rights defenders added to the already restrictive environment for privacy.

“Meanwhile, both the CAA protests and the COVID-19 pandemic led to an information environment plagued by disinformation, often pushed by political leaders themselves. Within this environment, women, religious, and marginalized communities, in particular, experienced online harassment and trolling,” the report said.

The report said despite the Supreme Court establishing certain safeguards to be followed by the government before ordering internet shutdowns, India still registered to be home to more government-imposed internet shutdowns than anywhere else in the world.

The move was justified by authorities for reasons including the need to counter

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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.
Nowhere has
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  • Amazon workers are demanding that the company give all US employees paid time off to vote in the upcoming election, NBC News reported Tuesday.
  • The petition, which gained more than 3,200 supporters, called for “a paid day/shift off that can be used anytime between now and Election Day on Nov 3” and “every year” in the future, according to NBC News.
  • “We have supplied all of our employees with information on how to register to vote, details of their local polling locations and how to request time off to vote,” an Amazon spokesperson told Business Insider.
  • Amazon and subsidiary Whole Foods employ nearly 1.4 million workers in the US.
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Amazon workers, who have become increasingly vocal about the company’s policies during the pandemic, have a new demand: time off to vote in the upcoming US elections.

More than 3,200 Amazon workers have signed

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SYRACUSE, N.Y., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft is first in computer reliability according to RESCUECOM’s annual holiday computer reliability report; Lenovo takes second place and Apple wins the bronze medal.

Choose Microsoft Surface for Reliable Gifts

This holiday season, a Microsoft Surface is the best choice for shoppers prioritizing computer reliability. Once maligned for failing to secure their systems against bugs and viruses, Microsoft now outpaces competitors at producing reliable computers that save their owners future computer repair costs.

“When you buy a Surface, you are essentially purchasing protection against the kind of problems that regularly take down other computers,” says RESCUECOM CEO David A. Milman. “Microsoft is making products with computer reliability leagues beyond what other brands are doing, and it is paying off for their customers.”

Microsoft’s investment in building well-running machines comes at a cost, as

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SYRACUSE, N.Y., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft is first in computer reliability according to RESCUECOM’s annual holiday computer reliability report; Lenovo takes second place and Apple wins the bronze medal.

Choose Microsoft Surface for Reliable Gifts

This holiday season, a Microsoft Surface is the best choice for shoppers prioritizing computer reliability. Once maligned for failing to secure their systems against bugs and viruses, Microsoft now outpaces competitors at producing reliable computers that save their owners future computer repair costs.

“When you buy a Surface, you are essentially purchasing protection against the kind of problems that regularly take down other computers,” says RESCUECOM CEO David A. Milman. “Microsoft is making products with computer reliability leagues beyond what other brands are doing, and it is paying off for their customers.”

Microsoft’s investment in building well-running machines comes at a cost, as computers from the Surface line are far from

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People visit the stand of Tencent’s mobile game ‘Glory of Kings’ during the 2020 China Digital Entertainment Expo & Conference (ChinaJoy) at Shanghai New International Expo Center on July 31, 2020 in Shanghai, China.

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SINGAPORE — Video games are booming in China’s smaller cities, with citizens there accounting for more than half of revenue nationally, according to a recent report by Niko Partners.

“76% of gamers in China live in Tier 3-5 cities, accounting for 70% of game revenue,” Niko Partners said in a synopsis of its China Gamers Report.

Cities in China are classified by tiers based loosely on population and economic size. For example, places such as capital Beijing and Shenzhen are generally considered tier-one cities, while lower-tier cities are smaller.

The country is the world’s top game market and will generate an estimated $40.85 billion in revenue this year, according

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Ultimately, the subcommittee concluded that instead of preserving jobs, the Trump administration’s implementation of the Payroll Support Program “significantly weakened the Program’s impact on job preservation.”

The subcommittee’s assessment comes in stark contrast to how the program has played out for passenger airlines, which received the bulk of the more than $25 billion that was allocated to pay front-line workers. Airline and union leaders say the program saved tens of thousands of jobs until it expired Oct. 1 and have been aggressively pushing to extend it through the end of March.

“The Payroll Support Program has supported hundreds of thousands of aviation industry jobs, kept workers employed and connected to their healthcare, and played a critical role in preserving the U.S. airline industry,” the Treasury Department said in a statement. “Implementation focused first on the largest employers to help stabilize an industry in crisis and support as many jobs as

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