Mar 23rd 2019

Politics this week

Politics this week

A gunman killed 50 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, streaming part of the atrocity live on Facebook. The attacker, an Australian who had been living in New Zealand for two years, was motivated by fears that immigration was threatening “white” culture. The government vowed to tighten gun-control laws and monitor right-wing extremists more carefully. Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan’s strongman …

Business this week

Business this week

The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged, and suggested it would not raise them at all this year (in December the Fed indicated rates might be lifted twice in 2019). It is also to slow the pace at which it shrinks its portfolio of Treasury holdings from May, and stop reducing its balance-sheet in September. After months …

Plague without locusts Is insectageddon imminent?

Plague without locusts Is insectageddon imminent?

Not yet. But precautions are needed “BE AFRAID. BE very afraid,” says a character in “The Fly”, a horror film about a man who turns into an enormous insect. It captures the unease and disgust people often feel for the kingdom of cockroaches, Zika-carrying mosquitoes and creepy-crawlies of all kinds. However, ecologists increasingly see the insect …

Whose business is your data? Europe’s GDPR offers privacy groups new ways to challenge adtech

Whose business is your data? Europe’s GDPR offers privacy groups new ways to challenge adtech

And regulators are listening THE EU’S GENERAL Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has opened the way for a range of complaints about online advertising auctions. A British group called Privacy International says that companies collecting, buying and selling user-data in order to buy and sell advertising do not have the “legitimate interest” in doing so that GDPR requires. The …