How the U.S. can defend its elections from cyberattacks

June 30, 2017

Mandatory Credit: Photo by MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock (7426437h) Voting Polls Virginia US presidential election voting, Alexandria, Virginia, USA – 08 Nov 2016 Image: MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock Amid the cybersecurity whirlwind that has been May and Junewhen the world got its first taste of what widespread ransomware attacks are capable of (WannaCry) and the continued wave of attacks that is still unfolding globally (Petya/NonPetya)the publics attention has yet again been pulled away from the news…

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Could Trump’s vague plan to expand rural broadband actually work? It’s hard to tell

June 25, 2017

A sign in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hangs on a farming tractor near a polling station in Cave Creek, Arizona. (Photo by )Image: Ralph Freso/Getty Images If you live in the country, there’s a good chance you don’t have broadband-speed internet. Only one in ten Americans lack access to a connection that meets the government’s new standard for the designation, but more than two thirds of them…

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Toilet charity renames Indian village after Trump to raise awareness

June 24, 2017

A poster with the image of U.S. President Donald Trump is set up at Marora village, unofficially renamed "Trump Village."Image: MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images During Donald Trump’s first few months in office he’s unexpectedly inspired a great deal of bathroom-related discussion, ranging from urine-themed jokes to trademarked Trump toilet paper. But the latest association between the U.S. President and toilets comes from a charity effort that hopes to provide a small…

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Leading universities rated ‘bronze’ under new ranking system – BBC News

June 22, 2017

Drop-out rates The TEF, which was introduced by the previous government, is being administered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce). Degree providers – a mixture of universities, colleges offering degree courses and alternative providers – could choose whether or not to take part. However, those awarded a bronze or higher – all institutions that took part, besides 64 who were given a provisional rating – are now…

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Queen’s Speech 2017: May promises ‘humility’ – BBC News

June 21, 2017

Sources from the DUP have warned that the party cannot be “taken for granted”, although it is expected to back the Queen’s Speech when MPs vote on it next week. What to expect from the Queen’s Speech What might not be in it? Don’t take us for granted, DUP tells Tories The speech is written by the government but read by the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament. It…

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Clutter wants to store your stuff but help you not forget it exists

June 15, 2017

Image: clutter Clutter is disrupting its own name. SEE ALSO: This startup wants to be the QVC of your smartphone The two-year-old startup takes the stuff you don’t use out of your home and makes sure you don’t just put it in a disorganized storage unit. Clutter, based in Los Angeles, employs movers and software engineers who work together to build a sophisticated system of packing and storing, where each…

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Payday loan complaints see sharp rise despite new rules – BBC News

June 13, 2017

The FCA is already conducting is own inquiry into overdrafts, door-to-door lending and other forms of loans. Consumer groups have consistently argued there should be an overdraft cap in place. A Lords committee also recently called for stronger controls such as a cap on “rent to own” products. Financial exclusion ‘challenge’ The FOS figures, published in its annual review, show that the total number of payday loan complaints was nine…

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Reality Check: What is the Prevent strategy? – BBC News

June 5, 2017

Social services departments have become increasingly involved in identifying Prevent cases because of their duty to counter radicalisation. About 7,500 referrals were made to the scheme in 2015-16 – the equivalent of 20 a day – according to a Freedom of Information Request to the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC). Out of those referrals, action was taken in one in every 10 cases. No action at all was taken in…

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Election 2017: People turn to Google ahead of election – BBC News

May 18, 2017

The data reveals “who should I vote for” was more popular in Willesborough in Kent than anywhere else between 9 May and Tuesday. The area comes under the Ashford constituency, which was last won by the Conservatives in 2015. Second on the list is Chorley in Lancashire, which was last won by Labour. Election 2017: All you need to know What do new voters make of the election? The maps…

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