1. Facebook suspends another firm amid data scandal
Facebook suspends another firm after alleged data leak from its collaboration with Cambridge Analytica. YouCube, an online quiz producer, claimed to use its questionnaires for non-profit research but later shared information with marketers. Facebook immediate terminate the collaboration for caution purposes.
2. Russian government to block Telegram messaging app
The Russian government has begun to block the Telegram messaging app in the country. The Roskomnadzor media regulator is seeking the block because the firm has refused to hand over encryption keys used to scramble messages.Telegram was given a deadline of 4 April to hand over the keys. But the company has refused.
3. Google employees challenges Pentagon project
Thousands of Google employees have signed a petition asking the Internet tycoon to stop working with US military. The project involves using artificial intelligence to improve the precision of military drone strikes. According to the open letter, many employees fear that this new technology development may bring fatal damage once used for military purposes.
4. Uber stops tests on self-driving car
Uber said its is suspending self-driving car tests in all North American cities after a 49 years old woman was hit while crossing the road in Tempe, Arizona. The fatal accident raised awareness nationwide on the use of AI in automobiles. People are questioning whether it is too early for us to trust a robot to drive.
5. Drones can be used to detect bad farms
A group of campaigners complains that the Environment Agency can only check soil on 0.5% of farms each year. Their report indicates drones can help to spot bad farming, which is said to cost more than £1.2bn a year by clogging rivers and contributing to floods.