Tech Digest Daily Digest: GCHQ Experts Publish Paper on Child Protection Online

Two senior technical directors at GCHQ (above), the UK’s cyber intelligence agency, have published a new paper analyzing how tech companies can protect children from online sexual abuse. The impact of child sexual abuse can last a lifetime, even if the abuse takes place online. Research from the Independent Child Sexual Abuse Study found that survivors often face serious physical and mental health problems later in life. One of the challenges in tackling this online abuse is the growing number of services offering end-to-end encryption, technology that often undermines existing security features many companies use to detect child sexual abuse material. Sky News

A Samsung ad criticized for showing a woman running alone at 2 a.m. has been approved by the advertising watchdog. People complained that the smartwatch campaign was irresponsible for encouraging unsafe behavior. But the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said the ads “did not encourage an unsafe practice and were not irresponsible”. Esther Newman, editor-in-chief of Women’s Running magazine, said the statement “makes people think there’s nothing wrong.” Samsung previously apologized for receiving the ‘Night Owls’ ad when it launched in April. BBC

Google’s Wear OS platform has long been the laughing stock of the wearable community, but the tides are finally shifting. After years of neglect, Wear OS is finally getting a fair chance. There’s been a lot more to get excited about in the Wear OS world over the past year. The Snapdragon Wear 4100 series bolstered Fossil’s latest collection of watches to be pretty solid performers, and the galaxy watch 4 ushered in Wear OS 3. Plus, Google is finally, actually making a Pixel Watch! But today saw the biggest boost for the Wear OS market yet – Qualcomm finally makes a good chip. That’s one of the two things that clearly gives Wear OS a chance to really grow and thrive. 9 to 5 Google

Minecraft does not allow non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to be used on the popular gaming platform, describing them as contrary to Minecraft’s “values ​​of creative inclusion and play together”. NFTs grant ownership of a unique digital asset, usually an image or a video, with ownership being recorded in a decentralized digital registry known as a blockchain. Digital files can usually be copied or deleted for free, but an NFT identifies the owner of the original file for the purpose of buying, selling or trading the property – usually for cryptocurrency. Guardian

Internet companies were forced to use hosepipes to protect their servers as temperatures rose Tuesday, with Google and Oracle both experiencing outages in the 40C heat. The tech giants blamed the UK’s record-breaking heat wave for taking their data centers offline. Google and Oracle, which provide backbone Internet services to tens of thousands of websites, admitted they struggled to keep server equipment cool. Bloomberg reported Tuesday that some companies are turning to low-tech methods to keep their equipment cool, including running garden hoses on the roof to spray air-conditioning vents. Telegraph

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