The week that was: the 8 things you need to know

Week 47
The week that was: the 8 things you need to know

Meta is delaying the controversial end-to-end encryption on all of its services until sometime in 2023. The encryption has been criticized by governments and rights organization saying the encryption would make child safety investigations more difficult. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the encryption would be standard on all of the company’s services in 2019 after the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Apple sued Israel-based spyware firm NSO Group and its parent company. The company’s Pegasus software has been used to spy on politicians, activists and journalists extracting messages, photos and emails from their smartphones.

Women hold 60% of master degrees but only 25% of the top positions in the Europe, according to the She Figures publication, first released in 2003 and updated every third year presenting data on gender equality objectives in the field of Research and Innovation (R&I) policy.

The EU Commission will propose extending the list of ‘EU crimes’ to allow EU to criminalize gender-based hate speech and hate crime. The Commission will also propose new legislation to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence.

Companies experiment with artificial intelligence but it takes time until it becomes a part of their standard operations. It will take until 2025 for half of organizations worldwide to reach the “stabilization stage” of AI maturity or beyond, according to a forecast from marketing and research company Gartner.

Google has improved its commitments on earlier proposals on how to remove third party cookies and other functionalities from its Chrome browser, British competition authority announced. Among improvements is that Google will provide for a longer duration of 6 years from the date of any decision to accept Google’s modified commitments.

Amazon and Apple were fined a total of Euro 203 million by the Italian antitrust authority for alleged anti-competitive cooperation to sell Apple and headphone maker Beats products. The companies agreed that only selected resellers were allowed to sell Apple and Beats products on Amazon’s Italian site and thereby violating EU rules, the authority said.

Women athletes were the target of 87% of social media abuse during the Tokyo Olympics, according to a study from World Athletics. “These results raise concerns that existing safeguarding measures on social media platforms need to be tougher to protect athletes”, the study says.

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