A Brazilian hacker claims he was hired by ex-President Jair Bolsonaro to tamper with electronic ballot boxes in the 2022 elections. This should raise doubts about the electoral system. Bolsonaro disagrees. The landing of the Russian moon probe “Luna-25” on the moon was planned for Monday. But after an “unexpected incident” the probe crashed and Russia’s moon mission failed. And the blocking function at X, formerly Twitter, is to be restricted. On the other hand, there is criticism – a brief overview of the most important reports from the weekend.
At the end of October last year, Brazil’s current President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva won the presidential elections by a narrow margin with 50.9 percent of the votes. Incumbent Jair Bolsonaro has never admitted defeat. During the election campaign, he repeatedly claimed that the electronic voting machines were susceptible to fraud, without providing any evidence. Late last week, a Brazilian hacker testified before a parliamentary investigative committee that during last year’s election campaign, Bolsonaro asked him to tamper with an electronic voting machine to show that Brazil’s electoral system was not secure. The ex-president denies the claim. Brazil: Hacker should manipulate electronic voting machine for Bolsonaro
After 47 years, Russia has launched another moon mission. The Russian lunar program plans to build its own space station on the moon by 2040. More than a week ago, the lunar probe “Luna-25” was launched into space; last Wednesday it entered the orbit of the moon. According to Russian information, the 1,800-kilogram missile then searched for a suitable landing site. On Thursday, the Russian space agency presented a photo of the lunar surface taken by the probe. But then problems arose and shortly thereafter the contact broke off. The lunar probe “Luna-25” went out of control and crashed on the moon. Russia’s “Luna-25” probe crashed – moon mission failed
Next prank in the conversion of the former short message service Twitter. X owner Elon Musk announced at the end of last week that he would be removing the blocking function on the social network. Users would thus be deprived of the opportunity to prevent other people from seeing their profile and tweets. This is a frequently used tool, especially against haters and trolls. It was initially unclear whether Musk would be violating the rules of the Apple and Google app stores by removing the function. Regardless of this, the plans have met with criticism, for example at the Auschwitz Holocaust Memorial. X/Twitter: Criticism of Musk’s plan to get rid of the blocking function
In June, after a long debate, the “Online News Act” was passed in Canada, also known as the “Link Tax”. Similar to German ancillary copyright law, online services should pay media companies if they only display excerpts of their content or if links to messages from the offers can be called up. The tech group Meta strictly refuses to do so. As of early August, Facebook and Instagram stopped showing news in Canada, and Meta blocked hyperlinks to domestic and international news sources. This is becoming a problem for Canadians as wildfires spread across the country. Young people in particular could only be reached through social media. Wildfires: Canada urges Meta to lift news blackout
So far, most Internet companies have been collecting freely accessible data on the Internet in bulk and using it to train their AI systems. However, this collection of data is viewed more and more critically, not least for reasons of data protection. In some cases, regulatory interventions by some states are already being considered or threatened. The Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Ulrich Kelber, is now calling for rules for the collection of data by AI-supported services such as ChatGPT. Because if personal data is publicly accessible, it would have to be specially protected from the point of view of data protection and should under no circumstances be used for any purpose. Data Protection Officer: Use rules to slow down AI when collecting data
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