The Aarogya Setu team in response to Alderson, said in a statement, “No personal information of any user has been proven to be at risk by this ethical hacker. We are continuously testing and upgrading our systems. Team Aarogya Setu assures everyone that no data or security breach has been identified.” … [Read more...] about Aarogya Setu app is now open source: what does it mean?
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Google Messages may be moving towards end-to-end encryption for RCS, according to an analysis of the app by APKMirror, a platform for developers to post new developments. Rich communication services (RCS) is the successor to SMS as a message protocol, and has been adopted by apps like Signal and Apple’s iMessage. As more developers switch to RCS for their products, cellular carriers have had to transition to the new standard. Cellular operators in the United States said they’ll offer RCS by the end of 2020. In India, the default application on Android smartphones uses SMS, while Apple has RCS-enabled iMessage for chats between iPhone users. Cross-platform text messages revert back to SMS. Google first unveiled RCS chat in 2018 and said it’d become Android’s primary texting platform. The internal build of Google Messages v. 6.2 analysed by APKMirror found 12 new strings that pertain to encryption. However, they said the information was insufficient to gauge … [Read more...] about Google switching from SMS to RCS end-to-end encryption for its default messaging app
You wouldn’t expect Roger Waters and KN Govindacharya to have a common inspiration, would you? It turns out, they do: George Orwell. As the Coronavirus pandemic began to spread in India, the Narendra Modi government built an app called AarogyaSetu (meaning Bridge of Health), and mandated all citizens to install it on their smartphones and populate it with their health and location data. The app then computes the possibility of the person having come in contact with a Covid-19 positive person and the chances of herself being infected. It advises the user the course of action to follow and also sends the information to government databases. On May 6, Govindacharya, through his lawyer, Virag Gupta, sent a legal memo to AarogyaSetu’s creator, National Informatics Centre, saying that the app had poor privacy controls and inadequate data safety. (Last week, the government threw open the app’s source code for public scrutiny.) The salvo was the latest in a series from the … [Read more...] about Govindacharya emerges as an unlikely influencer of India’s tech policies late in his career
By Ayesha JhunjhunwalaAs the worst-hit countries including Italy and the UK limp past their infection peaks governments worldwide face difficult decisions about how to relax lockdowns. Some are already experiencing a second wave of infections which indicates that start-stop lockdowns might be a reality for months to come, possibly longer. This means preparing for a future in which containment and treatment are balanced with limited economic activity.Information and communications technology (ICT) can help us adapt to this new reality but tapping its full potential will require focus, collaboration, sustained investment, and safeguards. The basic pillars of any virus response include detection, containment, and treatment; the first two are where ICT can have the greatest impact. Available data and artificial intelligence (AI) tools can be harnessed to harvest and process large volumes of information to allow for hyper-local interventions. Leveraging technology to improve detection and … [Read more...] about ICT infrastructure could help navigate a post-Covid world
Google Photos allows users to easily upload photos as it comes with a drag-and-drop interface. It also does the occasional springcleaning as it clubs two or more duplicate pictures together, saving space and time. Before uploading photos, you can choose if you wish to use ‘High Quality (free unlimited storage) or ‘Original’ in which all photos and videos are saved to your Google Drive which has limited storage. Searching for images in Google Photos is easier than ever. All you have to do is search your photo with a keyword and get the photos corresponding to it. When you search ‘food’ all the images with food show up. Using the swipe and pinch gesture, you can easily navigate through your photograph as per the date and time. Google Photos also allows users to edit their pictures with the help of simple yet powerful tools which help apply filters, choose colours and more. The app also allows making movies, collages, animations and more. . After a … [Read more...] about Picture-perfect: Google Photos turns 5, Silicon Valley honchos say good things