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Google CEO Sundar Pichaoi to tell Congress company 'supports federal privacy legislation' amid allegations of security violations and political bias

The Independent - Tech

The boss of Google - under fire over allegations of political bias and its failure to protect personal information - is to tell congress it supports government legislation that defends against privacy violations. On the day Google announced it was to terminate earlier than planned its modestly-used social media network Google Plus because of a flaw that had leaked the personal information of 52.5m users, CEO Sundar Pichai made clear he would defend the company against accusations of favouritism or predisposition. "I lead this company without political bias and work to ensure that our products continue to operate that way," Mr Pichai will say in prepared remarks he is due to deliver on Capitol Hill. "To do otherwise would go against our core principles and our business interests." He added: "We are a company that provides platforms for diverse perspectives and opinions - and we have no shortage of them among our own employees. "Some of our Googlers are former servicemen and women who have risked much in defence of our country.


Twitter chief Jack Dorsey faces backlash after promoting tourism to Myanmar despite Rohingya crisis

The Independent - Tech

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is under fire after posting tweets encouraging followers to visit Myanmar, without mentioning allegations of genocide and gang rape by its military against Rohingya Muslims – nearly a million of whom have been forced out the country. The backlash began on Saturday evening, when Mr Dorsey posted about his 10-day trip to the Myanmar town of Pyin Oo Lwin for a meditation retreat. In the thread, Mr Dorsey wrote about how he had isolated himself from technology to "hack at the deepest layer of the mind and reprogram it" using an intense form of Buddhist meditation called Vipassana. He went on to call the country beautiful, writing "the people are full of joy and the food is amazing". Towards the end of the thread, Mr Dorsey encouraged his 4.12 million followers to try Vipassana for themselves, and even go to the country in the south-east Asian nation: "If you're willing to travel a bit, go to Myanmar."


Keyboard warrior: the British hacker fighting for his life

The Guardian

In October 2013, Lauri Love was drinking coffee in his dressing gown in his bedroom at his parents' house in the village of Stradishall, Suffolk, when his mother called upstairs to say there was a deliveryman at the front door. Love, whose first name is pronounced "Lowry", like the English painter, clomped downstairs.



Mexico president caught up in another scandal: 2006 police rape allegations

FOX News

Human rights activists have demanded an investigation into the vicious sexual assault of 11 women during a 2006 crackdown on demonstrators in a town on the outskirts of Mexico that was ordered by now President Enrique Peña Nieto when he was governor of the state of Mexico. The case, part of a multi-year examination by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) into abuses that occurred during the crackdown in the town of San Salvador Atenco, found that at least 11 women who were detained by police during the protest were raped, beaten, penetrated with metal objects, robbed and humiliated while in custody at a holding facility hours away. One of the women was forced to perform oral sex on numerous police officers, and all were denied medical examinations for numerous days. "I have not overcome it, not even a little," one of the women, María Patricia Romero Hernández, told the New York Times. "It's something that haunts me, and you don't survive.