Christchurch attack: tech firms must clean up platforms – Javid

UK home secretary says they ‘have responsibility not to do terrorists’ work for them’Internet companies who allow the distribution of banned content “should be prepared to face the full force of the law”, Sajid Javid has said, as he called on people to…

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Worry less about the march of the robots, more about techno panic | Kenan Malik

An obsession with the threat of technology may well edge us closer to the dystopia we’re so fearful of

 A robot cleaner infiltrates Germany’s ministry of finance by blending in with the pool of legitimate machines. After initially performing routine cleaning tasks, the robot, using facial recognition, identifies the finance minister. It approaches her and detonates a concealed bomb.

That’s one of the scenarios sketched out in a new report called The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence. Produced by 26 researchers from universities, thinktanks and campaigning organisations in Europe and the US, it is the latest in a series of studies warning of the dangers of AI.

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Worry less about the march of the robots, more about techno panic | Kenan Malik

An obsession with the threat of technology may well edge us closer to the dystopia we’re so fearful of

 A robot cleaner infiltrates Germany’s ministry of finance by blending in with the pool of legitimate machines. After initially performing routine cleaning tasks, the robot, using facial recognition, identifies the finance minister. It approaches her and detonates a concealed bomb.

That’s one of the scenarios sketched out in a new report called The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence. Produced by 26 researchers from universities, thinktanks and campaigning organisations in Europe and the US, it is the latest in a series of studies warning of the dangers of AI.

Continue reading…

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The Chinese firm taking threats to UK national security very seriously

Overseen by a UK government board, the Cell is a part of Huawei in Oxfordshire ensuring its own technology cannot be compromised for nefarious purposesWelcome to the Cell. All visitors must surrender their phones at the door. No cameras or filming equi…

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Osborne says abandoning tax credit cuts not a sign of weakness – Politics live

Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happen, including David Cameron’s statement to the Commons making the case for bombing Islamic State (Isis) in Syria

9.18am GMT

Here are the main points from the interviews that George Osborne has been giving this morning. As usual he was on a building site wearing a hi-vis jacket. (“As usual” because Osborne tries wherever possible to be filmed on a building site, a crude but probably effective way of reinforcing his claim that the Tories are “builders”.)

I don’t think it’s a weakness if you’re doing a job like mine to listen to people and listen to the concerns that are made.

Yeah, I’ve got it in my desk in the Treasury now. I always think it’s important to know what your political opponents are thinking and reading … I suspect he’s got several copies at home so I might keep hold of this one.

This job is all-consuming and all-absorbing so I’m 100% focused on that.

8.50am GMT

The Resolution Foundation, the thinktank focusing on the low paid, has put out a new analysis of the autumn statement and spending review this morning. It welcomes George Osborne’s decision to abandon his planned tax credit cuts, but it says that the working poor will still lose out from the introduction of universal credit over the next five years.

Here are the key points.

The focus in recent months and on the day of the autumn statement was rightly on the immediate impact on family budgets of tax credit changes next April. That reinforces how welcome the chancellor’s decision to reverse those changes is. It will have reassured millions of working families that were set to be significantly worse off next April.

The attention now turns to the longer term changes to the welfare system the government has put in train. All the post-2020 welfare cuts announced in the summer budget remain in place and will eventually affect millions of families as universal credit is rolled out nationally.

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Police cuts deal made despite terror threat, says George Osborne

Chancellor refuses to rule out cuts to policing in Wednesday’s spending review, which will include cuts to many government departments

The Home Office has agreed a deal on police cuts that are expected to hit frontline services despite heightened security concerns, George Osborne has revealed.

Confirming all government departments have settled their future spending plans for this parliament, the chancellor refused to confirm the exact nature of cuts to British policing.

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