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Politics Hillicon Valley — Facebook 'too late' curbing climate falsities

01:05  18 september  2021
01:05  18 september  2021 Source:   thehill.com

Hillicon Valley — Howard University hit by ransomware attack

  Hillicon Valley — Howard University hit by ransomware attack Today is Tuesday. Welcome to Hillicon Valley, detailing all you need to know about tech and cyber news from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley. Subscribe here: thehill.com/newsletter-signup.A major Washington, D.C., university was hit by a ransomware attack over Labor Day weekend, forcing the cancellation of classes on Tuesday and highlighting continuing cyber threats faced by schools and universities. Meanwhile, Google yet again finds itself in the antitrust hot seat as the Department of Justice reportedly prepares another lawsuit against the Silicon Valley giant.

Advocates: Facebook falls short combating climate change misinformation

a sign in front of a building: Hillicon Valley — Facebook 'too late' curbing climate falsities © Getty Images Hillicon Valley — Facebook 'too late' curbing climate falsities

Today is Friday. Welcome to Hillicon Valley, detailing all you need to know about tech and cyber news from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley. Subscribe here: thehill.com/newsletter-signup.

Facebook announced a plan to combat climate change misinformation by boosting factual claims, but an environmental organization said the tech giant's effort fails to adequately address the issue.

Meanwhile, Apple and Google removed an app created by allies of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny after representatives of the tech companies were reportedly invited to meet at the Russian parliament.

Overnight Hillicon Valley — Hacking goes global

  Overnight Hillicon Valley — Hacking goes global Today is Thursday. Welcome to Hillicon Valley, detailing all you need to know about tech and cyber news from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley. Subscribe here: thehill.com/newsletter-signup.The United Nations (U.N.) on Thursday confirmed a report that its systems were breached in April, underscoring how cyberattacks have ripped across the globe and affected major organizations. The hackers behind the breach have not been identified, but we'llThe United Nations (U.N.) on Thursday confirmed a report that its systems were breached in April, underscoring how cyberattacks have ripped across the globe and affected major organizations. The hackers behind the breach have not been identified, but we'll examine what we know so far.

Follow The Hill's cyber reporter, Maggie Miller (@magmill95), and tech team, Chris Mills Rodrigo (@millsrodrigo) and Rebecca Klar (@rebeccaklar_), for more coverage.

Let's jump in.

Missing the mark

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Facebook's new effort to combat climate change misinformation falls short of addressing the root of the false claims spreading on the social media platform, an advocacy group said.

Facebook announced a plan Thursday including a $1 million investment in a new climate grant program to support organizations working to combat climate misinformation, but the group Friends of the Earth said the effort misses the point and will fail to expel the vast majority of disinformation.

Not a fan: "Facebook's actions are far too little, far too late," Michael Khoo, Friends of the Earth co-chair of the Climate Disinformation Coalition, said in a statement. "Facebook knows the super-spreaders of climate disinformation and should put an end to their repetitive lies. We cannot solve social media disinformation by playing an endless game of whack-a-mole with known liars."

Climate change: Australia is shaping up to be the villain of COP26 talks in Glasgow

  Climate change: Australia is shaping up to be the villain of COP26 talks in Glasgow If Australia's allies were worried that the country might cause them problems at upcoming climate talks in Glasgow, the past week of events should leave little doubt in their minds. It will. © Lukas Coch/AP Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, on Sept. 9, 2021. The government confirmed it refused to allow climate change goals to be written into a proposed free trade deal with Britain, as pressure mounts on Australia to make more ambitious commitments to cut carbon emissions.

Friends of the Earth released a report with an analysis of disinformation following the February 2021 storm-related blackouts in Texas. The analysis looked at disinformation spreading debunked myths that renewable energy was to blame for outages.

The data: The analysis found less than 1 percent of high-performing Facebook posts spreading the debunked claims about the blackout contained a fact-checking label. The 10 highest-performing posts blaming renewable energy, garnering a total 673,300 total interactions, lacked a fact-check label, according to the analysis.

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Removal in Russia

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An app created by allies of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny that has drawn the ire of Russian authorities appeared to have been removed from Apple and Google stores Friday ahead of the country's parliamentary elections this weekend.

Overnight Hillicon Valley — Ex-US intel operatives pay to settle hacking charges

  Overnight Hillicon Valley — Ex-US intel operatives pay to settle hacking charges Today is Tuesday. Welcome to Hillicon Valley, detailing all you need to know about tech and cyber news from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley. Subscribe here: thehill.com/newsletter-signup.Three former U.S. intelligence and military personnel members settled with the Justice Department by agreeing to a massive sum due to allegations that they worked as mercenary hackers for the government of the United Arab Emirates. Meanwhile, a top official atThree former U.S. intelligence and military personnel members settled with the Justice Department by agreeing to a massive sum due to allegations that they worked as mercenary hackers for the government of the United Arab Emirates.

The Associated Press (AP) reported that the move comes after Apple and Google representatives were invited Thursday to meet at the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia's parliament, after which the council said that Apple had agreed to cooperate with repeated demands from authorities to remove the app over concerns of election interference.

A person with direct knowledge of the situation told the AP that Russian officials also pushed Google to remove the app in the face of legal demands by regulators and threats of criminal prosecution.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russian President Vladimir Putin's administration "definitely, of course" welcomes the move by the companies, arguing that the app was operating "outside the law."

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ORGANIZING ACROSS CANADA

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is reportedly launching a campaign to organize workers in at least nine Amazon facilities across Canada, as the tech giant resists unionization efforts in the U.S.

Union officials this week told Reuters about their nationwide plans, which include working with warehouse employees in Alberta who filed for a labor union election on Monday through the Teamsters Local Union 362.

Overnight Hillicon Valley — Majority supports national data privacy standards, poll finds

  Overnight Hillicon Valley — Majority supports national data privacy standards, poll finds Today is Thursday. Welcome to Hillicon Valley, detailing all you need to know about tech and cyber news from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley. Subscribe here: thehill.com/newsletter-signup.Polls suggesting that Americans are concerned about the privacy of their data online and want Congress to step in to help keep piling up. One released today found respondents unsatisfied with federal progress on data protection and eager for national standards.In other news, Facebook is cracking down on campaigns posing "social harm," and the DCCC released a website aimed at combating Spanish-language misinformation.

The campaign reportedly covers several Amazon facilities from the Pacific coastal province of British Columbia to southern Ontario, with one local Teamsters organizer telling Reuters, "Any locals that have an Amazon facility in their area are doing an organizing campaign."

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BITS AND PIECES

An op-ed to chew on: How to improve transatlantic relations without caving to Europe on technology and trade

Lighter click: Please look

Notable links from around the web:

U.S. to target crypto ransomware payments with sanctions (The Wall Street Journal / Ian Talley and Dustin Volz)

How Facebook Hobbled Mark Zuckerberg's Bid to Get America Vaccinated (The Wall Street

Journal / Sam Schechner, Jeff Horwitz and Emily Glazer)

Troll farms reached 140 million Americans a month on Facebook before 2020 election, internal report shows (MIT Tech Review / Karen Hao)

HelloFresh Workers Unionize to Improve Brutal Working Conditions (Motherboard / Lauren Kaori Gurley)

One last thing: United outage

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A systemwide outage briefly grounded several United Airlines flights across the United States and Canada on Friday.

At about 6:45 a.m., United issued a ground stop applying to flights traveling out of both the U.S. and Canada. After 45 minutes the stop was lifted, according to Fox News.

The carrier confirmed to The Hill that the service outage was due to issues in the system.

"This morning we experienced technical system issues that impacted our operations and have since been resolved. All systems are now working normally and we are working diligently to get customers to their destinations," United said in a statement.

Several United customers took to social media to share the issues they were experiencing with United's mobile app and at the airport.

Read more here.

That's it for today, thanks for reading. Check out The Hill's technology and cybersecurity pages for the latest news and coverage. We'll see you Monday.

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