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Analysis of cyber failure of CrowdStrike and Microsoft
LinkedIn adds games and AI tools to increase user visits
AI tools create realistic child abuse images, says report
Delta cancels additional 600 flights on Monday following cyber outage
South Korean court considers arrest warrant for Kakao founder
US tops AI startup creation, China imposes ideological controls
Elon Musk’s AI fashion show goes viral
Russia claims it was unaffected by the global IT systems outage
Samsung plans revolutionary AI phones

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Analysis of cyber failure of CrowdStrike and Microsoft

On 19 July 2024, a blue screen of death appeared on many Microsoft computers. While we will closely monitor the latest developments on CrowdStrike cyber failure, this page provides an analysis of the wider relevance and impact of this cyber incident.

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UN Cybercrime Convention: Will states give in disagreements for the sake of a global common threat?

As the concluding session of the UN process to negotiate a cybercrime convention approaches, Diplo invited several experts representing different stakeholder groups to discuss past failures, disagreements, and expectations for the final round of UN negotiations.

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In the beginning was the word, and the word was with the chatbot, and the word was the chatbot

Given the profound importance of language and its various disciplines in technological developments, it is crucial to consider how chatbots function as products of advanced technology. Specifically, it contributes to understanding how chatbots learn through algorithmic cognition and how they effectively and accurately respond to diverse user queries reflecting their systems in linguistics studies such as Ferdinand de Saussure.

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Digital Watch newsletter – Issue 91 – July 2024

Issue 91, July 2024: In our July issue, we look at how the UN can navigate the tightrope between innovation and impartiality when integrating AI in its operations, explore how AI chatbots master language using principles rooted in the linguistic theories of Ferdinand de Saussure, look at recent governments' actions on digital antitrust oversight, and explain how social media giants won in free speech showdown at the US Supreme Court.


DW Weekly #169 – 19 July 2024

A major tech outage today (19 July) is disrupting operations worldwide across industries. The OEWG adopted its third progress report and advanced debates about the next mechanism for ICT discussions. The US FBI unlocked the Trump shooter’s phone.


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The process towards a Global Digital Compact

How will the Global Digital Compact be developed and what will it focus on?

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