What’s new in tech
Technology is being used to identify sexual predators in the workplace, said Jess McHugh in The Wall Street Journal. New apps and websites from organizations like Silent Choir Project, JDoe, and Callisto allow survivors “to report sexual misconduct and connect with victims of the same perpetrator.” San Francisco–based nonprofit Callisto enables victims to create an encrypted, time-stamped report of their experience. If two users identify the same perpetrator, they’ll be contacted with information about their options. To prevent accusations of collusion, accusers are notified separately. “The system won’t flag a report unless there’s a match, and it won’t notify HR.” On college campuses, where Callisto is already being used, 15 percent of users matched with a victim of the same perpetrator.
The cybersecurity shutdown
“In a stalemate over how best to secure America’s southern border, the Trump administration has endangered the integrity of one of the country’s even more important frontiers,” said Karen Hao in TechnologyReview.com. Forty-five percent of employees in the Department of Homeland Security’s newly created Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have been furloughed in the government shutdown, in addition to 85 percent of workers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The short-staffed NIST will likely miss deadlines for updating security guidelines, which many corporations rely on for setting their own cybersecurity practices. Retention and recruiting will likely suffer as well. “Workers won’t quickly forget that their jobs are subject to fickle political winds.”
Google’s European victory
Europeans still have a “right to be forgotten,” just not outside Europe, said Jake Swearingen in NYMag.com. In a major win for Google, a European Union court said that the EU’s policy requiring technology companies to remove some search engine results can only be applied within the EU. Europeans can ask that Google and other tech companies remove links in searches for their name if the information is “inadequate” or “irrelevant.” This often includes embarrassing stories about petty crimes or, more seriously, cases of revenge porn. But searchers outside Europe can still find that content, which led the French government to order Google to remove links globally. “If Google had lost the case, the policy could have potentially been stretched even further.”