Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Monkey Cage Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman by Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman Email the author April 12 at 1:02 PM Email the author Founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg speaks in Barcelona. (David Ramos/Getty Images) Over the past two days, U.S. observers of Facebook have been focusing on Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress, and the question of whether U.S. politicians might introduce new regulations of Facebook’s privacy and data … [Read more...] about Forget Congress. Facebook’s real problem is in Europe.
The Army is sending more Active Protection Systems systems on Abrams tanks to Europe to counter Russia. (Credit: US Army) The Army is massively revving up deployment of RPG-killing Active Protection Systems weapons on Abrams battle tanks to Europe as part of a sweeping effort to better arm its Armored Brigade Combat Teams and counter Russian threats in the region. Active Protection Systems (APS) use sensors and radar, computer processing, fire control technology and interceptors to find, target and knock down or intercept incoming enemy fire such as RPGs and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles, or ATGMs. The APS system now on Abrams tanks, called Trophy, is engineered to track and destroy approaching enemy fire through 360-degree radar and computer-enabled fire control technology designed to fire out an interceptor projectile to hit and explode attacking RPGs. “Not only will we be fielding one set of Trophy on Abrams tanks to Europe, but also three other brigades,” Maj. Gen. … [Read more...] about Army triples Abrams tank RPG-killing weapons bound for Europe
LONDON (CNNMoney) - A global tech earthquake is coming, and the epicenter is thousands of miles from Silicon Valley. The European Union is preparing to enforce a sweeping new data protection law that gives consumers much more control over how their personal details are used. Companies are scrambling to comply. Regulators say the new rules are necessary to protect consumers in an era of huge cyberattacks and data leaks, highlighted by Facebook's admission that the personal details of millions of its users were abused. Here's what's going on: What is it? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect across the European Union on May 25. It seeks to expand and update data rules that have been in place since 1995 -- long before hacks, security breaches and data leaks became a common occurrence. The new rules give Europeans more control over their personal data. The European Commission said that a lack of trust in tech companies was the main motivation behind the new rules. … [Read more...] about Will US regulate Facebook? Europe about to do just that
A cook named William is working on making a sweet treat. Another is busily preparing paella, made of seafood and rice. They and other cooks are moving around a big kitchen in a hurry. They are not getting ready to serve guests at a restaurant, however. They are prisoners working in a French jail. The Eysses detention center is in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, a town in southwestern France. Eysses prisoners like 32-year-old William are part of the French government’s efforts to reduce the number of repeat criminals. Officials hope this would ease the country’s problem with overcrowding in prisons. The number of inmates in France has risen from 48,000 in 2001 to almost 70,000 today. Last month, French President Emmanuel Macron released measures meant to fight the country’s prison problems. The plan included reconsidering short-term prison sentences in favor of home detention. He also proposed building 7,000 new cells over the next four years to ease overcrowding. Other ideas … [Read more...] about As Europe’s Prisons Fill Up, France Tries a Different Method
By Alex Stuckey Published 6:00 am, Thursday, April 12, 2018 Photo: Credit: European Space Agency Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 European Space Agency Director General JOHANN-DIETRICH WÖRNER European Space Agency Director General JOHANN-DIETRICH WÖRNER Photo: Credit: European Space Agency Leader of Europe's space program set to speak in Houston 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The leader of the European Space Agency will be in Houston next week and you can hear him speak for free. On April 19 at Space Center Houston, Johann-Dietrich Woerner, the agency's director general, will discuss future plans for Europe's space program, as well as the international collaboration with NASA and other country around the work. Woerner became director general in 2015 after serving as chairman of the German Aerospace … [Read more...] about Leader of Europe’s space program set to speak in Houston