Kill Shots: Why cinema has drone warfare in its sights

The Guardian / Henry Barnes Drones have caught the public imagination like never before. If its news of celebrities being chased by them or in mainstream Hollywood blockbusters (not to mention countless independent films or artworks by the likes of James Bridle, George Barber, or Omar Fast), the image of the drone has overshadowed our cultural imaginary. The opening sequence of the frankly racist and inflammatory Gerard Butler vehicle London Has ... read more

Investors cool on start-ups that promise silver bullets

FT / Murad Ahmed 2015 was a boom year for cyber security start-ups, but this started to come to an end in 2016. It is a very precarious investment area right now. Could this be due to the general downturn facing the tech industries? Or to a souring attitude towards the cyber defence sector? This seems odd given the increase of high profile hacks of major companies – JP Morgan Chase, Target, TalkTalk, FiatCrysler am... read more

EU and US Strike Data Sharing Deal

FT / Duncan Robinson A new deal struck between the US and EU will avoid indiscriminate surveillance of data by the US government – a fear that many in the international community had for several years surrounding the methods previously used to transfer sensitive data (such as photos, payslips and so on). “Safe Harbour” had been declared illegal by the European Court of Justice, which meant tech companies had to find new, legal ... read more

London park visitors covertly tracked via phone data

The Guardian / Oscar Williams In an attempt to analyse footfall and demographics, Royal Parks are analysing mobile phone data, capturing and locating visitors up to 12 months after their visit. Using the EE network and a third party (Future Cities Catapult), Royal Parks used data captured during visits to their parks and stored for a four week period before being analysed. This allowed them to track the locations and movements of ... read more