Online privacy experts sound alarm as US Senate bill sparks surveillance fears

A US Senate bill that critics say would enable widespread censorship and surveillance has taken a significant step towards becoming law, raising alarm among internet freedom advocates.

The Senate judiciary committee voted on Thursday to advance the Earn It Act, legislation that on paper is intended to address sexual exploitation. However, privacy experts say the act would give the Department of Justice unprecedented power over the internet and potentially threaten the privacy of messages sent online.

The “Eliminating Abuse and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technology” (Earn It) Act was introduced in March by the South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, Democrat Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Republican Josh Hawley of Missouri, and Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California to address what lawmakers characterized as “the rapid increase of child sexual abuse material on prominent online platforms”.

“Technological advances have allowed the online exploitation of children to become much, much worse over recent years,”

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New 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class gets 3D instrument cluster, next-gen MBUX software


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Every new Mercedes-Benz S-Class needs to be significantly better than its predecessor. The next-generation model is almost ready to make its global debut, and official details about it are beginning to emerge. Mercedes announced the sedan will inaugurate a new version of its MBUX infotainment system that’s packed with a mile-long list of features ranging from fingerprint recognition to a Chit-Chat function that answers questions.

The software’s central component is a 12.8-inch, portrait-oriented OLED touchscreen with haptic feedback technology. It groups the functions you’d normally expect to find in an infotainment system, like navigation, connectivity, and entertainment, and it’s also used to adjust the climate control system. Going all-digital allowed Mercedes to design a dashboard with 27 fewer buttons than the one in the outgoing, current-generation S-Class. Safety-related features (like the windshield wipers and all of the lights) are still operated via stalks,

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Online school? In-person? How parents are making their own fall 2020 decisions as COVID-19 squabbles continue

As officials play political football with K-12 school reopenings, parents such as Johanne Davis are formulating their own game plans for the fall.

“To exercise an abundance of caution, I’d like to keep my kids home with me where they’ll study online,” says Davis, a mother of three from Indian Land, South Carolina, one of countless states where COVID-19 cases have spiked in recent weeks.

“Health is the issue, not just for my children, but also school workers,” Davis says. “Teachers shouldn’t have to be front-line soldiers in this pandemic.”

Families across the nation are busy making their own calculations about whether to send children back to school. While Davis seems resolved, many parents are still mulling.

Johanne Davis, left, in a photo with her three children. Davis and her husband say they're both fortunate enough to work from home and can manage the children if they have to spend a lot of next year studying remotely. But she acknowledges that hers is a privileged position not afforded to lower-income parents grappling with child care in order to go off to work.
Johanne Davis, left, in a photo with her three children. Davis and her husband say they’re both fortunate enough to work from home and can manage the children if they have to
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Bosch announces new Nyon on-board computer and Kiox software update

Bosch has announced its new model features for 2021, and the big update is increased functionality and connectivity for the Nyon and Kiox on-board computers as well as some new navigation features that will greatly improve e-bike riders’ experience, whether commuting, riding for fun or hauling cargo around town.

Alongside these new computers, Bosch announced new variants of its eShift concept and software updates for the Performance and Cargo Line motors, which increase torque by 10Nm for better acceleration and low-cadence performance.

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 The new Bosch Nyon on-board computer

Bosch has completely redesigned the head unit of the Nyon computer to make it more user-friendly and to bring its overall functionality up to date.

The new form factor features a 3.2-inch high-resolution colour display with a coating to reduce glare and fingerprints. To make it easier

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