Week Ending: June 1st - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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The sunny month of May has past and June is now here bringing with it the World Cup, Father’s Day, and, who could forget, World Gin Day. With an exciting month ahead let’s look back at what made the news in our industry this past week, rounding off the month of May.

Papa New Guinea bans Facebook for a month

Facebook has dominated the global news agenda in the past few months, not just technology news pages. This week it was revealed that Papa New Guinea has banned the social media giant for one month to allow the country to identify fake profiles and “consider the website’s effect on the country”.

The move is an interesting one with Communication Minister, Sam Basil, suggesting the country could create its own rival social network.

The time will allow information to be collected to identify users that hide behind fake accounts, users that upload pornographic images, users that post false and misleading information.

Sam Basil, Communication Minister

Only 10% of the population in Papa New Guinea have access to the internet however the country’s proactive approach to regulation could prove an example to others in these times of social media uncertainty.

F.B.I. urges router reboots to stop Russian-linked Malware

Across the pond in the US, the F.B.I. has made an urgent request to the owners of home or small office routers to reboot them. This comes as a Cisco analysis found that hundreds of thousands of routers were affected by malware linked to hacking group Fancy Bear.

Estimating at least 500,00 routers in 54 countries or more had been infected, Talos, Cisco’s threat intelligence division, found malware in devices such as: Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear and TP-Link.

Read more about the threat and measures people can take to combat it via The New York Times.

Companies are spending more on tech but without a clear strategy

Global firms’ tech spend is increasing however leaders are struggling with what this means for their company.

Deloitte recently undertook research surveying over 100 executives from FTSE companies. Results showed that respondents felt they had a distinct lack of experience and confidence to lead firms through times of significant digital change, along with the many challenges this will bring.

On the agenda for the next few years are areas such as: Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain and IoT, however executives conceded that organisations will need to develop training strategies to ensure employees are well equipped to operate in these areas. Whilst spend has increased significantly, a coherent strategy is something many are struggling with. Read the findings of Deloitte’s research via Computer Weekly here.

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