“Natural” beauty products are huge now because of a fear of chemicals | Vox


The backlash against traditional beauty companies — and the rise of “clean” ones — might have been inevitable. As scary-sounding reports about ingredients made the rounds over the years, consumers demanded answers.

But cosmetics regulation laws in this country haven’t been meaningfully updated since 1938.

The Food and Drug Administration, contrary to what some people assume, only has minimal oversight of the beauty industry. For the most part, beauty companies regulate themselves.

But now cosmetics industry regulatory legislation that languished for years is closer than ever to becoming law.

Source: “Natural” beauty products are huge now because of a fear of chemicals – Vox

By 2025, Machines Will Do More Work Than Humans, a New Report Says | Nextgov


report from the World Economic Forum released Monday, forecasts that machines will perform more than half of all “work tasks” by 2025, compared to just 29% today, which will lead to the displacement of 75 million jobs between now and 2022. But over the same five-year period, a projected 133 million new roles will be created, leading to 58 million net new jobs.

Although technological advancement might be a force for good overall, that doesn’t mean displacement won’t cause strife for the individuals who lose their livelihood along the way.

Source: By 2025, Machines Will Do More Work Than Humans, a New Report Says – Nextgov

3 Ways Intelligence Agencies Are Using AI | Nextgov


At the National Security Agency, AI is being used to augment human language processing.

La’Naia Jones, IC deputy chief information officer, said commercial tools have only come so far, and NSA has unique problems, including complex languages and degraded audio.

“NSA has retooled the process to integrate AI across the board,” she said, changing “the way the workflow is performed and to create a continuous training set for the machines.”

Source: 3 Ways Intelligence Agencies Are Using AI – Nextgov

Making Algorithms Less Biased | Nextgov


The Center for Government Excellence on Monday released a toolkit designed to help local officials root out that kind of bias by improving the fairness and transparency of data science projects in their pipelines.

Human review is needed to minimize unintentional harm to residents from inequitable automated decisions, Andrew Nicklin, director of data practices at GovEx, told Route Fifty.

The new toolkit from the Center for Government Excellence, or GovEx, offers a risk management approach to algorithms, which are now used in many aspects of government, from criminal justice to smart cities to education.

Source: Making Algorithms Less Biased – Nextgov

Capacity Media | global telecoms news, events and community


Across other regions, the GXI found that the US is an early adoption market for digital business and home to the largest number of multinational enterprises. In terms of growth, the US is expected to see a CAGR of 45%, contributing more that 40% to global interconnection bandwidth.

Asia-Pacific will benefit from rapid urbanisation and is home to many large scale digital content providers. It is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 51% per annum, contributing more than 27% of interconnection bandwidth globally.

Source: Capacity Media – global telecoms news, events and community

Pipeline Cybersecurity: Federal Policy


TSA (Transportation Security Administration) already has statutory authority to issue cybersecurity regulations for pipelines if the agency chooses to do so, but it may not have the resources to develop, implement, and enforce such regulations if they are mandated.

TSA maintains that voluntary standards have been effective in protecting U.S. pipelines from cyber attacks. Based on the agency’s corporate security reviews, TSA believes cybersecurity among major U.S. pipeline systems is effective.

However, without formal cybersecurity plans and reporting requirements, it is difficult for Congress to know for certain. Whether the self-interest of pipeline operators is sufficient to generate the level of cybersecurity appropriate for a critical infrastructure sector is open to debate.

Source: Pipeline Cybersecurity: Federal Policy – download (pdf)

The hunt for better climate science


Rising seas threaten low-lying cities, islands and industries worldwide.

But projections for how high and how soon the rise will come vary wildly in part because scientists lack clarity on how fast warming oceans are melting polar ice sheets. The uncertainty confounds the preparations of governments and businesses and fuels the arguments of climate-change skeptics.

Source: The hunt for better climate science

Cryptocurrency exchanges at risk of manipulation: report | Reuters


The study found that online platforms where virtual currencies such as bitcoin can be bought and sold by individuals operate with lower safeguards than traditional financial markets, are vulnerable to market manipulation and put customer funds at risk.

“As our report details, many virtual currency platforms lack the necessary policies and procedures to ensure the fairness, integrity, and security of their exchanges,” Attorney General Barbara Underwood said in a statement.

Source: Cryptocurrency exchanges at risk of manipulation: report | Reuters

Renault-Nissan adopts Android in coup for Google | Reuters


The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi carmaking alliance said on Tuesday it will adopt Alphabet’s Google Android operating system, handing a victory to the U.S. tech giant as it pushes for a bigger share of the infotainment market.

Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi, with combined sales of 10.6 million vehicles last year, said future models will “integrate Google applications and services” including Maps and the voice-commanded Google Assistant.

Source: Renault-Nissan adopts Android in coup for Google | Reuters

Audi launches electric SUV in Tesla’s backyard, with assist from Amazon | Reuters


German luxury car brand Audi on Monday staged the global launch of a new electric sport utility vehicle on the home turf of rival Tesla Inc (TSLA.O), and highlighted a deal with Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) to make recharging its forthcoming e-tron models easier.

Source: Audi launches electric SUV in Tesla’s backyard, with assist from Amazon | Reuters