Tech Today: March 10, 2021

Tech Today: March 10, 2021

Here’s what you need to know about what happened in tech today:

US definition of ‘Broadband’ is a joke
In 2015, the US government defined broadband Internet access as anything that can download 25Mbps and upload at 3Mbps. These definitions are simply laughable. As we do more streaming, videoconferencing and gaming, 100Mbps connections should be the norm. While those of us in cities might be on nice connections (mine is at 250Mbps), this particularly impacts rural areas that might rely on older, decaying infrastructure.

Verkada’s hospital, jail security cameras vulnerable
Tech company Verkada sells security cameras, and offers a centralized way for customers to access them. Those customers include hospitals, jails, schools and private companies – including Halifax Health and Tesla. Attackers got into Verkada’s systems by finding access to Verkada’s “Super Admin” account via credentials they found on the Internet.
The future is connected, but lax security like this is unacceptable. Archive link here for the 99.9999% of us who don’t subscribe to Bloomberg.

The future of Twitter is more copying, pay services
Nilay Patel interviews Kayvon Beykpour, the head of consumer product at Twitter, in The Verge. Of particular interest is the discussion of Twitter’s moves to become more than 280-character conversations: competing with Clubhouse via Twitter’s Spaces, adding Fleets to compete with Snapchat and Instagram’s Stories.
Beykpour says, “We started [Fleets] from the standpoint of ‘why are people not tweeting?’ It turns out that… they don’t feel safe.” Instead of making Twitter as a service safer for those most impacted by harassment – people of color, women, LGBTQ people – they copied Stories.

Right to Repair coming to the UK
Good news for those in the UK – the government is implementing a law that will have parity with the EU’s “Right to Repair” legislation, requiring appliance manufacturers to offer spare parts for their products for consumer purchase. This will let people at least attempt to repair their microwaves, fridges, TVs, washing machines and other home appliances, rather than throwing them out – a massive environmental waste.