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This week is great news in tech: Uber misbehaved. A huge dump of documents reveals that she knowingly broke the laws to roll out her services as widely and quickly as possible. Of course, the company can blame its disgraced former CEO. “We ask the public to judge us on what we have done over the past five years,” reads his devout statement. Where are you ? Should Uber have paid a higher price for its shares? Or was moving fast and breaking things the only way to disrupt the taxi industry? Intervene in the comments. In the meantime, here’s this month’s update.

Monitoring in a Post-deer America

We have mapped the implications of the reversal of Roe vs. Wade, which is expected to lead about half of US states to ban or severely restrict abortion. One thing that stands out is that law enforcement technology is much more advanced than it was in 1973 when deer has been decided. Back then, the easiest way for police to catch illegal abortions was to raid a clinic, perhaps by acting on a hose. If a woman was not caught red-handed, it was very difficult to prove that she had an abortion. The doctors who practiced them were the main targets.

Today, there is a huge surveillance infrastructure made possible, in large part, by the data clouds we all create every day. Prosecutors can subpoena location data (particularly in the form of geofence warrants, which request data on anyone at a particular location at a particular time), search queries, and postings about social media, as well as data from fertility and health tracking apps. . A proposed EU regulation to make it easier to capture child pornography could have the side effect of giving US prosecutors more power to scan phones for abortion-related messages. Not all data needs a warrant, either: Automated license plate readers could be used to provide evidence that someone left the state to have an abortion or drove someone off. another, for which he could be prosecuted for aiding and abetting a crime.

This means that online platforms will also try to avoid prosecution for inadvertently helping people to have abortions. Meta, at least, has already been removing some abortion-related content for years. Changes to the law will likely make businesses much more cautious. A glimpse of how this might work is what has happened to sex workers since the passing of FOSTA-SESTA, a 2018 law that allows platforms to be sued for hosting content that promotes or facilitates prostitution. . This has forced social media platforms, payment processors and allegedly even food delivery apps to suspend or ban sex workers. Tailoring this response state by state will be difficult, so it could affect people even in states where abortion is legal.

None of these enforcement methods are new; they have been used to catch criminals for years. It’s just that now people in half the country could be turned into potential criminals. It should also make you think: how could your data be used in unexpected ways to pin charges against you or someone else?

China in the driving seat

The world is scrambling to switch to electric vehicles, and as our special series reports, China is leading the way. Nearly 15% of new vehicles sold there in 2021 were electric, compared to 10% in the EU and 4% in the US. It already has some of the biggest electric vehicle makers, and manufacturers like Foxconn (which makes most iPhones) are turning their attention to cars. Chinese companies make more than 50% of the world’s lithium-ion batteries and have cornered much of the world’s lithium supply, and the country controls at least two-thirds of the world’s lithium processing capacity. It’s about solving the thorny problem of creating a massive public charging network compatible with many different car brands, the lack of which is one of the main reasons adoption has been slow in the states. -United.

All of this means that your first (or next) EV is more and more likely to be Chinese. “So what?” you can say. Isn’t everything you own made in China? Well, yes, but consider the national security implications of having hundreds of thousands of what are essentially mobile detection devices – very quick and heavy devices which, at least in theory, can be remote control– roaming the streets, transmitting untold amounts of data to their makers, who are under the thumb of an increasingly authoritarian superpower government. The West freaked out when it decided that Huawei-made networking gear could eventually be used for spying, and that gear didn’t even wheels.